Fighting with Doctors
Long story short about my health. The other day, I discovered in the online lab reports, I've been diagnosed with Stage 3 Chronic Kidney Disease, which means my kidneys have minor damage. Likely from chemo and radiation and all the countless SCANS. The docs never "told" me this during my appointments, other than to say the results aren’t that big of a deal, and kept urging me to get a scan because of my high ferritin levels (not bothering to mention that it could be disastrous to my kidneys). I've been assuming I had kidney disease because I have a lot of the symptoms for it. I'm a little peeved that they never made this clear during the appointments. Anyway, they want me to get a scan because high ferritin levels (which are caused by inflammation) could be a sign of cancer. But I KNOW I don't have cancer because my white blood cell counts would be off the charts, and a tumor would have shown up by now (it's been six months since my first test) AND the pregnancy test I took was not positive (if you don't know the story on that, there's a post on that somewhere). I told the doc this, and I'm sure she thinks I'm nuts, but I'm NOT getting a scan because it could damage my kidneys even more!
Now for the good news. I've hired God as my Physician, and He doesn't charge a dime! I truly did ask Him, more like BEGGED Him, to be my doctor, and He's led me to all the things I need for my kidneys, and what I need for my ferritin levels. I went in to get more labs done last Monday to check my kidneys, and I told them I wanted my ferritin checked too (even though the doc didn't ask for the ferritin test). It was awkward, but I asked for it anyway. Turns out, my kidney counts dropped one point in less than a month, and my ferritin dropped 200 points since they last checked it! This is GOOD NEWS. This means, what I'm doing IS lowering my ferritin (I'm taking IP6 Jarrow brand for the ferritin), and what I'm doing is also helping my kidneys (drinking more water, exercising, coQ10 and L-Cartinine). So, hopefully I can convince them to let me get another lab done next month so I can see where I'm at by then. I'm about to add another vitamin that works on a cellular level that I believe will also help lower my ferritin AND improve my kidneys. It's called Protandim. Anyway, my counts aren't where they "should" be, but I'm seeing progress in the right direction. All thanks to my Great Physician. So, SO grateful to the Lord! His prescriptions for my health are far less invasive!
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.