My Breast Cancer Diagnosis

medicalchart.thumbnail My Breast Cancer DiagnosisThe day we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived. On Sept. 20th, we had an appointment with the surgeon to go over the “autopsy” results. They did the pathology and biopsy on the removed breast tissue and Wednesday, they delivered the results in a neatly typed 8 x 10 envelope.

Honestly, we were hoping for better results. Up until this point, we had no idea whether or not the cancer had invaded my lymph nodes, and we were praying that it hadn’t and that it had been caught in time. We weren’t really prepared for any other news.

So, the reality of how far this cancer had gone really hit us rather hard. We’re still reeling from it.

We are blessed to have an amazing doctor on our side. He has been kind, gentle and very caring throughout all of this. As he delivered the information, he did his best to explain the complicated medical terms to us. He also did his best to avoid scaring the crap out of us. But as wonderful as he is, the reality of what he was saying started to sink in and we realized what a battle we were facing in the coming year.

The news wasn’t great. In fact, I would need to think pretty hard to come up with a scenario that would be more challenging.

Essentially, the cancer had already spread to the lymph nodes prior to the surgery. They discovered this when they removed 17 of the 30 lymph nodes and tested them. Out of the 17 lymph nodes, 5 were invaded by cancer cells, which means that the cancer has traveled to other parts of my body already.

Lymph nodes are glands, and when cancer strikes that area of the body, it’s “out of control,” if you will. It’s in “spreading” mode, is another way to say it.

Bottom line? Pretty aggressive therapy is ABSOLUTELY required to prevent the cancer from spreading. This means chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone therapy. The whole freakin’ ball o’ wax.

It was a bit difficult to understand all the medical jargon, and I realized how helpful it would be to have a medical translator along with us when the doctor was going over the test results. When contemplating how I was going to make this entry to my diary, I wondered how I could possibly explain the meaning behind the medical lingo, what it meant to us emotionally as it was read to us, how each line meant something huge for us. As the doctor went through each page (six pages in all), and explained what each item on the list meant, I found myself trying to see past to the next line, terrified that the next line meant I was going to die. I was struggling with my own internal dialogue, trying to simplify it so I could absorb it without losing my sanity.

I looked over at Michel’s face, blinking back the tears that threatened to spill from my eyes. The look on his face immediately stopped my tears. His expression was stoic, fierce, and determined. I’ve never seen a look like that on his face before. I knew he needed me more than ever in that moment. He needed to know, to be certain, that we could do this, and that he wasn’t alone. I gripped his hand in mine and held it tightly, taking comfort from his strength, and giving comfort in turn. He couldn’t look at me in that moment. He was desperately trying to maintain his composure, for my sake. If he looked at me in that moment, he would have burst into tears, and he didn’t want to take any attention away from hearing it all, hearing the harsh reality that was being delivered in an 8 x 10 envelope.

And I wondered how on earth I could possibly explain the results to others. My friends, my family, my children. Oh My God! How can I possibly explain it to my children?

Sure, I could probably just explain it in medical terms, deliver it without emotion, distance myself from the words. But delivering the facts like a doctor explaining it to medical students wouldn’t do it justice. It wouldn’t help anyone understand the deeper meaning behind each fact. And I need to do this right. I need to do this so I can delve into my own emotions and understand and face the reality of what it all means.

So, I’ve decided to translate the medical jargon into real world language. At least, translate it into what each of the pieces of information mean to me and to my family in the coming months.

Here is the doctor’s report, stated in the language of the internal dialogue I had with myself while I was hearing it.

————
SURGICAL PATHOLOGY REPORT
————

The Specimen

My breast. The breast that first made its appearance when I was 13 years old, and was with me for 23 years of my life. The breast that betrayed me and let cancer destroy it. MY breast. I once loved that breast, and now it is sitting in a jar and is referred to as The Specimen. (Please tell me this didn’t spread to my lymph nodes)

Multicentric Central Carcinoma

Three little words that mean it’s pretty bad, right. Multicentric means it was all over the place. If it had only been in one or two places, it would have been pretty easy to deal with. But because it was multicentric, it means that it wanted to take over my whole body. That’s bad, isn’t it doc? (Please tell me this didn’t spread to my lymph nodes)

Tumor Dimensions: 7.0 x 5.0 x 3.5 cm
breast cancer tumor dimensions My Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Holy crap! Are you seriously telling me that this lump I felt was that big? How the heck did it grow so fast? When I first felt this in June, it felt like a tiny little pea. And you’re telling me that in less than 3 months, it grew that fast? Does this mean it spread to the rest of my body by now? (Please tell me this didn’t spread to my lymph nodes)

Modified Scarff Bloom Richardson Grade: 3/​3 with a Total Score of 8/​9

OK, this doesn’t sound good at all. So, let me understand this correctly. You’re saying that out of all the types of breast cancers, mine is the worst it can get? I have to look this up when I get home to see what this really means. (Please tell me this didn’t spread to my lymph nodes)

(update: I did look it up when I got home. It means I have a 50% chance of surviving another 5 years.)

Lymphatic/​vascular invasion: Extensive

Oh crap! It spread to my lymph nodes! Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god! OK, now what? What does this mean? Does this mean I’m going to die? Is that what this means? (Please tell me you can fix me!)

Invasive Tumor Necrosis: Absent

OK, so this means that the cancer didn’t use up its entire supply of oxygen, and that means that there’s hope? Really? OK, it’s a teeny, tiny spot of hope, but it’s hope nonetheless. I don’t care what the statistics are, I’m going to make it dammit! (Please tell me you can fix me!)

Complete Diagnosis:

  • Invasive ductal carcinoma with extensive lymphatic invasion
  • Extensive Ductal carcinoma in situ, comedo type
  • Fibroadenoma
  • 5 of 17 lymph nodes positive for malignancy

Recommended Treatment Protocols:

  • Radiation
  • Chemotherapy (minimum of 8 monthly treatments)
  • Hormone therapy (to be determined)

OK, so there it is. The reality of what I’ve got. I have cancer. Harsh reality, but I need to face it so I can get through this.

Hell, with a 50% survival rate, I can look at it either way, right? I could look at it that I have a 50% chance of dying within 5 years, or I could look at it that I have a 50% chance of surviving to a ripe old age.

If I was playing the lottery, I would gladly put down a LOT of money for a 50% chance of winning a few million, right?

So, I’m going to look at this as my own personal lottery. Every time I think positive thoughts, it will be like buying a ticket to increase my chances. Every time I laugh, I’m buying a ticket. Every time I help someone else who’s going through this, I’m buying a ticket. Every time I say something that makes someone else feel good, I’m buying a ticket. Every time I perform a random act of kindness, I’m buying a ticket. Every time I feel a wash of love come over me, I’m buying another ticket.

And I plan to buy a LOT of tickets to this particular lottery.

After all, with a 50/​50 chance of winning, those are amazing odds!

194 Comments so far »

  1. abdellah said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 6:35 pm

    take care, I am sure that you are going to make it.

    you and your family are always in my thougth.

  2. Joel Comm said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:03 pm

    Michel and Sylvie,

    My heart just breaks to read this latest news.

    Yet, I see the courageous and heroic way in which you are both facing this enemy, and I too believe that you can make it through to complete healing.

    I am so glad you have each other so you don’t have to walk through this alone.

    And for what it’s worth, I believe in a God who knows exactly what you are going through, and who wants you to depend completely on Him to be all-​​sufficient to meet your needs. My prayer is that you will find His strength and love abundantly sufficient to make it through the difficult trial that has invaded your lives.

    With much love and prayer,

    Joel

  3. Lawton Chiles said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:15 pm

    Sylvie, I am saddened that you are going through this difficult time, but God has a plan for all of us.

    I know that sometimes, the hard things in my life, when they are happening, I’m like ‚“what the heck!”. I don’t know what’s going on.

    But…God does. You are in my thoughts and prayers and even though I don’t really know you guys, just through Michel’s work, I admire your strength, courage and faith.

    Lawton Chiles

  4. Barry Densa said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:19 pm

    Ask your doctor, and investigate for yourself, the suceess rate and the applicability of massive doeses of vitamind C delivered thorugh an IV.

    I’ve read that it’s worked for others in the fight against cancer.

    Also, and I’m not advocating alternative medice as a superior methodology, but you might want to investigate certain and specific herbal supplemental applications.

    Again, I’ve read that it’s worked for others.

    I’m sure you’re doing your research…but nothing will aid you more — in more ways than you know — than a storng and determined attitude.

    Dig deep, be strong…and I’ll keep you in my thoughts.

    Life is and has always been a fight for survival.

    –Barry

  5. Alvin said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Sylvie and Michel

    Both of you are in my heart. I know how difficult the situation is right now because I have gone through something of similar nature before with my wife.

    Having said that, I’d also know that both of you will go through this together as a loving couple and come out even stronger.

    You have our blessing and do keep all of us posted whenever possible.

    Alvin Poh (from Singapore)

  6. Allan Gardyne said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:23 pm

    Hi Sylvie, I had chemotherapy three years ago. I won’t try to kid you that it’s easy. However, you’ll find that writing about it and sharing your fight with friends will help you get through the bad times.

  7. Joe Barton said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!

    Put your trust in the Lord, and He will comfort you.

    Psalm 23 — Those who follow the Good Shepherd fear no evil.

    May God truly bless you and HEAL you,
    Joe

  8. Michelle MacPhearson said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:24 pm

    Sylvie (and family),

    My thoughts are with you. I am so deeply sorry you’re faced with this challenge, and send all my strength to you for your swift and complete recovery.

    –Michelle MacPhearson

  9. Steve Brown said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:25 pm

    Hi Sylvie and Michel,

    My Heart Is With Both of You in this very difficult time.
    You are two truly amazing human beings.

    All My Love,

    Steve

  10. Eric Graham said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:27 pm

    Sylvie,

    I’m so sorry the news was not more encouraging. But your attitude about this set back is outstanding as usual.

    Stay strong, stay positive.

    You WILL make it through this challenge.

    And, knowing what awesome people you and Michel are, I’m sure you are going to use this temporary situation as the catalyist for something great.

    Happy healing… You are both still in our prayers.

    Eric Graham

  11. Michael Fiala said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:29 pm

    Sylvie,
    Your attitude is great. Attitude is everything in this fight. Fight to win and you’ll win. There’s no other way to approach the situation.
    You’re in my thoughts and prayers.
    All the best!

  12. Yoke Wong said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:30 pm

    Dear Sylvie And Michel,
    I am so sorry about the news. It is so hard to go through the time of trial..My heart broke when I read the blog.

    Would like to share with you a favorite hymn of mine:

    I know who holds tomorrow:

    I don’t know about tomorrow,
    I just live from day to day.
    And I don’t borrow from its sunshine
    ’Cause the skies might turn to grey.
    And I don’t worry about the future,
    ’Cause I know what Jesus said,
    And today I’m gonna walk right beside him
    ’Cause he’s the one who knows what is ahead.
    There are things about tomorrow
    That I don’t seem to understand
    But I know who holds tomorrow
    And I know who holds my hand.
    And each step is getting brighter
    As the golden stairs I climb.
    And every burden is getting lighter
    And all the clouds are silver lined.
    And, over there the sun is always shining
    And no tears will ever dim the eye
    And the ending of the rainbow
    Where the mountains, they touch the sky.
    There are many things about tomorrow
    I don’t seem to understand
    But I know who holds tomorrow
    And I know who holds my hand.
    Yes I know who holds my hand.

    We love you! You will be in my prayer!

    Yoke Wong

  13. Marketing Mark Sinaguglia said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:30 pm

    Dear Sylvie,

    I’m so sorry to hear the results of your biopsy.

    You and Michel will be in my prayers and those of many who know you and love you.

    You both have taught many of us so much and I’m sure everyone is going to buy into the lottery on your side.

    Stay focused and stay positive. You can beat this thing because you have good doctors, hundreds if not thousands of people keeping you in their prayers and good thoughts.

    Most of all you have a loving husband in Michel who will be fighting right with you all the way.

    God Bless you both during this difficult time.

    Marketing Mark

  14. Tammy Ames said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:32 pm

    Sylvie, Your strength, courage and positive attitude will carry you far. Together you and Michel will learn to keep moving despite the trials. I’m sorry the news wasn’t as good as we all hoped but you have each other and we are praying for you both through this. Your sharing will help you and others going through such trials — making you a blessing to all of us.

    Tammy

  15. Ruth said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    Dear Sylvie and Michael,
    I’m so saddened to hear of this. I believe that we have the power to heal ourselves and our body. At 54 I recently had congestive heart failure then learned I have 3 arteries 100% blocked and not enough good heart to have bypass surgery. I’ve done the medical model and am integrating it with the alternative model. I’m an enigma to the heart transplant clinic that says I should be much sicker than I am. I have lots of people of all flavors of belief praying for me. One show I’ve seen on public television about cancer alternative treatments is the Gerson Institute at http://​www​.gerson​.org/ There’s good and bad said this many year clinic based on the findindings of Charlotte Gerson’s father. I believe Charlotte is in her 70s or 80s. In any case my prayers and thoughts are there with you.

    Blessings,

    Ruth

  16. Robert Lehrer said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:33 pm

    Sylvie, Michel,
    I know the two of you only through your blogs, but my heart and thoughts go out to both of you. Couples like you deserve (and will ultimately receive) a better prognosis. Good reading: “Anatomy of an Illness” by Norman Cousins about the power of humor in the face of a serious illness.
    Warmly,
    Robert Lehrer

  17. Joanne Robbins said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:37 pm

    Dear Michael and Silvie,

    My husband and I went through this 3 years ago. It was him who had the cancer, though.…not me. He underwent the surgery and subsequent treatments. Today, he is just fine. It was difficult to go through, but with the help of the Almighty, we made it. We both know that more hardships will face us in the future, especially as we become old, but we can look back and know how we came through this major problem and realize we can face tomorrow with joy.

    I pray for you to have strength, courage, hope, and faith that no matter what happens, you will be in the center of God’s will. Just knowing this will give you peace and the ability to face your difficulties.

    God bless you both,

    Joanne

  18. Tom O'Brien said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:41 pm

    Sylvie & Michel,
    You have my support and best wishes in these trying times. The glass is indeed half full and long may you crack out this blog ;-)

    All the best,
    Tom

  19. Anthony said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:41 pm

    Just wanted to buy a lottery ticket for Sylvie and one for Michel.
    You’re in my thoughts and prayers
    Good luck and God bless
    Anthony

  20. Murtaza said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:42 pm

    Come On Sylvie,

    You Have to Come out with Better Health.…

    You WILLPOWER will recover you soon. So, Never Loose Hope..Get Going!

    Murtaza Ali.

  21. Mable-Jane Mark said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:50 pm

    Hi Sylvie and Michel

    Geez ‚I wish I had something funny to say at this time but this one has Mable speechless.

    I can still see the two of you sitting at a table,
    late at night in Phoenix, and the love in your eyes
    which I know will get the two of you through this together.

    You are in Phil and my thoughts and when I can think of something to make you laugh, I will send it on.

    For now just know that we treasured the time
    we spent getting to know you and that you will and you must get through this.

    Love and Love

    Jane

  22. Roberta Rosenberg said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:51 pm

    50% chance at a long, happy life? Sounds like a number worth playing! Sending you strong, healing thoughts as you prepare for the battle ahead.

  23. Jeanette Cates said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:52 pm

    Sylvie

    What a challenge! I can’t help but think you are sharing so much with others who may be facing the same challenges that your going through it is helping so many others. But I know that doesn’t make it any easier!!

    You and Michel epitomize the loving relationship that many others want. And by sharing that love and your bravery you are giving others a true hope to shoot for. If ever there was a woman determined to beat this thing and get on with her life it is YOU! You are inspiration to many — and a women truly to be admired.

    I want to buy some of those winning lottery tickets for you — I think we ALL can help! You *will* win!!

    Play to Win —

    Jeanette

  24. Katherine Ly said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:54 pm

    Sylvie and Michel,

    I am so sorry to hear the bad news. I know you can fight it and beat it. Just keep that determination and strong spirit you have Sylvie. And with Michel by your side, I know you can do it. Hang in there and stay tough.

    Best wishes and Prayers,
    Katherine
    (from Michel’s board)

  25. J said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    As you recover over the next few years…

    …the years to come will be some of the most beautiful years of your life.

    The meals you eat…
    The friends you talk to…
    The laughs you have…
    The contributions you make to peoples lives…

    …all of it will taste, feel, and sound better than anything anyone without your situation will ever have experienced.

    J

  26. Frank Welzig said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    You don’t know me and I only know Michel from a video and lots of good things I have read about him. I do remember his excitement over getting married to you Sylvie.

    My story for you: Our neighbor, Janice, lost both breasts, went through aggressive chemo, etc. It was rough but she now has all her hair back, is absolutely radiant again and is a true inspiration for my wife and I and everyone she knows. She beat it — and you’ll beat it!!

    Love to both of you,
    Frank
    Frank

  27. Maria Madeira said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:55 pm

    My Dear Friend Sylvie

    I am “giving” you a very special “ticket”.

    Thanks With All My Heart

    Maria Madeira -“The Angel Of Distance Loving Help”

  28. Shannon said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:56 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you both!

    You will beat this and you attitude proves it. Thank you for sharing your story with all of us. You bring hope to a world that needs hope.

    You bring happiness to the person who needs happiness.

    You bring tears to the person who needs compassion.

    Last but not least you bring strength to the women who are battling this war beside you.

    God Bless,

    Shannon

  29. David Phillips said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 7:57 pm

    Sylvie,
    Wishing you success in your battle. I believe that you
    will make it. Love and prayers always.
    David

  30. Anthony Tomei said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:03 pm

    Michael & Sylvie,

    God Bless you both. My mother has cancer so I know what you must be going through… It’s real uplifting to see someone keep a positive outlook regardless of the situation because that is what will be your catalyst to a full recovery. Hundreds of people have beat cancer, they’ve overcome because they held a belief system above and beyond the norm.

    Keep your thoughts outside of the box and accept nothing less.

    YOU WILL TRIUMPH!

    Warmly,

    Anthony Tomei

  31. Scott Gingrich said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:04 pm

    Sylvie,

    As I tell my 10 year old daughter when she’s set her sight on a goal…“YOU GO GIRL!”

