Tracey Edry

2373573_orig[1]After a recent visit to the Burzynski Clinic for my 9 year cancer free anniversary, I decided to start this site, and share my story. My name is Tracey, and I was diagnosed with advanced stage (IIIc) ductal carcinoma breast cancer.   The tumor was very aggressive, and had spread into 18 lymph-nodes (as determined by the University of Michigan).  Because of the poor prognosis of this aggressive cancer, I decided to get a couple of opinions from hospitals in Michigan.  In the meantime, my parents received a newsletter from Dr. Julian Whitaker that featured a breast cancer survivor (diagnosis VERY similar to mine) that was treated at the Burzynski Clinic.  My parents encouraged me to make an appointment at the clinic.   I was skeptical at first, but after all I am an engineer, and like to think “outside of the box”, so I figured the least I can do is hear what the clinic had to say.  I gathered my films, pathology reports, and the endless notes that I had taken, and was headed to Houston Texas for my consultation.  I met personally with Dr. Burzynski and he carefully explained his personalized treatment and approach to cancer.  Something told me that “this just makes sense”.  I ended up staying at the clinic for 12 days, as Dr. Burzynski’s staff carefully adjusted the treatment to my specific needs. My specific treatment included a course of 6 low dose chemo treatments, six daily doses of PB (sodium phenylbuterate), amino care (amino acids supplement), and a diet that offset the high amount of sodium in the PB syrup.  I had a combination Pet/CT scan to develop a base line, and had blood work done weekly that included 2 tumor markers.  Lets talk about cost…… There is no set cost for the treatment at the Burzynski Clinic.  Every patients treatment is personalized, and everyone’s treatment is different.  For example, my mom was treated at the clinic 2 years after I was, and her treatment plan was completely different (she had a stage 1B cancer), and the cost was different. The PB and amino care portion of my treatment was not covered by insurance.  The Pet/CT scan, chemo, and blood work were all covered by insurance.  These parts of the treatment can be done at the clinic, or at a facility of your choice at home.  The doctor that looked over my case, wrote a prescription for the blood work and tests I needed, so I had my blood work done at Basha Diagnostics close to my hometown, and my Pet Scans at the University of Michigan. Progress… I was fortunate enough that I could feel my tumor, therefore I could feel the progress.  Week after week, I could feel the tumor getting smaller.  I actually started looking forward to getting my blood work reports back as I watched my tumor markers get lower and lower.  After my chemo was complete (6 courses, one every 3 weeks) and being on the PB/amino course for 4 months, I elected to have a mastectomy (right side).  I continued the treatment for about 3 years, doctors ramped down the amount of PB I was taking, until I completely finished with the treatment (I call it Graduation Day). The skeptics….. I understand being skeptical.  It is my opinion that EVERYTHING regarding your health and healthcare options should be questioned.  Doctors are human, and people need to ask the important questions.  What I do not understand is hate and harassment.  I like to tell my story, but I have been the subject to ridicule and attacks.  I have had “nay-sayers” posing a potential patients (and parents of patients) contact me, and then mince my words in horrible write ups about Dr. Burzynski.  Who does that?  Is it fun? NO. Is it going to keep me from talking about my wonderful experience at the clinic? NO. I personally feel that the way to fight evil is with love any truth.  I do not “hate” the haters, I pray for them.  Most hate and anger is based on fear.  Fear of the unknown.  Fear of “thinking outside the box”. As I develop this site, I intend to post some of my pictures of my clinic visits, share survivor stories, send out a monthly newsletter.  I am also hoping to dig up some of my old paperwork from the clinic (I hope I still have everything because seeing is believing). Why am I doing this? Because I believe that we should have say in our treatment options.  Many thanks… I am very blessed that I had a network of family and friends that trusted the decisions I made with my cancer treatment.  I am forever grateful to my parents and sister with their undying support.  I am especially grateful to my wonderful husband, for his caring support, for taking care of my precious sons (4 & 8 when I was diagnosed), and for trusting my decisions.
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Brandon English

IMG_0926Months, if not Weeks

My name is Brandon English, and I am a Burzynski survivor!  After being diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (B-cell follicular) in January of 2006, “months, if not weeks” was what the doctors here in Georgia suggested I was down to if I didn’t immediately proceed with another bone marrow transplant.  This was following my having gone through the ‘Standard of Care protocol’ for NHL (including chemotherapy, radiation, and an autologous bone marrow transplant already).   Though I was a strong and youthful mid-thirties kinda-guy, the effects of the prior treatments had really weakened my body.  I felt like there had to be something better out there, given that the reports were showing a progression of disease inside my body.

