Sunday, February 12, 2012

Phew! It's My 30th Month

Today marks the start of the 30th month since the discovery of my kidney cancer. I would like to do a short review of my journey. The first 20 months was a breeze for me. I had very little problems and pain. The Gerson Therapy (GT) was holding, at least the spread of the cancer was controlled. However, things began to change in May 2011 last year. My pair of legs began to give me problems. I could not bend my left knee and later this was confirmed that the tumor has spread to my left knee joint. My right leg is also in constant pain and a MRI scan shows that the problem was caused by the bulging disc of the Lumbar spine in the L4/L5 area. December 2011 was the most painful period for me. Firstly, I went to Chongqing, China for HIFU (High Intensity Focused Ultrasound) treatment. The cold weather was very bad for my legs and also my lungs. I could hardly walk and constantly coughing which also triggered the nerve pain on my right leg. After I underwent my HIFU treatment, my body condition worsen. Part of the reason was due to food, I was not eating well. Although the HIFU treatment was non invasive, the burning of a 12cm right kidney tumor inside my abdomen was more than I could take. It somehow zapped the energy out of me. Though the healing pain was quite low, nonetheless it can be discomforting. I noticed that the healing pain becomes more pronounce towards the evening just about dinner or after dinner. So I normally take a pain killer and it gives me relief for the rest of the night.

I am now at the crossed roads. The GT is not sufficient for me and I need to add more therapies to improve my health. The HIFU treatment was the first step, to take care of the large tumor. My recovery has been a little slow. The next step is how to treat the tumors on my lungs and now the left knee joint. From my research, I had identified Hyperthermia Therapy (HT) and subsequent I may use the enhanced Oncothermia treatment (OT) instead. I am continuing reading to search what treatment is best for me. Tentatively, if I do HT, it will most likely to be in Frankfurt or Cologne in Germany while if it is OT, it could be in Guangdong, China or I may opt for Germany instead. I will be writing to the clinics and hospitals to get further information and costs estimates about the tretment before deciding. I will be targeting May 2012 as the likely time I will do the treatment. It all depends on how fast I recover from my HIFU treatment.

Well, it certainly not smooth going for the past 29 months. But I am hopeful that with the correct attitude, mindset, sensible diet and promising set of therapies, my health condition would continue to improve.


  1. CT ... you never cease to amaze me with your super positive attitude, I LIKE ! That's the way to win your battle !

    Best wishes,


  2. Hi Chang,

    I notice nowadays "those people" are not commenting here. So I shall make my comments here again instead of direct email to you.

    Yes, I wholeheartedly agree with Gan.

    You are a fantastic person. You never complain, just go along with life. You are a real hero.

    Truly, you have practised Upekkha in the real life. Keep going on.

  3. Hi Chang
    It is good that u r doing a review at the 30th month...the reality is the journey is never expected to be easy..e all know that but u know better than any of us...nevertheless, we are here writing about the 30th month...u have reached this far the remains a journey for all of us expect we all travel different path, experience life differently...for all of us...both good and bad, the timing and frequency is different that's all.
    As I have said before, Chang, THANKS for being here for all of us...sharing your pains of your journey which helps all of us to see our pains differently...

    Ai Wee

  4. Chang,

    I don't need to say anything else the last para of yr blog said it all correctly,

    Cheers , and Move On, my friend


  5. Hi Chang. Keep up the fight! You may want to take a look at this:

  6. Hello,

    I applaud you for your courage and fighting spirit. The new oncology thinking nowadays is to treat stage IV cancers as Chronic Disease, rather than terminal disease. This means that, whilst the disease is still not curable, with a good selection of continuous treatments, appropriate diet & lifestyle changes, the cancer patient can look forward to a prolonged life. One can look at it as similar to chronic diabetic patients, for example, for lack of a better comparison. To look at stage 4 cancers this way, not only does it help with the mentality of the patients, it clears the minds of caregivers and medical practitioners, and allows a more positive attitude to life. At the end of the day, just like many survivors had testified, it's the attitude that saves lives.

    Good luck, my friend.

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