    You have a whole community sending you positive energy…for every one post here, there’s probably 50 people or more who are keeping tabs.

  32. Mr. Subtle said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:05 pm

    I’m not a religious person so I can’t pray for you, but I hope wishing you good fortune in your battle helps just a teeny tiny bit.

    Mr. Subtle

  33. Kelvin Parker said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    Hello Sylvie, hello Michel,

    Every day of life is a precious gift … and you, Michel, and your children deserve the gift of your heart, your soul, your life for more days yet than you can count.

    Sylvie, we do not know each other… and Michel, we have never had the pleasure of meeting (yet) — though I feel to at least a small extent I know you from your professional work and our common pursuits in that area.

    What you face now, and what you are about to soldier through with supreme confidence of victory is not exactly new to more than a few members of my own family, and some friends also.

    Yet I know that you Sylvie, and with Michel by your side will have more than enough reserves of spiritual strength to get you through.

    My wife and I, our family and our friends will pray for you every day — and look forward to your victory message.

    Warmest wishes,
    Kelvin Parker

  34. Dr. Mike said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:12 pm

    Sylvie you are a very strong woman, and with Michel’s love you will get through this. My prayers are with you for a strong recovery. YOU WILL BEAT THIS.

    Dr. Mike

  35. Michelle said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    Hi Sylvie,

    I won’t ask you how you are feeling b/​c I can imagine.

    In our brief meeting we never talked about personal stuff, but I’ll tell you how I feel about this now & I’ll be my blunt self with no harm intended. I come from a place of wanting to help, but I feel strongly about what I do & don’t know.

    I don’t believe in conventional medicine, not unless it’s a car accident & I need a surgeon to sew me up & at that point I’m already in a state of disrepair, so cutting me open won’t matter much, but the trauma the body & emotional self feels when they go thru surgery is quite debilitating.

    I stopped taking drugs a long time ago. I don’t believe they can cure you & from what I know, doing all this stuff only makes things worse, not better.

    Kevin Trudeau (no relation, as he’s in the States) wrote a book on the whole subject & while he’s too long winded for my tastes & I already knew most of this stuff prior, it’s a good first book for newbies to educate themselves on.

    I understand this is the path you wish to take, but if you ever decide to try other methods to heal yourself, I’m here to help you find the way for you if you want to take me up on my offer. I will find the time amongst my very busy/​hectic schedule.

    Cancer has been curable for years, that’s why I won’t give to any cancer societies.

    I’m not knowledgeable enough in this area to give any advice b/​c I’ve never had cancer, so there’s been no need for me to research this, but I’ve been into alternative health for years.

    What I know from my education of holistic approaches, is that cancer is curable, but of course the best approach is to look after ourselves prior to it becoming an issue. That’s a moot point of course.

    Of course all of the info depends on what stage you are at. You will start on your journey to understanding your body. It’s an exciting journey : )

    There’s a beautiful yet painful story about the cancer nurse who lived in Ontario back in the 40’s (I think it was) & helped to heal TONS of humans from all over the world who had cancer & traveled to see her.

    Of course the government tried to do whatever they could to bring her down & this is why this information is not known to the majority of society, but I won’t go there : ) b/​c I don’t want to start spewing LOL

    Also, just so you know, I have an appt. with a channler who trained himself to channel like Edgar Cayce (if you know who he is, his bio is truly interesting & emotionally moving) on the 30th not just for my own health problems, but to ask questions of varying spiriutal degrees.

    If you want to know how the session goes, you can e-​​mail me after that date. He can do this via the phone & he’s also here in ON (believe it or not), a couple of hours away from Toronto.

    He does have a waiting list though, so I already booked my other appt. b/​c if all goes well, I don’t want to be waiting 30 days.

    He’s coming to Toronto on the 21st, he comes in once a month & does weekend sessions in a hotel.

    I also took several consegrity sessions in the last 2 yrs. & whenever I had a session, I did feel better, I just stopped b/​c I had issues with the practioner & the money was just adding up.

    Of course you may have different experiences & she is a nice person.

    The last thing I just recently heard was something about the water cure & cancer. My brother knows way more about it than I do, but I’m going to be looking into it in the next week or so for myself.

    So, I hope you still have hope, & wish you a pain-​​free day, taking it one day at a time : )

    Michelle
    Peace & Serenity & loving energy to ya

  36. Paul Colligan said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:24 pm

    Prayers go with you. Heart bleeds for you.

    Paul

  37. Chris said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:29 pm

    Dearest Sylvie,

    Know this, the mind controls the entire body.

    Make your mind, every bit of your mind, the conscious and the subconscious mind-​​heal your body and kill the cancer. Determine this minute that the 50% is not 50% but 110% POSITIVE for survival.

    Determine this truth into every cell of your brain, force it to bend to your will.

    You’ll be around for a very long time, and you and Michel will live to be a very old couple, white haired, laughing, happy, and still very much in love.

    Don’t fear…trust that your brain will heal you.

    God bless and keep you both.

  38. Bob said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:30 pm

    Sylvie,
    You indeed face a challenge as you move forward.…however it may give you comfort to know that thousands have faced a similar challenge and come through victorious. Modern medicine has made a great many advances in the area of cancer treatment in just the past few years.You have good reason to have faith and sincere belief that each step that you take and each day that passes will bring you closer to your own victory. Remember, looking forward will help to pull you forward.

    You might also take comfort in knowing that each day that passes, during this difficult time, will not only bring you closer to victory but is a challenging day that you’ve put behind you on your journey to victory.
    Bob

  39. Gary Gil said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:30 pm

    Sylvie my thoughts and prayers are with you. Although I’ve never had the pleasure of meeting you, you sound like an amazingly strong and positive woman. We are all pulling for you. I’m confident you will win this battle!

  40. Eric Louviere said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:32 pm

    My prayers are with you both! You can do this. Every thought must be positive!

    Eric

  41. Lorrie Morgan-Ferrero said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:32 pm

    What a nightmare. Thank GOD you have each other to lean on. You WILL make it Sylvie. And you’ll tell the stories of how you conquered cancer to your grandbabies. Just an inconvenient set-​​back. This time next year we will be celebrating the next stage of your charmed life.

    Love,
    Lo

  42. Ken Jarvin said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:37 pm

    Sylvie,

    You said you were going to work at “Mastering the art of doing nothing”…
    Do that… spend more time just appreciating time.

    You’ve already been declared a winner…

    Kenny J

  43. vincent gagliardi said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:43 pm

    Michel & Sylvie,

    I am so sorry at your news. But you seem so strong and determined and your love for each other just resonates through your words.

    A story: a friend of mine at work had extensive colon cancer some years ago; everyone gave up, but not her. She entered an experimental program at Sloane-​​Kettering and had a plastic pump surgically inserted into her abdomen which continually dripped meds into her system. Basically, she was on chemotherapy 24/​7 for several years. She’s cancer free now, and her doctors had to figure out how to remove the pump because no one before had ever survived that treatment all the way to being cured! She refused to be beaten, and your words sound so much like her!

    You are in my prayers, God bless you both.

    Best wishes,
    Vincent

  44. Daniel Russell said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:47 pm

    Hello Sylvie; No words to what my heart is saying? May the universe grants you all your tickets you deserve. May it also had 75% of mine to your list.

    Michel; you have married the Universes most amazing woman, with all she is facing.….she is thinking of others and their needs.

    May the Angels of East and West, North and South stand by you in these times you’re about to face and facing?

    I want to let you know too that I am here standing by you as a friend of and of Sylvie’s
    Stay strong; your faith in her will carry you both through this?

    I will continue to send love and energy to her each day.…she is also on my world healing list.

    By the way she changes things.…things do not changes her.

    Daneil
    RagSac
    Solutions Architects Consultants

  45. Corena said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:48 pm

    I have read of everyone prayers and thoughts..advice and an out pour of love to you..it is beautiful.

    You can and will survive.

    I know of two survivors of breast cancer. SURVIVORS

    My friends. One lost both of her breasts and went with traditional therapies and also took massive doses of vitamin C

    The other went on a special diet to rid herself of all toxins that she believe the cancer fed on.. She ate alot of grapes.

    But both had one treatment they shared and I see you are taking that treatment also.

    Determination.

    Keep up your strength and accept my thoughts and prayers..you can do this.
    .

    ~Corena

  46. Phil Basten (Joe) said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:52 pm

    Hi Sylvie and Michel

    The love you have for each other will win the day. No power on earth is as strong as love. I am inspired by your courage, your determination, and your commitment to each other. Thank you
    for sharing this with us. It helps us to remember how critical each moment we have on earth is.

    You already know, deep inside, what I am about to share, I have this hanging on a wall in our office.

    Possibility Thinker’s Creed.

    When things go wrong as they sometimes will,
    When the road you’re trudging seems all up hill,
    When the funds are low, and the debts are high,
    And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
    When care is pressing you down a bit,
    Rest if you must, but don’t you quit.

    Life is queer with its twists and turns
    As everyone of us sometimes learns,
    And many a failure turns about,
    When he might have won, had he stuck it out.
    Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,
    You may succeed with another blow.

    Success is failure turned inside out,
    The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
    And you never can tell how close you are,
    It may be near when it seems so far,
    So stick to the fight when you’re hardest hit,
    It’s when things seem worse,
    that you must not quit.

    I encourage you to hang it on a wall in your office, so it stays in your mind and heart everyday.

    You are in my prayers and I will keep you both before the throne of God untill victory is assured.

    Phil Basten
    from the Joe and Mable Show
    1 John 4:18

    PS: If you need someone to talk to or a shoulder to lean on email me and I’ll shoot you our phone number.

  47. Jozsef Pal said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 8:52 pm

    Dear Sylvie and Michael,

    I have just read the email about the bad news. I am so sorry to hear that.

    I would like to help — may be I could. (I hope)

    I have a very good friend here in Europe, in Hungary where I live. He is a wonder healer, heals only with his energy /​ touch.

    I met him about 5 years ago, when my wife needed urgent help (she had another disease) — she was healed within a few days.
    Since then we are very good friends — and he helped our whole family and my friends too, who recommend him to their friends… because he is a real wonder.

    His name is Leslie Kallos. To make it short, he makes unbelievable things /​ healings, even doctors come to him to learn, because he does not only heal the

    people, but he can teach them to make the same to be able to heal others.

    I know, that it sounds unbelievable — but it is true. He healed so many people who had very serious illnesses (cancer, tumor, etc).

    In some cases the tumors disappear in only a few days, sometimes in weeks. He can help almost everybody, there were only a very few cases, when he couldn“t

    help.

    I would never make a joke about your illness –i would like to help you, If I can.

    Leslie is the best healer I ever met. I am so thankful to him, that I personally send him more 100s clients, the most were my family members and friends. He

    is the only man in the world now, that I can recommend without the fear, that I can blame my truthfulness.

    At the other side, Leslie is the worst “businessman” I ever met. He is a healer, who received his talent from a bigger authority as we people are — and

    therefore he is afraid of to lose it. That is the reason, that he heals for almost nothing, more times for free, too. (That is the reaon, that he lives in an

    average life level)

    He can even heal more 100s — 1000s people at once, too.

    Earlier I had never imagined, that it was possible — but since I know him, I know, that everything is possible.

    He does not speak english (he is hungarian), but if you — or somebody in your neighborhood — need his help, I help you to contact him.

    You can fly to Hungary to meet him personally — or he can fly to you, if you wish.

    If you have questions, write me (Michael has my email address.)

    Once again, I really beleive in Leslie. He heals our whole family, my wife, my children, everyone I really love. I know, what he really can, that is the

    reason, that I am not afraid of to lose my credibility recommending him to anyone.

    I wish you all the best

    your friend

    Jozsef Pal

  48. A Friend said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    Hello Sylvie,

    I don’t know you or Michel personally.

    I was diagnosed in 1990.
    I’m still here.
    In 16 years you will be too.

    Blessings to you both.

  49. Mike Sigers said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    We’re praying for you and for the strength that you’ll need to defeat this evil monster of a disease.

    You can do it and I believe you will do it.

    Life’s precious — FIGHT HARD !

  50. Cartess Ross said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:06 pm

    I’m sorry to hear what you’re going through.

    You and the family will be in our prayers daily!

    Cartess

  51. Jason Cain said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:06 pm

    Aloha Sylvie And Michel,

    Well now we (you two and all of us — your friends and family) now what we are dealing with. We now know how fierce we are going to have to fight.

    This is beatable!

    My best friend is a breast cancer survivor and many of the people leaving comments know survivors too.

    Fight, fight, fight.

    I am proud of you both,

    You are lucky to have married a French-​​Canadian, they fight quite well! :)

    Love to you both,

    Jason Cain

  52. Jim Furr said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:14 pm

    This is intended as guidence in a time of need
    and I have stated it as clearly as I know how:

    ————

    Just a word about peace.

    Peace is not natually within us — but can be.

    Peace — True Peace, is peace with God.

    You are at War with God because of your sin.

    Sin = Breaking God’s law (even once)

    God is Holy and will not tolerate even the smallest sin.
    You Cannot make up for a sin — it is done and that is that.

    We must die because of sin.

    We are lost (separated from God) and bound to an Eternity in Hell without God’s Love.

    We Must have an Advocate. Someone who can mediate between us and God,

    Someone Who can be a Righteous Sacrifice for sin to satisfy

    God’s demand for Justice.

    That person must be sinless.

    Who is sinless except God Himself?

    That brings us to the fact that God loves us (even though we break His Law in our innermost being (down to the bone)), and He made a way for us to be right with Himself.

    Christ Jesus came to earth as the sinless God/​Man, He died for sinners by dying in our place and shed His Blood for the washing away of our sins. He took our sin and punishment
    on the torturous Roman Cross. He arose from the Grave.

    He was Cursed and Judged for us and we receive His righteousness and right standing with God — IF we Receive Jesus the Christ (Savior) as Our LORD and Savior by Faith and not by any Works we do to try to Earn the favor of God.

    The Works Were Accomplished by Jesus dying on His Cross. He laid down His Life for sinners, willingly.

    Jesus the Christ (Prophet, Priest and King) Rose, in a Physical Body, from Death and the Grave. It was God’s Power that accomplished this, through the Holy Spirit, proving that this is Truly the God/​Man Christ Jesus.

    His Sacrifice was Acceptable to God the Father as 100% Payment for Our Sin.

    If we are Saved, we are now Children of God and our Home is in Heaven.

    We are Free to Serve God and not the world, the flesh and the devil.

    We are Freed by Faith alone, Given by Grace alone, through Christ alone.

    Written by one who truly Knows Freedom and is at Peace,

    jim furr

  53. Mike said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:15 pm

    Hi guys,

    This blog and your journey will help you keep your mind, body, and soul in the right frame needed to get thru this. Thanks for allowing your friends to be part of your journey. We are here to help and theese replies can only put in the best energy back for you.

    With Love,

    Mike Filsaime and family and staff

  54. Ted and Kim said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:17 pm

    Sylvie,

    First of all, please smile, just for the moment. we will never send you a sad or sympathetic communication. Since we first made contact, there has been some pretty uncanny parallels between the two of you and the two of us. Thus, from the day this was announced, it wasn’t very hard for us to see ourselves in your shoes. We have been hanging on your every word and we’re not going to lie, quite a few tears have been shed on this end, from both of us.

    Our wonderful new friends are going through a rough time and we can’t help, all we can do is sit here frustrated and wait for blog posts.

    But we can tell you. Michel and Ted would have reacted the exact same way to this most recent news. No NO NO this is NOT going to happen. And it most certainly will not!

    You have a boatload of people sending healing energy to you and all of us will beat this with you!

    50/​50 MY ASS!

    We love you sweetie!

    Ted and Kim

  55. Ministerene said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:18 pm

    I admire your strength and courage. My encouragement to you is with these scriptures:

    No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loves us. And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37–39

    And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. ~ Phl 4:7

    The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace. ~ Numbers 6:24–26

  56. Jose Molina said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:19 pm

    Sylvie and Michel,
    My prayers are with you both!
    May the love of God Almighty be with you.
    Best wishes in you hour of need.
    Love and prayers for both.

    Jose Molina

  57. John Evans [Australia] said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:21 pm

    Hi Sylvie and Michel

    Hang in there — a positive approach is incredibly powerful.

    I’m now 75 — between the ages of 65 and 70 I’ve had prostate cancer, a melanoma and bowel cancer. In each case I’ve believed that this was just a minor hiccup along the way and that I’d soon be OK — and I am ! Totally successful treatments for all of them

    I’m now as fit as I was at 50 — go to gym three times/​week, play golf and run a home based webdesign/​internet marketing business.

    I believe that my utter belief that I would get successfully though each of these ‘incidents’ was a major part of my successful recovery in each case.

    You have that attitude — hang on to it — never doubt it — you’ll be OK — and an even better person when you’re through all this because you’ll understand, and appreciate your inner strength.

    My love and thoughts to you both
    John

  58. Tom & Barb Saunders said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    Hello Sylvie and Michel

    May God Bless you both!

    Tom & Barb

  59. Willie Crawford said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Sylvie and Michel,

    Our prayers and love are with you. I’m sure that you realize the importance of your thoughts and attitude. This is a fight that many win and it’s one that you’ll win.

    Willie

  60. Kevin Newman said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:24 pm

    Michael and Slyvie,

    The two of you are always in my prayers. I am confident you will make it through this.

    We’ll light another candle for you tonite.

    Kevin

  61. Ann said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:26 pm

    Hi Silvie:

    Yes this is a challenging time. Yet there are so many people in your court and on your side rooting for you and praying for you.

    People here have mentioned alternative treatments and healers. There is much good stuff out there. Please also look into meditation and relaxation music. Visualization exercises are also very very good.

    I can recommend Dr Simonton http://​www​.simontoncenter​.com/ who is an expert on cancer and its treatment. His relaxation and mental imagery cd’s are very good and relaxing.

    May people posting here come up with a good inspiration for you to try out and may it help guide you at this time.

    Thankfully there is lots of help and lots of hope.

    Ann

  62. Shawn Casey said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:38 pm

    Sylvie,

    I am certain that you will be fine. There is no question that the attitude you’re bringing to this situation has already determined the positive outcome.