Having researched for a while, many different “outside the box” treatment options, my wife and I were prayerful that we might find something treatment wise that would not further push down my already weakened immune system.  Thankfully, we were led to Dr. Burzynski in Houston and were able to “plug in.”  From the outset of our visit, we were encouraged that there was hope and that things could get better!  Though a step of faith to begin treatment here (especially considering the lack of insurance coverage), we were pleasantly surprised upon obtaining my follow-up PET scan results, showing things to have gotten “better.”  With only the ordered PB tablets and a low-dose chemotherapy pill, I was not just living; I was living as “normally” as the guy who has never been with disease; And this has been the case ever since!!!

Suffice it to say, nearly 5 years out, my decision to plug into the Burzynski clinic for treatment has been a helpful one.  -A potential lifesaver!  I am still teaching elementary PE here in Georgia, working out, and generally living the dream of being a daddy to 2 beautiful kids.  Though it’s a bothersome thing to have periodic scans and to deal with the here and there demands of “keeping up,” I am blessed exponentially!!!   Be it that we had listened to the naysayers, we never would have gotten on board with Dr. Burzynski and likely would have a very different outcome now from that which I speak.

I am a regular guy who knows what it feels like to have questions.  Walking in the shadows of medical decision-making is not easy place to be.  Though my life seems a blur and time is short, please feel free to reach me if there are specific things I might help with related to my circumstance, or if you have additional questions about the clinic.  -My e-mail contact information is brandon4jesus@gmail.com.  I know there are a lot of conflicting things being written about the efforts of the Burzynski clinic and I will be more than happy to set the record straight [from the perspective of someone who might not be here were it not for it's doing what it does].

Blessings to you,

Brandon English

Brian Thomas (Stage IV Melanoma)

brian thomasMy name is Brian Thomas.  I am an award winning teacher.  I am a happily married and have an adorable little angel for a daughter (age 4).  I am a thirty five year old man but I am not average.  I ran from Michigan to Florida in 2001 to raise funds and awareness for a private school for children with Cerebral Palsy.  I mentored two young men over a four year period and then ran with them from Florida to Michigan to raise funds and awareness for the Colon Cancer Alliance in 2012.  I am a real life superhuman and this is my story.

 

When I was finished running from Florida to Michigan I was not recovering like I did the first time.  I was always tired and could not stay focused nor could I sleep.  I went in to my general practitioner several times and had many standard tests run.  I was told that I was healthy as a horse!

During spring break of 2013 I was down in the keys with my family enjoying some much deserved rest and relaxation, but I was not rested or relaxed.  I was fatigued all the time.  I was nauseated when smelling and/or eating foods I had eaten my whole life.  I was gassy, bloated, and experienced acid reflux all day long.  I would hardly eat at meals.  When I ate my favorite dish a wonderful place called the hideaway, I through the whole meal up.  Granted it was just as good the second time but this was absurd!

We went home from the trip in the keys and my symptoms were getting worse.  I now had a general throbbing pain in my abdominal area.  I told my wife if it got any worse I would need to go to the ER.  Two days later, march 25th, I was in the ER with intense throbbing pain.  After running tests and getting an endoscopy, the news was sound.  I had a tumor in my abdomen that had fingered out to different organs in the area.  [I needed emergency surgery, now!]

After an ominous interaction with the potential surgeon at Wellington Regional, I decided to get a second opinion.  I will never forget the comment, “I suggest the Cadillac of the Whipple surgery”.  DO I LOOK LIKE A CAR!

April 15th I was admitted to Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.  My Surgeon Dr. Danny Sleeman, and his young team were amazing both in the actual surgery and their bedside manner for the duration of the three week stay at the hospital.  I was told that all my margins were clear of any cancerous cells.  My scans came back clear from head to toe!!

I spent the next several weeks healing.  Most of the time was spent learning how to do simple tasks like cook breakfast, learn how to poop and pee again, bathe in the shower, and walk around.  My family spent spent their time taking care of me and watching over me.  I learned that my wife is a rock.  And my daughter provoked me with daily questions like, “are you ALL healed yet? Can we play? Can we go on an adventure?”

I was told by my oncologist that I should go out to get different opinions on therapies.  We made lots of calls but scheduling was backed up for months in some of these places and I knew that timing was critical.  I also thought I could heal using only alternative medicine that was not toxic to my system.

I flew up to New York to visit with Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez.  While his enzyme therapy personal protocol makes logical and scientific sense and may have worked on others, it did not work with me.  I followed the personally designed protocol to a tee.  I did not waiver one bit and was getting very comfortable on my regimen.  I went in for scans two months later and there were new tumors!  The cancer had metastasized to my liver.  There were three metabolically active tumors.  One tumor was about twelve centimeters at its longest point.  This is just short of the tumor that was resected in April.

