My beautiful wife Celeste Yarnall
was diagnosed with high grade, stage 3 Ovarian cancer in November of 2014. Sometimes ignorance is bliss as we did not know at the time just how devastating ovarian cancer actually is. Celeste had lost two friends to this deadly disease but didn't know just how scary the diagnosis was because just the word cancer in itself is such a traumatic diagnosis. One is never prepared for it especially when no one in her immediate family had ever had ovarian cancer to her knowledge.
In a recemt book called "Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer," the author, Susan Gubar writies, "There are many forms of cancer that offer a lot of hope but not this one." And further she goes on to say that there were 21,550 new cases of ovarian cancer in the US in 2009 and there were an additional 14,600 women who died from it. [In the UK, 6,500 women are diagnosed with the disease every year, and 4,400 die each year].
It used to be estimated that one out of 70 American women would get the disease, the deadliest of all gynaecological cancers, though recently the number sometimes cited is one in 55. There are very few published personal accounts for them to consult, since for decades, indeed for centuries, women have generally maintained silence about the silent killer."
Like the author above, Celeste underwent surgery which in her case was an 8 hour surgery, which included blood transfusions. She then completed 6 rounds of chemotherapy which we know is a controversial and extremely toxic course of therapy that last 10 hours each time it was administered. Because there is so little hope offered by mainstream medicine, Celeste has diligently explored supportive treatments from the alternative medical community which we both believe is a must for everyone to do.
Although Celeste has good insurance there is so much that is not covered and that includes a very special therapy that is at this time to be considered state of the art (more about this in a moment) and therefore I am asking for your help financially to help us pay the cost of this treatments since insurance won't.
It is our hope for Celeste that she can beat the horrendous odds she is up against with ovarian cancer, which reocurrs more often than not as she wants so very much to get back to what she loves doing best and that is helping other people in any way she can.
If you need to refresh your memory who Celeste is, you may remember her as a talented actress, who co-starred with Elvis Presley in the film "Live a Little Love a Little."
Many people also remember Celeste for having been the last elected Miss Rheingold back in 1964 where she garnered 20,000,000 votes to be the spokesperson for an Eastern Seabord Brewery called Rheingold. It was an advertising legend that the Mad Men of the day dreamed up to sell beer and Celeste was the 25th Miss Rheingold. Many notable actresses got there start with this contest but you may need to ask your grandparents about it if they lived in the area.
Besides have been being a model, spokesperson and actress and has been a part of 'show business' all her life Celeste is a devoted mother and grandmother who has spent her life in the service of others, through her work as a Holistic animal advocate and author. Below are the covers of her two latest books for pets which she co-authors with her writing partner and dear friend Jean Hofve DVM.
Most recently Celeste was one of the producers on a documentary film entitled, "Femme Women Healing the World," where she also appears with 100 women from around the world as a spokesperson. She loves empowering women and sharing the importance of gender equality, through her speaking, writing, producing and personal appearances .
Celeste was so excited to be part of "Femme," because it gave her the opportunity to share the importance of partnership with ones gender of choice, to help our world move forward to peace at last. She was very excited about the future and wanted and still hopes to continue to be a part of conscious film making.
However, on that fateful day, November 21, 2014 our world and plans were shattered as she faced all that would be in store for her for the forseeable future right before the Thanksgiving holiday.
Celeste had gone to her gynocologist for a pretty routine visit to discuss what she thought were some symptoms that seemed minor and couldn't believe what was to follow after being so healthy and after being devoted to holistic health care and wellness all her life. Bravely, she was steadfast and underwent that emergency surgery. We were blessed that Celeste had this amazing and excellent surgeon and surgical team to operate on her. It was like a miracle that one of the best women's cancer surgeons was available at our local hospital.
On November 25th, I waited for nearly 10 hours with Celeste's daughter and son- in- law to finally get the good news that the surgery was a success but far more complicated than expected. Her surgeon removed 10 pounds of cancerous fluid from her peritoneal area, along with performing two bowel resections and a complete hysterectory. He debulked the peritoneum as well getting rid of all the cancerous tumors.
After 4 grueling weeks in the hospital along and enduring a huge dose of antibiotics for an infection at the surgery site, living with all the drains and tubes and minor additional surgeries, she was finally released in time for Christmas with the family and me. Our prayers had come true, our beloved Celeste was able to open presents with the family by the beautiful tree her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter had decorated .
