Class 3 Mountain Climbing/Stage 4 Prostate Cancer

Perhaps you wonder why I keep inviting you to Shaklee meetings.  Here’s an interview I heard at last week’s Monday meeting.

J:  So Pete, when did you first suspect something wasn’t quite right with your health?   P: First of all I’d like to give thanks and honor to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for allowing me to be here.  And by “here” I don’t just mean here in this room, I mean here as in “here” alive and on the green side of the grass.   In the summer of 2007 I started having persistent moderate pain in my back and left hip.  I have always been very active so at first I thought that I had just overdone it at the gym.  However, by the late fall the pain in my back became excruciating.  At this point Doctors still found nothing seriously wrong and prescribed stretching exercises and pain pills.  Then in early December in  just a few days I basically lost my ability to walk or feel much of anything from the waist down.  I was admitted to the hospital and given every test under the sun.  

J:  What was your prognosis and treatment?   P:  I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate Cancer that had metastasized to my spine, my hip, and a few assorted ribs.  A cancerous mass on my spine was pressing against my spinal cord which was causing the paralysis from the waist down.  My PSA score was off the charts at 1800!  That’s one thousand eight hundred!  The normal for a 50 year old man is between 3.5 and 0.  The doctors said that they would do everything possible but that my condition was terminal and I had perhaps 10 months to live.  I received a series of radiation treatments and I am currently taking several anti-cancer medications.

J:  How is it that you were open to Shaklee?   P:  While I was at home recuperating, Shaklee distributer Jodi Klusacek came over to my house to tell me about vitamins and supplements.  Jodi is a member of the church I attend and I truly believe that she was sent by God to help me.   Jodi is fine Christian woman who considers her Shaklee business to be her ministry and her way of helping others.  She suggested that I start taking Vitalizer, NutriFeron, and Soy Protein Shakes.  She also suggested some dietary improvements.  I was a bit skeptical. However, when you are told that you have terminal cancer you don’t exactly have a whole lot to lose.  

J:  Did you notice a difference once on the products and which ones do you take?   P:  I currently take Vitalizer, NutriFeron, and Vivix every day.  I’m not going to tell you that Jodi’s recommended Shaklee products cured my cancer.  The prayers of my friends, the radiation, and anti-cancer medications are all definitely doing their part.  However, I do strongly believe that the Vitalizer, NutriFeron, and now Vivix are helping in a significant way.  I can tell you that I feel great!  My PSA is down to 0.21.  My walking is totally normal and I’m working full time.  I work out at the gym 3 days per week.   

J:  I heard you’ve taken a few adventurous trips lately, because your health has improved.  Can you share a bit more with us?   P:  Last June I took an 8000 mile motorcycle trip on my Harley from Chicago out to Santa Monica, CA and then up the Pacific Coast Highway to Oregon.  I have been a lifelong biker and I experienced almost none of the fatigue and aches that I have experienced on long motorcycle trips in the past.    Last August 2 friends and I drove out to Colorado for a 4 day backpacking / mountain climbing trip.  Our objective was to climb Longs Peak which is considered to be a tough class 3 climb.  I hiked 30 miles with a 45 lb pack and gained nearly a mile and a half in elevation.  This was without a doubt the most physically challenging thing I have ever done in my life.  Our climb was successful and I was so blessed to be able to stand on top of Longs Peak at 14, 255 ft.   P:  I have not had this much energy in years.   I actually feel much better right now than I did before the cancer!  When I told an old friend about my climbing trip he quipped “Hey aren’t you supposed to be dying?”.   He’s right you know, seriously now, guys like me with terminal cancer are not supposed to be out climbing mountains.   I am certainly not out of the woods yet.  My oncologist is an awesome guy.  He is thrilled with my current condition but he also cautions me that it is almost certain that my cancer will eventually return.  Ultimately I’m trusting in God’s perfect plan for my life whether that be 3 more months or 30 more years.  I just want to thank you and especially my guardian angel Jodi for significantly improving the time that I am enjoying right now.        

Isaiah 40:31  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

3 thoughts on “Class 3 Mountain Climbing/Stage 4 Prostate Cancer

  1. Thanks Ann,
    These are wonderful testimonies to God’s goodness. We, as long time Christians can see God’s hand in our lives but now the blog you use tells it to all that click on. Thanks!!

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