It was October 2001 when Rhio O’ Connor, a sixty-one year old man, was astounded to hear about the deadly cancer disease, Mesothelioma, that he was reported to be suffering from. It is a rare kind of cancer that is caused due to malignant cells found in the lining of chest and abdomen. More risk develops if exposed to airborne asbestos. Rhio was told by the doctors that he will not be able to survive longer than a year. But the high-spirited man was ready to take the initiative of fighting the disease through his strong self-determination. Thus, this old fighter left the world stunned as he lived seven and a half years longer than his prognosis.
Rhio spent endless hours in the library, studying books in order to find a treatment to the cancer disease he was suffering from. As a result of his research, Rhio came up to work with a panel of professional clinicians and formulated a regimen of more than one hundred supplements a day. He changed his diet and started practicing mind-body medicine. Thus, Rhio completely supported the theory of Hippocrates that “The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well.”
Learning from Rhio’s inspirational story, I decided to keep myself in his shoes and think as to what I would have done if gone through a similar situation. Knowing about my ill-health and being aware of my dire cancer prognosis, I would have, first of all, researched about the cause of the disease. Having my major as Biology and having an appreciable Science background I would have researched about the target organs Mesothelioma is going to affect. Obtaining a thorough knowledge about the disease, its cause and effect and the biological theory behind it, I would have discussed the situation with the best professional experts to come up to an approachable conventional treatment.
If my cancer stage would have been critical such that surgery could not have been possible or if chemotherapy would not have been any better, I would have chosen to treat this cancer disease of mine on my own by taking other forms of treatment.
Of course, there are several alternative treatments that I would have taken on my own. I would have used resources like the official websites of cancer societies that provide ways of making the lifestyle of cancer patients better. Many colleges, universities and medical school libraries provide books, electronic resources, and databases that provide other forms of treatments for cancer patients. Also, I would have taken the advice of my uncle who is an oncologist. His advice would also have been helpful in the improvement of my condition.
One of the options that I have discovered through an official website of “Cancer National Institute” is naturopathic treatment. These series of treatments aim to restore our internal body imbalance and makes our immune system strong, thus slowing the tumor growth. This treatment involves taking a good nutrition to fight off infections and getting a quick recovery. Acupuncture, also a part of this treatment, causes the flow of energy in our body. Nutrition from Botanical medicine like green tea contains cancer fighting compounds that are beneficial for cancer patients. Also, I would consult different specialists on aspects of physical recovery. These include physical therapy that will bring physical strength, speech pathology that will improve my communication skills, and occupational therapy that will restore independence within me. From the inspirational story of Rhio, I learned that mind-body medicine also induces a self-healing process. It will enable me to deal with my emotions that will not only keep me in a happy mood but will also make me cope up with the cancer effectively. I have learned through my own experience of meditation that practicing spirituality through religion, private prayers, meditation, taking an evening walk or even listening to music brings inner peace and removes a sense of loneliness in one’s life.