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.
I had to run over before they closed Friday to get a chest EXRAY as I have a very debilitating dry cough which ends in multiple chest/lung spasms but the images showed my lungs were clear with no infection but what they did see was that the multiple cancerous nodules that have spread to my lungs... and my GP thinks that to my body it feels like an irritation and it needs to deal with it.
Praying the new low dose nightly chemo pill and every 2 week Avastin infusion will help stabilize me.
The CT scan also found that this same ovarian cancer has now spread to a few other places and their are new lymph nodes also involved... so Nazim and I are trying to keep our stress level low but it's so difficult as you can imagine. When your credit cards are stressed to the limit and your life depends on the best food, supplements, alternative care for support of what the standard of card does to you body, etc.
We have a new holistic doctor on our team who is, helping me with my Keto for Cancer diet, relaxation, acupuncture and homeopathy but it all costs money.
I wore the mask into the imaging center because I thought I might have germs but I didn't! Huh...no germs just freaking cancer! https://www.gofundme.com/kvo9xs
I am doing all I can to support this treatment as usual with holistic care . Nazim and I are doing Chi Gong each morning and then taking a nice walk each morning.
I have added to my care team besides my general practitioner a new naturopathic doctor who is refining my supplements, fine tuning my ketogenic diet, doing a very interesting acupuncture technique with magnets on my fingers and hands which i can also do at home and who will also be there for me with homeopathic remedies to help, as well.
The new things all marry well with my twice daily use of my European Medical Device which also has a night program. And also works well with my CBD rich hemp oil.
After such a beautiful week in Palm Desert and La Quinta it was quite a contrast to arrive there at 10 am for labs, exam and then treatment. Cedars Sinai is like a city within a city!
I got the results of my blood work which all in all prior to treatment looked good but we must wait for cancer marker test called CA125 which determines tumor load in the body and that is the one that will determine if this treatment and all I we do to support it is working.
We were able to leave at about 5pm, stop and get a nice salad, then head for home.
I was totally exhausted and just crawled into bed upon arrival.
If you would like to help support me through this or continue to do so it means the very world to me as it continues to be my lifeline!
Shared with love and deepest appreciation to all of you!
Celeste and Nazim
It was a rough day yesterday as we went back to the hospital to meet my oncologist to get the results of my CATscan which I did on Friday. Waiting from Friday to Wednesday is so stressful and when we finally got to see my doctor it was not good news because for the first time the cancer has spread to other locations. I don't even like saying the words in writing or aloud but anyway...last year at this time I had a CATscan and the ovarian cancer had come back after my being in remission for 2 years but it was contained in the peritoneum and we caught it very early as everything was quite small and then I did six more rounds of chemo and that seemed to have shrunken those hot spots down to nothing which was confirmed by CATscan in November 2017 but the next month off chemo (Dec 2017) my CA125 (blood marker for ovarian cancer) went up out of normal range so that is why we started me on a very progressive drug called a PARP inhibitor whose brand name is Lynparza. Lynparza is a drug that works on the DNA of the cancer and I have been taking twice daily for 3 months now and apparently it's just not working for me even though I did my last 2 immunotherapy boosters which were flown in from Grand Cayman. My team in Grand Cayman thought this would be a great combination protocol for me but alas I had one immunotherapy treatment/injections in January and then the last treatment in April. Those last two treatments were boosters and they completed that very costly series of treatments and this is where the money we raised here went...sadly it hasn't kept the cancer from coming back. That is because OC is one of the most difficult cancers to treat.
In February my CA125 went up to 300 (high end of normal is 35) and then the next time they did it it went to nearly 400 and now from just last week, it's up to 600 so this new CATscan picked up a pea size nodule on my lung and another was found above my liver with some lymph nodes flaring up too but it's not on my liver or gall bladder however, there are more hot spots in the peritoneum, too.
My exam was normal and the rest of my blood work was normal so we stopped the PARP/lynparza drug last night and I will be off all meds for a few weeks to try and get them cleared from my system and then will begin a new regime around June 6th with a once a day oral chemo drug called Cytoxin which will be a very low dose and then every two weeks I will go back to the hospital for Avastin infusions. Side effects are supposed to be minimal but of course we are all different and so my doctor practices personalized medicine. I have had Avastin before the first time being along with chemo that followed my first big 8 hour surgery where I was in the hospital for 4 weeks and had my first round of chemo before being released. Then with rounds 2 through 6 in 2015 I had Carboplatin, Taxol and the Avastis drug . Avastin is one of those drugs that stops the blood vessel build up that the cancer itslef causes to support itself. Cancer is so stealthy as it disguises itself as our own bodies so the immune system doesn't recognize it as foreign but the immunotherapy that I did was supposed to take the mask off the cancer so my immune system would be primed to go after it but it didn't work for me. This type of drug (Avastin) is called an anti-angeiogenesis drug. It usually causes ones blood pressure to go up so they monitor it closely and most likely they would put me on a blood pressure medication unless I can keep it down with CBD which has been known to lower blood pressure. We will have to go to know to see how I react.
