Posted on February 13, 2018
Almost a year later, all the doubts and pre-conceptions of what would "most likely happen", have been defied. Every prayer, hug, and message of hope, has built up Millie, and given her the courage and strength she needs. As we reach a milestone of treatment, as her family, we think back and find amazement in how much has been accomplished, and how blessed we are. A year ago, Millie's previous doctors refused to give her options, hope, or a plan for the future. They didn't support her desire to use integrative medicine, and would wait until symptoms or conditions were severe before considering options. Reactive medicine, has been an issue in the health of many, across the country. Doctors choosing not to support each other or communicate, while their patients are the ones suffering the consequences of their actions. After a few months of seeing Millie struggle, her family could stand this no longer. Her diet, regardless of doctors opinions, did matter immensely. Her supplements (vitamins), were vital to her progress, even though her doctors would not even speak of them. It is clear that the options for hope in this country, are based off categories instead of customized for each person. Could we stand up and use our experiences to change the world? Maybe. For now we are going to stand up and fight for the life of a woman, who each of us care dearly for, to give her the best chance at the battle for her life. To most doctors, insurance, and some in disbelief, she is merely an underdog. They however, do not know Millie Jones. The woman has fought from birth, never receiving a single thing without fighting for it , and when doctors gave up, her family and friends stood up. Your health issues can be the fault of many, but its your own responsibility to fix it, or find those who can.
Currently in Philadelphia, Millie is receiving Radiation therapy for the month, in conjunction with chemotherapy, while utilizing a unique machine for Hypothermia treatment. New symptoms are being felt, due to the aggressive nature of the treatments, and changes in her regimen. Luckily, CTCA in Philadelphia is ahead of the game, and has prepared Millie and her family, while being immediately available to them should complications arise.
Thinking back, it seems so long ago, that doctors at previous hospitals had refused to treat Millie in such an aggressive fashion, because in their eyes she was categorized as a lost cause. With such a lack of effort being offered by doctors, how could survival rates even be estimated? How could chances for patients improve, if most doctors are not even willing to try or suggest the attempt to their patients? The answer, they cant. 5% remission, based off a study of patients who were told they were a lost cause, is a poor representation of the odds. Thankfully, the medical industry failing miserable in this fashion, has made it that much easier to defy the odds for us.
I hope somebody reads this, or hears about Millie's story, and passes along the message that even when the odds are not in your favor, it is your choice whether you would like to try or not. There are cancer centers, and doctors, who do work together and communicate to support their patients. Lucky for us, at CTCA they are all under one roof and are more efficient than any medical team or hospital we know of. More so, if you are as blessed as Millie and her family, your loved ones and friends fill in the gaps , where doubt and disbelief may lie, which brings us to never ending gratitude.
Thank you. Thank you for donations, prayers, hugs, love, belief, smiles, and every other amazing thing that has been offered to support Millie and her family. This wonder woman, was the ultimate underdog, and with your love and support, she is a million times stronger than ever before. She is receiving a treatment that other hospitals would not even consider, and that up to the first day of treatment, had to be fought for. The fight continues, and this is a vital round in the match. We her family, cannot express our gratitude enough, for every person who has contributed in their own way. Each one of you is a part of our miracle, as we continue to stand behind our "Wonder Woman", the under dog, and watch her thrive.