Thank you everyone for your beautiful prayers and your kind words. As many of you know, a year ago I was diagnosed with a very rare tumor in the jawbone known as “ameloblastoma.” It was a truly difficult year as my father-in-law also tragically passed away (see www.galoulloa.com) and as I was diagnosed, I was only given the choice to have a three-part surgery (9 months), where they would remove a quarter of my jaw, then go to my hipbone, remove the bone, implant it into my jaw, and do a nine-month reconstructive surgery process.
As difficult as that year was, it was also one of the best years of our lives because God blessed us with strength, friends and the ability to find the gifts in every one of the challenges.
Being part of the Tony Robbins peer group and community, I was looking for alternatives and saw just about every doctor that offered alternative treatments. Finally I found a scientist Doctor who created a treatment that was blessed with the work of five Nobel Peace prize winners on blood work, research and cures. I started this alternative treatment a year ago (because surgery is the last last last option).
Yesterday, the day after Valentines day, marked the one year anniversary since I started taking the treatment. Since the tumor is in the bone, it is a slightly slower process than fixing ailments of the blood or anywhere else in the body. Usually, bone takes 8 years to re-build. Our target is to do it in less than 2 years.
I would like to thank the prayer warriors, the love from our FB community and the pouring of support we have received from all of you. Yesterday I went for my first progress X-ray. I have been guided by faith and nothing else, trusting the Lord in the process. Although I was hoping for a true miracle and for the tumor to be completely gone, that is not the news I got.
We need to go for additional testing as it’s too difficult to tell details of such importance through a routine X-ray. So next week I’m going for a 3-D Cat Scan to measure the progress of this journey. To be honest, I was hoping for a large miracle and for the tumor to be completely gone. This treatment had fixed major issues with my blood in just a few days and I have seen major changes in the blood work of some of my friends with similar issues.
However, I have to remember. I’m not on my own timeline here…I’m on God’s timeline. He has it in this that he wants me to learn patience, trust, and a few more “gifts” that this journey will deliver.
The GREAT news is that the tumor has stopped growing, where in two years prior to this, it had grown very aggressively. From the preliminary work we could almost tell it had started going backwards…but we won’t know for sure until we get the three-dimensional work.
There are no coincidences in life. Twice yesterday some friends told me to check out Kris Carr, a young lady who has stage 4 incurable cancer and has not only defied the odds but lived the last 10 years with cancer in the most unbelievable way. Check out www.crazysexylife.com for her site. She truly inspired me…what an amazing role model for what is possible.
One of the things I teach is to be grateful for the challenges we get sent and turn them into gifts. I got two BIG gifts yesterday! One that the tumor has stopped growing (and possibly already started the backwards process), and the other, that I got to find out about Crazy Sexy Cancer a documentary on TLC about a young lady in a similar journey as mine.
Awhhh…wish things were easier — but my mentor Jim Rohn says to instead…wish “I were better.” I am better because of all of you. I am stronger because of your prayers. And I continue to live my mission to empower people even in my toughest days. Yesterday was a “not so fun day” as I didn’t get the news I wanted. But I have everything, and I mean everything. My husband has been my pillar, my strength, my everything. My family, my friends, my business partners have showed up at a level I didn’t think was possible…I am so blessed. So lucky. So happy. And today was one of the best days of my life. Because I got to live my mission to empower people, amidst one of my toughest points. Thank you God for guiding me with strength…joy…and passion. Thank you everyone for lifting me up so high with prayers…