At this time I started to have interesting symptoms like daily fevers, extreme fatigue, chills, dull liver pains, and aches.  These were all, coincidentally, symptoms that were expressed with the “enzyme therapy Protocol”.  But I went from clear margins to a huge tumor in my liver and two smaller tumors snuggled in with it!  The Enzyme therapy was not working even though Dr. Isaacs and Gonzalez insisted I continue on.  Oh, but it was ok to compliment with traditional chemo therapy if I thought it helped.

My wife and I frantically called everybody.  My oncologist was out of ideas due to the cancer being so aggressive.  I felt my life slipping away both on the “Right To Fight” level and from a physiological level.  I knew I did not have much time.  My oncologist suggested calling Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa.  We called made the appointment for a number of weeks later and then picked up the phone and made more calls.

The next Olympian of medicine that was buzzed in our ear on many occasions was M.D. Anderson.  We had a connection through friends that got us an appointment within a week and with the Head of oncology at that time.

We bought our tickets and flew out.  We also had to purchase a room and a rental car.  We had connections there too but is everyone that lucky?  I don’t think so!  I am blessed.  All this was a lot of money out of our own pockets.  Money that was supposed to be for my daughter’s future and fixing our home was now spent to save my life.

When we got there the vibe was very bland, generic, robotic.  I met my “Savior” and saw that there ws no passion in his eyes.  I was told by his P.A. that I had many possible options with him and here at MD Anderson, but when my head doctor approached me there was only one option to save my life…HIS RESEARCH!  I felt that cold distance of death around me.  I asked him to show me his research statistics.  He sized me with his cold, dead, passionless eyes.  Paused and I saw him calm himself internally.  He showed me his research findings.  He focused on one number 50% and flipped to that page in his research paper.  My doctor had misread my wife and I as ignorant white trash that could not read a data table, graphs, or understand research level lexile.

I reinterpreted his graphs and research summary for him, outloud.  Lets just say that he was less than impressed with my abilities and these were the head of oncology for M.D. Anderson’s words to me, “if you do not do my research you are going to die!”

I told him I needed to go home and decide my fate.  I will have an answer in twenty four hours.  As I left the room I could feel the hand loose its grip.  And as we left the building the distance between death and I increased.  I could feel it in my soul.

I got in the car and could not hold back tears of frustration.  I mean, I was fighting with the elites of cancer and they are falling short.

“I do not want to die,” I whimpered to my wife as a burst into sobs.  I cried all the way to the Sheraton.  Pulled it together as we walked in and went up the elevator.  Burst into tears and crawled into bed.  I went into fetal position and sobbed until I fell asleep for the night.  I woke up in the night and cried in the other room so I would not wake my wife.  I fell back to sleep.  When I woke up I knew I was different.  I put on my favorite pair of man jeans ($9.99 at Walmart) and my favorite “pirate shirt” on.  I am not going to die!  I am going to live!!

“I am going to live!!!”  I yelled in my room.  Shar came in and I said, “lets pack and go home!  We are going to look somewhere else for a cure.  This is not right.  It does not feel right.”  We left and did not turn back.

We went to the appointment a Moffit.  We drove all the way to Tampa, got the hotel, met up with my best friend A.J. for a night.  Then, the next morning, we got in the car and drove home.  I was done with traditional doctors.

Weeks later and back home my health was declining and I was not sure how this would all end.  I was feverish and sitting on one of those reclining chairs looking for my lizard friend in my big non indigenous tree.  The green in the tree calmed my body and mind.  A good friend of mine came in to the house as Shar, my wife, answered what I was to find out was a very important phone call.  The Burzynski Clinic was calling to tell us if I was qualified to fight for my life or if I was going to meet my maker.

The call was long and Shar went into the other room.  I told my buddy how important the call was and made him sit in silence as we waited for the mutter in the other room to come up with answer.  Tears rolled down my face as I imagined my little girl growing up without her dad, the adventurer.  Shar  Came in the kitchen…

Shar, “[thumbs up] you are in, Brian!”

I dropped to my knees with my hands up, in a V!  I burst into tears of relief for the opportunity to fight for my life!  That is all I needed was a pin hole of light somewhere in a sky spans of darkness.  And there it was the most distant star in the universe had revealed itself to me…I called this star hope, Burzynski Clinic.

My whole family and I purchased tickets with funds raised by friends, coworkers, and family from around the world, my network.  We made arrangements with the Sheraton and paid for two weeks of stay time with them.  We also had to get a rental car for the two weeks.  All of this was paid for out of pocket.  Let’s face it!  It’s not like you can call up health insurance and tell them that you need help paying for this new unplanned vacation.  Nobody saves money for health issues like cancer.

Once we got settled into our new home we headed out to meet the legend!  Once there my vitals were taken and then we all waited in a meeting room.  All the Doctors that would be working on my case would be introduced to me.  That was a personal touch that put my raging feverish mind to rest.  I already had generals in my army to conquer this evil menace to society!