I actually asked my doctor whom I really love and feel completely good with if this was the beginning of the end for me and she said absolutely not as she has seen this protocol zap all the things like this before in many other patients so her goal is to get to me back into remission and this will be the first course of action to hopefully do this.
Now Nazim and I are trying to adjust and cope with this new information. I physically feel good and that is what is so weird. Life expectancy for Ovarian Cancer used to be 18 months but my amazing doctor is keeping people alive as long as 20- 25 years with this disease and life expectancy has gone up to 5 years. It's 3 1/2 years for me now since first diagnosis in November, 2014.
I really didn't expect this report so it was a big shock and requires lots of positive thinking to wrap ones head around it.
Nazim took me after my appointment with the doctor to the Getty Museum so we could see the King Tut exhibition to mark our one year anniversary of going to Egypt last year at this time and we had a beautiful lunch in their gorgeous restaurant. We actually met nice people all day from all over the world. Doctors orders were to go live life to the fullest every second and that is what we are doing!
My daughter Cami and her husband Steve are taking us tomorrow down to Carlsbad (near San Diego) to the 4 Seasons Hotel for a Mothers day weekend so that will be really nice and we will all come back Sunday evening.
Today, May 10th marks the birthday of my mother who passed in 2011 at nearly 98 years old so her amazing lifespan gives me hope and she survived colon cancer.
Thank you all for your love and support and helping so much to keep me 'boldly going!'
Nazim and I are so grateful to each and everyone of you and send you all our heartiest Live Long and Prosper!
Life is never the same after the initial scary diagnosis that is for sure. We live between doctor visits, and hospital appointments, examinations, scans, chemo, etc.
For me I went last Tuesday to Cedars for my monthly exam and blood work and my exam was normal as was some early blood work results such as CBC and so we then wait a few days for the cancer marker blood work called the CA125 which is how they monitor the ovarian/peritoneal cancer I have been dealing with and then we wait for that report to come in and this takes a couple of days so you can imagine the stress on that. So today mine came back and my nurse let me know that it is now elevated and way out of range for the 6th month in a row and I had also just started the new PARP inhibitor drug recently, (February 1st,) too.
I got my last two immunotherapy boosters which were miraculously shipped to my local GP here in LA from Grand Cayman (I had one in January this year and one last Friday)...so just to know what is truly going on I go back tomorrow afternoon for a CAT scan. Then wait it out for results until next Wednesday for my doctor when we go back to Cedars and then my doctor will share the results and the next plan of action.
I can assure you getting phone calls like this causes Nazim and me to be so stressed because with cancer you are always waiting for that terrible other shoe to fall so here we go again, dear friends..praying for a good outcome as I boldly go again into the abyss with the contrast put into my vein before the CAT scan....last time 6 months ago the IV popped and sprayed the contrast all over my head as I went in the scan machine and my scalp was burning...so the technician came out with wet towels and afterwards I stuck my head in their sink to try and cool it down...just a silly accident as they had me bend my arms over my head and the needle bent, so here's hoping it will be ok tomorrow for the imaging.
Thank you all for the wonderful healing energy you send me so often. Both Nazim and I truly appreciate the generosity, love and good wishes and prayers you have all sent me over the last 3 1/2 years as I keep trying my best to stay alive and just as we all hope and pray for like we said on Star Trek... to live long and prosper..but cancer certainly does affect ones ability to earn a living even though I do my best to work from home on Nazm's and my art of wellness products, etc and our wearable art and home decor for VIDA.. so once again your generosity means the world to us to help keep me boldly going with all the things that insurance doesn't cover but certainly do help you deal with the standard of care which is all mainstream medicine can offer (drugs, chemo surgery radiation, etc). The need for supplements, CBD oils, organic foods are so costly as you all know so thank you so much for all your help thus far...couldn't have made it without all YOUR help that is for sure!
Celeste and Nazim
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