Immunotherapy Cancer Treatment
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 such as MOXXOR, specia 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.
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 more than anything to pay the things she loves forward.
Celeste Yarnall, Ph.D
Independent BEMER Distributor
Nazim and I are VERY grateful to be here to share in the Elvis 2016 week experience at Graceland. It was a bit dicey for us to make it at all as last Monday morning (8-8-16) after our fantastic Creation Entertainment Star Trek convention at the RIO in Vegas, I woke up with a sore throat and by the time we drove back to Los Angeles I was for sure coming down with a bad cold.
I spent nearly the whole week in bed with the cough and stuffy head, letting my contacts at Graceland know that it was going to be “iffy” for me to make it all, as I don’t like to share cold germs with anyone (especially now that I know how chemo devastates ones immune system and leaves it vulnerable for a very long time)..even though someone must have shared their’s with me but by Friday I was much better so we departed yesterday Saturday August 13th for Memphis. Our first stop was to be Houston which also looked “iffy” because of the storms (it was pouring rain) and so we circled with that Airport closure and suddenly got clearance to land. We were so late we worried that we would miss our connection to Memphis but that flight was late too..only problem and this is something to be aware of is, if you are handicapped in any way and need wheel chair assistance is that when this type things happens, the wonderful wheel chair transport people don’t seem to get dispatched so I did not have a chair to meet me on arrival in Houston. I cannot imagine how long I would have waited without the my amazing husband who, after asking several United people for help went out and commandeered a lovely gentlemen who got us via his electric vehicle, clear across the airport and finally found a chair for me...then we got to the wrong gate because the system had not been updated, but he left the chair for Nazim to push me as he didn’t know it was the wrong gate..oh the wonders of travel...not easy at all for Nazim to do, since he was carrying a heavy back pack and dragging my bag with my photo’s and DVDs which I will be autographing here in Memphis.
Nazim is the magic man and love of my life that is for sure. So now we get to the new gate and we are starving..but everything is closed...except Jack in the Box! Thank you “Jack"..I never eat fast food but then we do need to be grateful with what we have and so a “Jack" something or other was to be our dinner!
Still no wheel chair attendants were around but we did make the flight to Memphis and once in Memphis we were met by the wonderful Billy of Tennessee Limo who welcomed us royally and brought us to the historic Peabody Hotel around midnight!
Today, we just had a nice breakfast in our room and it is Sunday and this is Nazim’s and my free day as we await my appearance for Conversations on Elvis at the main stage of the big tent at Graceland and autograph session and tour of Graceland afterwards. There is to be a wheel chair for me soon here at the hotel. I sure hope my upcoming hip replacement in October will get me walking and rehabbed!
I feel pretty good from the cold bug which has kindly departed, but as most people have told me it does take a couple of years actually, to come back from the toll that surgery(s) and chemo takes on us even with the benefits of the immunotherapy working for me from Perseus which I am so grateful to all of you for helping me to obtain.
I do need to go back again to Grand Caymen for yet another treatment but hopefully the fund raising efforts on all levels, this fund, our new Wearable Art Collections, photos, art, books and DVD sales will all help to get me there again soon.
Please do check out the wearable art links as our proceeds go towards my treatments, too. and all of the scarves can work for head wraps for hair loss during chemo if you or your loved ones are dealing with this aspect of cancer treatments.
I will send an update as to how we are doing here to you all soon.
And please know from my heart to yours how much I appreciate each and everyone of you for your generosity.
With love and warmest wishes from Memphis!
Celeste and Nazim
PS The first photo is of the portrait Nazim did as an homage to “Live a Little Love a Little,” where I co-starred with my friend, the amazing Elvis Presley in 1968 at MGM! And then we have two of the items in my Celeste Yarnall Wearable Art on line design collections to honor Elvis Week (A Modern Tee and long designer scarf (all items have my autograph).
Nazim Artist (C)
Thank you so much to Turban Diva for sharing my story in their blog http://www.turbandiva.com/Celeste-Yarnall--Diva-of-the-Month_b_45.html, with special links to my new Celeste Yarnall Wearable Art Boutique, StoreMyTumor, Perseus and this, my Gofundme immunotherapy cancer fund https://www.gofundme.com/kvo9xs
The Turban Diva blog also gives shout outs to my writing partner, Dr. Hofve’s and my book Paleo Dog!