In walked the legend, Dr. Burzyski!  What answers did he have?  He explained that he did not have the anti neoplastins but that he had an answer where others didn’t.  Dr. Burzynski’s team suggested putting me on an “off label” chemotherapy protocol.  “Off label” means that the chemo medications Avastin, Carboplatin, and Abraxane are FDA approved for chemo on different cancers not the cancer I have.  There are instances and studies that show it can work, however, on melanoma.  When your chemo is “off label” your insurance will not cover it unless you fight for them to cover it.

Dr. Burzynski and his team saved my life but not without a price.  For Dr. Burzynski to work outside the box it cost me, an educator, a not so average hard working American,  $30,000.00 out of pocket for the visit and my first infusion of life saving drugs.  Where the leading doctors had no answers, Dr. Burzynski did!

I have come a long way since then.  I feel normal and healthy.  I am excited to say that with the time given to me by GOD and Dr. Burzynski I have been able to get into a cutting edge immunotherapy clinical trial by Incyte.  I have also changed my lifestyle to include massage, diet change, and more vacations.  I would not be able to have that opportunity if I did not have two things:

1. Passionate doctors like Dr. Burzynski that think outside the box.

2. A network of people in my life that thought my life was worth saving.

I want to create that network for others.  I am walking from West Palm Beach, FL to Washington D. C. to raise awareness and funds for patients like me.  I have teamed up with Hugs and Kisses Inc. (www.hugsandkissesinc.org) to raise funds and awareness.  We will be stopping at several locations along the raise to hold “Right To Fight” walks.  People can sign up to walk with us at these events.  At the end I hope to hand a check to some one that is in desperate need of the money.  The walk will start june 7th and end July 21st Summer of 2014!  1 in 300 people will be diagnosed with cancer this year so help that one person by creating a 300 person or more network to support them.  Let’s all let the patients know that they are not alone!  I also want to make it clear that infinitely passionate doctors like Dr. Burzynski, Dr. Green, and Dr. Lutzky are out there and they will find a way to help you!

Articles:

Palm Beach Post (Brian Thomas Article)

Right to Fight Walk (Press Release)

Lawrence Barnikow (Stage 4 Melanoma)

Hello, my name is larryand I would like to tell you a short story. First I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, Dr. Eva Kubove and Dr. Marquis at the Burzynski Clinic in Houston Texas for simply saving my life, although this was far from being routine.

At the end of October of 2007 while at a friend’s house to get ready for a motorcycle trip, I was watching him work on the equipment. As I was talking to him, I tapped my chest and discovered a lump the size of the tip of my little finger under my skin. The lump was not visible. I made an appointment in November with a surgeon to check it out. Some of my family members had cysts removed over the years so I was not overly concerned.  As it turned out when the surgeon removed the lump on January 3, 2008, he held it up and said, “I have not seen anything like this before”!

The specimen went to two or three labs before they could figure it out. It wound up in Massachusetts with a diagnosis of Stage 4 Melanoma. This was not a good thing, but as my world started to shrink, my stars began to line up.

My dermatologist was floored when I told him. He had been checking me for about a year and a half but there were no visible signs of melanoma. He told me to see one of his patients who is a surgeon working on melanoma cases. The doctor was outstanding. He performed all his tests and it was determined that I had Metastatic Melanoma Stage 4 roaming through my body. For some reason, stage 1, 2 and 3 had not appeared. I was at the worst stage of aggressive melanoma with an unknown primary. The “Big C” is the term I use and (I won’t use that C word ever), was in my liver, lungs, chest, lymph nodes in my neck, back and leg at this point. He happened to be doing a study with melanoma patients in my same condition using a drug that is prescribed for ALS patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease. He asked me to consider being on the clinical study. We also talked about the time I had left to live, maybe until January 2009. It was now February 2008. A second doctor in Philadelphia gave me her opinion and said six months to a year.

I consented to being on the study to help out if I could. The study lasted for two weeks for me just prior to my major operation on my birthday in March. The surgery went very well and the “study drug” worked somewhat on me but nothing significantly enough to be hopeful. The melanoma was popping up again in my back and legs and that was also surgically removed. There was a study at Sloan Kettering Hospital in NYC using gold particles available to me, but I had to be “Big C” free. Unfortunately the melanoma kept coming back.

Meanwhile back at the ranch, so to speak, I came into contact with a fellow police officer who had retired. He was doing research on Lime’s disease. When he came over to my home, he had a pile of information on doctors and contacts. One of the names was Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. He also told me about a Dr. Ralph Moss and his “Moss Report.”  I ordered Dr. Moss’s report about melanoma and in it was a page or two on Dr. Burzynski and how Dr. Moss visited his clinic in Houston on two occasions. The stars continued to line up.

