For the past 4 months the Overpeck family has been aware that Mike’s PSA numbers have been elevated. A prostate biopsy was scheduled for the end of June and by mid July they learned that Mike had prostate cancer that had aggressive numbers. This took us all by surprise because Mike had no symptoms, no family history and is in good health.
This past week Mike received news that no one wants to hear. Mike and Tara believed going into Mike's appointment with the urologist they would be given two options. If the cancer was contained, removal of the prostate would take place in Indianapolis. If it was not contained, Mike would be referred to an oncologist for further treatment. Instead they learned Mike’s cancer was not contained, considered Stage IV and he was looking at treatment without a cure. This was very disheartening to all of us. Not only was the treatment just keeping the cancer from growing, the side effects of the meds were very troubling.
Mike and Tara came home from the appointment trying to digest what they had just heard; wrapping their minds around what this may mean for their future. A friend of theirs, that Mike was in touch with to share about the news, told Mike his wife had just undergone an alternative treatment offered outside of the United States. Mike listened and then shared the information with Tara. Tara was uncertain, but had no doubt in her mind that she was seeing the old Mike right before her eyes and he was full of hope. She had not seen this Mike in months. In fact just before they went to their appointment, he hit the lowest point she had seen yet.
The family friend gave contact information about this alternative treatment. They were on the phone that same night with a patient consultant for almost an hour. She explained the treatment center, what they believe and how all this works. As a family they prayed that if this was the direction Mike needed to go God would open the doors and handle the logistics. Within the next 48 hours Mike's paperwork was reviewed by the hospital and he had been accepted for treatment, they had a bed available for him to come the following Monday and the means to make this happen had come through!
The facility where Mike will be receiving treatment is called New Hope Unlimited and is located in San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora, Mexico. It will be 12 days of treatment on site and several months of follow-up after he returns home. After reviewing Mike’s individual medical history a protocol will be created especially for him by the staff at New Hope. This may involve dendritic cell therapy, stem cell therapy and treatments to strengthen his immune system to name a few. This is considered a medical facility. The lead doctor and many of the staff members have a faith but do not impose that on their patients. We welcome being in the care of those that believe.
Thank you for walking with the Overpecks through this difficult time. They are seeking direction from God and want to be in the center of His will. They truly appreciate all your concern, care and love. They sincerely feel it and it is what is carrying them through this ordeal. Their journey has been labeled "Miracle in Mexico!"