Ginger's StoryGinger's success story over cancer is here to offer hope to you.Though Ginger's story below began in October 2006 with her collapse from hemangiosarcoma (blood cancer), there is much more to tell. Ginger is certainly a wonderful and unique girl. Her diagnosis was devastating news to us. Though we were successful with all the natural supplements and Reiki energy work we used, her results may be extraordinary. We do not offer Ginger's story as a treatment for you or your pet as results vary with each individual.
We are grateful that her story has touched your life and we hope you, like many others, find success as well. We look forward to sharing our upcoming book and relating the rest of the story.
The Beginning; Hemangiosarcoma strikes September 20, 2006Ginger is my 12½ year old yellow lab who has been an insulin dependent diabetic for 5 years. Because of this development we gave her a raw food diet and natural nutritional supplements that allowed her pretty good control over her blood sugar levels.
On September 20, 2006 Ginger collapsed at 4:15 a.m. I immediately thought it was low blood sugar and rushed to give her karo syrup. When she didn't respond to that I checked her blood sugar with a glucometer and discovered that her blood sugar was high, not low. Ginger couldn't stand and we brought her to our local emergency hospital.
Splenectomy; Emergency Surgery Saves Ginger TodayThrough ultrasound the doctors detected a mass on her spleen. She had emergency surgery to remove the mass and the spleen. Internal bleeding and a drop in blood pressure was the cause of her collapse and Ginger was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma, a blood cancer. Hemangiosarcoma manifests in highly vascular organs like the spleen or the heart. Internal bleeding allows for the abnormal cells to seed themselves throughout the body. There was certainly plenty of bleeding during the surgery as the spleen ruptured.
Veterinarians Offered No HopeGinger was quite weak after that and spent 4 days at Dove Lewis Emergency hospital. She received a blood transfusion to boost her energy and her red blood cell count. At the time before the transfusion her count was 17. After that it was about 21 or so. Normal is 35 and we were told we probably wouldn't see that. We were also told that dogs with this type of surgery rarely live more than 2 months following surgery and not to worry too much about controlling her blood sugar. It would probably be high and remain that way. The picture they painted was pretty grim and seemed hopeless.
Liquid Zeolite Allows Me To Feel HopefulWe were introduced to Original Liquid Zeolite, Natural Cellular Defense from Waiora just a few months earlier in May 2006 and decided we all needed to be taking zeolite for prevention. We have a history of cancer in our families and felt that detox would be a good idea. Ginger had the benefit of taking a “detox” dose right along with us for 30 days. We were seeing some interesting signs back then but didn't really know what we they meant. I remember her passing a purple slimy stool and thought that that was her way of detoxing. She had a cough that disappeared, too. She seemed to have a little more energy during that time, but it was hard to say what was really happening. We cut back on the drops she was receiving to a minimum and skipped quite a few doses during the time of July through September.
During her stay at the hospital we asked the staff to give her zeolite drops whenever they checked on her. That was quite often as she was in ICU. Since she has been home she has been getting 10 drops of liquid zeolite per hour. It may sound like a lot but I understand that zeolite has GRAS status with the FDA and is safe. I also understand that hemangiosarcoma is probably the most severe form of cancer a dog can have. We needed to be aggressive with her healing. We were looking for hope and wanted to make sure Ginger had enough zeolite to help her in her fight against cancer.
Noticing Positive Health Results After Only 4 Weeks;
October 21, 2006Here's what we're seeing as of today, 4 weeks since her
return home from ICU. Two weeks after the surgery her red blood count was up to
37 (normal is 35.) Her appetite is good and her strength is increasing daily.
She wants to go for longer walks and is jumping up as we boost her into the
car. Her blood sugar is managing well and we've had to reduce her insulin a
bit. Today we took her to the river where we watched our daughter in a crew
race. It was nice to have Ginger with us enjoying the time outside and
socializing. We find that she is sleeping less and is back to being underfoot,
something we had not seen for a long, long time.
Even as I write this I know that we have already surpassed the initial grave prognosis offered by the veterinarians. Hemangiosarcoma is a nasty and aggressive cancer. Yet I believe we can look forward to more quality time with Ginger. At 12 ½ she may not have years ahead, but we're planning to enjoy her company for some time still.
