It’s Been a Yearlong FIGHT
I can't believe an entire year has gone by!
Last year around this same time, I discovered my thyroid quit working like it should. I wanted to find out “why” it quit, so I did a ton of research and discovered all my blood work was normal in regards to my thyroid except for my ferritin levels. I’d never heard of “ferritin,” so I looked up what it was. After a long misunderstanding (believing it was “iron”) I finally learned that it’s the protein in the body that actually carries the iron. Well, my iron levels were normal, but my ferritin was high. This could mean I either had Lymphoma (which is the cancer the B17 cured me from) or Chronic Kidney Disease (of which I was diagnosed shortly after my ferritin discovery). Anyway, the likelihood that it was Lymphoma was predominately on my doctor’s mind and she strongly urged me to get a scan, of which I refused because I didn’t want further damage done to my kidneys.
Around September of last year, I learned of Essiac Tea from a dear friend battling her own cancer. I’d also read that it helped a woman cure her hypothyroidism (which is what I had). So, I started taking the tea for my thyroid. I also got on a pill (IP6), in order to lower my ferritin because I’d read that it would lower the ferritin levels. After being on the tea for about a month or two and not noticing any changes in my thyroid, I quit drinking it but kept taking the IP6 believing it would lower my ferritin. In November of this time, I also asked to have my ferritin tested again. After all, it’d been nearly five months since the last blood test, so why not find out where I was at? Last summer, my ferritin levels had last been tested at 971. In November they had dropped to 789! I was shocked and thought for sure it was the IP6 that did it. So, I stayed strong on the IP6.
After being on IP6 for four more months, I discovered that it DID NOT WORK and my ferritin levels had skyrocketed! Normal levels should range from 50-150. Mine were at 1065 at this point. Of course, my doctor is freaking out and trying to get me to go back to see the hematologist/oncologist. I refused. God is my doctor, and I realize He uses doctors, but this hematologist woman was awful! You can read about that experience in posts below.
All I knew was I’d done SOMETHING to lower my ferritin back in September, but I couldn’t for the life of me remember what it was. After days of battling, racking my brain, trying to remember, I finally just broke down before my Father in heaven. “God, my brain just doesn’t work like it used to, and I know there was something I did back then to lower my ferritin. Will You please remind me what it was?” I had a busy day that day, and it wasn’t until I sat down and was still for a few moments that the words suddenly came to me out of the blue, “Essiac Tea.”
HA! That was it! I’d taken the tea, not imagining it would lower my ferritin, but that’s what did it! So, I got right back on the tea, thanking God in the process and praying to Him that I was on the right track. FOUR WEEKS LATER, my ferritin DROPPED from 1065 all the way down to 873!!! The way I figure it, as long as I’m consistent with the tea, my ferritin should be in normal range by August of 2018, this year! I’m praying that when they normalize, so will my thyroid, and hopefully, so will my kidneys, and another bonus …. I’ll get my hair back.
From the beginning after all the doctors have failed me, I’ve asked God to be my Physician. He is The Great Physician after all. Better than any human out there … no comparison, really. I trust in Him and am leaning on Him. He has my days numbered. Not any human being, not me, and not any doctor. GOD is in charge of my life and my body, and He has led me to the remedies He knew I needed around every corner of this journey.
Thank You, my God. Thank You, my heavenly Father. Thank You, my Abba! Thank You for allowing me to live a little while longer so I can raise my children and possibly even enjoy my grandkids sometime in the future. I will do my best to tell them ALL about You and how wonderful, magnificent and LOVING You are, how You gave Your one and only Son to die for all people, great and small.
Romans 14:11 “…every knee shall bow…”
HE is MY GOD!
On November 1, 2010, I was diagnosed with Stage Four Non-Hodgkins T-cell Lymphoma when my oncologist found a tumor in my head. He gave me radiation for this tumor, which continued to light up on all the PET scans for the rest of my treatments, but the growth had stopped. Within a year-and-a-half I was given eight rounds of chemo (including 22-hour bags and other numerous amounts of smaller injections of chemo that are innumerable—nearly bleeding to death twice), 35 treatments of radiation, a stem-cell transplant (which included "enough chemo to kill a healthy person"—my oncologist liked to say—along with full-body radiation), and numerous amounts of drugs and one magnesium vitamin.