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Sunday, January 23, 2011

I've been spending hours and hours searching for stories of survival so that I can compare them and find a common link.  what is it that survivors do?  what treatments do they get?  which doctors or clinics do they use? 
There are tons of blogs and posts about cancer survivors.  Not many about liver cancer survivors ...nevertheless, the few that I found had a few things in common.
1. hope.  they do not give into the negative stats and comments from the doctors.
2. proactive. they search and learn about all their options and take control of their medical treatment - as much as possible.
3. diet - most change thier diets decreasing or eliminating meats and adding vegetables and fruit juices.  a couple went all vegan. 
4. Faith. most rely on their faith to get them through the bad days and to help them make decisions.
Number 2 and number 3 are difficult.  It is difficult to be learning about the condition and be directing the course at the same time.  I will take it on as a project and move forward proactively.    Changing our diet is also difficult - it requires that we be more aware of what we eat.  I say "we" because Ed and I are in this together.  I also need to be healthy to be able to help him.   Faith and hope is what is keeping us strong and confident. 
We spent most of the day at UC Davis again today.  A side affect that I am sure he does not want me to mention here.  but we are glad that we went in because at least we know what it is and aren't sitting here worried.  After that we went to Old Town Sacramento and walked around a bit.  We had a vegie sandwich with a fruit juice for lunch :)
hope all is well with you.  thanks for following my blog.  I've had some of you ask me what you can do to help me and this is a great help because it makes me feel that someone is listening and I am not going through this alone. 
take care


  1. Hi Maria,

    There is hope. My husband was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer in June of '08. He is alive, doing well, and is now cancer free. He took Nexavar and a nutritional shake. You can read our story at

    I wish you the best as you fight this wretched disease with your husband and I will keep you both in my prayers.


  2. Thank you and Thank God. I am so happy for you and your husband and so grateful that you contacted me. Please take extra good care of him and of yourself.