Ask Me if I Believe in
THE FOLLOWING FACTS OCCURRED WITH ME PERSONALLY. PLEASE BE
ADVISED THAT I AM NOT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL AND THESE DOCUMENTED FACTS
ARE NOT MENTIONED TO INFLUENCE ANYONE TO DO WHAT I DID. I CAN ONLY ADVISE THAT
YOU CONFER WITH MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS TO DETERMINE WHAT IS BEST FOR YOU.
June – July, 2007
To begin with I must say that I have been extremely “health
conscious” for years and fortunate enough to have enjoyed better than average
health for about the last 40 years. This changed during the months of June &
July, 2007, as I started to experience a urinary problem. I had the urge to
urinate frequently, especially at night, but little to no fluid was excreted. I
visited my primary care physician who referred me to a very reputable Urologist
in Delray Beach, Florida. After a series of tests including x-rays and scans a
bladder mass was discovered. A cystoscopy was scheduled to further investigate
On August 14, 2007 (the day before my 74th
birthday) I underwent the procedure. It was determined that my ureters (the two
tubes that run from the kidneys to the bladder) were completely obstructed. Due
to the obstruction on both sides, the doctors could not access my bladder and
obtain the necessary biopsies. In addition, the doctors were not able to place
stents in my uterers. The goal at that time was to stabilize and preserve my
kidney function which was deteriorating rapidly.
After 4 days the stents were successfully inserted through
a subcutaneous nephrostomy procedure. I spent a total of 1 week in the
hospital. Due to my complicated clinical presentation I was referred to a top
Urological Team in Miami to further examine this problem. The referred
physician’s credentials were excellent which included his association with the
Jackson Memorial Hospital, the University of Miami and the Miller School of
Medicine. I was comfortable with the fact that I was with one of the best and
in good hands.
On September 19, 2007, I underwent another cystoscopy in
Miami. The doctors were successful in obtaining 15 slides for biopsy. The
doctor also determined that I had a large irregular shaped tumor in the bladder
wall “about the size of a fist!” “The biopsies results would take a week to 10
Without volunteering my intentions with the examining
doctors I immediately started treating myself with alternative therapies
including UV Light Therapy, Covalent Silver and a variety of
herbs. I also contacted a friend of mine, Dr. Leonard Haimes in Boca Raton,
FL. Dr. Haimes is a MD that specializes in Alternative Therapies, such as
Chelation, Vitamin drips, etc. Dr. Haimes started to administer Vitamin C
Infusions, Ozone Infusions and Homeopathic Injections to further
stimulate the immune system.
When my biopsy results arrived I scheduled another
appointment on September 27th to further discuss my problem. At that time I was
advised that I had a “very high grade, high stage cancerous tumor.” The
Urologist recommended I immediately begin a 4 month course of
Chemotherapy/Radiation followed by a complete removal of my bladder. I was told
there were “no guarantees that these treatments would be successful” and “I
should immediately prepare myself and put my personal affairs in order.”
I opted not to follow the recommendations as outlined.
Rather, I chose to continue an aggressive course of action utilizing several
alternative therapies I was familiar with. I also received a letter from the
Urologist dated September 27, confirming the diagnosis. After a discussion (and
frankly, for me to personally extend the time for my Alternative Therapy
procedures) we agreed that I would undergo a Colonoscopy to confirm that the
cancer was not in my colon, but in the bladder only. Further, it was mentioned
that I might want a “second opinion” and if so they would establish a visit to
Memorial Sloan-Kettering. I indicated that I would think about it and if I
choose to accept a second opinion I would probably want to go to the VA hospital
in Miami as I am a veteran having served 4 years in the Navy.
On October 4, 2007 I received an additional letter
indicating that a second and confirming diagnosis had been received from John
Hopkins University. Their laboratory also confirmed that I had a “very
high-grade tumor”. I was again urged to “put all other affairs in my life
aside” including scheduling an appointment for a colonoscopy and to immediately
begin their treatment procedures.
I elected to wait and continue to “buy” some more time with
the Alternative Therapies I was using. (Again, please be advised that this is
not to suggest, recommend or influence anyone to do what I did, as this was my
personal decision and my risk). On October 17th I underwent the
Colonoscopy procedure. The results were that my colon was “polyp free”.
In early November I asked for a second opinion and the
Miami VA was selected. After several pre-op visits with the Urology Department,
another cystocopy was scheduled for December 5, 2007.
At the conclusion of the cystoscopy on December 5, I heard
the doctor tell my wife that “there was no sign of a solid mass tumor,” in the
bladder. Eight (8) biopsies were taken and the results would be available in
about 10 days. On December 14th I visited with the lead doctor. He
reported that the biopsies were all “negative for malignancy” and “negative for
dysplasia or neoplasia”.
Obviously it was one heck of a Christmas Present for my
wife and me. I used to think about and wonder how and why I ever became so
involved and passionate with the Foundation and Alternative Therapies,
especially after spending 45+ years in the financial field. Now I know and it’s
called FATE. It saved my life!
On January 30, 2008 I was scheduled for an additional
procedure including removing the stents, if possible. During that procedure one
stent was removed and one was replaced and was to be removed at a future date.
Another biopsy was taken.
On February 27, I went to my scheduled appointment at the
VA Hospital in Miami. I was again diagnosed as “negative for dysplasia or
neoplasia”. I am to be scheduled with a future appointment in about 60 days for
a further examination, biopsy, and to consider removing the remaining stent.
On July 16, I had a “procedure” performed at the University
of Miami Hospital (formally “Cedars”). At that time they removed the second and
final stent and not only did they take a biopsy of my bladder, but my prostate
as well. On July 24, my doctor called and told me that the results of the
biopsy indicated that both my bladder and prostate were “cancer free”. He also
indicated that “he had no words to explain the results.” I say “God Bless
Alternative Therapies”, those that developed them and those that practice them!
August 1, 2008
On July 31, 2008 I underwent a full abdomen CT Scan at the
University of Miami Hospital and Clinics in Miami. My liver, gallbladder,
pancreas, spleen, adrenals and lymph nodes were examined. The results indicated
they “appeared normal” and there were “no signs of any cancer.”
Bob DiStefano, Managing Director
Health & Wellness Foundation