She went through all this like a champ and is grateful to be alive and have the support of her loving friends, fans and family.
The chemotherapy with all the side effects that come with it followed the surgery and this was rough on Celeste however with the help of holistic modalities which she does each day as she needed to build up her strength and her immune system.
We didn't realize how chemo demolshes the cancer patients immune system rendering the person vulnerable to every germ out there. Because we didn 't know how serious this could be, Celeste didn't want to miss out on speaking at her favorite conference and thus sje made an appearance at the Conscious Life Expo in February 2015 the LAX Hilston. Because her immune system, unbeknownst to us was so weak she caught a horrific flu bug, which went into bronchitis and she landed back in the hospital. We now know all to well that when you go through chemo it truly wipes out your white blood cell count and with this bug she had become what is called neutropoenic.
Celeste needed to be put in isolation at the hopsital and all the nurses were masked, gowned and gloved when they entered her room. Her coughing was so severe she got a very large hernia internally below her new surgical incision. This is called an incisional hernia. Like all hospital stays Celeste expressed that she was getting worse being there but was finally released to continue healing at home but still had to complete the rest of her chemo rounds for a total of 6. And chemo just makes everything take forever to heal.
Celeste bravely faced the struggle to move forward and together she and I went into full on survival mode.
Celeste completed all 6 rounds of those grueling rounds of chemo however Celeste she need to face another surgery on July 24th 2015. Her PET and CAT scans thankfully did not show any evidence of cancer however it detected two blood clots (DVTs) which required placement surgically of an IVC filter in her Vena Cava vein to prevent the migration of the clots during surgery when she would not be able to have her daily very painful Lovinox blood thinning injections which is pretty routine now during hospital stays and also for DVTs.
Celeste had this repair surgery which also revealed what is called a lymphocyst the size of cantaloup, this was removed by a wonderful surgeon, then a second amazing surgeon stepped into repair her huge incisional hernia using polypropylene mesh to repair it and then a third surgeon stepped into to close and repair the damage that all this had done to her abdomen. Keep in mind this was a secon opening for the very same incision that was done in November for the first cancer surgery.
Celeste's first surgeon being a man of vision who does not simply accept the standard of care, had the foresight the night before that first surgery to ask if we could come up with a very large sum of money to store the tumor tissue at a facility called storemytumor.com as he would be removing that tissue for future use and we, having no idea how we would come up with that money simply said yes to what the universe might have in store for Celeste.
This tumor storage was prepared and banked for later use for a special personalize medical protocol at a facility off shore in the Grand Cayman Islands called PerseusPCI . You may have seen lately in the news perhaps on 60 Minutes some of the exciting things that are being done in personalized cancer therapy and then of course the treatment former President Jimmy Carter had. This new personalized immuno-therapy involves a series of 4 injections which have been made for Celeste from this stored tumor tissue and her own blood.
Celeste and I traveled to the Cayman's this past December 2015 to make her vaccines and receive the first in the series which are done intradermally..just under the skin on top of each thigh. Upon arrival they review your blood work, give you a Nupagen shot to boost your white count and then go to work in their state of the art FDA lab to make the series of special vaccines only for Celeste. There are no other ingredients like you hear about being used in traditional vaccines. Here only ones own biological material is used and this is unique to PerseusPCI's patented delivery sustem. Again insurance doesn't cover any of these costs and it is a cost that must be incurred. The percentage of people surviving past 5 years who just do chemo and surgery are only about 2% and this new treatment option is our hope in extending Celeste's life expectancy. Here is a bit more information for your perusal in case you or a loved one would like to also explore this option:
What is a cancer vaccine and personal cancer immune therapy?
"A cancer vaccine is designed to awaken the immune system and activate it to fight the cancer from within. The patient’s own tumor is used to vaccinate the patient making each vaccine personalized. These treatments are experimental, extend the patient’s time in remission, and have relatively no side effects."
The cost of this treatment alone has eaten up all that has been raised by the fund thus far as prepayment is required at the onset of treatment and we must travel back and forth to the Caymen's every 30 to 45 days for a total of the first four vaccines and then there will be two boosters at 3 month and 6 months. See http://www.perseusPCI.com for more on the treatment protocol Celeste is doing presently for immunotherapy in the Cayman's.