I would also like to share the link for my BEMER website which is http://www.artofwellness.bemergroup.com as each one of the protocols and all these links have been a very important part of my husbands and my life and my healing and we are indebted to each of them and all of you.
Hope you enjoy this wonderful blog as much as I appreciate them sharing my story in order to help others learn the symptoms of ovarian cancer and how to help the body heal itself!
Many thanks dear friends!
Celeste and Nazim
Last year today, July 25th 2015, I was having my big repair surgery to my original ovarian cancer surgery as I had developed a huge hernia and a lymphocyst the size of a cantaloup...when the asthenia wore off it was my birthday, July 26th and my husband, daughter, son in law and granddaughter were all in my room with balloons and birthday cake..only problem was I was in excruciating pain and needed another procedure done under guided ultra sound, that injected and filled the area around my abdomen and the incision with a pain killer..but finally, I could after that relax and celebrate in my hospital room. I was that year unable to attend one of my favorite conventions. But this year...
I am so excited to be able to share that I will be able to attend the big 50th year Anniversary celebration for Star Trek at the Rio in Las Vegas this year. Nazim and I will be there August 2nd thru August 7th. See http://www.creationent.com for more details.
Heartfelt thanks to all who have helped me to do the amazing personalized medical procedure for cancer immunotherapy in Grand Cayman at Perseus PCI. I have had 4 vaccines and will soon require boosters so we much continue to raise funding to pay the debt off and be able to incur more expenses for the future treatments. I have had a big set back but not from cancer and that is the total degeneration of the cartilage in my right hip and so my hip replacement surgery is scheduled for October 10th and back at Cedars where I was one year ago!
To help the fund raising activity we have launched my Celeste Yarnall Wearable Art Design Studio to augment the one we have already launched for Nazim entitled Nazim Artist Wearable Art. If you would like to contribute by making a purchase of a beautiful scarf, top, tee or kimono style sheer wrap please take a look at the new website for my new line. I have included an homage to the many trips to Grand Cayman and treatment with Perseus in the line and they are identified with the Grand Cayman in the title. You not only help me but also the makers of our scarves and tops as they benefit by being helped through our partner VIDA’s literacy project where the makers get reading, writing and math lessons as part of their employment benefits package.
I hope you like the new line and both Nazim and I hope to see many old friends in Vegas and make new ones too! We will after the Star Trek con be going to Memphis where I will be on stage for Conversations on Elvis but more about this in my next installment.
Below is my publicity photo for both the Star Trek and Elvis events and then two Kimono style wraps, one featuring my TOS character Yeoman Martha Landon and the other featuring our Grand Cayman Azalea Motif.
In that spirit we wanted to share with you that we have just launched an adjunct campaign for my Immunotherapy Cancer fund and that is Nazim Artist’s Design Studio where he and I are incorporating his paintings in partnership with VIDA Design Studio in beautiful scarves and Modern Tee shirts. The line is growing by leaps and bounds so do check this link often to see what you might like to add to your wardrobe and keep in mind each item is custom made and will take about 4 weeks delivery. You are not only helping me but also all the employees world wide who actually create our designs for VIDA Design Studio. VIDA is a conscious commerce employer and is not only providing employment opportunities globally but also providing their work force with education through their literacy project.
We thank you so much for all your support which has enabled me to survive Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. I am so happy to tell you that I personally feel recharged and of value again by helping Nazim bring his gorgeous paintings to life in wearable art! Please visit
With love and gratitude,
Nazim and Celeste
Praise God! Great news...continued prayers for you.
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 : )
Praying for you and your loved ones Celeste, love Jill (sister of Carol Young).
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.
Celeste. I hope and pray that you are getting better and that you can continue to enjoy the things you love doing so much. Take care.
I really like the short hair look on you! Very modern!
Please! If everyone who has already donated will double their efforts, Celeste can reach her goal now! Please! Just consider it...
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!!!!!!
My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Praying adn lifting you uP 3x daily Celeste. God is doing a good work in you and this is only a drawbridge that opened in your path, but you are Robbie Maddison on a speeding dirt bike and will leap OVER this gap with ease.
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Take a look on Youtube and Hemp Oil. You will not be disappointed.
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.
Yes the hemp oil along with frankenscense essential oils!!!
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
Let's keep putting in what we can every payday, if possible! Every dollar repeatedly given, is another heartbeat providing life, until the clock is wound and can run on its own again . . .
Get well Celeste :(
Celeste, Please research CBD Hemp oil. phoenixtears.ca has the directions to make it.