As of September 9th, 2017 I have been off chemotherapy since November of 2016. When I was first diagnosed 3 years ago, the tumour was the size of a golf ball. Now it is the size of my fingernail on my little finger. It's also fragmented - broken up into little pieces.
I walk an average of 12 blocks a day, some days 22 to 26 blocks still completely unaided - no walker or cane. My weight is good at 178 lbs and my blood pressure is excellent at 118 over 74.
I am very close to being completely cancer free. I feel so grateful and thankful.
On Feb 4th, 2017 I had an MRI for my 3 month checkup. On Feb 14th I got the results from my oncologist. NO CHANGES!!! The brain tumor is not growing and not shrinking. I have my next appointment with my oncologist May 9th. Feel great.
Yesterday I walked unaided (no walker or cane), 32 blocks. Not tired at all. Workout with a dumbbell every 2 days, stretch and do yoga every other day. Going to transition from food is comfort to food is medicine this Saturday.
I am also a recording artist. I create original compositions on guitar and bass with my best friend of 35 years. All instrumentals covering a wide range of musical genres. Stay tuned for our brand new web site offering our highly melodic tunes for sale.
I had a brand new home care worker come over to my apartment. Never met her before. Played her 2 songs of our music. She was so emotionally moved she had tears in her eyes.
I have completed 20 rounds of oral chemotherapy. My last meeting with my oncologist was Nov 22, 2016. I had an MRI on Nov 13, 2016. The tumor is NOT growing and not dissolving. I am now in remission. The tumor has dissolved 75%. I walk unaided on average 8 to 16 blocks a day. I workout with weights every other day and stretch and do yoga on my days off from lifting weights. I do a self esteem affirmation speaking out loud 10 times in front of a mirror, every day. I also take supplements each day - probiotic, multi-vitamin and mineral, digestive enzymes and an immune system enhancing supplement. I eat mostly organic.
I feel good, not great, still experiencing some little "wobblyness" when I walk and have sporadic double vision because of the 25% remaining tumor. It is affecting my overall balance and my vision pathways.
Starting next month I am going to start a 21 day eating program called Eat Fat Get Thin. I don't need to lose weight. My weight has stabilized at 169 lbs. My body mass index is at 23 which is great for my height - I am 5ft 11 inches tall. I need to let go of the coffee, cream and sugar.
My nurse came over on Nov 23rd. She took my blood pressure - 118 over 84; resting heart beat - 51 and oxygen consumption at 97%. She pronounced me "fit as a fiddle".
The healing continues. There is nothing to fight. Cancer cells are NOT strong, overpowering, healthy, robust cells. They are weak cells. I have cancer the cancer does not have me.
Cancer demands change. I am changing!! What are the lessons in having this cancer? What's out of balance? These are the questions I am now dealing with.
I just finished my 19th month of oral chemotherapy. The tumor has dissolved approximately 75%. The most I've walked is 30 blocks in one day, unaided, no walker no cane. I am now lifting weights every other day. My intentional weight loss has leveled out at 60 pounds. I now weigh 169 pounds. I am writing 2 books, one non fiction the other fiction. The healing continues!!
In Sept 2014 I was diagnosed with having an inoperable brain tumor - aggressive, malignant and terminal. Given 3 to 12 months to live. I was in shock!!
I remember going for a walk in the hospital hallways with 2 therapists, one hanging onto a belt that was wrapped around my waist and me hanging on to a walker, dragging my right foot.
Today I just completed my 14th round of oral chemotherapy - 5 days on and 23 days off. The tumor has shrunk 70%.
I am living on my own in Vancouver, am mobile and independent. I can now walk up to 20 blocks unaided.
I no longer snack at night, eat organic and do self esteem affirmations speaking out loud in front of a mirror. I have shed 45 pounds of excess weight (not because of the cancer) and am now at my ideal weight.
Hi folks. My name is Dave and I am the owner of self esteem help now. Here is my story of how I got here.
I failed miserably at my first business 15 years ago. I ended up bankrupt and depressed. Shortly after, I was diagnosed with cancer and they didn’t think I was going to make it.
For some unknown reason, I refused to give up and started healing. They couldn’t believe how much weight I was gaining, after losing 30 lbs before entering the hospital. I wrote 4 positive affirmations every day and listened to guided meditation tapes. I refused to let the Doctors and nurses relate to me as just a body. Even the surgeon and I were on a first name basis.
Looking back, I sincerely believe if not for my training in increasing my self esteem, I wouldn’t be here today. I am so thankful and grateful for that experience. It helped to reinforce what really is important in my life. I also learned the value of forgiveness. I made some mistakes. That’s okay. Learn from the mistakes.
After fully recovering, I joined my wife at the time, in organic vegetable farming. We then started another business in online organic food ordering. We were successful at both businesses.
Today I am the proud owner of self esteem help now.com. This is what I am most passionate about in my life. I must give back what I have received and I have received a hell of a lot. I spent 15 years, and thousands of dollars and hours, increasing my self esteem.
My life is completely different now. I am in a new relationship after being married for 20 years. Louise is the love of my life.
I am working full time at a Post Office in Gibsons, BC Canada. Though I don't like the job I am grateful for it. It’s allowing me to do what I love.
I am a big believer in know who you are, there is nothing else to seek, and follow your bliss. I intend to retire at the end of next year from the “day job”, and continue writing what I know - self esteem and organic food!
Dave Abbott, March 15,2014, Gibsons, BC Canada.