Side Effects Of Telling The World

talk bubbles Side Effects Of Telling The World On August 30th, Michel (a passionate copywriter) used his blog to tell the world about our condition. His post spoke eloquently and elegantly of what we are going through, at a time when I would not have been able to put this into words.

I have always admired his ability to write from the heart. It’s what makes him such an amazing copywriter, and it is one of the very first things I knew about him that made me fall in love with him.

I also knew that he needed to do this. He needed to express himself the one way he knew how. He needed to pour out his tears in words, and tears of my own fell while I read it. I’m certain many others cried when reading it as well.

And as the comments began to come in, I was utterly amazed at how many people were listening and cared about us.

I’ve never seen such an outpouring of well wishes and prayers for a swift recovery. It was wonderful, and in the days after the initial post, as comments kept pouring in, I cried more than I thought I was capable fo crying. But these weren’t tears of sadness or fear. These were tears that came from being overwhelmed by the love that was being sent our way.

Here are just a few that touched me so deeply… (there are hundreds, and I wish I could print them all here):

Prayers of healing, strength and boundless joy are coming your way.”

Sylvie and Michael — you guys are an amzing couple. I have no doubt that Sylvie will be fine and you both will have many, many years together.”

What can I say, but you are both very courageous. I was deeply touched by your conveyance of what many would be treating as a tragedy filled with why-me’s.”

Please be assured that this fight will not be fought alone, as loved ones will undoubtedly intercede on your behalf, as will, I assure you, some of us who’s only to link to you is cyber in nature.”

This is just a little bump in the road of life. I know you guys can leap small hurdles in a single bound. You are my heroes!”

I know you both have the faith, the strength, the resolve and the inherent goodness to turn this temporary upset around.”

I am inspired by your amazing upbeat and positive outlook. I shall keep your example in my mind as a way to handle life’s curveballs”

God bless you both! Sylvie is lucky to have someone who believes in her and her recover as much as you do. WIth the faith and love that you share, I have no doubts at all that this hurdle will be overcome, and you’ll enjoy the rest of your lives together!”

Michel, what a warm and extraordinarily loving husband you are — you are both blessed to have one another.”

How blessed you both are to have found each other! Every life journey has a few bumps in the road — it’s all in how you handle them.”

Stay positive and kick this things butt!”

Sylvie I will definitely be praying for complete healing on Earth and I know God will give you the strength to get through this. Yes, you are one amazing lady and I look up to you tremendously.”

The two of you are always in my thoughts and prayers — and I’m here for you 24/​7 — always.”

I was literally blown away by all of it. As the hours ticked by after the announcement, and the well wishes just didn’t seem to stop, there were moments I just sat there reading them with a baffled expression on my face. People who have never met me before were genuinely concerned about me and praying for my recovery. I just couldn’t believe that so many people genuinely cared about us.

Amazing isn’t it? It’s amazing how much love there is in the world!

And there were also some comments I didn’t expect at all. Please understand that I was very grateful for all the comments from people who suggested a variety of healing remedies to help me in my research. I used that information and spent many hours searching for possible solutions and checking medical research to see what I can do to help the healing process after the mastectomy. Until now, I had no idea there were so many different ways of dealing with this type of cancer. And Michel and I are working on a plan to use natural remedies to complement the work the doctors will be doing for me.

But some made me sad, and I’ll explain why…

In times like these, one can expect that some people are going to be absolutely convinced that medical doctors have it all wrong. And for the most part, I do agree that doctors don’t know everything. It wasn’t that long ago that the medical profession didn’t “believe” in germs and the cure-​​all of the day was leeches and bloodletting.

However, medical science has come a long way since then, and I am so grateful that it has. Even 20 years ago, a woman diagnosed with breast cancer didn’t have the advantages we have today and survival rates were much lower.

So when I read the advice of some of the well-​​meaning advice givers who suggested that I refuse the mastectomy and opt for other alternative treatments, or just leave it to God who would heal me instantly, it made me sad. It made me sad because there are women out there who would choose that advice without consulting their doctor, and die needlessly, primarily because they would rather not face the truth about their illness.

Thankfully, I am of the belief that God works through doctors just as much as working directly with my body to heal it.

This reminded me of a joke I heard, and I want to share it with you all…


A woman with breast cancer returns to religion with fervor. She knows that God will help her get better.

Early in her sickness, a surgeon proposes surgery.

No”, she says, “I don’t want to get mutilated and suffer pain. It’s not necessary, God will help me”.

A while later, she sees a radiologist and he proposes radiation to treat the tumor, which by now is uncomfortably large. “No”, she says, “I don’t want radiation burns inside and out. It’s not necessary. God will help me.”

A year later, the cancer has metastasized. It’s painful and she is referred to an oncologist. Chemotherapy is advised. “No”, she says, “I don’t want to be sick all the time and lose my hair as well. It’s not necessary. God will help me”.

Soon after, she dies. She goes to Heaven and demands an audience with God. “Why didn’t you help me?,” she whines.

