Posted on August 22, 2017
It is bittersweet to share the following message from Amigo. Everyone has been so generous, but Amigo is not yet out of the woods and still needs our help. If you are someone who benefits from organic farming in any capacity, please consider making a contribution to our dear friend who has done so much for so many over the years, and still very much needs our help.
A DIRECT REPORT FROM AMIGO BOB
Hello Dear Friends!
It's been quite a while, and I owe everyone a report on my present status. In the year plus since my situation went public I have gone through a roller coaster of emotions. It is truly difficult to expose my illness to others. I want to be seen as strong and healthy, even if I am not.
Your love and support has given me so much will and inspiration to somehow find a way to get well. You have been keeping me alive in many ways. I have never felt so loved! People call, write, email and stop me on the street to offer support. Wow! Thank you so much!!!
That said, I have had a bumpy year. The first 6 months of treatments, as you know, went really well, but then it appeared the immunotherapy stopped working, and the doc at Stanford kicked me off the medication. Looking back I think that was a mistake -- as soon as the drug left my body the cancer started raging again. We were then confounded, looking for new options and reviewing others I had passed on previously. So many choices, it was really confusing and discouraging not to know which way to turn. Many intriguing possibilities are outside of my economic situation and the only options that could be paid for by insurance were chemo and radiation, neither of which the docs are now saying will "cure" me. Given the quality of life issues associated with them, I continue to pass. I have successfully used twice weekly infusions of mega doses of Vitamin C and Artensenate, an extract from artemesia. This expensive process has kept the cancer from raging, but it has not gone back to where it was during the immunotherapy. Most recently, pain has been my biggest issue --thank goodness for strong pain meds!
Unfortunately, my latest PTscan shows the cancer "out of the bag," as the doctor said, moving to another part of my body. But I am not giving up. Jenifer and I believe that a miracle is just around the corner. I had a wonderful blessing from the Divine Mother, Amma Sri Karunamayi, who gave me lots of hope, and I am now in line for a clinical trial of two immunotherapy drugs which look promising.
A new challenge will be we will need to live near Portland, Oregon for at least two months- with lots of expenses and no income. We are highly encouraged by the prospects for this immunotherapy work as it is being done at Providence Cancer Center, a national leader in immunotherpay research and innovation, but there are no guarantees with anything.
My local oncologist congratulated me for thriving 5 years using alternative methods and maintaining a relatively good quality of life. And I am not done yet!!! Please help us vision a new miracle in Portland.
Thanks so much for your continued love and support. I love you very deeply.