    Michel’s strength, commitment and determination will give you the firm support on which you’ll build an incredible future together.

    And this story you have to tell will be all the sweeter when you’re sharing it with your grandchildren… and great grandchildren!

    Shawn and Patricia Casey

  63. Dr.Mani said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:40 pm

    (Please take what I’m saying below as the opinion of a NON-​​specialist — my knowledge about breast cancer is at least 12 years old, and is in no way intended to be, nor should it be construed as, medical advice — more as data to be reconfirmed by your doctor/​specialist)

    Sylvie, this is not good news, but it could be worse. Smile :)

    The way we understand breast cancer today is different from the 1980’s — now we consider it a ‘systemic’ disease from the very beginning. Its spread beyond the breast tissue already happened when the cancer was a few millimeters in size — or smaller.

    In other words, while the spread to your lymph nodes has some ‘prognostic’ value (impact on mode of adjuvant treatment to be used and a ‘predictive’ statistical value about disease-​​free survival), it does not, per se, indicate spread of the condition beyond the breast. Ditto for ‘multi-​​centricity’, though the behavior of these tumors has certain unique features.

    That’s also the reason surgery has moved from extensively radical and mutilating super-​​radical mastectomies to a more limited, breast-​​conserving cosmetic approach — along with more aggressive supportive treatment (chemo, immuno and hormone therapy) to destroy the micro-​​colonies of cells in different parts of the body.

    And systemic spread is not always as bad as it first sounds. If you haven’t read Lance Armstrong’s “It’s Not About The Bike”, you should do it BEFORE chemo begins. It is an incredible — even scary — insight into how things can get… and how you WILL overcome it, and thrive. Lance describes his chest xray as looking at a SNOWSTORM — it was so filled with cancer cells, he couldn’t breathe comfortably!

    With chemo, it ALL disappeared. He has been cancer free for years now. He had an aggressive form called choriocarcinoma — at age 28. Doctors gave him a 40% chance of survival. He survived. And won the Tour de France — 4 more times!

    On a related note, I’m pretty good at putting medical jargon into layperson lingo. Have done it for various complex surgical procedures that help parents understand what their kids are going through. Even did one for Allan Gardyne’s readers when he went through Bone Marrow Transplantation some years back.

    If you would like me to do one for you, either for your personal use or to share with your readers, please email me a copy of the medical report and I’ll work on it.

    It’s ok to feel depressed and nervous about the report you got, Sylvie. But breast cancer at a younger age is expected to be more aggressive. The report only confirms that. My earlier belief still holds — you will fight it and WIN. Many of us are with you, cheering you along.

    Through it all, you will be supported by our hopes and prayers. Each of our wishes for you buys an extra ticket in your ‘lottery’ — which means there’s no doubt who is going to win the prize, right? :)

    All success

    Dr.Mani

  64. Kim said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:47 pm

    Silvie,

    Statistics are just that — statistics. And you are from from being a statistical norm in a book.

    In 1997 I was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy. It carries a life expectancy of 70% dying within 5 years of diagnosis. Its nine years later and with the help of an implanted defibrilator, lots of drugs and a caring cardiologist or two — I’m still here.

    Your life expectancy after a diagnosis has more to do with your attitude, your support line and your care than statistics.

    Fight, fight, fight. Don’t give up and take excellent care of yourself.

    You will survive.

  65. Pamela said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 9:59 pm

    With no personal experiences to share, I can only give you my prayers — they are heartfelt.

  66. Elaine said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:00 pm

    Dear Sylvie and Michel,

    I joined the copywritersboard​.com last year when I wanted to learn the trades of being a freelance copywriter. Well, it was from the very same board that gave me inspirations and lessons that I got the news of your condition.

    You are a very strong woman, Sylvie, at least stronger than me because as soon as i read the way you describe Michel’s expression while the doctor read and explain your report, I just broke down. Tears started streaming down my cheeks.

    I will always have both of you in my thoughts. I’ll wish that you, Sylvie, will win each of the lottery tickets and I hope that you will hit the jackpot of life very, very soon. And I’ll also wish Michel to have faith and strenght to cope for any hurdles that may come in the future.

    I may not know you two personally but my heart aches when I see two beautiful people who are in love being thrown a hurdle that threatens to separate them. Can life be more tragic?

    Well, with your optimism and faith, i bet you’re more stubborn than those cancer cells, and you will smack them down, girl! Here is all the love and support a stranger could ever give.

    Sadhu, sadhu, sadhu…

    ———————————————

    Love yourself and be awake -
    today, tomorrow, always.
    First establish yourself in the way,
    then teach others,
    and so defeat sorrow.
    To straighten the crooked
    you must first do a harder thing -
    straighten yourself.
    You are the only master. Who else?
    Subdue yourself,
    and discover your master.

    ~ Buddha

    ————————————————-

    From,
    Elaine

  67. Sarah Hurty said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:03 pm

    Dear Sylvie and Michael,

    I teared up as I read the news. Our family has been through this recently.

    My husband, a cardiologist, is not an expert in cancer either. But we just went through all this with his brother’s wife. Everything that Dr. Mani wrote is what we learned also.

    The cancer probably spread quite early, whether you find it elsewhere or not, and chemo “mops up” those bits.

    Really strong nutritional support can only help. As much as you can, eat well to care for yourself :-) .

    The road ahead is a challenge and the emotional impact cannot be imagined by anyone who has not been through it.

    But 50% chance is great! And the days will be sweeter while you live through to discover that you made it.

    We will be praying with you.

    Sarah

  68. Neill Neill said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:04 pm

    Dear Sylvie,

    No one knows why you are having to go through this, but please never lose hope.

    I know from my daughter’s experience that it is possible to survive and thrive far beyond what conventional wisdom dictates. She has stayed positve through surgeries for skin cancer as a teen, multiple deep muscle cancers over the next 15 years, bone cancer, breast cancer, lymph node cancer and others. She was also diagnosed with leukemia part way through. Multiple courses of radiation therapy and chemo-​​therapywre required. She’s now 46, remarried again, still positive and cancer free for a few years. She has never stopped working. She’s a fighter.

    I don’t know you personally, but I would urge you use whatever means and whatever people you can find to help keep you looking forward and staying in charge of your life.

    Love and blessings,

    Neill

  69. Daniel Levis said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Sylvie and Michel,

    Our thoughts and love are with you. Your determination and positive outlook will see you through.

    Daniel Levis

  70. Perry D said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:13 pm

    Sylvie and Michel,

    You have each other and that is very strengthening. Whatever you do, don’t give up. I don’t know either of you personally but sometimes I feel like I do. I’ll keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Keep up the good fight. There are plenty of nutritional supplements that can help the traditional medical treatments work even better.

    Perry Droast

  71. Susann Arber said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:24 pm

    Sylvie and Michel,
    Without a doubt in the world, YOU WILL BEAT THIS!
    My prayers are with you!
    Susann

  72. Rick Driscoll said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:25 pm

    I saw Michel and you for the first time last April, on stage, sharing your insights while displaying your love for one another. I thought you two must share a unique bond, for your love shown through.

    While you are on this journey remember: The mode in which the inevitable comes to pass is through effort.

  73. Gary Cogley said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:26 pm

    Sylvie,

    Dittos on looking into Vitamin C intervenous therapy and herbal therapy. I have read that it helps without destroying your immune system. Also, as Robert Mailer did when he was diagnosed — lock yourself up with a comedy marathon. Laughter helps the immune system stave off bugs.

    Hang in there and stay positive — I know it is hard to do — but it really does help.

    My best and positive thoughts to you and Michael.

    Gary C.

  74. Patrick Patten said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:32 pm

    Dear Sylvie and Michael:

    When I still worked in the medical field, had an opportunity to spend a lot
    of time with mastectopmy patients and their spouses.

    One thing stood out more so then anything else I remember. The absolute courage of these women in dealing with what they termed “a very real enemy”. We taught them to view each invasive cell as an “enemy ship”, that could be destroyed by the toxic missles of chemotherapy and the land mines of their own natural immunity. They taught us that they could not only refine the methods, but give us real results by visualizing the destruction of those cells, one by one. Was it just the positive outlook that they had a certain amount of control over what the destiny of their lives and bodies would be? Perhaps. But one thing is certain. Their outlook about what the results “should be” had just as much to do with their health, as did all the medical attention we could give.

    If there is one thing that wisdom teaches us, it is that with every answer we recieve, it is only another step toward 12 new questions. Except one answer that has always remained consistent. Life is our right, and there is no finer gift to fight for. You and Michael now have your battleground and your war, well defined. It is not the “generals” that will determine the battle play in the end, it will be you two. It is your heritage, it is your gift. In so much as this is your gift, you, also, are one of our gifts. For this reason, please know that you two have additional “warriors” on your side. You will be in my prayers, you will be in my heart. And when you feel your lonliest and most vulnerable, simply let go, and know that your are not ever ALONE.

    Your personal warrior,
    Patrick

  75. Kim said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:33 pm

    You are always in my thoughts and prayers.
    –Kim

  76. Beth Ferree said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:33 pm

    Slyvie,
    I’m very sorry to hear the news. I am going to send by a couple of friends who had the same agressive type. One is nearly at her five year mark now I believe. I hope they are able to make a connection with you.
    God bless,
    Beth

  77. Tatyana said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:36 pm

    Hi Michel and Sylvie

    I shall pray for your recovery! Please take what I say here seriously.
    Read about http://​www​.enagic​.com water. It is Kangen Water. The water that helps to fight cancer and other diseases.

    Tatyana

  78. George Butler said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:38 pm

    HI Michel and Sylvie,
    I am on Michel’s newletter list and thats how I learned of your problem. As I read your blog I had tears rolling down my face. And as I got near the bottom at the “Lottery” metafor section I realized that this lady has the right attitude. This life we are engaged in is nothing but one Giant Possibility and having the right attitude is a part of that Giant Possibility.
    You guys have my prayers for that 50/​50 lottery ticket.

    With my prayers George Butler

  79. Peter Chai said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Sylvie & Michel

    I sent an email to michel@​successdoctor.​com
    in reply to Michel’s Subject: Re: [Michel Fortin] Cancer: The Results Are In — September 23, 2006

    … with a personal sharing

    I hope you get the email

    Peter
    ps: my email address starts with “genevie .…

  80. Andria said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    My thoughts and prayers with you, your husband and your kids…You are not alone, a lot of people will be with you! Receive the LOVE, your are giving, you will receive! My mom is a survivor– three and a half years, still on some therapy as a preventive measure for five years, chimiotherapy was hard ’cause inmune system is hit bad…support received from AMGEN biotechnology, it was very important for her blood…

    Andria

  81. Amy Stanton said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 11:08 pm

    The bible teaches us as long as there is breath there’s hope. Grab that hope with both hands. Hold onto it. You remember we are all pulling for you, praying for you, and behind you 100% with our love. I will say a special prayer for you every day Sylvie. We love you very much.

  82. Nell Taliercio said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 11:13 pm

    I’m not sure what to say. I just know my heart aches for you, but at the same time is very hopeful. You have a strong support system, strong spirit, and many people praying for you. I wish I could offer better words of support or a simple hug. I’m pulling for you Sylvie.

  83. Jackie Alarie said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 11:16 pm

    Sylvie,

    I know there is incredible power in the mind, body, spirit connection. The western world is only beginning to recognize this. I believe it is far more than we can even imagine. I have seen it so clearly in my life and in loved ones.

    Be strong, be positive. Nourish your body with the healthiest of foods. You’ll make it. You have an enormous body of people praying for your return to good health. That is mighty powerful.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and Michel,
    Jackie

  84. Thorsten Happel said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 11:16 pm

    Sylvie — My thoughts are with you and your amzing family. I wish you all the best for the tough times you have ahead of you. I know you will be fine and you will get back to all you love and enjoy in no time.

    –Thorsten

  85. Kenny Handelman said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 11:26 pm

    Hi Sylvie,
    My prayers are with you.
    I want to thank you for being so brave as to share your experience on this blog.
    I know that it takes a lot of courage to share your fears and vulnerabilities with anyone, let alone posting them on a blog.
    As you know, my wife is going through the same thing. She has had chemo, mastectomy and we are waiting to hear about radiation and hormone therapy.
    I find this blog so helpful because I can relate very personally to the struggles, hopes and fears. I also know how hard it can be on the husband, Michel.
    I commend you on shaving your head. I offered to do that but my wife refused, saying she didn’t want me to look bad (and under my curls, I do have a really big head ;-)
    Using your analogy, Sylvie, you are buying a lottery ticket (or many) by sharing this info with me. You are an outstanding person.
    My original offer to discuss any aspect of this treatment with you still stands. Not only are you bright, but you are fully capable of finding the resources you need to get the answers that are important to you. If you want me to be a resource (to the extent that I can), just let me know.
    Keep strong, and I look forward to seeing you soon.

  86. Mike Humphreys said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 11:28 pm

    Sylvie and Michel,

    My prayers are with both of you. You have the inner strength to win this battle. On behalf of the entire Humphreys family, we are pulling (and praying) for you!

    Mike Humphreys

  87. Phil Ballard said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 11:35 pm

    Sylvie & Michael ~

    First let me say how sorry I feel about the news. I have been following the two of you and have been so happy to see and read about the LOVE you two have for each other. ” It does us all good.” We can feel it!

    I don’t know what God’s plans are but I see above in other copy that they mentioned the ~ 23rd Psalm. I know you believe in that because of the strength you show through your Blogs.

    You are one strong lady and I know for sure ~ You will be just fine in time.

    What a MAN to have by your side ~ Michael will help the two of you be together for ever.

    Silvie, Please go to the website I gave above and read & listen to some of the most talented doctors on the planet and people who have and are going through what you are ~ I think it will help you !

    I do know what this all natural juice has done for the sons of two friends of mine and there was little or no hope.
    One thing is for sure ~ It will give you strength and help your white count and with the chemo.

    I am writing too much but ~ PLEASE YOU & MICHAEL ~ Check out the site and listen to ~ Dr. John Edwards and Dr. Amod Tootla ~

    This is all Natural, researched for years and you can check that out too at PUB MED on the bottom of the same site.

    I am not mentioning the name because I care about helping you ~ not advertising this all natural juice that I believe has been touched from above,
    although I should because everyone on the planet should know about it.

    Sylvie, I hope to GOD that this WILL HELP YOU as it has SO MANY OTHERS .

    I have prayed for you and for Michael and I will be watching for your letters.

    You are so uplifting for so many people ~ God love YOU & GOOD LUCK!

    I hope I have helped you two with my site and advice to listen​.to these doctors & hear about what this is doing!

    If I can be of help with anything or can answer questions ~ Please let me know.

    I care about you two as do many, many others!
    Phil,
    Phil Ballard ~ 813–936-0215 ~ My E-​​Mail is above:

  88. Amy said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 11:39 pm

    I’m a stranger passing through, but I wanted to let you know that you gave me a “lottery ticket” of blessing with your wonderful, strong attitude. Keep your chin up and hold on to faith in God.

  89. Rob Palmer said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 11:39 pm

    Sylvie and Michel,

    Best wishes and fingers crossed to the both of you…our thoughts are with you.

  90. Peter and Mathew Frank said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 11:45 pm

    Hi Sylvie and Michel,
    I understand the pain and maybe even confusion you are both going through. My wife of 35 years, Antonia, was just diagnosed with a brain tumour after years of unexplained illness.
    The good thing (you must look for the good and positive) is that now we know what we are fighting… just as you do. Remember, anything is possible when you work at it.

    So our prayers are with you both as you face this journey.

    Love from Peter, Antonia and Mathew

  91. Stephen Voight said on:

    September 23, 2006 at 11:58 pm

    Sylvie,
    As a survivor of devastation and despair I can relate to you both in so many ways and I only know you through products and services I have gotten from you or the many times I have seen articles and read your advice or your stories.

    I know it hurts in ways where there are no words to even describe it.

    I came to believe this:

    Despair leads to pain, pain leads to fear, fear leads to energy, energy leads to hope, hope leads to love, love leads to healing.

    The truth is that it starts with where you are at now but ALL is possible.

    You have to believe beyond every doubt that you can make this the best part of your life and you will find that it will become that for you.

    Bless you,
    Stephen Voight

  92. Carol said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 12:01 am

    I definately believe in miracles both by only God and also God using medical people. I had my miracle when someone gave me the “gift of life” about 5 1/​2 years ago.

    I know anything is possible with God and will join in the voices lifted to God for your miracle of healing and strength.

    Sometimes we need to take each day minute by minute; may you find strength, joy and peace to take those minutes with.
    Carol

  93. Mark Krusch said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 12:04 am

    Hi Sylvie (and Michel),

    I’m sorry to learn of your cancer predicament. I lost my first wife when she was 34 to breast cancer. It was an 18 month battle for her and she never gave up even at the end. She was a Christian and fully believed that God would heal her. We had a 3 year old son whom she just knew she would be around to see grow up. But God did have other plans for her and she left us in June of 1994.

    After she passed, I was at a retreat and I heard of a man named George Malkmus. He is a (now) retired Baptist Pastor who beat colon cancer by using a “Hallelujah Diet”. It is a diet that basically uses whole fresh vegetables and fresh fruits — the type of food that Adam and Eve ate. Anyway, I often wish that we had heard about this before my wonderful wife passed. It seems that very often these natural food diets will help a person to beat cancer. If you’re interested in reading about the diet or just getting some uplifting reading, you can read about it here: http://​www​.hacres​.com

    I’m praying for the two of you and sincerely hope that you are able to beat this disease! Keep up your spirits — a positive attitude truly helps! God bless you both. If there’s anything I can do to help in any way, please contact me.

    Sincerely,
    Mark Krusch

  94. Tom said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 12:17 am

    Sylvie and Michel,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you both.

    May God grant you healing.

    Tom

  95. Shaun O'Reilly said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 12:24 am

    Dear Sylvie and Michael,

    Although I’ve never met you I was touched by the excitement of your wedding and the genuine site you had set up there. I am now saddened to learn about the latest turn of events.

    Let me first say that I have no idea what you are going through at the moment nor do I pretend to do so.

    What I can offer is an example from my own life and some observations too — which you are free to do with as you wish.