The melanoma was now completely out of my body, so I thought. I took a trip to visit my daughter in California. While out there another lump appeared. I had a phone number in my pocket and hope in my heart. That’s what the Burzynski Clinic is all about, HOPE and choice. When there is nowhere else to turn, unless you want to receive heavy doses of chemo therapy and radiation, which I was not going to put my family or myself through. I would rather use my six months to a year to be somewhat normal before life was over.

The call was made to the Burzynski Clinic and my wife, daughter and I flew out to Houston, Texas in the first week of May 2008. As soon as I walked into the clinic, I could feel that this was the place for me. The staff was very professional and courteous and amazingly upbeat for a “Big C” clinic. Smiles and a hearty welcome go a long way when you are feeling down.

Dr. Burzynski, Dr. Kubove and Dr. Marquis filled us in on how the clinic works and what they expect of me. It now was time for lunch. I took a break and walked outside. I started up a conversation with a gentleman who was also a Burzynski patient from Canada. He was in a dead end situation for about two years. He shared with me his diagnosis of a brain tumor the size of a baseball. His doctors in the US and Canada told him to get his affairs in order. He had about a month to live, that was two years ago and the tumor was now the size of a pea. Burzynski !! Another star lining up.

We went to lunch and the three of us decided that we are here now, we liked what we heard, we liked what we saw and we liked the folks.

My wife and I stayed ten days while the doctors did their testing and figured out a specific plan just for me. It was a personalized regimen that I was to follow. I was to take approved drugs that were used for other diseases and were targeted for my needs. I mentioned to Dr. Burzynski during our consultation that the drug I used on my two week study in New Jersey worked somewhat positively.  Along with the selection of other drugs, Dr. Burzynski also made the drug that I was given in New Jersey part of my prescription for success. He said he had knowledge of it already. Included with the other drugs was sodium phenyl-butyrate (PB’s), a compound he produces himself.

Dr. Burzynski, Dr. Kubova and I decided to leave the tumor alone and not to remove it. This was done so we could monitor the progress of the tumor. In the meantime, a few more hot spots were showing up on my scans. By June 11, 2008, blisters were forming on my finger tips, palms and heels. The end of June showed a slight progression of the tumors. 

On July 9th, I flew back to Houston. Dr. Burzynski changed the drug combination by taking two of them off and adding three more. I trusted this man 100%. I was all in.

By the end of the summer, Dr. Kubova called and gave me an update on my tumors. I held my breath and waited for what word would come out next – “receding.” The tumors were getting smaller. I stayed on my new regimen for approximately a year, all the time receiving excellent news and results of all my MRI’s and scans. On September 9th, 2009, on a visit to Dr. Burzynski, he told me that approximately 94% of my disease was gone and I was in remission.

Now it is February 2010 towards the end of the month and I am back in Houston at the clinic. We are at the conference table discussing my condition when Dr. Burzynski said your case is going well. “The melanoma is gone and you are in complete response.”

Over the next seven or eight months, my medication was being lowered or raised according to Dr. Burzynski’s knowledge and research over the years. Around the end of September 2010, I was taken off two drugs altogether. On my last visit to Dr. Burzynski’s clinic in October of 2011, I was given a clean bill of health. My meds continued to be reduced and I am now off all medication.

It was a long haul in a short period of time. In my own way, I chose the right door (the Burzynski Method of Life through Hope). The Final Star!

I was about to retire from my job of 36 years in law enforcement in 2008 when my journey to Burzynski began. God had other plans for me. I have to thank the Lord, my family and friends and Dr. Burzynski for being there for me. It is my hope that when others seek out Dr. Burzynski, he is there for them. THE MAN KNOWS……….

Margaret Manning

Margaret PhotoMy name is Margaret Manning, age 57, and reside in Mesa, Arizona.  I enjoy being a wife and mother of 6 children.  My husband and I have 20 wonderful grandchildren as well.

In March of 2009, I was diagnosed with Mantle cell non- Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. What a shock!  I was always the healthy one who was able to serve others!  Suddenly my life took an interesting twist.  My oncologist told me that I might live three years if I did the strongest chemotherapy in the hospital as well as bone marrow transplant twice!  I was in the beginning of the 4th stage of a terminal cancer.

After much study and prayer, my husband and I decided that we were not going to go the traditional way which included chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant, as it didn’t work for this particular form of cancer. We were guided to the Burzynski Clinic in Houston, Texas.  So, I began the targeted gene therapy and began taking Sodium Phenulbruterate as well as other forms of medication.  Each CT/Pet scan showed that the tumors were either shrinking or disappearing altogether.  I was in remission by August 2010. My Oncologist here in Arizona has been amazed at my recovery and tells me it was a miracle. He was happy to work with Dr. Burzynski and ordered the blood work and other medical needs that were necessary.

