Late February of 2012 Mark was diagnosed with stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma Cancer. This is written for our family and friends who have so caringly expressed a desire to know of the current situation. We so appreciate the love and support that has been shown to us and we lovingly empathize with and pray for many of you that have had or are currently going through trials of your own. In love, hope and faith, Mark and Ane

Cancer Counsel

How to deal with serious cancer… by Mark Hornibrook

 My recommendations are:

1)    Get prepared
a)     Living trust or will in place and current
b)    Funeral plan in place
c)     Advanced directive decisions and paperwork complete
d)    Financially prepare as best you can

2)    Learn about the disease and cures
a)     Understand the diagnosis and how severe it is
b)    Seek out expert medical help from someone that is an expert in this particular type of cancer
i)       MD Anderson in Houston is probably the world's leading hospital for cancer in general
ii)     Others may be good too, but this field is constantly developing new cures, you need to find someone that is in the know about the particular type of cancer and the latest protocols.
c)     If you both feel right about it, study nutritional aids to cancer
d)    You need to work as a team and consider what is best for you – there are lots of "cures" out here and lots of people willing to help – you need to do what is right for you and I would make it a matter of study and prayer.

3)    Enjoy the time you have together
a)     Cherish time as a couple and family and spend more time together.
b)    You might plan special family/couple time, etc.

4)    Consider your priorities and the use of your time
a)     How much time at work?
b)    What is really important?
c)     What do you really enjoy?
d)    Make adjustments accordingly

5)    We employed a three pronged approach to cancer cure
a)     Get the best medical attention and follow their counsel (that you feel right about) 
b)    Study and apply the best nutrition and other cures that you feel good about
i)       Watch video of "Fork over Knife", could read China Study
ii)     Gerson Institute has some insights but is dated
iii)   We took Essiac tea, but not sure how much it helped.

After watching "Fork over Knife" and looking into cancer nutrition I felt good about not eating meat to the extent reasonable.  I do eat some fish and don't make too big a fuss over it if served by others.   I don't eat much meat.  I do eat cheese and get protein from beans, grains and nuts.  I also drink almond milk instead of cow and I don't eat any refined sugar, I do eat fruit and other natural sugars.  We eat lots of vegetables, spinach, kale, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, etc. etc.  I try to eat whole grains, it does not always happen, but I try.  But that is just what I/we felt good about.  I was rather addicted to sugar anyway so it was a good excuse to get off of it.  I did notice that they used sugar water to carry the radioactive material to my cancer spots in my body.   Evidently cancer feeds on sugar, so I determined to starve it as best I could.  We also squeeze our own fresh orange juice almost daily. Great vitamin C and tastes great too.  We got a good juicer and do carrot and apple juice often.  We did vegetable juices for a while; they taste really healthy:-).

c)     Pray for the blessings of Heaven
i)       Study faith – Hebrews 11, the story of Hezekiah in 2 Kings 17:8+
ii)     Keep his commandments, study and pray daily and obey His counsel
iii)   Welcome and be grateful for the prayers and good thoughts of others and give back

6)    Recognize that life is a round-trip and we all have a return ticket, we just don't know when it will be.  Father has a plan and we will not die before our time.  Adversity is a key part of life - hopefully we will learn and grow from it.  

This is a brief counsel that I have given to others that are dealing with cancer. --Mark

1 comment:

  1. Thank You Brother Dear . . . this is good stuff to heed and share. Love YOU!!