Since October some things have changed. One of my chemotherapy drugs was changed in November from Vincristine to Methotrexate. Dr. L and my opthalmologist/neurologist both thought it wise to stop Vincristine since they thought it was causing all of my eye problems. I was diagnosed with cataracts and optic neuritis (which causes blurriness in my vision, moderate/severe eye pain and peripheral vision loss) I also have been told that I have the beginnings of glaucoma. I am also now color blind. These problems are all thought to be from either the chemotherapy or scleroderma. I find myself hoping that they are from the chemotherapy, because then when I am done with treatment the problems won't get any worse.
I have only finished one more IPT treatment in November. I decided to take a break in December due to all the complications with my eyes and the extreme nausea and stomach upset I have been dealing with, as well as the high financial toll this treatment has caused (I wish this treatment was considered standard protocal for cancer because then insurance would cover it fully). I am going to continue treatment in January and am scheduled to fly out to New York on January 24th. I will be getting another PET scan in the beginning of February and I am hopeful that I will finally be cancer free, although I expect that Dr. L will want me to have at least one more treatment even if I am cancer free.
I can say without any hesitation that I have no regrets about walking away from conventional medicine. I know that I am much better off, despite any complications I have had, using IPT than I would be if I had followed conventional medicine. I also think that I have given myself a better chance of survival using alternative treatments. I haven't destroyed my body with toxic waste. The only regret I have is that IV vitamin C with various supplements didn't work for my cancer, although a part of me wonders if I had given myself the correct dose with the correct osmolarity if that would have made the difference, but when I was treating myself there was so little information on how to effectively treat cancer with high dose vitamin C that I was basically learning as I went.
My hope is that sights like mine and Pdazzler and many others yet to be written will help give people the knowledge, hope and courage to fight this disease with less toxic alternative treatments.
Peace be with all of you and I wish you the best in this