Letter From Mel
Dear Friends of BlindAlive,
The BlindAlive community is my second family and I know that many of you are wondering about my latest cancer scare. I believe in transparency so here is the latest update.
I had a malignant tumor removed last November. It was very small. The tricky part about this is that this was the second one in eight years. Because this is a reoccurrence, the doctors wanted me to do all the “standard treatments for breast cancer”. I do not believe that the standard treatments are in my best interest so I have been searching for an oncologist who could hear me out. I found one so now I can begin the treatment plan that makes most sense for me.
Cancer is no doubt a frightening diagnosis. Unfortunately, the fear inherent in the diagnosis is amplified by the way it is treated. I refuse to be steam rolled into treatments such as radiation and the very caustic chemotherapies because that is “the way it has always been treated.” I have never been convinced that these treatments are actually helpful in the long run. Everyone is called to make the best decision for themselves of course. I make no judgements about how others choose to work with their own bodies. It is an extremely personal decision.
I have chosen to take Herceptin which is a monoclonal antibody. This targets the specific type cancer which I had. I will be under treatment for one year with an infusion every three weeks. This is usually very well tolerated and I am not afraid. I will also begin taking some type of medication for 5 years that knocks out estrogen in my body. These treatments make sense to me and I will do my best to accept them into my body.
I appreciate so much all the kind words I have received since I made this public. It means a lot to me.
This year will be an adventure for sure but there is no need for fear on my account. I intend to continue the work of BlindAlive. It brings me such joy. Joy makes our lives worth living and that is exactly what I intend to do.
This time in 2017, I will be writing you another letter and it will be a letter of celebration. In the meantime, I will keep you all updated.
Thanks again for your care and support.
Good health to you,