Artist wants to beat cancer

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Raised by 66 people in 3 months
Created November 22, 2017
The proverbial starving artist is not one who is literally starving, but one who has dedicated their life to art and never reached the pinnacle of riches and fame. However, my love for my calling in life is anything but a shortage of rewards. I started painting at 15 and earned my fair share of accolades. Always going from feast to famine, I developed a keen faith that I could make a living with this gift. 50 years later I have been diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to my liver. I haven't been able to paint in over a year, because my creativity has been eclipsed with a lump on my upper right lung, crushing my bronchial tubes and a nerve to my vocal chord, thus impairing my voice. My chest hurts, constantly coughing up mucus as well as other discomforts. After going through a battery of tests, scans and consultations with doctors and specialists, they give me an extra year of life through radiation treatments and chemotherapy. I may have to do this initially just for some relief. But, I have always been a great believer in alternatives based on testimonials of people who have beat their cancers. And that is part of my plan for recovery and remission. I have researched these methods as much as I research the subject matter of a painting, thoroughly and meticulously. The main course of action is juicing to deal with the liver. Then there will be the enormous expense of organic vegetables to maintain the diet. I'm also pursuing essential oils, which many cancer patients are having amazing results with. There are several other less expensive disciplines which I am already making part of my daily routine. My mind and spirit are positive and with your help I can defeat the cancer and fulfill my life's purpose to paint the wonderful beauties of our earth.  My art site may convince you that the love of my life is worthy of your support.  http://www.markdowneyart.com
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Mark is currently recuperating in N. KY and having his ups and downs as is expected. The oils seem to be breaking down the size of the lung tumor, as his voice has improved somewhat, but it is still impaired. He is not experiencing any pain. His appetite has decreased and he is still weak, but we are working on improving his appetite and strength. We will know more about the effectiveness of the oils when we get another chest x-ray in the next couple weeks. We continue to work his lymph nodes by jumping on a rebounder while he sits. As he regains his strength, he should be able to exercise more and get back to his duties.

Natural healing can be a slow process, and we knew that coming into this fight. We know that God holds us in the palm of His hand and His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.

We ask for your prayers and continued financial support.
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Our trip to Texas and the operation to extract two root canals was wonderful. Instead of flying we decided to drive and bring our juicer as there wouldn't be too many alternative food sources for a stage 4 lung cancer diet. However, we discovered an organic food market in Dallas and stopped to pick up more greens for our juicing. Our new juicer performed great. After two days of driving, we spent Monday recuperating and relaxing. The next day we arrived at the biological dentist office and was prepped for surgery with a vitamin C IV drip and an ozone treatment. They acted as anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral agents. They took a small blood sample, put it into a centrifuge and made a platelet ribbon that would go over the former root canal where the teeth had been pulled. I've mentioned before that we suspected the root canal to be the cause of the cancer, becoming toxic and spreading to the body. On a 5 point scale bacteria was found in the 2.5 range. The platelets formed an interwoven mesh-like matrix which stopped the bleeding and helped the area to clot. After that the platelets release a number of growth factors which stimulate tissue to heal more quickly and completely, whether it's bone, soft tissue or gum tissue. With the conscious sedation I received, I was feeling no pain and after several hours, it only seemed like minutes when I regained my wits. They prescribed some Rx for the pain and suggested we get some Advil; neither of which were needed or used.

The second day we returned for more vitamin C and acupressure (no needles!) to reduce pain and swelling. We could have utilized a biological dentist in Kentucky, but he had no clue about pre and post op procedures to guarantee the best results. That's why we chose Texas. The staff were all friendly and Christian. It's almost unheard of, but we all held hands before the surgery and prayed. As our blessed trip unfolded, we were ready to come home, but needed to replenish our veggies. Lo and behold we found a little roadside vendor with fresh picked homegrown organic greenhouse vegetables and just what we needed for juicing. Our first day heading back North was a beautiful sunny day. We spent the night in Forrest City, AR. We bought a little $10 hot plate to warm up our pre-made soups. The next day was just the opposite of cold torrential downpours passing thousands of 18 wheelers kicking up tons of spray. But we made it home safely at about 8:30PM.

Since being home, we have noticed that my voice has periods of normalcy, not a high volume, but not the gravelly voice I've had for several months. I'm continuing my breathing and rebounder exercises for my lungs and lymph nodes (which are also cancerous) and coffee enemas for my liver. I was heartened when a dear friend in Virginia sent me another batch of home grown echinacea, five times more powerful than store bought, which helps the immune system. I'm also continuing with Essiac tea. We are presently waiting to secure a special oil that kills cancer cells. Once that regimen starts, the lump on my lungs should begin to shrink, taking pressure off my bronchial tubes and vocal chords. This will be an expensive endeavor, but the number of cancer survivors attests to its effectiveness.

Thanks again to our many faithful prayer warriors and financial supporters giving me a chance to beat this disease. I pray the next update is a light at the end of the tunnel. I couldn't be more positive and count it all joy.

Mark
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Thanks to the many folks who have contributed to our fight against cancer, which definitely helps us move into the next phase. My wife and I will be traveling to Texas next week for root canal extractions, which we suspect is the cause of the cancer. Their removal (2 teeth) will stop all further toxins leeching into my body. We have decided against radiation and chemo at this time, because all of the disciplines I'm engaged in seem to be doing exactly what they are supposed to and that is to cleanse my body environment of anything feeding the cancer. We will be incorporating essential oils soon to arrest the growth of cancer cells and to actually kill cancer cells. We hope and pray that this one-two punch will start reducing the size of the lump in my lung to relieve the pressure on my bronchial tubes and the vein on my vocal chord. We have no idea how long this discipline will last before the cancer is totally eradicated, but eradicated it shall be. We are blessed to have so many friends who are helping us along this difficult road. My next update will be a report on how things went in Texas. Mark
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GoFundMe had put a hold on our withdrawal of funds, because I asked my wife Debra to do it for me. This automatically made her the beneficiary for some reason. I tried to explain to them that I am the cancer person here, not my wife and thus the beneficiary. Evidently they consider the person withdrawing funds and the beneficiary as the same thing, stating "you have simply added your wife as the beneficiary, or the person in charge of withdrawing the funds on your behalf." The hold has since been released and your donations are now on the way to us.

I hope this hasn't created any confusion among our donors, but I think most know who's who and our true identity ; ) We thank you all for your wonderful spirit of giving and powerful prayers. I had to laugh at a recent email that said they heard I was dying of cancer. We are all dying from cradle to grave. I have said from the beginning that I am going to beat this thing, therefore I am overcoming the cancer, thanks be to God. I will have another update next week regarding our next major step. Love, Mark
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