Positive Results; Unexpected Health Benefits. November 6, 2006Ginger continues to do well. We see that the pads of her feet are soft and there doesn't appear to be any more scarring under her skin where she has had insulin injections for the last 5 years.
Less Insulin Needed and More Energy Seen. January 12, 2007Ginger is still with us and doing well. It has been 113 days since her surgery. I am now giving her less insulin because her blood sugar is lower. She continues to have good energy and strength. Her veterinarian says that these are signs of a healthy dog. Both of Ginger's veterinarians have joined me in sharing liquid zeolite as a complement to their services.
Setbacks, But With Quick Recoveries. April 9,
2007It has been nearly 7 months since Ginger's
collapse. We've had a few challenges along the way, but not with cancer. In
March, Ginger contracted pneumonia. Her lungs were filled and through
ultrasound and x-ray we could see fluid on her heart as well. Ginger spent the
night in emergency getting IV fluids and antibiotics. I instructed the staff to
give her 10 drops of liquid zeolite every hour as they monitored her through
the night. Again the doctor painted a grave picture. With Ginger's age, now 13,
and having a complex nature with diabetes they were not hopeful. Ginger was
home with us the next evening. We continued with oral antibiotics and liquid
zeolite every hour during the day, about 60-100 drops per day. Within one week
her lungs showed to be about 80% clear, no fluid around the heart and
absolutely no visible sign of cancer. It was nice to have the
Last weekend we had another challenge, this time with a bacterial infection in her gut, Clostridium. We are well aware that older dogs with a compromised immune system will have these challenges. Again we were aggressive with the liquid zeolite and oral antibiotics. The next day Ginger seemed just about normal. I am continually amazed at her quick recoveries.
Shining, Vibrant Health. Healing Takes Time. April 28, 2007It is just over 7 months since Ginger's surgery. We understand her immune system to be shining bright, sparkling, in fact. These are the words of Karen Anderson, Animal Communicator whom we met in Portland recently. This morning Bob heard a little shuffling downstairs at the normal time for us to get up. I guess we weren't quick enough for Ginger. She was stepping up the first step to come upstairs, something she hasn't attempted since way before her surgery. How delightful to see her enthusiasm for the start of the day. Though she didn't need to come up to wake us, we are seeing more fluidity in her movements and ease in her joints. Her energy is good and we are delighted with her in every way.
Gratitude and Joy...update, the next dayGinger climbed the stairs to wake us up at 6 a.m. I was so overwhelmed by my joy at her accomplishment that I hugged her and had a good cry. We feel like we're in the clear from this horrible fight against cancer.
Natural Supplements Help Ginger Feel Better. May 23, 2007More good news. We had a follow-up vet appointment yesterday with Dr. Goodman. Ginger was unusually active and showing more energy during her visit. The clostridium infection that has bothered her for a month is dramatically coming under control and her improvement is four-fold from only one week ago. I am attributing the improvement to a slight change in her diet. We added coconut oil and whole leaf aloe vera concentrate along with another probiotic that we give her several times per day. I really like how a grocery store had the ingredients I needed as a solution for Ginger… not more meds. Dr. Goodman is wonderful to admit that he and veterinary medicine do not have all the answers and works with me to help Ginger be better.
The Value of ReikiHow can we estimate the healing power of Reiki? It may be impossible to know for sure. However, Ginger receives Reiki every day since I have incorporated Reiki into our family. Laying on the floor next to Ginger, my hands resting gently on her shoulders and hips, we both fall asleep. Reiki healing energies flow through us both and we both feel the benefit; Ginger with her gradual progress toward recovery and, for me, an acceptance of the truth that is in our connection to each other.
Diabetes Coming Under Control.Ginger needs less insulin now than last month and even the month before. I've been tracking Ginger's blood sugar and the amount of insulin I give her. In my analysis Ginger needs 2 units less insulin than she did in April. April had also shown an improvement of a reduction in insulin by 2 units. That means compared to 2 months ago, Ginger needs 4 units LESS INSULIN now. So are these signs of a healthy dog? YES!
Extra Time and Travel With Ginger. June 9, 2007More good times. Last week my husband and I along with our daughter took Ginger to Cannon Beach, parking close to the sand so Ginger wouldn’t have to walk too far to get to the water. We had a fabulous day with the sun shining. During lunch at a restaurant with outdoor seating Ginger slept in the shade by our table. It was definitely a day to remember. Last September, who would have thought that we would ever have this opportunity again.
