Check out this amazing article/video published by CBS news this past Sunday!
In the fight against cancer, will an unconventional approach end up being on the mark? Patients battling cancers resistant to standard treatments certainly hope so. Our Cover Story is reported now by Susan Spencer of "48 Hours":
Atlanta businessman Mark Beeninga had long made health and fitness a priority.
At age 45 he was preparing to bicycle across the United States. "I was jumping rope for 45 minutes a night, and I was in excellent shape," he said.
"And he's poking around my neck and he goes, 'Oh, Mark, well, what's this?' I said, 'Feels like a golf ball.' And he says, 'Oh, we gotta get this checked out.'
"So we go to this surgeon and he says, 'Oh, you've got cancer and you gotta get this out right away.'"
But Beeninga had no symptoms. "So what goes through your mind when somebody says you've got cancer?" asked Spencer.
"He's wrong, he's wrong," said Beeninga.
Katherine is a lovely 26-year-old woman diagnosed with breast cancer on Jan 2, 2014. Two years ago, she had an area of the breast evaluated and physicians felt it was most likely benign. No biopsy was done. When it grew and continued to bother her, she had the lump removed. Everyone was very surprised to find that the “benign” lump was breast cancer. She married her long-time boyfriend 5 months prior to her diagnosis. Katherine works as a nurse in an ER, and her husband is a dedicated elementary school teacher. She is off of work right now recovering from surgery, and would like to take even more time off during chemotherapy, but is unsure how much she will be able to take. Living on her husband's salary and affording medical bills has been difficult for them. In addition, the couple had planned to take a honeymoon in March, and would still like to go since her doctors have agreed to let her start chemo after the trip.
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Katherine - if you're reading this, we wish you all the best!
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