Of course, Celeste is utilizing all the holistic and alternative options you would expect someone with her knowledge to do such with advanced neutraceuticals, CBD Rich Hemp Oil, Moxxor Omega 3, special arromatherapyl oils and an advanced cancer protocol with state of the art supplements, but as most of you know insurance doesn't cover any of these protocols and treatment options.
Here is a bit more about Celeste's career"
Live Long and Prosper!
Celeste, besides co-starring with Elvis was also in many other films and TV shows but she is still well known for having been on the original Star Trek series in the classic episode entitled, "The Apple."
Celeste has bravely trekked through the taxing medical reality of ovarian cancer treament, healed from the 6 rounds of chemo, survived the stress of the extreme costs of her care, much of it, as I mentioned is not covered by her insurance.
Celeste wants very much to see everyone again at autograph and media shows in the future and we have even made a trip to Germany together this past March for a wonderful Elvis event in Bayreuth Germany. We also were able thankfully to attend the STARCON/STICCON convention in Bellaria Italy to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with none other than Bill Shartner, Captain Kirk himself. Her professional travels thankfully included all expenses being paid for us to attend.
Celeste's writing career as many of you know has been devoted to the service of people and animals, and supporting causes to make this world a better place.
This she does through her work in television, film, books, speaking engagements and all things wellness and anti-aging, for which she has been a tireless advocate all her life.
Being struck by this thunderbolt in Celeste's 70th year has been huge and has led to major upheavals within our lives.
Any financial support, even of $5 at this time is very much appreciated and tremendously beneficial in aiding her recovery, helping her get these amazing treatments in the Grand Cayman Islands where just the travel costs itself are astronomical is so very needed as she wants very much to continue to be of value to others.
We send our love and thanks to all who can help her at this critical time.
Please share this site with others as the symptoms of the hard to detect ovarian cancer are listed here in several of her updates.
Celeste wants all women to be vigilent and not neglect any symptoms that seem suspicious. Ovarian cancer is very sneaky and standard diagnostics don't catch it soon enough.
Celeste works tirelessly at her Facebook group page called Holistic Cancer Care and you may request to join and feel free to share it with others. Celeste hopes to do a book for women on Holistic Cancer Care and share what has worked so well for her thus far to get her into remission. Do keep in mind that we can't ever say that cancer is cured but we can say there is no evidence of disease and the purpose of immunotherapy is to prevent reaccurences.
Celeste needs to build up her strength as she had a set back with an infection and was hospitalized again over the 2015 Christmas holiday however she recovered beautifully but a chronic condition of bone on bone degenerative hip disease was exacerbated to such a degree we must now explore hip replacements for her as walking and standing have become so painful and difficult for her.
In 2017 Celeste experienced a recurrence which they caught early and needed a second series of 6 rounds of chemo, this time with Doxil and the Carboplatin again. CBD Rich Hemp Oil helped her to not take the drugs for nausea and pain however insurance doesn't pay for this and it is several hundred per month.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your love, compassion, prayers and support...we couldn't have gotten this far without each and everyone of you and we do consider this fund to be an answer to a prayer when we said yes to universe and opted to save that all important tumor tissue.
Please share this page with others of course because we so need your help but also because we hope that what we share here will help others too.
Please visit Celeste's business website as she loves to pay the things that she has found to be helpful forward.
If you were to google it you would be as upset as I am as the side effects are really scary and while on the drug which they don't how long that will be for. They have to monitor my blood work weekly as the red blood cells can get very low and sometimes blood transfusions are needed...the side effects look terrible but I did do better than most people with chemo. However it's so upsetting because I feel so good..especially with the chemo wearing off a little right now.
I know many of you watch this page for my updates because you too have loved ones with this nasty form of cancer so here is the website I found for the PARP inhibitor drug. Ovarian cancer is very stubborn...natural things that work for others are not options for this type of cancer...and as most of you know I have been doing the natural things and I know they help but these cancer cells hide and die and resurrect themselves....
Nazim and I need your love and support as this will be hard on me to go through but we can hope for a miracle or they might even lower the dosage but this is the first choice treatment and believe me I have looked at the others and this may be the best there is for me right now. This drug is 7 years old.
Any help you can give us financially is always appreciated and we send you our love and blessings to each and everyone of you for a wonderful New Year. Just cherish every second you have to be with the ones you love as none of us know what tomorrow will bring.
Celeste and Nazim
PS The photo is of me yesterday getting the blood drawn for the CA125, etc. and now we just got those not good results, after all. At least we had one day to celebrate the remission that never really was remission.