My experience at the Burzynski Clinic was nothing but positive.  They are professional, and even better, the targeted gene therapy works.  My friends and neighbors were very supportive of my treatment and are happy to know that if they come down with cancer that they have an alternative to the medical care that is currently offered.  I hope that anyone that would like to speak to me would feel free to call at 480-834-9515 or 480-643-0358.  You can also email me at  musicmanning@gmail.com

Heidi Smith (Colon Cancer)

My name is . If you would like to email me about my story, I am at cnrzdad@gmail.com.

In August of 2009, I was diagnosed with colon cancer!  I never thought I would ever hear the words “you have cancer”. I felt my life was over and there wasn’t much I would be able to do about it.

I have three beautiful children, Ken 28, Becky 26, and Connor my youngest is 11. Some of my first thoughts were that I would never see my children get married.  I would not see my grandchildren and I would never get to see Connor graduate.  I remember the day I had to tell them.

My doctor  explained  I would  have no choice, but to go through  chemotherapy   and would  need to have a surgical procedure  to have a port  placed into my chest as soon as possible. It is a bit of a haze, but day after day, test after test, after second opinions and bad news; my cancer had spread to my liver. The one thing my mind couldn’t accept was that I had stage four cancer, which by all accounts meant certain death.

I sat in the treatment   room waiting for  my chemo to start, my family  was with  me; my sister Dawn, my brother Gary, and my husband.  I know that many other family and friends were with me in spirit.  I was horrified to put this poison into my heart.  As I watched others going through the same horror for different cancers, I knew there had to be another way, that this could not be it.

It is the most horrible feeling to have cancer! None of us felt comfortable with the decision to take chemo. My dad and mom, who have always been my rock in my life, were searching for other choices. My dad being a bit of a health nut had remembered reading of a man named Dr. Burzynski in cancer research and treatment.

By December I had finished four rounds of chemotherapy. I am a strong girl and I have always been healthy, but now I was just giving up and defeated. The chemo made me constantly weak and sick. We all got together for Christmas and I can remember watching my family and thinking; this is my last holiday we will spend together. By next Christmas I will be gone.

My mom and dad had already contacted the Burzynski Clinic in Houston. My dad had sent off a couple of e-mails to them and they felt that they could help me. My dad made arrangements for our flight. We were all in tears and had hope for the first time in months.

Before we could all go to Houston … my mom’s tests came back from her colonoscopy. Her doctor thought that she would need a colon resection right away.  My dad took me to Texas worried and scared for my mom.

The Burzynski Clinic was professional and clean, just what we had hoped! The staff was kind and attentive with a team of doctors who met my dad and me for a four hour consult. I was at peace for the first time in so long. Prior to going down to Houston we were concerned, but so many of our questions were answered that we began to trust the staff.

The next day I began a treatment which Dr. Burzynski referred to as “PB”. I started off slowly and was constantly monitored by doctors. I tolerated this well and was allowed to continue on treatment.

My dad and I went to the waiting area to await our shuttle ride. I remember sitting on the bench just sobbing as it had been a long day for everyone. I will never forget the kindness we were about to experience! I remember a woman leaving the clinic walked past us and saw my dad and me there. She turned around and came back and introduced herself to us…..she was Mrs. Burzynski. She asked us our names and she went right away to get us some water. After that she asked if there was anything we needed and called the shuttle to come for us right away. I can only imagine how long her day must have been, but she made the time to comfort us. I want her to always know what this meant to us and thank her with all my heart.

As the days passed at the Burzynski Clinic we saw some amazing things and met some amazing people. In one way or another they all became a part of my colon cancer journey.

From the moment I entered the Burzynski Clinic to this day,I have had only good news! I know that I would not be writing this now if not for Dr. Burzynski and his clinic. They are amazing people who try so hard to help others in anyway they can.

I know that some people have not made it easy for Dr. Burzynski and it saddens me that such an honest, hard working doctor is not treated with the respect that he deserves.

I know that Dr. Burzynski may not be able to cure everyone, but I believe that he will do all he can for his patients. Isn’t that what this is all about?

My dad (who I know loves me with all his heart), looked Burzynski in the eye and asked him, “Why do you do this for people?” Dr. Burzynski thought for a moment and said, “I do this for all of mankind”. We will never forget those words……..I trusted my dad and family with my life, and we all now trust Dr. Burzynski.

I may not live forever, but Dr. Burzynski, along with my family, have given me a gift and I intend to use it. It is my hope that if just one person out there reads my story and then tells another, word will spread and we can finally start winning this cancer battle that Dr. Burzynski fights so hard for!

