I am back again for another update on this ongoing experiment with Reishi mushrooms and my journey living with multiple myeloma. The KFLC was 68.30MG/DL on lab work done September 6, 2012. I was wonderfully surprised by those results since they had lowered, which is good, and I had not even been taking my Reishi mushrooms consistently during that time.
Fast forward a month’s time and I go back for labs on November 2, 2012. I got a really unpleasant surprise this time! KFLC rose to 95.70 MG/DL. So it rose by 27.4 MG/DL. It has been my experience that slight fluctuations can occur and in my case usually they are nothing to worry about. I think this a little more serious that that though.
This could not have happened at a worse time for me. A few days prior I had committed to some other treatment that is unrelated to myeloma and having to go back on chemo would screw that up big-time. Can’t discuss that other treatment at this time but will at a later date. I had previous discussions with my oncologist who is aware of me not wanting to take chemo maintenance since I had been stable without it for so long and we had agreed that if the KFLC would rise about 100.0 MG/DL, I would start chemo at that point only.
So this really put me in a tough situation, what was I to do? I’ll tell you what I did and I do it every time I get sick and feel the need for help. I’ve never mentioned this before because I wanted this blog to be for everyone not just those who are of the faith. I wouldn’t be completely honest with you if I didn’t and you might miss the true source of where my healing, if or when it comes, came from. I say that because I do believe I am going to be healed or cured of this disease someday. (Perhaps the Israeli Cancer Vaccine in which testing is being done on myeloma!) http://unitedwithisrael.org/israel-d…ancer-vaccine/ :-)
Anyhow, after getting those results I took the first opportunity to go to my church and ask for prayer. I believe God can heal us and he has helped me many times before but he has also allowed me to suffer as well to serve other purposes and I’m cool with that too. There is a scripture in James that gives instructions for what a Christian can do if he/she is sick, so in obedience to God’s Word I did that first. I asked for prayer and was anointed with oil and prayed over by the entire congregation at my church. Here’s the scripture reference:
“Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Confess your trespasses[e] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” James 5: 14-16
Fast forward another month. There is a saying that goes around at my church, “Do the possible and let God do the impossible.” During that month I committed to taking my Reishi mushrooms faithfully and not slacking off like I had in the past. Problem was that I had exhausted all my resources from buying medications for the other treatment that I mentioned earlier. Something extraordinary happened during that time. I was at church and a friend walked up close next to me and put something in my Bible. It ended up being a hundred dollar bill! That helped me with buying more Reishi mushrooms and I even bought two types of curcumin to throw into the mix. At this point doing a blog about Reishi mushrooms was not top on my priority but doing everything I could to get my number down was. One of the curcumin sources I took was injectable so I had to inject it intramuscularly every day for a month, ouch! Now to make a long story short I am just going to give you the results of the next labs. The one on top is November 2, 2012 and the bottom one is from November 26, 2012, both on same image.
As you can see it went from a drastic upward spike to a slight decrease in KFLC. I’ll take that! 95.70 down to 93.80 MG/DL.
I discontinued curcumin after November 26, 2012 because of cost and because there is a slight chance it could interfere with other treatment that I mentioned earlier that is non-myeloma related. Currently taking reishi mushrooms faithfully and will will update this blog after next labs which are on December 27, 2012.
Merry Christmas Everyone!!! Thank you for reading.