Re: Ginger’s health, we took Ginger off antibiotics about one week ago, after almost six weeks in trying to eradicate the Clostridium infection. We are continuing with the zeolite drops which are a boost to her immune system. In addition we are giving her colloidal silver, 250 ppm, 20 drops two times per day with her meals. So far so good! The antibiotics, though seeming to help initially, may have just contributed more to the problem and upset the balance in her system. Any probiotics I gave her may have been killed by the antibiotics… a vicious circle. Her energy is good and we are not seeing a recurrence of diarrhea. Time to cut back on the insulin again, in fact. Yippee!
Hemangiosarcoma Strikes A Neighbor's Dog, TJ. June 21, 2007Nine months after Ginger’s initial collapse and subsequent splenectomy we are celebrating her continued improved health and mourning the loss of sweet T.J., our neighbor’s Golden Retriever who just 3 weeks ago was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma of his heart and last night succumbed to its devastation. It has been a very rough time with T.J. and I’m in tears as I write. The tears are for T.J. and for all the dearly loved animals who become entwined in our lives. We ask ourselves why this horrible thing has happened. We’re sad and we’re angry at the disease that is much too common.
Cancer doesn’t touch people’s lives. It gives us a punch that requires our attention and our action. That action is really more of a re-action for many people. What are the choices? When it comes to cancer our choices often depend on the information we gather and our financial budget. Spending more doesn’t guarantee a win. Nothing does. But we do try and we do everything we believe to be right. That’s why I strongly believe our message needs to be one of Prevention, for our family and friends and for our animals.
So, as I came downstairs this morning Ginger greeted me in her spunky, wiggly way, maybe knowing how much I needed her love and how hard it was to let T.J. go last night. I cried and hugged her in gratitude for the joy she brings to me every day and for the deep loss felt by T.J.’s passing.
A Reflection in Appreciation. July 21, 2007As our family celebrates the ten month anniversary of Ginger's surgery and crisis with hemangiosarcoma, I appreciate the seemingly ordinary days that are really brimming with magic.
The magic manifests itself in my daily perceptions- Ginger pushes me constantly to do and learn more. Through her I've also developed many relationships with amazing people who otherwise would have remained undiscovered sources of love and support.
This weekend we enjoy a warm afternoon in the speckled shade of birch trees, reading or playing cards in the hammock while Ginger naps comfortably close by. She sniffs the air and is drawn to the sweet aroma of wild strawberries that encircle our backyard. We join her to pick the fruit, reaching for fat, ripe blueberries while Ginger discovers the delicious strawberries, so abundant that we accidentally crush them beneath our sandals. Ginger pulls the glistening strawberries off with a snap of the stem. I don't worry about her blood sugar- just grateful that she is here one more summer to enjoy the time and tastes as she has for so many years. It is an ordinary day, but magical because we are able to experience time that was almost taken from us.
Ginger is My TeacherHow has Ginger's crisis with hemangiosarcoma affected me? What has changed in my life? The word that comes to mind is MORE.
I am more grateful and appreciative, more observant and careful, more aware and knowledgeable, more compassionate and nurturing.
I have more people in my life, more connections to my neighbors, and offer service to more people.
I trust myself more and have learned to access Universal Life Force Energy to offer Reiki. Ginger loves this and soaks up Reiki every day.
I reach out to others more through my website, my newsletter and sharing Ginger's story. I share Ginger's story of HOPE with people who share it with others.
The question now is “Who won't know if you don't tell them?” It's amazing to think that someone who cared enough to share their zeolite story with me resulted in LIFE for Ginger and so many others today and yet more to come. I feel a great responsibility to share this knowledge and encourage others to do so too. We know that Ginger is alive and well, cancer free. We believe zeolite played a significant role in giving us great results. We hope that you can also have an amazing story to share, but know that each person and animal is unique and may not have the same results we had.
A Celebration of Living Naturally, Beyond Cancer. September 20, 2007Today we celebrate Ginger's one year anniversary from her initial diagnosis and surgery. Hurray! Though an anniversary can be a victory, we see every day as a victory and a gift. Ginger is an old girl and in good health. How wonderful to be able to say that! We walk three or four times a day and appreciate Ginger's ability and desire to be active.
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