    Firstly, about 3 years ago I received the shocking news that an Aunt on my Mother’s side was diagnosed with a advanced stage cancer and had to have a strong course of chemotherapy too. The cancer had spread to her lymphnodes too so naturally I was worried and concerned for her.

    Thankfully she has pulled through and now has the all clear and we all hope it stays that way.

    I’m an advocate of positive thinking and complimentary approaches to cancer (e.g. the work of Dr. Deepak Chopra at the Chopra Centre). However, once my Auntie was diagnosed suddenly the alternative approaches seemed a bit too simplistic — especially amidst the turmoil of the time from diagnosis through treatment.

    At that time, I didn’t quite know whose approach to trust from the doctors through to the alternative practitioners.

    My observation is that conventional medicine (and parts of this blog) are overly focusing on the disease (the cancer cells, the chemo, etc). If I were in the same situation I’d most likely do the same too so.

    That said, I’m of the belief that you get in life what you focus on. What you focus on expands.

    Therefore, spend the majority of your time, energy and focus thinking about your improving health, your loving relationship with Michael and many of the other gifts that life has given you and that you are grateful for.

    Remember the law of attraction and that what you think about comes about. If you haven’t already seen it you may want to watch The Secret movie.

    I’m certainly not saying that if you just think positive everything will be OK — that’s way too simplistic. What I am saying is be careful of your words, actions and focus and keep them on what you DO WANT to create in your life more often than the times you may think about the disease.

    I hope that the above story and my observations are useful for you Sylvie and Michael. I cannot pretend to understand one ounce of what you’re going through right now but do know that I send you my best wishes and love from the UK.

    With very best wishes,

    Shaun

  96. Tim Warren said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 12:29 am

    Hi Sylvie and Michel,

    My thoughts and prayers are with you both and with your family.

    In a past life, I worked for many years as a research engineer, and one thing I can tell you about statistics is that they don’t mean a thing. The statistics the doctor is quoting includes young people, old people, people in good health, people in bad health, people with good attitudes (like yours), and people with terrible attitudes.

    You can’t compare all those people to you. You are an individual. You’re young, in good health, have a great attitude, and have a ton of people praying for you. How can you miss?

    Stay positive, and know that life will be just that much sweeter when you get through this.

    God Bless,

    Tim

  97. Shariq said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 12:33 am

    you guys inspire me!!

    wat courage!! man you both gonna rock..!

    God bless!

  98. Mikki said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 12:45 am

    Hi Sylvie,
    I don’t know if you remember me. You personally emailed me after reading my first post to your cancer site (Mastectomy Tomorrow and How I’ve Prepared For It). I was supposed to be having surgery a few days after that post. It was postponed because a second biopsy found still more cancer in my left breast. Instead of having a lumpectomy, I too am to have a mastectomy. Of course, the lymphnodes will also be explored.
    My surgery is set for Monday, September 25th at 1:30pm. I am having the surgery at Sloane-​​Kettering Memorial Hospital in Manhattan, NY. I am to arrive at 11:30am so that they can do the mapping (of lymphnodes) procedure.
    Your blog has been enormously helpful to me as I enter into the journey you have already begun. It has been an “eye-​​opener”. Slowly but surely, the information that I need to know & understand is seeping in. That’s how it has been for me since finding out my diagnosis. My belief is that this is Gods way of preparing & protecting me mentally & emotionally from information overload.
    Today I went to mass & afterwards I asked the priest for an annointing. He prayed over me & annointed me with holy oil asking God to guide the doctors as they do what needs to be done to heal my body. We prayed together & he hugged me & wished me all good luck & asked me to let him know how I am doing when I am able. It was both uplifting & calming at the same time.
    God & good people like yourself & Michel are what is going to get me through this. I just know it.
    And I know that you are going to make it too. You are too strong & too much of a blessing to others to loose this fight.
    You & your family are in my prayers as God & His angels watch over you.
    God Bless,
    Mikki-​​NY

  99. Michael Koenigs said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 12:52 am

    Hi Sylvie (and Michael),

    Just received your message from your e-​​mail tonight. Sorry to hear the news of your cancer.

    I have something to share with you — perhaps it will be helpful in your quest to increase your odds of recovery.

    I’ll provide a disclaimer now and later in this document: I do have a business relationship with the organization I’m about to tell you about. Hopefully after reading this message, you’ll feel as though this information is being provided to you with integrity.

    Over the past 4 years, I’ve interviewed dozens of cancer “guests” (more on this soon) and survivors who have gone through the challenges you are experiencing right now. Each has gone through what appeared to be insurmountable odds in attempting to beat cancer.

    In hindsight, the #1 thing every interviewee has said is the thing that has made the biggest difference in their survival has been hope.

    I just returned from a trip and interviewed ten more remarkable people who have beat the odds of a variety of “terminal” diseases including cancer.

    They’ve all been “guests” (instead of patients) at a remarkable healing hospital called Sanoviv. It’s a facility that provides treatments to patients suffering from cancer and all kinds of other degenerative diseases with substantive, real results.

    Although they provide “traditional” treatments including chemotherapy, the primary focus is on treating the cause of the disease instead of the symptoms. They employ complementary therapies and detoxification.

    They frequently work with their guests primary care providers so as to not interfere with allopathic treatments.

    The founder of the hospital is Dr. Myron Wentz, a world-​​renouned immunologist who has developed over a dozen gold-​​standard tests for detecting a variety of diseases including fibromyalgia and others.

    He’s spent the better part of his lifetime studying human cells; learning how to best heal the body and eliminate or reverse degenerative diseases including cancer by providing proper nutrition and eliminating toxins.

    He set out to create a facility that treats the whole body (body, mind, spirit) with dignity and respect in as non-​​toxic of an environment as possible.

    Of the over 140 people I’ve interviewed on video, nearly every one of them says in addition to the care and treatments they received, they were filled with HOPE by the staff and guests.

    I can’t say that every person I’ve interviewed has experienced full recovery. Some are no longer alive. But every one of them improved the quality of their lives and most increased the time they were with their families.

    He’s also the founder of the publicly-​​traded nutritional company, USANA. One of his goals has been to create a laboratory-​​quality facility for treating people suffering from “incurable” or degenerative diseases in addition to those who want to improve the quality of their health.

    The facility is located in Mexico, 45 minutes south of the San Diego border. Dr. Wentz chose this location for a variety of reasons. One of the primary ones is that some of the treatments and medical devices they use are not FDA approved but are utliized in much of Eastern and Western Europe. Some of the drugs cannot be patented and therefore are not given attention by US drug companies.

    In the seven years they’ve been open, they’ve never had one instance of staph infection. The place is remarkably clean and was built using no toxic products, paints, fabrics or chemicals.

    Disclaimer: My wife and I have provided marketing services for Sanoviv for nearly four years. We’ve both personally witnessed dozens of “medical miracles” from people who have reversed or substantially slowed the growth of cancer and other degenerative diseases after being treated at the facility.

    Please take some time to visit the web site:
    http://​www​.Sanoviv​.com

    Watch the video — I produced and edited it and can tell you that absolutely everything you see is real. Nothing is hyped or exagerated in any way. Dr. Wentz isn’t in this for the money – he has plenty. Instead, it’s his way of giving back and providing a new paradigm for health care.

    And if you research him, you’ll find that he’s also established a clinic in Uganda to treat children and adults on a purely humanitarian basis.

    I’d be happy to make the necessary calls if you would like to speak to a doctor there and can make certain the two of you get full VIP treatment if you should desire to check it out and see if it would increase your odds of recovery.

    My very best to you, your health and your family,
    Mike Koenigs

  100. Tina Lorenz said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 1:06 am

    Hi Sylvie and Michel,

    Sylvie, my mother was diagnosed with metastatic melanoma in
    her early 80’s. There was lymph node involvement. There wasn’t
    any particular treatment offered other than surgery, due to her
    advanced age.

    Guess what? She just celebrated her 92nd birthday.

    Your mind and spirit are powerful allies. You’ve already experienced
    one of life’s miracles in finding each other. Onward to your complete
    healing and the rest of your blessed life.

    Ron and I are sending out lots of positive thoughts and prayers
    for you, and Rusty the Wonderdog sends a sloppy kiss on the nose.

    Wishing you strength, peace, and healing,
    Tina, Ron, and Rusty the Wonderdog

  101. Ralph F. Wilson said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 1:07 am

    Dear Sylvia and Michael,
    I’ve been praying for you through this and will continue to do so. The wonderful thing is that you not only have Michael and some friends, but God himself, will be walking through this time with you. You have friends and a Friend. My prayers are with you both.
    Ralph

  102. Jay Aaron said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 1:11 am

    Sylvie and Michel,

    Although you may not know me very well, I have admired both of you for your contributions to people’s business and personal lives for a long time.

    I, myself, am someone who was diagnosed with cancer in July, 1996. Although I had no outward symptoms, Squamous Cell Carcinoma had swollen my tonsil to the size of a plum, and invaded my lymph system. The doctors who diagnosed me sat me down to tell me that I had 2 months to live.

    Suffice it to say: They were wrong.

    Like you, Sylvie, I chose a Western medicine course of intervention — 8 weeks of twice daily surgery, followed by a radical neck dissection which left me without my sternoclaidomastoid muscle and a severed major nerve — both lost to the knife when the surgeon removed vestiges of tumorous material.

    In addition, I turned to Eastern traditions of accupuncture and herbs to help me through the difficult radiation treatments and surgery.

    And I also turned to friends and family, and did a lot of journal writing, meditation, spending time in nature, listening to wonderful healing guided imagery CDs, making and listening to music, reading anything uplifting that I could find, and watching plenty of comedic movies.

    i share this with you in order to remind you that none of us has any way of knowing how long we have here in our physical being. At the time of my diagnosis, I didn’t know if I would live for two months, or less, or more. I had no control over the quantity of my life — any more than anyone else has, even if we are well.

    But I WAS in charge of the QUALITY of my life, and I did everything to acknowledge and enhance my connection to myself, to others, to the world in which we live, and to that Universal Force to which I feel so connected.

    I’m glad I’ve had all this time since my diagnosis, and I hope you, too, can be here as long as you’d like. But if I have any encouragement beyond that, it’s to let you know that whatever time you have — however difficult the journey of cancer and chemotherapy — can be full of peace, joy and love, and whatever else you want to experience, if you choose.

    I’d also like to share with you about my dear friend Jan Adrian and her organization: http://​www​.HealingJourneys​.org. Healing Journeys offers free workshops for anyone who has any relationship to cancer. (Don’t we all, given how prevalent it is these days, whether ourselves or someone we know?)

    They’ve just held their most recent conference in San Francisco, and they record the presentations from their conferences and make them available as CDs for purchase at their Web site. I encourage you to visit the site, and to get a copy of the audio presentations to listen to yourselves. So much love and so much joy, in addition to all the great information and inspiration to be found there.

    You are both inspirations to me, and I know to many others as well.

    Along with all of them, I will be keeping you in my thoughts and in my heart.

    Jay Aaron

  103. Dave Brogan said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 1:25 am

    Dear Sylvie and Michel,

    I would shave my head too if I thought it would help. My family and I will pray for your complete recovery.

    I lost my mother to breast cancer in 1981 but not before she gave the enemy one hell of a battle.

    We are all unique and we all need special care. Surgical techniques and medicines have improved dramatically over the last 25 years. My mother’s fate need not be yours.

    Life is very precious and you are at war now! Fight like hell with every fiber of your being.

    If you’ve ever seen the campy Tim Allen movie “Galaxy Quest” you know the Captain’s motto was “Never Give Up, Never Surrender”!

    If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it. Some really good laughs in there! (Laughter, the best medicine.)

    Strangely enough, for a while today, I though I had lost my dad too. I received a call from my brother-​​in-​​law informing me that my dad had collapsed at the super market and they were unable to revive him.

    Hours passed and I finally learned that his blood sugar was low and that he’s going to be fine. For a while there I feared the worst. Your mind tends to do that in the absence of solid intelligence.

    Don’t let that happen to you. You have to be your own advocate. Read, learn, research.….….….…get second, third and fourth opinions. Make sure you have an oncologist whom you trust implicitly and who is willing to be more aggressive than your enemy.

    Sylvie, we have never met, but I did met Michel at the Big Seminar in Atlanta in April last year. He’s a very good man, so you both hold on very tightly to each other and see how far your love can take you. Only God knows how much time any of us has.

    Wishing you only the very best and brightest days ahead.

    Dave

  104. Peter said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 1:33 am

    Hi Sylvie,

    I’ve thought about it and the perfect costume for you at The Big, is a cape with an “S” for Superhero.

    –Peter

  105. Vish said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 1:48 am

    Hi Sylvie and Micheal,

    THe coming months would obviously be very challenging for both of you and would enable you to look at your own life from a different perspective and i am very sure that both of you are mentally strong enough to handle this. I pray to God that He helps you to manifest your inner strength in a way that would make the whole world stand and applaud you guys

    Here is wishing you all the very best for the future.

    The pain that you are going thru will bring more clarity into your life so dont feel bad about it. I know it hurts but let it hurt so that when the pain goes away all that will be left is the element of goodness within you

    You will do very well i can forsee that . So despair not , The Lord is taking care of you every day. Not to worry

    take care and good day

    Vish

  106. Ray Edwards said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 2:16 am

    Sylvie and Michel,

    My heart aches for you both. I know you’re holding on to each other, and I pray for you each day; you deserve healing and wellness.

    You are so loved.

    You know what strikes me about the two of you? Every memory I have of being with you both is of you smiling, laughing, and touching the hearts of the people you meet. You’ve built up a big ol’ “love bank” — and now it’s being poured out for you.

    I wish I could write the perfect words that would bring a smile to your face, and lift your heart for a moment. It’ll have to be enough to say that I care, and that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  107. Glenn Coleman said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 2:23 am

    Hi Sylvie,

    I read a book — the name escapes me — about a heart surgeon’s
    personal experience in watching patients who were diagnosed
    with life critical illness and the pattern he noticed was shocking.

    What he noticed was that as soon as the doctor told a patient
    that they only had a short time to live, if the patient accepted
    it, usually they would pass away soon after. If a doctor told a
    patient they will likely live, then they did.

    What really stood out was that some patients were told they
    only had a short time to live, but they beat the odds and kept
    on living. He interviewed those people and discovered that it
    was their own belief that they would survive that made the
    difference. End of story…

    Another interesting tid-​​bit — there is a doctor in Vancouver at
    the University of British Columbia named Dr. Lee Pulos. He
    is famous for his hypnotism and in alternative methods of healing.
    He works directly with patients suffering from cancer, and walks
    them back in time through hypnosis to a time when the cancer
    wasn’t present. He brings that vibrant cancer-​​free energy back
    to the present, and uses it to heal the body.

    Dr. Pulos said the most powerful thing you can do to cause healing is
    to say “I send love from my heart to my body”. He said
    the heart is our most powerful healer.

    Dr. Pulos has spent his life travelling the world studying all forms of
    alternative healing, and uses this knowledge to provide these unique
    solutions.

    I know in buddhism the central practice with medicine buddha
    centers around sending vibrant rays of light of all colors of the spectrum
    from your heart to those you want to heal, including yourself. So it makes
    sense what Dr. Pulos is saying.

    I’ll be doing a medicine buddha practice again this week with a famous
    monk named Rinpoche (www​.callitkarmathemovie​.com), and will include you in my meditation. Rinpoches has a fascinating story of survival under
    the worst conditions possible. He travelled for two months in 20 below weather through the Himalayas with only his rob on his back, a torn up pair of running shoes and no food. Living and heating himself purely with spiritual energy and he walked out without any frostbite. He had witnessed many people dead along the way and had nightmares for a month after his trip, but is a vibrant and healthy monk today. Most people would have died after one night. I think anything is possible after hearing his story.

    Keep on tapping into that positive energy — you radiate with it in your writing…

    Many blessings,

    Glenn Coleman

  108. Geoffrey said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 4:18 am

    It’s the pits and then some. I remember when I was told by my Mum that she had been diagnosed as having cancer of the jaw and that she only had 6 months to live. It wqas devastating, and yet just like her you sound so strong and positive.

    I, through a friend, contacted a monastery of Tibetan Buddhist Monks and Nuns, and had them pray for my Mum 24x7 for a whole year and perform some healing Puja’s. Yes I did say a whole year, withon that time Mum was given an all clear, completely free of cancer, and that was within the 6 months after the diagnosis. I can give you the contact for the Monastery if you are interested, it is all done over the internet so it is easy and simple to set up.

    My heart goes out to you, your family and your friends and relations, and to all those who are suffering from any form of cancer.

    May the healing light of love and compassion show the way through this illness and my deep Joy, Happiness and Liberation be its outcome.

    Big Hugs

    Geoffrey

  109. Bailey said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 5:15 am

    Sylvie,

    At the risk of sounding like a corndog :D I’m going to quote a TV ad running for Cancer Treatment Centers of America, here in the U.S.

    There is a lady (cancer survivor) who says, well this is as close as I can remember it,

    I saw people who survived my kind of cancer. As long as there is one person who survived my kind kif cancer, THERE IS HOPE.

    Honey, there IS hope. There IS good news. Piles of it. You CAN win. You WILL win. Now go kick some ass. :D

    xoxoxoxo

    :) Bailey

  110. Arika said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 5:30 am

    Sylvie,

    I know we don’t know one another personally, but I’ve “met” you through Nell and Michel through Alice. Guess that gives away the fact that I’m a newbie internet marketer hu? :)

    I’m saddened of your news and diagnosis, but from what I know you are a very strong woman and you have 2 very strong men in your corner: Michel and GOD! You will make it through this. I commend you for sharing such a personal journey and know that it will help othersin many many ways.

    Keeping you and your whole family in my thoughts and prayers.

  111. Tys said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 5:59 am

    You WILL make it! You have ALL the reasons in the world to KNOW you will! You’ve got the fight, the drive, the POSITIVE attitude, and the firm FAITH to WIN (not to mention Michel’s unflinching determination to beat this WITH you)! 50% chance? Where do I sign up? Those are AWESOME chances! That is a BIG chunk!

    I don’t know what your religious beliefs are, but I sincerely believe and even know that Jesus Christ not only conquered all death and sin, but He conquered (and is intimately aware of) our pains, sufferings, afflictions, illnesses — everything — so that “He may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities”. He IS there for you. He KNOWS your name. He UNDERSTANDS your circumstances. He LOVES you. Through Him you WILL WIN.

