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
I followed instructions from my surgeon and took my pain med a half hour before she came to help me get moving. The pain level I would describe is it feels like what you might imagine being kicked by a mule in your back side feels like (LOL) but we are all pleased with my progress and no complications.
I am doing my BEMER device religiously and icing as directed. I take a non narcotic pain med only as needed. And I am eating my anti-inflammatory diet very carefully and have resumed some of my supplements.
I am also excited to share that I will be making my first appearance, one month from the surgery date which will be 11-11-16 at an event where I will be a keynote speaker, with my husband Nazim Artist, It’s called “Earthshift meets Star Knowledge Conference” and it will be held beautiful Desert Hot Springs CA . See www.earthshiftconference.com and the flyer attached here.
Nazim and I are counting our blessings as we are so grateful to now have my Hip Replacement surgery behind me, and so grateful to have had the amazing surgeon Dr. Brad Penenberg doing it. He is just amazing and so caring. I am looking forward to a complete healing and walking comfortably again!
I will also need to return to Grand Cayman and PerseusPCI for a booster cancer immunotherapy vaccine and we do need to complete this fund raising effort to be able to do that as we are still short of our goal but again thank you to all of you who have helped so very much to get us this far.
Thank you for all your blessings and all the kind wishes you have sent along to me with your generous donations. We are so grateful to each and everyone of you!
All my love in return!
Special thanks also to Cedars Sinai and the doctors and nurses there! The food was fantastic thanks to a new chef that came on board 6 months ago. I felt great before surgery, even getting the spinal injection for my anesthesia and also coming out of anesthesia in recovery. I woke up happy but felt a little chilled so I got the warming Bare Hugger and that was awesome. I was up walking when I got to my room..and like right away it felt better than before the new hip. I then had a wonderful dinner that night after not eating since 10pm the night before so I was truly hungry and thirsty too. I then got a good nights sleep and had good dreams.
We stayed just two nights at Cedars and even stopped for lunch in Malibu on the way home from the hospital. It was a beautiful day and I loved feeling the sun on my face as Nazim and I window shopped a little bit. We also found a great shoe repair store next to the restaurant where we could pick up a long handled shoe horn for me and a little heal lift for my left shoe as there is a slight difference in my leg length but the surgeon said that will correct itself as I learn to put weight on the new hip again, which I have not been able to do for a long time now.
Nazim and I are so excited about the new life ahead for both of us where I will be walking again. So basically I just need to continue using my BEMER device which Nazim and I both do every day and as well as the sleep system at night. I will continue eating my anti-inflammatory diet which includes lots of wild caught salmon and veggies, and of course doing my new physical therapy exercises.
I have been walking around the house, going up and down the stairs as directed, walking around the garden, doing my PT as I said and basically just feeling so good with minimal pain meds..it kind of feels like a dull ache or a kick in the back side (LOL) but all very manageable.
I’ve been sleeping well on the BEMER sleep system and just loving life.
I know the other hip will need to be done when the doctor thinks I am ready for that but I will not be worried or frightened about that, at all.
So we continue to take each day as it comes and be so grateful of it and I look forward to my upcoming appearance and speaking at Desert Hot Springs 11-11-16.
I hope my doctor will clear me to use the mineral pools there but that will be up to him when I see him 3 weeks from last Monday. I am cleared for showers of course but not submerging in a pool or bath yet...but the mineral hot springs at this spa are so amazing so lets cross our fingers. So far my little 3 inch incision looks great.
I do need to go back to Grand Cayman for the cancer immunotherapy treatments when the doctor clears me to do so and fly again and also when we can raise the funds to do this as they are outside the original $50K cost which we are still in need of completing but with your help and support here, our Wearable Art, our Art of Wellness products, my books, Nazim’s art works and working 24-7 on all of these projects...it’s so exciting for me to feel of value and productive and so couldn’t wait to get back to work on my laptop right after coming out of anesthesia... it feels so wonderful to pay forward all that has helped me so much to Live Long and Prosper!
All our love to you all!
Celeste and Nazim
At the conference, I got the chance to wear Nazim’s and my Wearable Art which is also part of our fund raising efforts where the profits also inure to my immunotherapy cancer treatments in Grand Cayman and the debt we carry as a result of this huge expenditure. I need to return for at least two more treatments and must raise the funds to do so as we have not finished paying for the first round.
Here are the website(s) if you would like to explore this aspect of fund raising for me:
We got lots of complements on the items we wore and that was very gratifying.