What do you mean? I sent you help three times: a surgeon, a radiologist and an oncologist. What more did you want?”


The best advice I heard, about what type of treatment I should choose, touched me very deeply. I felt it was the best way to sum up how I felt about the process of determining exactly how we were going to travel down the healing path.

As you get all kinds of well-​​meaning advice sent with heart-​​felt love and concern from near and far, we pray that The Lord would give you wisdom and direction to follow what is the best route for Sylvie at this time.”

Thank you Kay and Dave! Thank you for having faith. Faith in me and faith in God to tell me what was right for me.

And thank you to all the heroes out there who are helping me fight this every step of the way.

10 Comments so far »

  1. Nell Taliercio said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 12:48 am

    Sylvie, I totally agree with Kay and Dave. You need to do what you feel is best. Only you know what you are comfortable with doing and what you feel is best. I truly believe my Grandmothers mastecomy saved her life…even though I know it isn’t the best route for everyone it is for many. Hang in there friend.

  2. Jennifer Houck said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:28 am

    Absolutely Sylvie.. Yes there are alternative methods out there and you can choose those along with your treatments, but the good Lord up above put doctors on this Earth for a reason. I know God is giving you the strength to guide you which path to take and you also have a great and loving husband that will hold your hand through the whole process.

    I admire you and know you WILL get through this. Much love to all and just know I’m praying for you!

  3. Chris said on:

    September 11, 2006 at 9:51 am

    Dearest Sylvie,

    God bless and keep you. May you heal quickly and completely. Know this, you are and will be the same person as you are now. Kind, loving, happy.


  4. Wanda Huber said on:

    June 23, 2008 at 5:40 pm


    This seems to be a place where sincere people discuss breast cancer and life. I’m a writer, and my character has breast cancer. She becomes obsessed with her tatoos, calling them her souvenirs. Does anyone feel comfortable sharing their feelings or experiences with radiation tattoos with me?



  5. Live Every Day As if It Were Your Last | Michel Fortin on Copywriting, Marketing, Business, and Life said on:

    September 4, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    […] your cures, recommendations, and alternatives to chemo and surgery, which I do appreciate, please keep this post from Sylvie in mind.Make sure to hug your family and your friends. Tell them you love them. Because you never know, […]

  6. Chris said on:

    September 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    It saddens me when I see people opt for surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy which hurt the body — instead of beneficial treatments that build up the body.

    It saddens me that the FDA only allows patentable medication to be considered a drug and therefore “cure” something.

    It saddens me that I lost my mother to Cancer soon after she went on Chemotherapy, after being with her in Mexico watching a Dr. cure people of Cancer with simple treatments that are outlawed in the US, because my mother couldn’t afford to stay in Mexico for the treatments.

    God gave us everything, but the FDA stops doctors from following what truly works in the process of profits, under the guise of fear.

    You don’t hear about the many people who die from Chemotherapy, Radiation, and Surgery… but you hear about the limited cases where people die from trying different natural methods.

    You said you were sad because people will die without following a Dr.‘s advice, I think that’s sad because you assume that only the Dr knows what works, but unfortunately, that’s not the case the continuing education is sponsored by the FDA and it doesn’t talk about nutrition, but the right drugs to be taken.

    Drugs are mutated natural methods so they can be patented. Unfortunately, mutating God’s perfect substances causes side effects.

    Which of course there is another drug for… if you haven’t experienced this yet, you will.

    Hopefully, you’re also eating foods that are organic and not processed… this will allow the pancreas to focus on removing the Cancer that could be left over.

    Everything I’ve said is a fact in this blog response and you can find out for yourself by investigating.

    God bless you,

  7. Richard Rossbauer said on:

    September 5, 2011 at 11:23 am

    So much we learn about ourselves during those nights when thoughts overwhelm and impose on the sleep we crave — yes, we have cancer, yes, we know what is coming someday maybe sooner than we expected but maybe not, yes, we relive so many life experiences both good and some not so good, but — we will make the most of what still awaits, and appreciate the skill of our surgeons, doctors and nurses, and the support and prayers from our family and amazing friends who have quietly been there for us for so long — and vowing that we will do whatever we can to help, console, and support everyone that we will ever meet, or get to know, in their journey along the cancer trail — even if we can do no more than pray for their comfort and peace.

    Our prayers go forth to you and yours.

  8. George said on:

    September 5, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    You are right to believe God is glorified by the work of doctors Sylvie.

    Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

    Doctors and everyone else was put on this planet to serve the Lord. God bless you, Michel, and his mom.

  9. Cheri Sigmon said on:

    September 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm


    Thanks for sharing your story… I followed the link from your husband’s story about his Mom… Thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.


  10. Live Every Day As if It Were Your Last - MLM Promoter | MLM Promoter said on:

    December 29, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    […] Until you hear back from me, and before you start telling me all about your cures, recommendations, and alternatives to chemo and surgery, which I do appreciate, please keep this post from Sylvie in mind. […]

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