    God Bless You Both,
    Tys

  112. Yvonne Tagbo said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 6:15 am

    Hi Sylvie and Michel,
    I feel so sorry and helpless in this situation. I wish I could do more. Please cherish every single second and see each day as a blessed bonus. Happy Happy thoughts are absolutely ESSENTIAL. Its your state of mind that will conquer this. God Bless you both .We are all praying for you
    Yvonne

  113. Martin & Lizel said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 6:59 am

    Sylvie and Michel,

    Our Prayers are with you and your strength in each other will pull you through those hard moments of your day(s).

    Know that there are hundreds if not thousands of people who’s thoughts are with you and willing you to a successful recovery. Keep the faith and fight in the only way you know how, with determination, desire, love and support for one another.

    Stay strong, our thoughts & best wishes are with you on this .. God Bless

    Martin & Lizel Salter

  114. Joe Faia said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 7:22 am

    Dear Sylvie and Michel,

    While this latest news is of concern, the temptation to allow further potentially detrimental ingredients to enter the mix must be resisted at all costs, the cancer itself needs no further help. I am particularly referring to how one’s state of mind can be negatively affected by what one might consider ‘negative’ feedback. The impressions I’m getting about your own mindset, Sylvie, is that it’s strong. This is crucial and mustn’t be allowed to deteriorate.

    It might be helpful, in continuing on with a good mindset, to categorise the news you’ve received in a new folder. Instead of the folder labeled ‘bad news’, it should instead be placed in the folder ‘very important news’. This latest information was essential for you to have. With it, you can now develop a more focused battle plan. Intelligence, whether it be in war, business, or other human endeavour, undergirds a successful campaign.

    The news itself did not create the spread of the cancer, that had already happened. Instead, it armed you with important and timely information. You are now better positioned to take the battle to the cancer. Positivise (I tend to invent words as I go along) the very news itself. Envelop every aspect of this whole situation with a veneer of positivism. Even if you can’t readily ‘see’ how that might apply to every aspect of what you’re facing, simply trust that it does.

    Understand, further, that this latest revelation will also engage more mightily those who have enjoined you in this travail.

    As important as mindset is, it isn’t the only capable soldier you must enlist in your army. Recruit also the cavalry of the physical, and the sniper of the spiritual. This threefold cord won’t be easily resisted.

    As it pertains to the physical I must defer to others better qualified. However, a quick search unveiled the importance of eating raw foods to better equip the immune system to do what it is even now seeking to do–heal you. It’s worthwhile to see what Dr. Lorraine Day has to say on the matter. She, herself, overcame a serious bout with cancer by converting her diet to raw food, among other steps. http://​www​.drday​.com is her site.

    As it pertains to the spiritual I have strong views. Simply put…God heals. This isn’t to say that He chooses to heal every single time He is approached. He often chooses to forgo a more direct supernatural intervention. He alone retains full control of that. He does, however, heal. I must, at this juncture, caution you against falling into the mindset of many who believe that God is like a genie that can be manipulated via a well crafted formula. I don’t know where you are in your awareness of God, or spiritual things, in your present station in life, and it could be that if, heretofore, you’ve not minded much in that regard you might feel ‘hypocritical’ in now seeking favor with God. This course of inaction would be a terrible mistake. As I advised, recently, someone who felt this way–pride is never a good companion, particularly when we are in a situation most needful. None of us ‘merits’ an audience with God. However, God does enter into such on the basis of His good pleasure and benevolence. Counted among what God does permit into His presence is humility, meekness, character, confession (as recognition and assumed responsibility for one’s failures), repentance (as one’s expressed intention of repudiating what one’s conscience itself has sounded the alarm on), forgiveness, and the like. What God cannot resist is sheer and utter dependence on, resignation to, and abandonment to, Himself. At this point we have allowed the creature to be the creature and God to be granted His rightful place as God. This right order of things secures a powerful spiritual element when approaching God in prayer. It isn’t mantras, fixed rituals, and well crafted words, that resolve God’s will in our favor; but, instead, a spiritual demeanour that resembles His in very nature.

    I would leave you most poor if I did not address something that is frequently rejected as ‘a most inappropriate subject’ and even in some cases ‘a rude religious interjection’. It is, simply put, the person of Jesus. Again, I maneuver, here, in blindness not knowing the state of your spiritual progression. All I know, and who am I to contest it, is that Scripture addresses the person of Jesus most emphatically. It almost leaves no statement unsaid when procuring to effectively craft a proper understanding of this incredible man. It outrightly refuses to identify him solely in human terms (although it does that as well). It establishes him as unequalled, preeminent, and singularly ‘above’ both in terms of his nature, and in his importance as it pertains to the relationship between God and man. As I read it, any peace with God is only ‘haveable’ (there I go again) via the only means God himself offers. I define religion as man’s efforts at reaching God and securing favor with Him. As history attests to, we’ve been pretty creative in that effort, as well as miserable failures. If only we would ask the question, “What does God himself say about the matter”. The Divine answer is singular, “there is no other name given under heaven by which man must be saved”, except that of Jesus, that is. Scripture refuses and rejects any other method, means or manner (leave 3M to the business world!).

    Sylvie, Michel, I have gone on much too long. I couldn’t help it. You’re important to me. And even though I don’t know you, you matter to me.

    Please be fully assured of my prayers and intercessions on your behalf.

    Most sincerely,

    Joe Faia
    joefaia@​hotmail.​com

  115. Tom Jones said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 7:30 am

    I was gutted when I read your news.

    But your attidude is inspirational. In fact, when Michel mentioned your wedding I decided that I should not put off any longer something that I should have done a long time ago.

    I proposed, last week, to my girlfriend on a short trip to Rome. She said yes!

    We send our love and best wishes to you both.

    Tom

  116. Fatimah Musa said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 7:37 am

    Dear Sylvie and Michel,

    Stay strong.

    My sister was diagnosed with cancer of the cervic about 9 years ago. Went through chemo and ceasium. She is cancer free now and living each day the best she can.

    Never give up hope.

    Love
    FM
    Malaysia

  117. Rudy Poonwasie said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 8:50 am

    Sylvie

    What’s there to say that hasn’t already been said but that you’re one heck of a courageous individual. I wish we could bottle the stuff you are made off and all take a shot of it each and every day. Your an inspiration to us all but hopefully we can repay some off that via these posts.

    I hope you draw eternal strength from the notes and well wishes as with a positive mind and attitude comes favourable results.

    Michel — keep being a rock (and cutting your hair.…..we know that it is really old age catching up with you ha ha!).

    Lots of Love and warm wishes to you both
    Rudy

  118. Heather said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 10:00 am

    Again… your spirit is just an inspiration to us all. We will all be thinking of ways to buy you extra lottery tickets!

    Heather

  119. Ellen McCurdy said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 10:29 am

    Dear Sylvie,
    I see one of the other posts referred you to the Gerson Institute. Good idea. Here is another web site to consider: http://​www​.roylretreat​.com/ . Click on the link for Dr. Virginia Vetrano. I have consulted with her myself in the past and would follow whatever advice she gives. And you won’t need a translator.

    Remember this — your body has great intelligence and wants to heal itself. All you need do is remove the cause of disease and provide the conditions for health. Chemo and radiation do not bring health.
    The whole cancer ‘treatment’ industry is HUGE business for the drug companies; you cannot ignore their motives.

    Best wishes for your recovery. You have a strong heart and that will serve you well.
    Ellen

  120. Jared said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 10:54 am

    Hello Sylvie,

    I just wanted to say you will be in my prayers. I also wanted to share a website with you called http://​www​.dynamicgreens​.com. I am not affiliated with them but they sell frozen wheat grass. I have been taking their wheat grass for two years now and it has really changed my whole health.

    Here is a specific thread regarding wheat grass and cancer.
    dynamicgreens.com/wheatgr…=84&highlight=cancer

    I usually don’t post comments on blogs. But after reading about your situation I was compelled to make sure I could offer anything that may help you in your journey to recovery.

    Jared

  121. Frederico Vila verde said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 11:16 am

    Hi Sylvie and Michel

    I want to express my deep support to the cancer situation you are facing Sylvie.

    Althought I have never met you in person I have been reading about your situation from Michel and all I can say is that you have my support and for what you are going through.

    Keeping you, Michel and your whole family in my thoughts and prayers.

    Yours sincerely,

    Frederico Vila Verde
    (from Portugal)

    P.S. Please keep us all posted about your situation in the future.

  122. Ray Paquette said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 11:20 am

    Sylvie and Michel

    I am very saddened that you are going through this and I almost did not respond because I just don’t feel like I can find words to say. I just want you to know that I will be thinking of you and pray for you.

    Your love for each other and your determination are your best assets in this fight.
    Best wishes.
    Ray

  123. Lance Curtis said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 11:38 am

    As a male, I cannot possibly fathom what you are going through or how you must feel.

    I offer you my prayers that God will give you both the strength and grace to endure any challenge, and His peace that (and I do know this) goes beyond all human understanding.

    Lance

  124. Shekinah Errington said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 12:01 pm

    Dear Sylvie and Michel,
    I truly believe life–and love–is eternal; it just takes different forms at different “times.” For example, my husband left for a business trip this morning. Just gone for a few short days, but I’m aware of how I already miss the warmth of having him physically next to me, nearby. I miss the pleasure of gazing on his smile, his form that is so dear to me…receiving the direct responses and reassurances of his love too. Though, of course, I know he still exists and loves me from afar as well as nearby. So it’s clear to me that what i literally “mourn” in his absence are these sensory aspects. And on a grander scale, anytime we face the threat of losing a loved one through misunderstandings, divorce, tragedy, death…the fear is that we may never again experience or get back those special comforts and intimacies. Yet in the larger scheme of things in the context of ETERNAL LIFE and LOVE, these “separations” are but a “blink of the eye.” And meanwhile, the Truth is, our love remains steadfast, as perfect as we are willing and able to feel and experience it. Every relationship is possibility for a certain warmth, joy, comfort, growth–not just these special ones wherein we’ve allowed ourselves to feel particularly safe and open and loving. Michel, the level at which you are able to share with Sylvie and support her is such a blessing. Together you both have such love, generosity, courage, and purpose. (And you have spread such joy by openly sharing who you are together as a couple with all of us “perfect strangers” on your mailing lists!) The key to continuing this beautiful energy and inner peace of mind is to remember, no matter what happens (and we are ALL mortal in terms of these particular bodies on Earth at this time ;) , so we ALL need to hear and remember this, because our time will come too, whether we have/​take the option to really think about, reckon with it, and prepare for it or not)–the key is remembering that we are NOT ALONEEVER! Neither those of us who do pass on to the other side, nor those of us who feel that we have been left behind by them. We each are intrinsically connected to and through the Universe. We *are* “felt,” vital, we exist in infinite essence, yet in different form–in this plane and in many, many others…we all “go on” over and over again. For the here-​​and-​​now, you two have experienced great joy and bliss having found and embraced one another. Staying in this place, this “vibration” is the Light and Love that can potentially expel all fear, pain, or sense of separation or loss. It also has the potential power to knit a broken body, and restore life to diseased cells and body systems.
    So now is the perfect time to release old hurts and “poor-me’s,” old grudges–forgiveness (including of Self and “God” for allowing this to happen now). Now is the perfect time to find and generate a place of joy, humor, and yes, contagious belly-​​laughter, even at times like these. Now, in this moment, you have the option to appreciate and experience gratitude for all that IS and has been good and helpful and reassuring and rejuvenating, as well as for all that will be beyond these current challenges. Now is the time to go with the Flow and find acceptance for those things you may *not* be able to change or reverse, yet *while* still being pro-​​active with all and any wisdom, strength and hope you can find from withIN, nurturing self and others with that which brings faith and blessings and positive change–all these contribute to releasing all dis-​​ease and propelling the mind-​​heart-​​body energies into re-​​balancing of life energies and health-​​full physical manifestation. Now is the time to practice those thoughts which generate peace, not panic; love, faith, and hope–not fear and despair. The more you practice, it becomes a habit, a way of life. The more enriched will be our time remaining together in these human forms. Music, comedy, inspirational stories, meditation, prayer, journaling and writing letters (and blogs! :) –all of these, well-​​chosen, have the capacity to assist you in shifting your focus back onto that which is helpful, hopeful, healing, positive and calming.
    I will attempt to paraphrase my husband’s words of wisdom. He says, in truth, it’s very difficult to fight or conquer the darkness (or if you will, “evil” of any form). Really, the only way we *can* dispel it, is to turn on the light. In the same way, when we are faced with what appear to be insurmountable challenges and odds, the most effective use of our energy is not by directly engaging and battling with that darkness (or that which we do not want)…but rather, victory is most possible as we apply our focus and strengths toward seeking, recognizing, and applying those ways in which we can turn on–and spread–the Light. It is only natural Law that darkness cannot exist in the Presence of Light. (Yet, thanks to the contrast provided by that void, we can now actively choose to be restored and invite in the fullness of light.)
    It could be that simple–just as a child, we are protected by our innocence, we can enter into bliss, healing, release and rebirth, and become the most we can be…(or perhaps “just” the fullness of who we always “were,” but meanwhile forgot about, as we got enmeshed in attempting to “process” and grapple with fear, pain, cruel injustices, anger, loss, grief, the unknown darknesses. Just being love is all that really is. This is how we can best assist the doctors in our “battles” for healthy, happy life-​​in-​​the-​​body. In that light, all else is seen for what it is/was–but an illusion, keeping us from fully experiencing the truth of our eternal Oneness in this precious “now” moment. By practicing release of any regret, pain, fear in both our yesterdays and our tomorrows, and by taking our power and accepting God’s Grace—who we truly are is eternally “safe” in this “now” moment.

    Sending you both: blessings, strength, comfort, and peace…and the capacity to experience each “now” moment of renewed thought and fresh possibilities. Thank you both for your examples of courage and honesty—and above all, your love.
    –Shekinah

  125. Mary Greene said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 12:02 pm

    Dear Sylvie,

    Every healing miracle I have ever encountered or experienced personally includes these elements: focus, courage, love, laughter, and optimism. And you have them all entering your trial by fire.

    We believe you will transform this invader into many more years of passionate life and causes. And we’re not about to let go of your hand in the meantime.

    With love and respect,
    Mary Greene

  126. Suzan St Maur said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 12:20 pm

    Hi again Sylvie

    In an email to Michel (it was because I’m on his business mailing list that I heard of your illness) I mentioned a great friend of mine who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. It was in his colon, his bones, in one kidney and somewhere else I’ve forgotten.

    That was 10 years ago.

    I spoke to him on the phone a couple of days ago and his doctors have told him they don’t need to see him again until 2007.

    Obviously he has been through surgery, chemotherapy and other treatment. But he still sails his boat, runs his business, drives us all crazy with his terrible jokes, and fights the illness like a grumpy lion with toothache. And he is living proof that you CAN win that fight.

    My point here is, with the right treatment and attitude — both of which you have in abundance — you, too, can and will beat the so-​​and-​​so.

    Be strong — you’ll need to be — but keep smiling, too. That’s the most powerful drug of all.

    SUZE

  127. Jannette Robert Murray said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 1:31 pm

    Sylvie & Mike:

    Without taking the time to read everything else that has been written, I hope this will be helpful, and I hope everyone else who has or knows anyone with any type of cancer will see it.

    My husband, Paul, has given me permission to share his story. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer (a couple small lesions) about four years ago. He had been having some challenges with urinary tract infections. The doctor put him on some female hormones to reverse the growth effect that male hormones would have on the cancer. (This does reduce the size of one’s organ; and takes a long time for the negative effects on sex drive to wear off.)

    Then shortly after we met in the late summer of ’04, in early October he was scheduled to go and get reamed out (TURP), which procedure is preparatory, and also cured his urinary problems.

    Shortly before that he’d also found GRAVIOLA, online, and gotten on it. It’s the thing I want you to go find. One is supposed to take it for about three months, but Paul took it for four, just for extra measure. He was taking it and the female hormones through the time he came here, and before we bought and moved into our house (Jan. ’05).

    In Late Oct. ’04, he moved from New Jersey to Spokane to be with me, and he was to get with a former teacher of the New Jersey doctor, in Seattle, to schedule a seed implant.

    He also went to see some surgeons here in Spokane to get another hormone shot, and neither one of us felt comfortable with the man and that they were more interested in performing their own kind of surgery than in giving him his shot, nor in having him go over to Seattle for the seed implant. The strong impression we got was that it was more about their pocketbook than Paul’s health.

    He decided to do neither and was feeling fine, and talking with his Higher Self, as I was with mine, both of us getting the answer that the Graviola was working and that our health and longevity were going to be good, long and happy together.

    We were married in May of ’05, and Paul has just this week had another PSA test and stress tests (he’s been supposed to visit a cardiac specialist all this time and hadn’t; he has a stent in his heart, which is supposed to get watched from time to time). And everything looks good. It’s time enough that the PSA test is even more relevant. It’s 1.7, and anything below 4.0 is considered good. We’re delighted!

    TO FIND GRAVIOLA: Get on Google and type in Graviola. You should find Raintree about the third entry on the page, which is where he ordered his. It’s not expensive, and acording to the page it now is proven to work for any cancer. The only question is the stage; cancer can be too far progressed for the Graviola to help (my guess, and Paul agrees). It cannot do any harm. It ran about $20. for a month’s supply.

    According to their online information it is 10,000 times more effective than any chemotherapy, with no side effects. It is derived from a plant in South America.

    Paul says to tell you if he had any other kind of cancer he would try Graviola before he did anything else.

    One of my new counseling clients who has cancer where the first part is already removed, but had traveled to liver and lungs, has now gotten on Graviola, at my recommendation. He’d come to see me for hypnosis (which I didn’t want anyone to see as a magic wand); and I’ve only seen him twice, so far, so don’t know what his next step is.

    We’ve also just learned and will be using ourselves, and with my counseling clients, a new tool, called PSYCH-​​K. The thing that is so important about this is that we can get at and heal the things that are making us sick, holding us back, making us stuck, etc.

