I am blessed overwhelmed by the number of people who thinking of me, praying for me and doing what they can to help me financially through "Friends of Susannah". You are each doing so much to help me through.
Greetings to all,
I begin this website as a way for us to keep in contact, to learn and stay connected regarding the upcoming journey of an amazing individual....My Sister Susannah.
The week before Christmas she made several very difficult phone calls to her family and friends informing us of her recent diagnosis-Grade 3 Invasive Ductile Carcinoma, Breast Cancer.
We ask for positive energies and prayers of healing. Susannah already has a very positive attitude regarding her treatment plan and what the next few days, weeks, months....and years will bring.
If you want to financially assist with her medical expenses, send me an e-mail (address on this site) and I will get you the info on "FRIENDS OF SUSANNAH". I can also update you on upcoming fundraisers.
With Love.....Sarah Beth Kist
Susannah Here -
Thank you to Sarah Beth for setting this up! I am overwhelmed with the outpouring of love! You each have touched my heart so deeply.
You have no idea how much it means to me to read the entries in the guest book (some of you are so deep and profound, and that just makes me cry).
I've especially been enjoying going to "Friends of Susannah" on Facebook (thank you Ryan) and seeing so many faces from so many parts of my life! I think this is about the only thing that would have gotten me actually on Facebook.
THE ACTUAL UPDATE
I realized that this is the "background" section, so I wanted to take a minute to just update those of you who may be reading this for the first time.
Dec 15, 08 I went to the doctor because there were some weird things happening with my left breast. I was told (in the nicest way), "Oh, honey. I'm afraid that this is cancer." The next day I had an appointment scheduled with a surgeon. After the biopsy confirmed that it was Invasive Ductile Carcinoma, Breast Cancer, Glen and I needed to pray and look into the options.
I wasn't fond of the conventional: chemo, masectomy, radiation and waiting - probably taking care of 80% of the cancer in my body. Glen had found a clinic in Arizona called "An Oasis of Healing" (www.anoasisofhealing.com), where Dr. Lodi was having some amazing results. And we made the challenging decision to go there - leaving behind family and friends that we knew would support us, not sure of how we would pay for it, not sure if it would be successful, but confidant that the healing was in God's hands, and that a complete healing was ahead.
We turned on the praise music and prepared to leave. We arrived in Arizona on January 21 at 12 midnight and began treatments the next day. There they 1) help your body to stop making cancer, 2) target and kill cancer cells (without harming the body, and 3) support and build your immune system. They use the best of conventional (a unique kind of approach to chemo) and alternative medicine. If your interested more info, ask me or go to their website.
I had a PET/CT a few weeks after we arrived (trouble with scheduling it) and it showed that the cancer had spread to my liver and parts of my spine. This wasn't what we wanted to hear, but it wasn't a complete surprise.
We stayed at the clinic where I had treatments 6 days a week until April 1. It was a very amazing and healing time, as you'll read in the journal. On Mar 27 the follow up scan showed great improvement, and on April 6 we headed home.
I am still in the healing process, not "cured". I continue with the chemo (IPT-LD) and high dose vitamin C once a week at a clinic in the area. I should go twice a week, but finances don't allow for that for right now. I continue the diet, supplements and lifestyle changes prescribed at the clinic and trust that my complete healing is in God's almighty hands.
I thank God everyday for each of the blessings in my life - and that includes you!
I'm on my way to healing!!!