So my doctor, nurse and Nazim and I had a good heart to heart on a new class of drugs that they are using for what they call 'maintenance'... not a cure as there is no such thing, but she was very optimistic about keeping me alive.
The difficulty with ovarian cancer is that once you have had a recurrence, the likelihood is that this will happen again so to prevent that, there are these drugs which have been pretty well tested and it's not chemo but I would need to be monitored closely however there are also some scary side effects.
Nazim and I will give it a good think and I am at this time cleared to go back to Grand Cayman, too for more immunotherapy.
Lot's to follow up on but today after leaving the doctors we decided to go LACMA (LA County Museum of Art) and look at the beautiful Chagal exhibition and the Japanese annex and have a little lunch at the museum to celebrate life.
Thank you so much for all your help dear friends, you mean the world to us!
Happy New Year with blessings of health and an abundance of all good things to each and everyone of you!
Celeste and Nazim
Just wanted to wish everyone a blessed Christmas and very Happy New Year.
I will be seeing my oncologist on December 27th to finally get the results of my last CAT scan and see where we go from here vis a vis maintenance as there is a drug the doctor wants to discuss with me however I am having very good results with a new CBD Rich Hemp Oil that I am taking as a result of some 3 years research and also trying many different types and brands of cannabis.
Nazim and I are also paying this CBD rich hemp oil product forward so it is very easy for you to try it or share with those you love whom you might like to help. Every purchase you make brings us a little commission which I use for my alternative care. Here is the website http://www.artofwellness.primemybody.com
It is helping with the side effects from chemo and also helping Nazim's and my stress level as we both have some PTSD to deal with after all we have been through together. I know most of you know that caregivers have a very hard time watching the one they love suffer through so much.
We are so blessed that this year I am not in the hospital for Christmas and we will be spending Christmas Day with my amazing family celebrating life and being together!
Nazim and I thank you for all your help and we wish you and yours a wonderful holiday and New Year!
Celeste and Nazim
I had a very stressful day yesterday, 11-30-17 as it was CATscan day at the hospital to see how the last 6 rounds of chemo worked. So now I wait for the results...waiting for results like this can very stressful as you all know.
There was a mishap with the IV that was put in my left arm which you can see me getting put in, in the photo below, so they could draw blood for a kidney panel because you can't have a CATscan unless your kidneys are ok and this is where the contrast for the CATscan will be put in, as well.
I next had to drink a very large bottle of barium ..not one of my favorite things even though they call it mochachino.
Nazim and I were then guided to and asked to wait in the imaging waiting room, so Nazim and I sit down in the CT waiting room and I have to keep my left arm extended and straight... so there I sat with my arm like that for over one hour, because again this is the catheter where the contrast is going to go in my veins during the scans.
I had no food and only a sip of water as directed 3 hours before the test but it got to be over 4 hours since I had any food before I could actually do the scan. So after that hour of holding my arm out straight as the IV was on the inside of the crook of my arm, the attendant in the scanner room has me lie down on the rolling table/bed that goes in and in and out of the CT scanner ..he tells me I should fold my arms across my chest! What..I had been holding my arm out straight for over an hour and now I can fold it???
So we began the scans which are done several times..you go in and out of the scanner and when finally it was time to begin the contrast into my vein, again I had to hold my arms back over my head and the drip and the scan begins and all of a sudden I hear an explosion type, boom sound in my left ear and my whole body gets very warm as expected but my head and scalp is burning hot and feels wet!
I keep my cool and when that image is completed the technician comes out with a towel to my wrap my head in because when I heard that sound what happened was, the catheter came apart that was in my vein and the contrast squirted all over my head and hair...and it's very sticky...so now he has to fiddle with the needle in my arm several times, and you can imagine how painful that was for about 5 minutes of fiddling which he did several more times.
So now we have to do yet another scan with another dose of the contrast but he tells me he divides the 100cc dose in two doses so here we go again.
Finally I am done with the 'hold your breath, then breathe' thing they have you do multiple times while the scan is actually taking place ..OK it's finally finished and now I am told to go and try to rinse the sticky contrast stuff off my scalp and hair...so now my hair is all wet but still sticking like glue. All I wanted was to get out of there.