    Go to http://​www​.psych​-​k​.com and order the book and the DVD and I think you’ll be blown away, as we were. We’ve taken the Basic training in Boise last month, and are eagerly awaiting the Advanced as soon as we can do that.

    I’m not a doctor, I’m a psychotherapist and clinical hypnotherapist. We lean strongly toward alternative treatments for most things, and are very aware how much the traditional medical establishment is more interested in keeping themselves and the drug companies in business, than in preventive medicine!

    We are also very aware and teach how much our minds, thoughts and beliefs affect our physical health. I know Mike has some awareness of that!

    The Alternative medical press tell us they have known many cancer cures for years, but they are suppressed by the AMA, and the FDA and the whole medical establishment. If people went with proven alternative methods, supplements, etc., it might just put the allopathic doctors out of business!

    We subscribe to the HSI E-​​Alert, and several other alternative doctors’ newsletters.

    Our positive thoughts and prayers are with you both, Mike and Sylvie.

    All the best to you both.

    Warmly,

    Jannette Robert Murray, CCHt, RC
    http://​www​.inspiredcounseling​.com
    http://​www​.consumeradvoaware​.info (web pages and blog up soon)

  128. Dannie L. Sheldon said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 1:52 pm

    Mike & Sylvie,

    Step one : win the battle in your mind, your mind is strong and tells your body in many ways how to feel, know you are going to beat this PERIOD!!!

    Step Two: work as it depends on you, pray as if it depends on God!!!
    because it does, God has performed many, many miricles and this will be one more of them.

    Also remember God says he will not give a person more than they can handle, you are Mike will be even stronger after this, and will be able to help other people thru thier trials. God Bless YOU !!!

    Dannie Sheldon

  129. Julie Perry said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 2:00 pm

    Sylvie and Michel,

    You WILL win this lottery. You WILL, YOU WILL, YOU WILL! I’m confident. I’m confident because you have the right attitude…you have so much love around you, between the two of you, among your family and friends, and more importantly, within. You will because your will is strong…and YOU can control that. YOU CAN BEAT THIS MONSTER. I know it. And yes, keep staying positive…As hard as it is to do it, KEEP LAUGHING! Make yourself laugh. Stay positive. Hold your mind in a place of joy and pleasure to allow your body to fight off this natrual enemy, because it can and WILL. NO FEAR.

    And I know this is what you’re doing…I know this is what you and Michel are both doing. And it WILL work. You WILL beat this. You WILL WIN!

    I’m thinking about you constantly…And positively.
    Love and Light,
    Julie

    P.S. OKAY, I just went and created a little something to lift your spirits. It’ll take a second to load, but check out you, me, and our fancy disco moves (you MUST; this is hilarious): dancesisterdance.com/myvi…index.php?v=a9f9841734293

    Note: The up and down elevator buttons will allow you to try on different wigs, too. It’s perfect! …And I hope it gives you a chuckle.

  130. Jorg said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 2:13 pm

    Sylvie,

    I don’t think I ever met you in person but I have hung out with Michel at many Internet seminars since about 1999, if I remember correctly.

    I cannot even begin to imagine what you’re going through. Some time in their late 30s almost everybody begins to realize what fragile systems our bodies are …and that we are indeed not as invincible as we believe to be in our youth. The news hits us that we are all on this planet temporarily. It must have hit you like a 18-​​wheeler truck.

    Spirituality tells us to live in the moment and in acceptance of our mortality. Easy to say while you’re healthy! You are truly being tested.

    But even if you’re able to actually “accept” and “live with” the cancer, such “acceptance” in the spiritual sense, shouldn’t ever lead to giving in and giving up. Quite the contrary, it should give you the calm and piece of mind to put up an even more focused fight.

    Our bodies are “miracle machines” constructed in a way that no human inventor could have thought up, with safeguard mechanisms developed in millions of years of evolution. The greatest miracle is the body’s ability to self-​​heal, with the right therapeutic help and with the biggest healer you have available: Your mind. In that mind of yours, keep the faith in your body’s ability to recognize and fight the enemy — with the help of modern therapy.

    Remember your body is designed to fend it off and recover…

    Best,

    Jorg

  131. Julie Perry said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 2:33 pm

    Sylvie and Michel,

    Oh my…after posting that video link above (two comments up), I got to thinking: now WHY didn’t I create one of the two of you!? (Sorry — been so used to making these for friends of mine with me in them the last few days…I just think it’s so damn funny.…Talk about a great viral marketing campaign!)

    SO, without further ado…Ladies and Gentlemen: SYLVIE AND MICHEL FORTIN–Dancin’ Machines!:
    dancesisterdance.com/myvi…index.php?v=9f8bd6f434630

    If it says “video not found” simply try again in a bit. It will eventually go. And have fun with those elevator buttons. [I personally think Michel looks fantastic with an afro (got him in a cowboy hat first).]

    Much love to you and your family,
    Julie

  132. Warren said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 2:43 pm

    This is worth reading.

    http://​www​.maryclinic​.com

    Best of luck!

  133. Marian Lewis said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 3:09 pm

    Sylvie & Michel:

    The world wide prayers that you have as well as your own along with an extremely positive attitude and the love of family and friends will get you through this.

    I was told at 36 that I had less than 10% chance to survive a very rare type of cancer and there was no chemo for it. It was in my saliva gland.

    I decided to tell my kids (ages 13 and 15) the “truth” and not have them hear it from someone else. When I told them the gruesome details of the only hope I had, which was radical surgery that destroyed my facial nerve and disfigured my face, but it did offer me that 10% chance to live, my young daughter told me not to hesitate a minute. She said, “I would rather come home to an ugly face than an empty house!” “You can do it, Mom!“
    “Someone has to be in that 10%.”

    I wanted so desparately to see my kids graduate from high school.

    And so, with the loving support of my wonderful family and friends and through the power of prayer, I did.

    Then, after 14 years and some reconstructive facial surgery, the cancer returned in my lung. I was told I had less than 2 years to live. I was 50 and had seen my kids graduate from high school, college, get married and I had a grandson and expecting a granddaughter.

    A month after my granddaughter was born, I had lung cancer surgery. As I held this precious red head in my arms while I was recuperating, I wondered if I would see her go to nursery school. The odds weren’t good.

    Well, my grandson, that red headed granddaughter and another granddaughter after that are all in college now and I am the proudest
    grandmother on earth. We also have another adopted grandson who is 12 and we thoroughly enjoy him.

    In 1982, my dear (best friend and buddy) husband had kidney cancer. He currently battles skin cancer, but he is hanging in …selling real estate in a slow market in FL at the moment.

    We lost his mom and dad to cancer within 1 year of each other the year before I had the lung cancer. Both my husband’s brother and his wife have survived cancer since.

    So, yes, we, as a family have battled cancer many times. We do not considerate it a death sentence no matter what the odds. We remain positive, we pray and we do what we have to do to try to take care of the problem the same as any other ailment. We trust the doctors who care for us and go regularly for check-​​ups. We take one day at a time and with the Lord’s help, we get through it.

    God has put so many people in our path that we have been able to reach out and offer hope and support to. You will do the same through your blog.
    This is very good medicine not only for you, but for others.

    Somehow, as strange as it seems, we feel our lives have been enriched by these experiences and we are better, more appreciative people.

    You are in our prayers. Remember my favorite verse: Phil:4–13. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” This got me through the worst of times and gets me through every day.

    Smile for me ( I can’t since my face is paralyzed) and I will pray for you. I have a direct high speed line to my Lord and Saviour.

    God Bless You.

    Sincerely,
    Marian Lewis

    PS: I am 69 now. The doctors call me a miracle because they can’t explain it. It’s been a rough, but good ride and I look forward to an even more exciting journey…after all, I have a website now and some ebooks I’ve written with the encouragement of those grandkids. Who knows what is ahead for this old lady. I love each day, one day at a time.
    Remember, someone has to be in that 50%! Go for it!

  134. Allison Sheffield said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 3:37 pm

    Hi Sylvie,

    Can you imagine having this situation without Michael in your life?
    It seems so many times when we must go through a very difficult
    situation that the person we need is somehow with us, I think it
    is not by happenstance. I really believe that God is looking out
    for you and all of us even when our existance is trying. We reflect
    how we will meet our challenges, you have shown that you have
    a half full cup, a love and friend and soulmate in Michael, your
    children who are old enough to understand, many, many people who know and care for you. Many who don’t know you and still care and pray for
    you.

    I know so many women who have been in treatment for breast cancer
    and all of them are still kicking — after quite a few years (10) and in some cases many.

    Keep a smile on your face and read and listen to jokes and whatever you love.

    My daughter the Therapy student says:
    “How many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb?
    Only one, but the lightbulb has to want to change”

    My Love and Prayers to You All,

    Allison Sheffield

  135. Ken Calhoun said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 3:58 pm

    Dear Sylvie and Michel,

    I wanted to wish you both the best in overcoming this and to have the strength and will to heal and recover during the months ahead. The amazing thing about the mind is it’s ability to have a profoundly healing impact on the body…and I know you’re a smart, strong person.

    Seeing how much love you and Michel have for each other was an inspiration to me, and I’m rooting for you both to fight through this and emerge victorious.

    Make it so! The world’s a better place for having you and Michel in it; I know how much you two care for each other … and the months ahead will help you forge an even closer relationship.

    Best wishes, you’re one of the good people.… make it!

    Ken Calhoun

  136. Helen Broomfield said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 5:19 pm

    Dear Sylvie & Michel

    The very best of luck. Keep strong together.

    Helen

  137. Phyllis Schwartz said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 6:13 pm

    Sylvie,

    I am betting my heart on your ‘lottery win” …

    … and thinking about the lives that are going to
    be touched AND saved because you have the
    courage to share the pain of all you are going
    through.

    What lies ahead of you in the immediate future
    sucks … but decades from now you will still
    be making entries into your victory blog –
    and touching millions upon millions of lives.

    How do I know this? Because I do.

    To Sylvie & Mike … To Life.

    Phyllis

  138. Angela Wills said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 6:55 pm

    Sylvie & Micheal,

    I’m sorry this has happened to you and that there was no way to prepare for this type of news. All the best and keep fighting and staying as positive as you can. I’m betting you’ll win this lottery too! :)

  139. Wendy M. said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 6:59 pm

    Hi Sylvie,

    I don’t normally leave comments, but what you’re going through rang so many bells for me, I felt propelled to. Maybe it’ll help you, or someone else… and I think it’s a kind of ‘therapy’ for me too.

    Like you, my journey started in June, but the year before in 2005, when I found the lump. I was 45. (also Canadian) Actually, the lump announced itself to me with a not-​​to-​​be-​​ignored thump-​​thump-​​thump pulse. I took that to be the “universe helping me” by making sure I could deal with it NOW!

    A few days before, channel hopping, I caught a short bit of NYPD Blue where a female officer was going in for a biopsy of a breast lump and worrying about all the possibilities, and all the statistics… and the response was “Don’t get ahead of yourself.”

    That, too, “had” to be the “universe” — what are the odds of a 5 minute bit of police drama preparing me for breast cancer…? ;-)

    That became my mantra — “Don’t get ahead of yourself.”

    Although I tend to anticipate the what-​​ifs, that mantra helped me get through a lot — including the tests and waiting until late August when the lump was diagnosed as cancer. I had DECIDED that there was no point to freaking out before — that could come when the time came.

    Believing that each thing that happens is somehow “for a reason” helps. It’s found when it’s found, so that it can be treated. Every new thing they learn about your cancer tells them more about how to fight it. It’s scarey, but it’s not a negative. The negative would be them not knowing where it is and what characteristics it has! You may find, as I did, that more information comes out as you go through treatments. It’s weird not knowing everything right away, but…

    So much of this seems to be about dealing with whatever you need to deal with right NOW — at the moment. “Don’t get (too far) ahead of yourself.” This applies in almost every way. One of the most challenging things is the sheer length of time it takes — and no matter how you prepare, each day or week or month can be very different. Prepare where you can — like for help when you’ll need it — but a lot of it will be about adapting as you go. It’s difficult to get into a “routine” that lasts.

    You have already experienced this with the way your pain changed from hour to hour and day to day after the surgery. If I were going to predict anything, it will be this: what you will be dealing with, and how you will deal with it, will change from hour to hour, day to day, month to month.… I have found myself forced to deal with the immediate in a different way than I ever have before.…

    A big challenge is trying to see farther into the future and plan ahead when the focus is so intensely on the present — especially on the “weaker” days.… The only way I could make sense of that was to focus on “one foot in front of the other” — by doing that, you eventually get to the end of it, and get to where you are going.…

    Like you, I had surgery in September (2005) (a lumpectomy), and I “almost” had a second surgery (the radical), but at the last minute it was cancelled, as not being helpful in my case. Like you, I had it in the nodes (removed)… and chemo, and radiation, and hormone therapy… to get at whatever stray cells they couldn’t get at with surgery.

    The chemo was scarey beforehand. There is so much variation in how people respond, and so many kinds of chemos, it’s hard to predict exactly what you’ll experience.

    –> Make sure you let your doctors know what’s important to you. For me, it was to have my treatments as close to home as possible whenever possible (instead of in another city) — and they arranged that as much as possible. For me, I picked the type of chemo (out of two types) that had less chance of nausea (hair regrows!) because of my responsibilities as a single parent.

    –> Make sure you let your nurses and doctors know what you are experiencing as you go along — it’s amazing how they can come up with things that help — even when you don’t expect it.

    I realized early on that it didn’t help me to read too many pamphlets and such about what to expect from chemo and radiation — because they tend to focus on all the bad side effects that can happen — and so you end up expecting worse than actually happens, or things that don’t end up happening. I found just talking to the doctors and nurses about those specifics more helpful.

    Chemo isn’t fun, no doubt about it — but it is definately possible to keep going. It’s a case of ADAPTING to whatever you are experiencing. I didn’t get nausea, but I got other annoying digestive issues at times. I was sometimes tired, and couldn’t face sitting at my computer, so I pulled out my typewriter and worked at my living room table. ADAPT. For me, I sometimes had leg side-​​effects that made it hard to walk for days, so I adapted.

    Adapt in whatever way you need to, whenever you need to, to keep going “one foot in front of another.”

    BTW — I’m not the only one who had GREAT skin during chemo. I wish I still looked so good ;-) During one set of the chemos, I suddenly had great interest in cooking again. That passed too — oh well… (It’s not all bad…)

    Radiation was easier, just time-​​consuming mostly, with travelling. I’m through that now.

    Now, I’m into the hormone therapy — well, menopause symptoms (like hot flashes) are aggravating, but we all go through it eventually.…

    Forget statistics. The second worst day I had was the doctor who rattled off the the statistics for each kind of treatment. Statistics only matter when you are choosing between treatments — and then only “better” or “worse.” Numbers take on a power of their own. I refuse to think about statistics because they don’t matter if you are the “1” or “20” or “60” or whatever in the hundred that makes it. All that matters is doing what YOU need to do.

    It’s all DO-​​ABLE. The cancer isn’t WHO you are. YOU are bigger than it is. It’s just something you have to DO.

    Eventually, you WILL get to the end of what you have to DO — one step at a time — and, yes, you’ll learn new things about yourself, and everyone around you.… And, yes, one of the things you’ll learn is how to let others take care of you… and how to take care of yourself…

    A final thought — do whatever YOU need to do — advice is fine, but ultimately, the day to day of this is so immediate that you need to do whatever it is that keeps that “one foot in front of the other.” Lots of people have all kinds of ideas about what you should do or could do — and if it works for them, great — accept what helps out of it, shut out the rest, whenever the times come that you need to do that.

    Make sure to laugh regularly. And sometimes to cry. You’ll find yourself stronger than you knew — and weaker. You’ll want new things, and shed things that aren’t important anymore. And you’ll put one foot in front of the other… and get to the end of it. Eventually, you’ll look back, and realize how far you’ve walked — and or maybe limped ;-)

    May all the gods in the universe be with you,

    Wendy M.

  140. Pavel Berestneff said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 7:05 pm

    Silvie & Michel!

    I’m very, very sorry for these results… But I believe in you, I dream about happy end of this terrible story. And I’m posting this lines jist to keep you know that all your Russian friends are praying for you!

    God bless you, Silvie and Michel, we love you!

    With best wishes and best believes — from Russia!

  141. Fabian Lim said on:

    September 24, 2006 at 10:10 pm

    Hi Sylvie,

    Warmest Greetings from Singapore…

    Our prayers are with you and even though I don’t know you personally,
    your warmth and bubbly personality radiates so vibrantly within
    the pages of this blog.

    So keep smiling and laughing — enjoy life to the fullest.

    Live life as if there’s no tomorrow.

    And the collective prayers of your families, friends and loved ones
    will help pull you though this temporary condition of yours.

    God bless.

    Fabian Lim

  142. Jay White said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 12:30 am

    Sylvie and Michel,

    My heart goes out to both of you in your time of need. Sylvie, I am awestruck by your bravery and your strength. Michel, you are a shining example of what a husband and best friend should be. You both are such amazing people, and I feel privileged to know you.

    When I need comfort, I turn to the Word. And when I think of you and your situation, my mind goes to one of the most well-​​known passages in the entire Bible. I hope it’s as inspirational to you as it has been to me.

    Psalm 23
    The LORD is my shepherd,
    I shall not be in want.
    He makes me lie down in green pastures,
    He leads me beside quiet waters,
    He restores my soul.
    He guides me in paths of righteousness
    for His name’s sake.
    Even though I walk
    through the valley of the shadow of death,
    I will fear no evil,
    for You are with me;
    Your rod and Your staff,
    they comfort me.
    You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
    You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
    Surely goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the LORD
    forever.

    Prayers and support to you both from our home to yours…

    Jay White

  143. Kevin Riley said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 12:34 am

    Sylvie and Michel

    Very IMPORTANT note! My ex-​​wife had breast cancer and needed aggressive chemotherapy. I contacted a natural health clinic in Washington or Oregon State. Sorry, I don’t remember the name.

    They sent me Co-​​Q10 to help her body withstand the chemo (it is quite damaging to healthy tissue too). She also took a mushroom extract and shark’s cartilage. In the end, she only had slight stomach discomfort and a slight tyhinning of hair — but mainly, stayed very healthy.

    Please do a search for this clinic. It has a name like “Natural Healing” or “Natural Health”. You need to send them some info like blood markers, type of chemo, etc.

