I was given the news that I had Large B Cell Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma on August 25, 2000. When the doctor told me, my first thought was " That's what Jackie Kennedy died from, if she couldn't live with all her resources, how will I"? The doctor then sent me right over to an oncologist. He told me my 5 year survival rate was about 50/50.
I said that wasn't very good and he replied that that was the best they could do. Then I went right over to a doctor who did believe in alternatives. He told me about Dr. Burzynski and a few other options, but told me to get the book "The Third Opinion". So on August 25 I saw three doctors and then bought the book.
I read about every doctor in this book from all over the world. In the meantime, a very special relative made me notebook filled with items about this cancer. I still have a news item from OncoLink that told about work at Stanford University on a vacine for NHL. The reason they really wanted a vacine was and I quote:
"Chemotherapy and/or radiation can cause remission in most patients with B-cell lymphoma. However, despite responsiveness to treatment, PATIENTS WILL ULTIMATELY RELAPSE and most cannot be cured with standard therapy."
Still scared to be dying very quickly from this aggressive cancer, I turned to a very, very, prominent cancer hospital. I knew someone who had had NHL many years ago and he told me when the chemo quit working they gave him a trial drug. He had no idea what it was but I talked to them about getting it since I knew my odds were zero with chemo and radiation. I was told I had to do that first. When I refused, the woman there told me "Well, you are just going to die." I was so mad because I knew they had something--but I couldn't have it. So I read the book I had bought again and decided Dr. Burzynski was my best chance of any place in the whole world. So I went on November 7, 2000 for the first time. I was stage III at that point. I took 54 to 60 PB's a day, had absolutely no side effects, well, actually there was one, I slept like a baby.
My next visit was in January,2001. I was already in remission. By May, 2001 the tumors were no longer visible. I continued on the PB's for seven more months to make sure all the cancer was gone. And here I am over 11 years later. I never in a millions years thought I would still be here. I know that thank you is really not enough, but THANK YOU DR. BURZYNSKI. My heart goes out to you for all you have suffered and endured in search of a way to help your fellow man. That is true love of neighbor.