And so with wet hair we hit the road the long way home along the coast hiway thru Malibu and I am starving but my arm hurts, my head is sticky and the barium drink has upset my stomach and I know food would be very helpful. So we stopped on the way home for an early bird/happy hour dinner at Marmalade which I enjoyed very much...the thing that gets me through an ordeal like that that I have not talked about here too much in my CBD rich hemp oil that I take 3 times a day and again before bed at night.
I have finally, after 3 years found a brand of Hemp Oil and a company that I can put my name behind and pay forward and that is Prime My Body nano-enhanced Hemp Oil. The way you use this product is to pump a drop under your tongue and hold it there for 30 seconds and it is so helpful. The word that comes to mind to describe the feeling is, balanced rather than stressed and when we are balanced we can get through ordeals like this much easier. So that is my little secret that I share with you all..there is no high with this as there is no psychoactive properties...just 100% pure CBD rich hemp oil. This product has a liposomal sublingual delivery system which is the best way to take it. If you ever tried edibles you know how horrible that can be...no 'high' happens with hemp oil sublingually just a nice balanced feeling that helps get you through stressful times and events,
With the kind of stress that cancer brings into your life this product is a blessing and is a blessing, I believe for everyone of us, including our companion animals so I am devoting a whole lot of time to sharing this as it is so very helpful...stress affects all of us, and that affects our immune system.
Thankfully Prime My Body gives us all a 30 day money back guarantee which makes it so easy for us to try and Nazim and I tried it, we really like it and we are so impressed with that we just want to share it.
That's my update while I try to "keep calm and Love Prime My Body" as I await the results of the CATscan... http://www.artofwellness.primemybody.com
Of late...im hearing more and more about "personalized" cancer treatment. Vaccines from cancer removed from given patients. ..and follow up with holistic nutritional diets. ..some ment to discourage cancer growth and recurrence. I believe youre treatments. ..will soon be accepted and will be no longer in the Caymans....but in youre local hospitals hear in the US...im seeing more open minds in the Oncology community. Im praying for more acceptance. ...and open to childhood cancers as well....St. Jude research hospital is also exploring this revolutionary individualized treatment...its finaly sinking in that treatment for cancer...is not one size fits all, no cookie cutter treatment programs....each person and their cancer id unique to them....treatmentsm must also be so....In the meantime my love and hugs and prayers for you, Celeste and to you Nazim
Hi Celeste, I just rewatched the episode "The Apple" from S2 of Star Trek as I am still a big fan of that show, which includes all of the incredible guest stars who appeared on it like yourself. So, just want to wish you strength and perseverance...and a happy ending in your fight! So very glad you have Nazim to be with you through it all. (Coincidentally, we have a player by the name of Nazem Kadri, who plays for our hockey team here in Toronto). I'm also going to look up some of the other shows you appeared on back in your early career so I can watch them on DVD, which I've done with other actors who were on ST. Looking back at some of your pics from the 60s...you were a lovely looking young lady...and you've done a remarkable job since then...Best Wishes : )
My thoughts and prayers are with you, Celeste. I so enjoyed our phone conversation about the wonderful treatment that you are receiving in the Islands. I know you have been using your BEMER too as an adjunct......and I look forward to discussing all of this upon your return. God bless.
Hi Celeste !!!! I remember you on the Elvis cruise out of Tampa in2009 to cozemel!!! I am so sorry to here of your illness with Cancer!!!I am fighting Cancer now myself !!!! !y thoughts and prayers are with you!! I have the picture of you and Elvis kissing on the cheek and you and I doing the same also your picture you drew I got thr second one!!!! Love you!!!!!!
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I did not know, Celeste. I am posting to the vet list serves. I recently read in Jean Houston's book, the mythic life, about her helping margaret mead when it was her time to heal, then to transition, and other people she directly healed. Since she was in your film, maybe you could reach out to her for healing and financial support.
There are two other natural products to look into that can work even more aggressively: Enteric Coated Pancreatic Enzymes, which feed on the protective protein layer of cancer cells, and expose them to the immune system; and Jason Winters International tea, which is a brew from a combination of three ancient herbs that cleanse the blood and unclog the immune system. Mr. Winters was a well known stuntman in Hollywood during the same decades that Celeste was in at least one episode of every TV series in creation!
I agree with Mary Belyea....Please read all you can about Cannabis Oil, sometimes referred to as "Rick Simpson Oil". The Science is in! Cannabis kills cancer!!!!!!! This link will lead to an explanation of how cannabis kills cancer cells. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1miGzTwK28U Healing energy to you both