    The doctor there gave me a telephone interview.

    You can do this. Beat it, get healthy, and back into the game.

    Kevin

  144. Rick Butts said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 1:55 am

    Michael and Sylvie —

    What can I say that has not already been said by your many friends and supportive associates?

    II Corinthians begins with the answer to the question “why must we suffer?” — to learn to trust Gods power over our own — and to equip us to help comfort others who suffer as we have — in the way that only another who has been through it, can.

    I see this comfort in the comments on this blog already.

    You are immersed in the science of it and focused on the solution — this is a very good thing — you are powerful people, with a strong sense of purpose, and a new love sprung full bloom to marriage to carry you through.

    Prayers to you both for the peace that transcends all understanding — and a great healing and return to your wacky and beautiful romance as soon as possible.

    Rick Butts

  145. Charlie said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 2:02 am

    I know that hearing about someone else’s victories might not help much when it’s still YOU that has to go through it. I wanted you to know that my mother has had cancer three times: Hodgkin’s in her twenties and breast cancer twice.

    She is still alive, still beautiful and about 10 times the woman I knew before. She has fought three times and won it all. She has earned the respect of every single person around her, as I’m sure you will as well.

    My best goes out to you. It may not be easy, but you can beat it as so many others have done. And on the other side with your clean bill of health life will sparkle and those around you will be inspired.

    Charlie

  146. Kim Knight said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 2:10 am

    Dear Sylvie and Michael

    Thank you for sharing and I am sad to hear the news. I completely know what is happening and how you are feeling due to both my parents having had cancer ..

    Do what you know is right for you. Listen to your heart and body … they talk to us.

    I think you know by now that we all care for you and feel with and for you.

    You are both VICTORS of life.

    Sincerely

    KIM

  147. KK said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 3:12 am

    Dear Michel & Slyvie,

    Warmest greetings & wishes from Penang,Malaysia!
    Sending Reiki thoughts and healings to you both.

    Everything’s and will be ok.
    Be and with joy, peace and love,

    Namaste,
    KK

  148. Sen Ze said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 3:15 am

    Hi Sylvie,

    Your own inner strengths and Michel’s incredible support WILL get you through this.

    Here’s Lance Armstrong’s statement to the press in 1996 when he was diagnosed with testicular cancer (which had spread to his lungs, abdomen and brain):

    cyclingnews​.com/​r​e​s​u​l​t​s​/​a​r​c​h​i​v​e​s​/​o​c​t​9​6​/​l​a​n​c​e​.​h​tml

    You could probably imagine the exact feelings and thoughts that must have gone through Lance’s head when that statement was issued.

    As we all know, Lance is now kicking more butts than ever! Some people even suggested that the gruelling cycling competition that he won 7 times in a row from 1999 — 2005 be renamed the “Tour de Lance”.

    I also chanced upon a talk show on TV some years ago where one guy got up to talk about his cancer involving 3 different parts of his body, at 3 different periods of his life!

    He fought the first cancer and won, became cancer-​​free for a few years, then had the 2nd cancer, fought it and won, became cancer-​​free for a few years, then had the third one, and fought that and won too!

    Have faith in your doctors, the treatment and yourself.

    Please don’t ever give up hope, Sylvie.

    Fight it with everything you’ve got.

    You WILL get through this!

    Sen Ze

  149. Catalina said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 3:55 am

    Dear Sylvie, dear Michael,
    I know, it’s very hard for you, but you must think positively. You must never abandon your hope.
    I know, it’s an aggresive therapy, but it might help you.
    I wish you both, the whole strengh you’re needing for go trough it.
    God bless and help you!
    And Sylvie!
    Your such a wonderful person, fight for you life!
    Catalina

  150. Marlene said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 5:35 am

    I don’t know you except thru your web presence, but I appreciate you both. How wise & how loving you were to open yourself up to your friends — known and unknown.I have added my sincere prayers to others’.

    Let me share with you some scriptures that have meant a lot to me, and taught me to be in charge of my thinking and speaking, and therefore my outcomes. They come from the book of Proverbs in the Bible.

    A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled.
    “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Whether death or life, obviously.) Proverbs 18: 20,21.

    The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips.
    “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones. (Literally, I have found.) Proverbs 16: 23.24.

    Think and speak only of your healing, Sylvie. When you find yourself thinking or speaking of the alternative, remind yourself, and others if necessary, that you can’t afford to entertain defeat in thought or word, or you will give it power to overcome you. Instead feed your desire for life, and let that grow in you. I’m sure you have already understood this, even if, perhaps, not quite in these words.

    As you focus on your healing and travel towards it, receive it with thanksgiving from the God Who created us with this empowerment and instructed us how to use it.

    Jesus said, “Have faith in God.
    “For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘be removed and be cast into the sea’, and does not doubt in his heart (refuses to entertain doubt in his heart), but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he SAYS.
    “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you RECEIVE them (present tense), and you will (not expressing future tense, but emphasis) have them.” Mark 11: 23, 24.

    Don’t make the mistake that is so common, of believing you WILL be healed — that it is something that is going to happen up ahead.

    If you are determined to have it, RECEIVE it as yours by faith and progressively take possession of it day by day. Do not be denied, but continue in faith. By His own testimony, God honours faith, and has committed himself to respond to it.

    After all, Jesus is the One Who often said to those who came to Him for healing, “Go your way. YOUR faith has made you whole.”

    The Bible is a treasure trove of inspiration for faith-​​building. And just like we internet marketers use our emails to let people get to know and trust us, that’s how God uses His Word — the Bible.

    The more people know and trust us, the more they are happy to do business with us. And the more we get to know and trust God, the easier it is to take by faith the authority He has given us for every area of our lives.

    It’s a big book, ‘tho and for those who are wanting to get straight to the meat of their need of the moment, books that point out the relevant passages are a help. For healing passages, a little booklet called “God’s Medicine” by Kenneth E. Hagin, is excellent for starters.
    His books are available from:

    Kenneth Hagin Ministries,
    PO Box 50126, Tulsa, OK 74150–0126
    Or PO Box 335, Islington (Toronto) Ontario, Canada M9A 4X3

    I sincerely hope those addresses are still correct. My copy of that booklet is a few years old now.

    My grandfather used to say, “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.” Out of the challenge posed by this weapon that has been formed against you by the enemy — the one the Bible calls “the god (little g) of this world” & “the prince of darkness”, may you come to know, trust and love the one true God Who created you, and Whose love for you is overwhelming.

    And may you know the truth of His word to all believers, thru the prophet Isaiah, 54: 17, “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.”

  151. Frank Mullen said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 8:10 am

    Hi Sylvie and Michel

    You are both an inspiration to us all and I firmly believe that you are giving yourselves the best chance possible through your positive attitude and fierce determination.

    Good luck on your journey.

    Frank

  152. Alfredo Di Pasquale said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 8:13 am

    Dear Sylvie and Michel,

    Our paths have only crossed in the digital realm…so far. I truly am looking forward to meeting both of you at a future IM event.

    Sylvie, your words detailing the trials and tribulations of such a personal nature are inspiring to all. The love and strength that you have for Michel, your family, and others, coupled with Michel’s devotion and determination to seeing you well again is in itself a very powerful antibiotic.

    May God continue to bless you and be with you always.

    God Speed ~
    Alfredo

    P.S. Kick that cancers ARSE!!!!

  153. Liz said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 10:08 am

    Hi Sylvie,

    I’ve been following your story. Just thought I’d post some info I found that may help with the effects of chemo, and/​or may help you beat the cancer completely:

    ———————————————————-
    Mushroom Types and Their Cancer-​​Fighting Properties

    The Reishi mushroom, known in China as the ‘longevity herb’ and rated as a top medicinal herb in Chinese Traditional Medicine contains over 200 active ingredients and unique compounds. In fact, the properties found in a Reishi mushroom contain more biologically active compounds than any other plant source on earth. Research conducted by Cancer Research UK discovered that the Reishi mushroom contains active compounds that heighten the immune system’s response to foreign invaders such as bacteria, viruses and tumour cells.

    The incredible anti-​​tumour and immune enhancing properties of the Agaricus Blazei Murill (or ABM, commonly known as Royal Sun Agaricus) mushroom has resulted in remission rates of well over 90% for all types of cancer. In fact, one study (in which ABM was introduced into the diets of humans) resulted in a 3000% increase in natural killer (NK) cells in just 2 to 4 days. The ABM mushroom contains beta-​​glucans, as well as sterols, lectins, nucleic acids and lipids.

    The Cordyceps Sinensis or Caterpillar Mushroom gets its name from where it’s found – in the stomachs of caterpillars. The Caterpillar Mushroom is unique to all other medicinal mushrooms in that it contains de-​​oxy nucleocides that cannot be obtained from any other natural source. With it sterols, lipids and nucleosides, the Caterpillar Mushroom has the ability to increase red blood cells and stimulate the immune system. Clinical human trials conducted by Chinese Traditional Medicine indicated that the Caterpillar Mushroom was able to improve liver, kidney, cardiovascular, and respiratory function. Comined with extracts from the Reishi mushroom, Cordyceps has shown to improve the quality of life for some advanced cancer patients .

    Coriolus Versicolor, otherwise known as the ‘Turkey Tail’ mushroom also has immune system boosting and anti-​​tumour properties. Results in the high 90th percentile have been realized when Coriolus was used against Sarcoma 180 during several animal tests. Two extracts of Coriolus, both beta-​​glucan protein-​​bound polysaccharides have been shown to improve the ratio of T-​​cells, natural killer cell activity and IL-​​2 levels.

    The Maitake Mushroom has long been considered a powerful medicine. In fact, they were used as far back as 206 B.C. for the treatment of several disorders, including stomach ailments and hemorrhoids. Studies conducted in the 1980’s revealed even more of the Maitake’s healing properties, including the inhibition of tumours, the regulating of blood pressure and cholesterol, and the controlling of obesity.
    ———————————————————————————–

    Just one more thing — whatever you do, DON’T SETTLE. If your doctor or doctors aren’t listening to you, it’s time to get rid of them. One of my best friends who had cancer fired 3 of her doctors before she found one who would listen to her. Your body is telling you all kinds of stuff — listen to it, and then find a doctor who will listen to YOU. You DO have the power to decide what is or isn’t done to your body.

    Sending comfort, strength and love to you — you are SO gonna kick that cancer’s ass ;)

    Liz

  154. Fraser Rose said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 10:44 am

    Hi Sylvie,
    Many cacer patients regret the loss of their hair due to chemotherapy. Actually, that can be viewed as something to be very thankful for. That’s because of the way chemo works: it destroys those cells in the body that reproduce most quickly, namely cancer cells and hair cells. So when your hair falls out it means the chemo is working, doing what it’s supposed to do. Did you know that?

    God bless!

    Fraser Rose

  155. Pastor Ray L. Edwards said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 11:31 am

    Hi Sylvie,

    I’ll keep you in my prayers. The challenge is great, and you have to keep
    a positive mental attitude through this storm. But the sun will shine again!

    Live each day with renewed passion and never blame or give up. Others
    have won the battle and you can too!

    Regards,

    Ray L.,

  156. David & Malia said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 12:03 pm

    Dear Sylvie and Michel,

    I was in Phoenix to witness “The Proposal”. I was touched then and I am touched now by the struggle you face with such optimism and hope. I don’t really know you both very well, however somehow both my wife, Malia, and I feel a bond with you and join with you in facing this uphill battle.

    I pray for you and Sylvie. My personal belief is that we are not alone in our pilgrimage and we have a merciful and loving God who cares for us deeply and helps us in our time of need. I was reminded of a book today written by Rabbi Harold S. Kushner called “When bad things happen to good people”. http://​www​.enotalone​.com/​a​u​t​h​o​r​s​.​p​h​p​?​a​i​d​=​776 It talks of his struggle to understand the answer to the question “Why God?”

    I just wanted to let you know that I feel connected to you, I love you both and pray that God would grant you the inner strength, grace and faith to grow strong in both of you. You are not alone my friends.

    David and Malia McKinney

  157. Ralph Zuranski said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 12:18 pm

    Dear Slylvie,
    Life just seems to keep coming up with big challenges for those with big enough shoulders to deal with them. After all you have been through in your amazing life, this is just another hurdle to test your perseverance and victorious attitude.

    Your struggle, to regain your health, is inspiring to so many people. Thank you for having the courage and transparency to share such an intimate experience with us all. We all benefit from the strength of your spirit.

    When there is a life and death situation, faith in the goodness of God and hope in a brighter future are our vehicles to peace and a lack of fear. It is easy to let our fears destroy the quality of our lives, but each moment of life is so precious…no matter what is happening.

    As both my mom and dad went on hospice in the last week, I understand the value of life and the peace that comes from acceptance of God’s plan for our lives. Sometimes, it is too easy to be focused on the future and miss what is happening in the moment.

    As I care for my mom and dad in their final days, I truly realize just how little control we have over life and death. The faith to trust in a kind and loving God is a great gift that transcends my understanding.

    All that I know is that each second is to be lived to its fullest for the past is gone and the future never arrives. Incredible individuals like you, know at their deepest level of understanding, that the present is the daily reality of those brave souls who choose to live on purpose with faith, hope, trust, perseverance and most importantly…love.

    You, Michel and your families are in my prayers,
    God bless you,
    Ralph

  158. Dori said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 2:34 pm

    Damn!

    I hate hearing this. What a bunch of stinker cards! I mean, just like everyone else, my heart is breaking and eyes all swollen up and blurry with this news. Crap. :-(

    And, I know, if anyone can swing it over to the old age 50%, YOU CAN!

    And heck, if you do a locks for love campaign and need folks to donate, I got 11 inches I can loose! ;-)

    much love!
    Dori

  159. Collette said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 2:57 pm

    No one knows what the future holds, but if anyone has the courage, strength and grace required to beat this enemy, Sylvie, you do.

    I’m sending positive thoughts, prayers and best wishes northwards to you.

    Namaste
    Collette

  160. Shawn Catsimanes said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    Dear Sylvie,

    I just read your blog start to finish. Michel is a great copywriter, no doubt, but he’s got nothin’ on you, babe. It reads like a best-​​selling novel or a classic story.

    I laughed. I cried. Most of all, I was right there with you, unable to lift my eyes from the page — experiencing the process. And I’ll stay right there with you until I can share the joy of complete recovery.

    Thank you for your willingness to share your journey. Even though I’m sure it’s cathartic, the complete exposure can’t have been easy.

    You’re an amazing woman. I’m so thankful you have an amazing man along side you.

    I strongly trust in the healing power of God, but like you, believe it comes in many different forms. I stand firm in the faith that he will bring you through this.

    All the Best,
    Shawn

  161. Cris & Loretta said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    Hi Sylvie and Michel

    As Michael Neil observed in his weekly column “One of the few perks of going through a period of crisis and/​or suffering is that when you come out the other side (and nearly everyone does, sooner or later), you realize that you are a lot stronger than you probably thought you were, and that
    strength doesn’t leave you even after the crisis has past”

    We are hoping that you emerge triumphant and stronger through this ordeal.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you both.

    Cris & Loretta

  162. Laurence Cumbie said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 6:39 pm

    Sylvie,

    Healing and medicine is much too fascinating and gigantic a subject to allow yourself to listen to ONLY the prognostications from members of the medical establishment — the health practitioner group that is tied to standard operating procedures and insurance review boards.

    These are the well-​​meaning folks who also know too little about what they were not instructed to focus enough attention in medical school curricula — namely, human nutrition, and natural immune system boosters.

    Just ask them. Their answers will be uniformly vague. Because they are trained to “manage” disease, not necessarily cure it. And they cannot advocate that which they know little about, can they?

    They universally rely upon the scientific methods which have skewed the research for the development of ever-​​more-​​dangerous (promising?) drug therapies. Because they are “managed-​​care practitioners” — and not research scientists generally, they “give you what they are told is peer-​​reviewed and acceptable.”

    And their lawyers have seen to it that the Hippocratic Oath is quite “different” than what we’ve often understood it to mean — as “first, do no harm”.

    Which is why you must accept that your body and your life is owned by you.

    Our human immune systems have evolved over thousands of years; but the AMA, for instance, did not even come into being as a professional organization until the early part of the 20th century.

    Before its existence, more than one “school of medicine” was the accepted order of the day — and none was predominant over the other. The discovery of penicillin “wowed” the scientific elite to such an extent that the “money flowed like a river” into the now-​​dominant school of medicine we revere and trust so much — to the dismay of other enlightened medical professionals — down through the years until the present day.

    Thus firmly established, other schools of medical thought simply could not compete for research dollars against the juggernaut we call Big Pharma.

    Like all healing methodologies, like medicine itself, it is always subject to the accepted scientific methods which are often the only sciences which can get substantially funded for research purposes. Thus, if a therapy is beyond the purview of the medical “establishment” — if it does not involve “cutting” (surgery), “burning” (radiation) or “poisoning” (chemotherapy and drugs) — it is not considered mainstream…or acceptable.

    Modern mainstream medicine considers that we live in a chemical universe; whereas, other practitioners consider that we actaully live in an electrical universe.

    The royal family of England, for example, relies often upon the advice of homeopaths and other naturopathic practitioners.

    Many Europeans and Asians still respect the contributions from those who are serious about ALL the healing arts.

    This way, they get “the rest of the story” too. Because informed consentstill must be a consideration in our judgments, right?

    While it’s hard to ignore the idea that if we have something “bad” inside us…we’re conditioned to simply want it taken out, it is useful to keep in mind what these “acceptable”, extremely-​​invasive procedures are doing systemically to our once-​​healthy-​​and-​​normal bodies.

    These protocols compromise the functionality of our God-​​given immune systems big time!

    They grossly interfere with normal ingestion of healthful nourishment — like that which comes from air, water, food…and pleasant surroundings.

    Thus, when we suffer through such invasive therapies, we need to now think about the best air, water, food, and surroundings available to us in the whole wide world.

    Because, when things are not normal, we may need better-​​than-​​normal nourishment to repair what is damaged.

    And the drugs just aren’t designed to do that at all!

    There are some very interesting — tested — alternative therapies out there from eminent medical practitioners (most of whom are also respected medical doctors) that may be worthy of your attention.