I love the Burzynski Clinic and all they stand for…

As my dad and I where  sitting  in the waiting  area before we were leaving the Burzynski Clinic a woman  came in crying and stood with  that  hopeless look that  I was so familiar  with.  She for some reason walked over to me and asked if she could talk with me. She wondered if we were patients and I said yes. We talked for a moment and I shared my story of our time in the clinic and assured her that it would be ok, just as Mrs. Burzynski had assured us.

On the flight home I had some time to reflect and a lot of goodness to hold dear. In this moment I turned to my dad and said, “Do you remember that woman in the clinic?” That was me two weeks ago and look at me now … a totally different person. My dad and I talk about this often and I know Dr. Burzynski did help her, as so many that he has helped.

I know if not for the strength of loving parents, a great family, god and the Burzynski Clinic, I would not be here today.

HOPE AND COMPASSION FOR OTHERS IS NEVER WRONG, ONLY THOSE WHO DON’T ALLOW IT ARE. THIS IS WHAT I KNOW TO BE TRUE!  I AM STILL LIVING THOSE WORDS, AND I ALWAYS   WILL.

I am forever grateful for myexperience at the Burzynski Clinic and for my family.

I love you more than any words could ever express…

WITH FAITH, HOPE, AND STRENGHTH

HEIDI E. SMITH COLON CANCER SURVIVOR 4/17/2014!

Carol Bricker

It’s hard to believe, but I had cancer the first time in 1992…..22 years ago. It was discovered with a mammogram and I was advised to have a lumpectomy with removal of all the lymph nodes on the right side, followed with 33 days of radiation. I followed everything including the use of Tamoxifen; a drug that caused me to gain about 50 pounds, caused asthma, sleeplessness, exhaustion, extreme coughing, and a feeling of death! Needless to say, I quit using it against the wishes of my doctor. I followed a regiment of eating well, avoiding plastics, taking antioxidants, and trying to do whatever I could to avoid cancer again. It worked for 17 years.

In 2009, I went for a mammogram and it was noted that the lymph nodes on the left side were showing signs of cancer. After three biopsies, there was cancer growing on the scar tissue in the right breast and also in the lymph nodes on the left side. The left breast had pre-cancerous tissue. I made a decision to have bilateral mastectomies and removal of all the lymph nodes on the left side. When I met with an oncologist after the surgery, he assured me of four drugs streamed into my body. One was Taxotere, a drug made from evergreens. I told him I was extremely allergic to evergreens and he said instead of 20%, he would give me 5%. I said,” No”……and my search for another way was enhanced after I read S. Somers book “Knockout”. My daughter’s doctor advised me to call the Burzynski Clinic and make an appointment; he had patients miraculously cured by Dr. Burzynski and agreed with my decision to try a different approach to cure cancer.

January 2010, I met with Dr. Burzynski and my team of doctors. My genes were tested and it was found that a tumor growing gene was overexpressed at 200. I took low dose chemo, and other meds for almost a year. My genes were retested and the tumor growing gene was within the normal range. It was recommended that I take Herceptin for the Her2gene and I did go to an oncologist for that. Again, all kinds of illnesses were creeping into my body. The last one, a virus that caused nausea and head spinning for three weeks caused me to curtail the Herceptin.

At this same time, my husband was feeling ill and it was found that he had Neuroendocrine cancer. He refused to go to Dr. Burynski and chose the traditional oncologist at a local hospital. He had chemo and cat scans for six months and died in August 2010. Thank God I was feeling well with my Burzynski treatment because I took care of him through his weight loss, sickness, and mental abilities which went downhill.

In November, 2011 I found a tiny little node under my left arm. It was biopsied immediately and removed…smaller than one centimeter. It may have been a left over cell from the lymph nodes before, but it needed to be treated as a third cancer. When I contacted the B Clinic they arranged to have the removed node sent to Caris Life Sciences and they did a complete analysis of the cancer. It was decided that I needed to take medicine for one more year. I completed my third therapy for cancer in December, 2012. I am alive and doing very well. I thank God for Dr. Burzynski and Dr. Kubove. If you are reading this to learn about gene-targeted therapy for cancer, I strongly agree that this is the way to go. My treatment was gentle with no immune system conflicts, no hair loss, no weight loss, or sickness as expected with orthodox treatments. God bless you and keep you well!

CBricker321@aol.com

Jill Haynes (Metastatic Breast Cancer)

jill haynes“Hi my name is Jill Haynes and I am turning 53 next month. I am a patient of Dr. Burzynski and have been followed by his son Dr. Greg Burzynski. Going to The Burzynski Clinic back in July of 2010 was the very best decision I have ever made. I have been told by my oncologist that I probably would not be here. It’s hard to think of how much I would have missed out on if I hadn’t gone to the Burzynski Clinic. Their approach is different than what I would have gotten at my local hospital.