Tomorrow I go through a battery of tests at Cedars to be sure I am ok to proceed with my planned hip replacement surgery on October 10th. I even got permission from my surgeon to take my BEMER to the hospital to do following surgery and I am so happy about that, as having enhanced blood flow certainly helps our bodies to heal itself.
Directly from the hospital on Oct 4th, that afternoon we will drive to Barstow, CA., so I can make an appearance at the debut of NASA’s Science on a Sphere with several other Star Trek Guest Stars on October 5th and also to attend the ribbon cutting for the historic re-opening of Harvey House. The autograph session which starts at 1pm is open to the public and I so look forward to seeing everyone who can make it as I count down to a new hip and being able to start a rehab program and getting back to a healthy fitness level. I have felt like such a slug for two years now as moving has been so painful. It’s not going to be easy but nothing has been easy these last nearly two years but you have all helped so much and made feel of value.
Nazim and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts and hope to see many of you soon.
We send you all a hearty Live Long and Prosper greeting from our hearts to yours!
Celeste and Nazim
I am so happy to share that I have been able to make more appearances and it has been wonderful to see so many of the people in person who have helped me here and to you all I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
We do need to raise more funding to complete this $50,000 treatment fund but then I must go back at least 2 more times Grand Cayman which requires yet more funding..our poor credit cards are exhausted.
Of course the endless monitoring and testing goes on regularly with all my doctors..and for sure all I can do is take one day at a time and with my precious husband Nazim beside me that is what I do.
So far no news is good news as we count down to the tests required that are coming up to so I can be cleared for my hip replacement surgery.
As many of you know I can walk a little bit with a cane but am using the wheel chair pretty much full time to get around. I needed it in Vegas for the Star Trek 50th anniversary by Creation at the Rio and then again in Memphis for Elvis week where I was on stage with Tom Brown for what is called Conversations on Elvis.
Since returning from those trips I have appeared with some of the Trek Babes on “Inside Edition,” and also appeared with some of the Star Trek guest stars for the launch of the Star Trek Forever Stamp at the Hollywood Post office.
I am so proud that I was able, with my cane to walk the Red Carpet at the Chinese Theatre for the premier of the film my husband and I have been helping with for the last 4 years and that I also appear in with 40 other Star Trek actors entitled UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!The Movie. I even did a little extra walk with none other than Star Trek star Nichelle Nichols...we both had our wheel chairs off to the sidelines....we actors just know the show must go on and the photographers were awesome as were all in attendance that lovely evening!
I have recently figured out that even when we cancer survivors think we are doing ok there is so much underlying stress..that someone recently told me that it is a kind of PTSD. I finally have to admit that that is accurate however, the design work I am doing with Nazim, by taking his paintings, or my own or our photography and translating them to scarves, tops, tees, Tote Bags and kimono style sheer wraps has been saving my life emotionally. I love it! The proceeds along with book, photo, art sales all help keep me going and will hopefully help me get back to Grand Cayman again for another treatment once I recover from the hip replacement surgery which I am excited but also tightened about as you can imagine.
I am so happy to be alive when so many of those diagnosed at the same time I was are no longer here..I want so very much to share the things that I am doing that you are helping me to do but sadly some just will not open up to the possibility that there is more than chemo and radiation but I will never stop trying to help everyone...I am indeed so grateful to my husband and family and each and everyone of you for your love, prayers and support that words fail me on how to express such deep gratitude.
All I can do is as the Brit’s say is Keep Calm and Carry on!
I do have my amazing BEMER device to help me enhance my blood flow, etc., twice a day every day and I do the sleep system each night and that is another blessing that your funding has helped me to have in my life. Do explore it at http://www.artofwellness.BEMERgroup.com and also please do our explore our Wearable Art on line Boutiques as the items make wonderful holiday gifts and besides helping me with each purchase you help the makers of these items to be enrolled in a Literacy program which teaches them and their children to read, write and do basic math.
Here are the websites to our Wearable Art on line boutiques:
It’s so important to be of help and to be of value somehow and in that spirit I wish you all a hearty “Live Long and Prosper” from both Nazim and me!
Photo below: Star Trek guest stars Bobby Clark, BarBara Luna, Celeste Yarnall and Michael Forest help to Launch the Star Trek Forever Stamp at the Hollywood Post office on the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek Sept 9th 2016. I am wearing one of our scarves in the Trek motif!
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.