    I understand you and Michel and others will no doubt explore all, or at least some, of these.

    Mortal beings all want to help. God will help.

    But, in the meantime, please don’t allow yourself to be weakened further.

    Cancer loves anaerobic cellular environments and stressed-​​out living tissue; but your supercharged natural immune system can deny it the new places it wants to grow…while, little-​​by-​​little bit each day, you can deny it new territory…until it has no places left in which it to thrive.

    After all, by simply overcoming your psycho-​​physical weaknesses with the bestnourishment out there, you’ll have plenty of time to heal yourself — and your immune system — completely.

    Your path to recovery will begin when you eliminate your fear and help yourself to the best that life has to offer.

    And you’ll never, ever need to fight this fight alone, Sylvie.

    http://​www​.thehealingcodes​.com
    http://​www​.cancer​-prevention​.net
    http://​www​.mercola​.com
    http:www.curezone.com
    http://​www​.healthalert​.com
    http://​www​.lef​.org
    http://​www​.quackwatch​.org
    http://​www​.tahoma​-clinic​.com
    http://​www​.komen​.org
    shirleys​-wellness​-cafe​.com/​b​r​e​a​s​t​c​a​n​c​e​r​.​htm
    http://​www​.drday​.com

  163. Nicola said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 7:04 pm

    Hi Sylvie and Family

    You are all in my prayers and healing meditations.

    I know you’ve already got loads of health & nutritional advice and I’d like to add to that:

    EFT — Emotional Freedom Therapy — gentle tapping on certain meridian points.

    It’s a very flexible, gentle yet powerful therapy that can be done over the phone as well as face to face. It works very well alongside conventional therapies and can support the body throughout your journey, including during Chemo & Radiation.

    Emma Roberts from http://​www​.theeftcentre​.co​.uk has worked for many years with women with breast cancer, in her private practice and at http://​www​.thehaven​.co​.uk.

    There are EFT therapists in Canada and the best place to find a good local therapist would be http://​www​.emofree​.com which is the main EFT website. Dr Carol Look is also a leading EFT therapist, I’m not sure if she’s in Canada or USA.

    I will certainly be joining you in accumulating a wealth of the “lottery tickets” that you mentioned, being sure to “add one for Sylvie” with every joyous moment, every hearty laugh and every moment of gratitude in my life.

    Abundant Blessings of Love

    Nicolax

  164. Jan Evans said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 8:09 pm

    Sylvie & Michel,

    Remember the old poster, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life”?

    I prefer to think that “Today is the best day of the rest of my life.” It is the only day of my life.

    Enjoy, no cherish, today. Live each moment. Not only do we not know what tomorrow will bring, who knows what will happen next hour?

    Anias Nin wrote, “Life shrinks or expands according to one’s courage.” You both have huge lives–full and long.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Blessings to you and all you love,

    Jan

  165. Michael Ruge said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 8:37 pm

    Elly survived all of this and you will also.
    the next few years will have many peaks and low points .
    so as Winston chirchill said ’ when you are going through hell , keep going’ .
    it will bring the two of you even closer (if that is possible)
    we have the map so call or email us with any questions , we are here to help. we found the not knowing to be the hardest thing.
    so now you do not need to fly blind

    peace

    Michael and Elly Ruge
    1–250-733‑2233 Elly@​LakeBB.​com or Michael@​SmallSeminars.​com

  166. Nathan Anderson said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 10:53 pm

    Hey Sylvie!

    You’re gonna stomp this thing. Have absolute faith that you will prevail… because you WILL!

    Here’s some happy feelings coming your way… in the way of some pics of my newest family member: only 2 weeks old! She was the product of an Internet Marketer’s Carribean Cruise back in January… ;)

    http://​www​.googleanderson​.com

  167. Nathalie(cousin) said on:

    September 25, 2006 at 11:04 pm

    Dear Sylvie and Michel,
    you have made it in this life. You both inspire many and give so much of yourselves. Let us support you as we send you all this Love and Light during this time. Just let our Love and the Love of God that is there ready to be grasped, bathe you ready to cleanse you so that you both continue the wonderful path you have laid ahead for your family. We think and love you every day. A bientot!

    Nathalie et la famille Gregoire XXXXXXXXXXXX

  168. Peter Chew said on:

    September 26, 2006 at 3:20 am

    Hi Sylvie,

    You don’t know me but I’ve read about your cancer and the response you’ve received from your readers.

    It is good to know that you have so many friends who are concerned about your problem.

    I have been reading about Alternative Cures by Bill Gottlieb, the author of New Choices in Natural Healing. In his book he quotes Charles Simone, M.D., director of the Simone Protective Cancer in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.

    A change in lifestyle is the only factor that has been scientifically proven to extend the average life span of women with breast cancer”. He continues: “A change in lifestyle stops ‘feeding’ the tumor and boost the immune system so that it can effectively fight cancer, and the most important change is eliminating the foods that contribute 40 to 60 percent of all breast cancer.

    According to Dr Simone, more than 100 scientific studies show that saturated fat — the kind found in red meat and dairy products — can increase the risk of cancer. Besides food, he believes that cancer patients should drink only distilled water to avoid all possible carcinogens. Also avoid other carcinogen risks such as drinking alcohol and smoking tobacco, including second hand smoke.

    There’s more information about breast cancer in Bill Gottlieb’s book, Alternative Cures.

    These changes in your lifestyle will only improve your health and will not interfere with whatever treatment you are undergoing at this time.

    I sincerely hope you will recover soon and be as healthy as you can possibly be. May God bless you.

    Peter

  169. Tatiana said on:

    September 26, 2006 at 8:39 am

    Hi Sylvie,

    I truly believe that the reason Jesus was able to heal is that he refused to see everyone asking for help being ill.

    I refuse to see you not being well. The only way I can see you in my mind is the way you looked on your wedding day – happy, full of love and live. And THIS IS THE WAY TO BE.

    Love you both with all my heart. Any support or help you need – is right here, you can count on it.

    Mike, I sent you an email with some information that might help.

    Tatiana.

  170. Holly Cotter said on:

    September 26, 2006 at 9:07 am

    Dear, dear Sylvie,

    Your blog entry was one of the most powerful things I have ever read. The way you were able to share your fears, your tears, and your hope brought goosebumps to my flesh and tears to my eyes. You REALLY need to publish this… it will help so many others who are facing similar challenges.

    It goes without saying that my prayers are with you and Michel, and I WILL be praying!

    Just so you know… 50% chance of living is beautiful odds.

    I don’t share this to minimize what you’re going through… not at all. However, 10 years ago my husband was given a 10% chance of living through the next five years (40% less than you) and he’s still here 10 years later! Just one example that SOMEONE has to be in that 10% (or 50% as in your case). And, since you have SO much to live for (Michel and the children) it will just INCREASE the odds in your favor… because your emotional mindset is probably even MORE important than your physical condition (as they say, “mind over matter.”)

    Sylvie, I sure hope you read this, and that it helps you internalize the fact that you have WONDERFUL odds of survival.

    With love and prayers for both you and Michel,

    Holly

  171. Gail Greenberg said on:

    September 26, 2006 at 12:26 pm

    Hi Sylvie & Family,
    I believe the same doctors who delivered the bad news would also tell you they are constantly amazed by all the miracles and baffling cures that they see every day.

    Jon-​​Benet Ramsey’s mom had an aggressive stage-​​4 ovarian cancer that should have been lethal in a year and she lived for 10 — even though she lost her daughter and wasn’t in a cheerful, positive mood. By the same multiplier effect, your 5 years becomes 50!

    I myself conceived triplets (with no medical intervention!) when my husband and I were told we were infertile. My friend’s vasectomy miraculously healed itself. His wife was not amused!

    Our bodies are full of surprises. The doctors are telling you the worst case scenario not about all the exceptions, which are too numerous to mention. The truth is — with or without a diagnosis, none of us knows how much time we have so we should all do the same thing: dwell in the sweetness of what we have right now. You have such abundance in your life with four great kids and your new husband. And so much love, now that everyone has a good excuse to show it.

    Stay strong, Sylvie. And, as I said to LaDawn — if you think this is going to get you out of doing a project with me, you’ve got another thing coming, young lady!

  172. Jan said on:

    September 26, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Sylvie,
    The food we eat can have a remarkable impact on our health. Please go to http://​www​.cancerproject​.org for information on diet and cancer prevention and survival. Also, I recently read an article regarding yoga and how it helped women with comfort and function in daily activity after breast cancer surgery. You may be able to find the article at http://​www​.acefitness​.org. My best to you!
    Jan

  173. Craig Perrine said on:

    September 26, 2006 at 3:08 pm

    As I scrolled down this page to find the spot to post it hit me how much love and support is evident here for you and Michel and your awesome kids.

    Looks like everyone is buying you lottery tickets baby.

    Embrace the fear that comes with news like this. Let it hit you in all it’s dimensions… and let it pass like the electrical storm that it was. Fighting back the fear only makes it stronger by fearing the loss of control.

    Go WITH the loss of control and you are still in fact, in control by choosing not to fear fear.

    Once those natural emotions subside, you’ll see the full brightness of your future ahead of you and that fear will flow away.

    Like you said to me the other day, no need to fight the cancer, you’re already healed and the remaining steps you take will simply confirm that truth as the docs are amazed at your progress.

    Why someone as tremendous and powerful as you had to take this journey, surely only God knows… but you are serving those with breast cancer by so freely applying your gifts to this blog.

    You are once again an angel to many who need your strength and your honesty and your healing process.

    Bottom line: you are a champion like Lance Armstrong and will go on to win your own Tour de France over and over, too. That much I know for sure.

    Love Craig

  174. Edward said on:

    September 27, 2006 at 2:14 am

    Hi Sylvie & Mike,

    I pray for you so that you come out of this triumphant.

    I pray that your love grows even stronger now more than ever.

    My heart goes out for both of you for the courage, resilience and the determination you guys have in defeating the enemy.

    I love you guys & my prayers are for you again,

    Sincerely,
    Edward

  175. Charlyn said on:

    September 27, 2006 at 2:45 am

    Sylvie, Michel,

    Be strong no matter what it throws at you. I am all for what Craig commented 2 posts above me. Dang he’s always articulated my thoughts well.

    Each time I read a post on your blog, I think of the lady who was healed in The Secret.

    May you be healed as she.

    Love,
    Charlyn

  176. Tatiana Velitchkov said on:

    September 27, 2006 at 6:52 am

    Sylvie & Michael,

    It was such a shock to read the latest part
    of the “fighting the cancer” story, and I feel
    with you very strongly. Actually I shed some
    tears and felt so sad for both of you and the
    family, BUT on the other hand I think you are
    so lucky to have found one an other, and love
    each other so much as you do!

    Love is the most important feeling in our existence
    and you both are so fortunate to have found your
    soul mate even though such a heartbreaking
    story is part of your life now.

    Most of the people never encounter their true love
    in their life time but you both have, and this is a
    proof that God loves you both and will do his part
    in healing you Sylvie, or help you healing yourself!!

    I do believe in it and hope you do too. There must be a
    greater meaning behind all this. Perhaps this lesson
    has it’s purpose somehow, perhaps you needed to learn
    something so important that any other way wouldn’t
    have been that meaningful if it came the easy way.

    Besides all this I wanted to tell you about something
    that I read recently, and that is what helps in curing
    breast cancer — taking selenium daily. 200 micrograms
    of it on a daily bases. Brazil nuts are very rich with
    selenium, in fact — the richest natural source on Earth
    and if you just can’t stand taking any more medicines
    than you might want to try the natural way — eating
    daily a handful of Brazil nuts.

    Please Sylvie, Mike, keep strong and believe you can
    fight this enemy, and you will win, I am sure of it!
    Keep well dearest of souls and I’ll keep you in my
    heart’s prayers!

    Warmly
    Tatiana

  177. Peggy said on:

    September 28, 2006 at 9:08 am

    Hi Sylvie,

    I was told about your fight from my friend & co-​​worker Sheila in Boise. We are long distance; I live in Massachusetts.
    I was diagnosed with breast cancer in April. I have gone through the 6 week radiation therapy and keeping my attitude positive.
    I just want to say that you are one incredible woman. I read about you and am inspired! Your strong, witty sense of humor and your extremely positive attitude will get you and your husband through this, I have no doubt.
    My husband fought a very rare blood disease for about 15 years and I know he is still here because of his attitude! He has shown me that same “tude” which has helped me in my battle with cancer.

    Stay strong and I’ll but a ticket for you too!!!
    Peggy

  178. Tatiana Velitchkov said on:

    September 28, 2006 at 10:56 am

    Dearest Silvie,

    Today I read this article and thought you should
    too if you haven’t already.
    health.ivillage.com/breas…9mgd6tzl,00.html?nlcid=ht|09–28-2006|
    Keep strong and be like you are always!

    Warmly
    Tatiana

  179. Lil said on:

    September 28, 2006 at 11:54 am

    Sylvie and Michel,

    Your strength and positive thinking will get you both through this. You have no idea how much you are helping by just keeping this blog. You must have thousands of lottery tickets by now. Hang in there you two. You’ll beat this.

    Lil

  180. Matt said on:

    September 28, 2006 at 12:37 pm

  181. Paul Myers said on:

    September 30, 2006 at 4:49 am

    Sylvie,

    We’ve never met, or even spoken. I’ve known Mike for a while, though.

    When he told me he had proposed, my first thought (after the typical bad “guy humor” about marriage) was that you must be someone very special.

    No question of that. Not after reading this. It takes someone special to say the things you’re saying here so eloquently. The reality of the day-​​to-​​day of a scary illness; that it’s not just them; and that they’re not alone. You’re going to help a lot of other people to find the courage you’ve clearly got in spades.

    Thank you for that.

    Paul

    PS: I don’t have any advice that hasn’t already been given, but I’ll keep you and Mike in my thoughts.

    PPS: Hey, it had to be here, right? I mean, what copywriter wouldn’t? ;)

  182. Siriol Jameson said on:

    September 30, 2006 at 6:20 pm

    Dear Sylvie and Michel,
    You are going to make it and you are already three-​​quarters there. You have the surgery and the results already behind you. Plus, you have each other and a lot of friends out here.

    Just a little more to go and this whole thing will be turned around.

    We are so proud of you.
    Siriol Jameson

  183. abuabdou said on:

    October 1, 2006 at 2:54 am

    Keep the faith that God can cure you despite of everything your doctors say to you. Both of my parents have cancer. My father has colon cancer and my mother has non-​​hodgkin lymphoma. I can tell you it was devastating for me at the begining but I believe God can cure them. Keep the faith. Believe me. It will make you alot stronger and you will feel in peace.

    Peace

  184. Scott Stratten said on:

    October 2, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    From a fellow Canadian, stay strong and here’s to a full recovery.

    Scott

  185. Mary Kenny said on:

    October 3, 2006 at 1:50 am

    Dear Sylvie and Michel:
    I have been “away” (moving) and am just getting “caught up”.

    I am writing this note to you as I pray, cry, and laugh all at the same time — pray that God will cure you totally, Sylvie and that God will give you both strength and courage; cry because my heart is breaking with this totally unexpected diagnosis; and laughing because that is what I think of first everytime I think about you two. Laughing is something, Sylvie and Michel, that is so natural for both of you! You have made countless people feel happy because of your own happiness and laughs! Laughing is good for the mind, heart and soul…so keep it up!

    Sylvie, I’m not sure you realize the tremendous help you are providing to others by explaining all the “medical jargon” and sharingthis difficult journey; these speak volumes for the person you are.

    I know so many have already written notes to you and are praying for both of you. Be assured you are in my prayers, as well … and, everyday when I think about you and pray for you, I will also offer a “laugh” for you! Listen for it every day .. and laugh back!

    God bless you both. Peace, healing, prayers and blessings …

    Mary Kenny, Sechelt, British Columbia

  186. Laura Strebel said on:

    October 14, 2006 at 8:12 pm

    Sylvie,

    Just another quick note. Trust your doctors! Do NOT get talked into “alternative” medicine without checking it out completely!!! Your doctors will be doing everything they can to make sure your treatments fit the type of cancer you have and the best way possible to get this behind you.

    I had 18 nodes removed and all 18 were positive for cancer. If just one had been “clean” I’d not have been quite so worried but I’m determined to keep living and beat this thing! Just two weeks ago I was told that I’m finally in official remission! Yeah!!!

    Note; get a soft “sleep cap” for when your hair is gone. You’ll find yourself freezing without it. It amazed me just how much body heat is lost without hair. I no longer tease bald men for wearing a hat. They do it to keep warm, not just for vanity. And your hair will grow back in very quickly. As for the bald men, they’ll just have to keep wearing hats.

  187. Ken Chandler said on:

    November 2, 2006 at 7:29 pm

    Sylvie, I will start by saying before meeting you in Atlanta I had never read your blog nor saw your site. I did however witness an incredible husband and wife bond. If there were ever a dynamic duo you two are it. You are going to win your lottery. And you will with the help of a great man at your side. I think you sharing this with everyone is courageous as well as generous.Many people will go away feeling better about thier own struggles with the example you have made.I eagerly await the day you announce your recovery. Best wishes and prayers Ken Chandler Havelock N.C.

  188. Siriol Jameson said on:

    November 6, 2006 at 11:27 am

    Hello Sylvie and Michel,

    We have been following your blog these past months.
    Our thoughts are never far from you. We are also
    touched by the number of those leaving comments who have suffered grave illnesses. They, too, are courageous people.Remember that good health is just a short step away. You have done all the hard work and it is behind you.Cannot wait until you are well.
    Siriol Jameson

  189. Benedict Manovill said on:

    November 8, 2006 at 9:47 pm

    Dear Sylvie, We haven’t met but I have been following your progress. You are a real trooper. It won’t be long before you will be completely healed. Keep up the good work!
    Best regards, Benedict Manovill

  190. john parker said on:

    November 23, 2006 at 8:04 pm

    Dear Sylvie and Michael,
    You don’t know us
    but on this particular november night my wife and I are both praying for you.
    You are both in our thoughts.
    your courage and determination are inspiring.
    It’s things like this that make you realise what really matters.
    love and best wishes
    julie-​​ann and john

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  192. Ellen Davis said on:

    August 2, 2007 at 2:19 pm

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