My diagnosis was Metastatic Breast Cancer that had gone to my spine and femur. I had already had a mastectomy and been on Tamoxifen. The first day Dr. S. Burzynski saw me; he took one look at me and said “You will be fine”. As if what I had was going to be easy to turn around. He gives you hope! The man is genius! After having his special blood work, he found something traditional blood work had not detected. I was elevated in VEGF. He put together a plan especially for me, not a cookie cutter program.

I took FDA approved medicines, but not in the traditional doses, much lower doses, but several different types of medicine to attack the cancer tumors from every angle. Here is what I took, a combination of PB (from the antineoplaston group), targeted therapy and low dose chemo. In the beginning I took a medicine called Nexavar but I couldn’t tolerate it, so he changed it. He often lowered the doses because I couldn’t tolerate it. The clinic called me weekly to check on me.

The doctor that followed me, Dr. Greg Burzynski, called and emailed all the time giving me encouragement and support. I felt like I was his only patient. I had terrible anxiety and couldn’t sleep. He suggested taking 10mg of melatonin and it worked! I have a wonderful life and I am forever grateful to the Burzynski Clinic and the work they do. If you are reading this because you have cancer, go to the Burzynski Clinic, you will be so glad you did!!!!!

As I still have routine PET scans and blood work from my local oncologist, he is SO impressed with my health. He thinks a miracle has happened and can’t explain why. The miracle is Dr. Burzynski and me listening to those still small voices that lead me there.”

Steve Cobaugh

I am a 57 year old airline pilot and had been diagnosed with brain cancer in September of 2011. I had decided 25 years ago that if I ever was diagnosed with cancer I would not take chemotherapy or radiation, so after that first surgery I tried strengthening my body through various alternative therapies and diet. Although this has helped many people, it is not very effective with brain tumors. Additionally, 90% of people that are diagnosed with GBM die within a year, so time was against me. I had two craniotomies where they resected the tumor. It began growing very fast after the second surgery. The surgeon said he would not do another resection with it growing at that rate, and conventional oncology offered no hope, although that is all they had to recommend. That second surgery was performed in September of 2012.

I had read about Dr. Burzynski, seen the documentary, and decided to go to Houston in February of 2013. Six weeks after being on Dr. Burzynski’s protocol the tumor, which had grown back to the size of a lemon again, had disappeared. I have had MRI’s every two months since and there has been no recurrence.I was initially very disappointed that I would not be able to be treated with the IV anti-neoplastons due to FDA restrictions. My treatment was formulated around the genetic make-up of the tumor and was “gene-targeted”. I have had a “complete response” and am tumor free at this time. I feel great and carry on a normal lifestyle with no restrictive conditions, except that I won’t be flying again.

 

Mary Brittain

mary brittonOn February 26, 2006, I was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. I felt as if I was pushed off a tall building and began rapidly falling to the ground. It was “fly or die” time. It was then that I realized the true power of my inner survivor skills. I knew that there was no amount of money, nor any one person, that could help me now: this was between my Creator and myself.

And so began my journey. I began to fly. On this journey, I have expanded my faith and learned the meaning of hope, trust and patience. I have learned that life and living are not necessarily the same thing. When faced with an actual expiration date, having been told that I could die within a few years, I decided to focus on living. I learned to appreciate every breath as a privilege and a gift!

I had a biopsy done at Duke University because the tumor is virtually inoperable, and was offered a clinical trial with chemo. Instead, I chose a non-traditional treatment with Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski in Houston, Texas. I trust my sense of intuition and relied on it in this very important decision making process. I did not have a good feeling about the other alternative at Duke. I am so glad that I chose my treatment with Dr. Burzynski.

I had done lots of research on brain tumors and cancer.  I decided to focus on the positive outcomes people had.  I called as many cancer survivors as I could find and asked questions regarding their healing.  I put together a list of what I considered positive’s regarding their recovery, healing, survival…whether it be lifestyle changes, mantras, spiritual influence’s, treatment, etc.  I spoke with many patients who had received treatment from Dr. Burzynski as well.  I made my decision based on my research AND my intuition.  I was going to Houston!

I immediately felt a connection with Dr. Burzynski and respected his lifelong dedicated journey in cancer research.  I decided to accept his treatment as my cure and my success…I was going to live.  I said a prayer into my meds every time and visualized my healing.  I believed in what I had chosen… the path I took.  This is a very important part of healing.

I have responded beautifully to the treatment and am very happy and healthy today…8 years later.  I have made many lifestyle changes, and have done my due diligence in participating in my healing.  I choose to live a day at a time and the same goes for my health and healing.  It is ongoing and I am one grateful person.  I credit Dr. Burzynski and his brilliant research, and perseverance in his practice to truly help those live and live longer.-

I encourage everyone to speak with as many people who have had a positive experience with their healing journey.  I can be reached at DrMaryK@aol.com