Yesterday Trish was notified that she’d received a partial scholarship to the Optimum Health Institute (OHI) in San Diego. She’s going for 3-weeks at the end of this month (August 2014). To qualify for the scholarship a person has to be low-income and “terminal.”
Trish has come to realize that as part of her healing process, she needs to allow into her life the love and support from all who know her. She’s finally decided to stop trying to do it all herself, to stop trying to pay for it all herself, and to stop trying to cure it all-by-herself. So, now she is reaching-out and asking for assistance.
The total cost at OHI is expected to be $4,500 for the 3-week stay. With a scholarship it will be less. We are hoping to raise a minimum of $1,500. Trish is willing to pay for all of this on her own. Trish is a hard-worker. She has never asked for money before. When she is able, she works as a part-time substitute teacher for the South SanPete School District. She can no longer work full-time. She raised 7 kids. For over 10-years she has supported herself and her kids by substitute teaching, working odd jobs, cooking in restaurants, etc., with no alimony or child support.
Trish believes that the fasting, prayers, energy, and small donations from as many people as are willing, will provide her with even more assistance to heal completely. Anything you can do is appreciated.
David Jones (Trisha’s brother)
More about Trish and the cancer:
Trish is 54 years old. She was diagnosed with lymphoma in mid-2000 at the age of 40. At the time she was still raising her 4 youngest children who were living with her at home (2 were toddlers). Her oncologist told her the cancer was terminal, nothing could be done, and “good luck.” She couldn’t bear the thought of leaving her young children, and she determined to “heal herself.” For 8 years her cancer was in remission.
Lymphoma occurs in lymph node sites in the body as well as in the bone marrow. Large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) usually starts as a quickly growing mass in a lymph node deep inside the body, such as in the chest or abdomen, or in a lymph node that you can feel, such as in the neck or armpit.
Second fight: In October 2008 Trish was back in the hospital. Her face, neck, and legs were swollen and she was in a lot of pain. With 8 years of remission, her doctors had hoped and advised Trish to undergo chemotherapy. For 3 months Trish suffered through "Red Devil Chemo" (a common euphemism that breast cancer patients use to describe the chemotherapy drug Adriamycin). Trisha’s treatment also included a mix of steroids and a new drug, Rituxan. The cancer stabilized; but for the next 3 years, Trish was plagued with the complications of the harsh chemotherapy: such as recurring infections behind eye, blood vessels popping out, vasculitis, and terrible red-rashes all over her chest and arms.
Third fight: In 2011 the lymphoma manifest again through labored and painful breathing. Trisha’s lymphoma made breathing and eating difficult because the mass(es) pressed on the windpipe (trachea) leading into the lungs as well as her stomach. Trisha’s lymphoma may have blocked the large vein that returns blood to the heart from the arms and head, when her arms and face swelled. This time, the Stage 4 cancer went into her bones as well as her lymph nodes. Trish couldn't walk or stand. She was bedridden at home for months; she felt she was a terrible burden on her teenage children. She went back on Rituxan chemotherapy. It worked for a while.
Fourth fight: In the Fall of 2013 the lymphoma cancer re-manifest. This time, not only did lymphoma inflame her lymph nodes, Trisha’s lung-cavities filled with fluid compressing her lungs making it difficult for her to breathe. She had to sleep sitting-up. The doctors had to re-inflate her lungs and they drained nearly 1-liter of fluid from each of her plural cavities surrounding lungs on 8 separate occasions. She went back into the hospital and back on Rituxan chemotherapy for 8 more weeks. Her lung cavities cleared, and, again the cancer stabilized.
Fifth fight: This time (2014) Trish has decided to rely on the faith, prayers, love, and energy from you, her family and friends. Trisha has great faith in OHI and the assistance from all of you who choose to support her . . . in any way and whatever way you can. She believes the cancer can be eliminated. She is not ready to “leave the planet” just yet. Trish knows there is still work for her to do here, lessons for her to learn, and love that can be fostered.
More about Optimum Health Institute (OHI):
People of all spiritual traditions are welcome at OHI to participate in an holistic healing program that emphasizes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.
OHI’s guiding principles: “We believe that God created humans as holistic beings with an integrated body, mind, and spirit. We believe we can achieve optimum health when the body is purified, the mind is quieted, and the spirit is renewed. From that place of total integration and wholeness, people are then able to strengthen their connection to God, and are transformed to receive optimum health.”
OHI honors the virtues of love, peace, forgiveness, self-reliance, accountability and true service. OHI believes these values enable people to achieve a natural balance, a reconnection to God, and to cross the bridge to our spiritual path.
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