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Jan's Story: Update
by Joann Flora,
Acupressure, Nutrition Counseling, Qigong
February 24, 2004
Tuesday - 12:30 am
On May 30th, 2003, I shared with Sitnews readers the story of
my Ohio friend, Jan Lively (see Sitnews #14). Jan had survived breast
cancer only to have it metastasize as liver cancer. In January
of 2001, her tumor marker count (a measure of the number of cancerous
cells in her body) was 4500. A friend introduced her to medical
qigong and she began to practice routinely. She found a physician
who placed her on a diet of macrobiotic, organic whole foods.
I met Jan at a month long Chi-Lel Qigong retreat in Hawaii in
February of 2002. At that time, her tumor marker count
was 2500; a count of 50 or less is considered "normal".
As roommates for the month,
we spent a great deal of time together: eight hours of class each
day, meals, and free time. I learned that in addition to the
qigong and the diet, she had undergone chemotherapy, and had
committed herself to being an active participant in her
own recovery. She spoke of her belief that qigong and western
medicine could work synergistically to her advantage. I gave
her acupressure treatments to balance the energy of her liver.
We talked about death, dying, and being a survivor.
We stayed in touch after returning
to our separate corners of the world, and I'd like to bring readers
up to date on Jan's progress since that article from last
- May 30, 2003: Jan reported her tumor marker count
down to 123. Her doctor is surprised, to say the least.
- June 6, 2003: Tumor markers fell to 76. She wrote,
"My doctor finally admitted that I am an unusual
case. He has only one other patient who has been doing
as well after advanced liver metastasis".
- December 4, 2003: Tumor markers in the normal range
at 34. She wrote, "My oncologist said this wouldn't happen.
He was wrong! When I saw him last week, he said he's never had
a patient recover from such an advanced state of disease. He
now wants to make Qigong available to all his patients".
- February 18, 2004: This is my latest email from Jan
and I am still in awe of the message. "Today I got the
results of a PET scan - NO SIGNS OF CANCER ANYWHERE IN MY BODY!
This just confirms the miracle we all believed and knew was happening.
But, it sure feels good to have the tests to prove it!"
On the 21st of February, the
Dayton Daily News ran a story about Jan, her fight to defeat
cancer, and the methods she used. You can read this article by
Kevin Lamb, The Healing Power of Knowledge, at
I wanted to share this chapter
of one courageous person's determination not to become a
victim of her disease or a system that viewed her as her
disease. The classics of Chinese medicine tell us that
we have within ourselves everything we need to be healthy. Jan
has demonstrated how far we can go by being an active participant
in the healing process, by believing in our own ability to heal.
I hope that anyone who reads this, will believe like Jan, that
they have the power to heal from within. I hope they will refuse
to accept the position of victim, though everything they are
told might suggest that to be the case. I watched Jan Lively
move from a terminally ill person to a survivor, free of her
disease, looking ahead toward a future with her family and as
a teacher of sick. She is truly inspiring!
The Healing Power of Knowledge:
Jan's Story: The
healing power of knowledge by Kevin Lamb - There must be
something she could do herself, Jan Lively thought when she learned
breast cancer had returned and spread to her liver and bones.
She had to learn everything she could do to fortify her body
and help her chemotherapy beat back the cancer. It was the only
chance she would have. - Read
Dayton Daily News
- linked Wednesday - February 24, 2004 - 1:15 am
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To Your Health
Joann Flora 2003
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