Never Give Up Hope...
The hammer dropped for Patricia when, aged 72, doctors detected a small tumor under her left breast after a routine mammogram. Following surgery she faced the frightening prospect of chemotherapy and the allied effects of a declining auto-immune system.
“My immune system was shot to hell and I felt I had to get myself back up again,” said Patricia.
Doctors said she had no choice but to undergo radiation therapy. Patricia, after much soul searching and careful investigation of alternatives was not convinced.
“When they discovered I had cancer, there was a bit of anger which made me want to fight it. ‘Oh my god’, I thought, I really have to look at my life and evaluate what I want from it and what I would like to have happen with the short time I have left.’
After surgery thought carefully about what life was about, what did she want from it and what could she give back with the years she had left.
Like a good patient, I listened to the doctors, had the surgery but then I began to question all the protocols that went along with radiation treatment and what chemo would do to me over the long run.”
The doctors explained that chemotherapy should be the ONLY course of action since it could guarantee her an extra 5-10 years of life.
“However, when I asked them if that would give me QUALITY of life, they could not speak to that at all because they don’t know,” said Patricia.
Patricia decided to educate herself, reading as much online material she could get her hands from established institutions such as the Cleveland Clinic.
“I not only read the horror stories, but good medical journals and reports upon which it dawned on me that I wanted to live my life in the best health that I could possibly have, because that would bring me the freedom to do all the things that I wanted to do including travel, enjoy my family and do other activities such as Golf and Biking.”
Patricia looked long and hard at alternative preventive options, including Bio-Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. She educated herself on Progesterone and Estrogen treatment, concluding that hormone balancing would be a viable route to improve the quality of her life.
Hormones can generally be described as special chemicals, or messengers, that tell other parts of the body when and how to work. The are responsible for just about everything that happens in your body and influence sex, desire, brain function, mood, growth, breakdown of food and overall energy levels.
Surgery and chemotherapy can disrupt these functions, causing imbalance which results in a host of health issues. Add in the aging process and this is an extremely complex area which requires a customized and careful approach by a medical doctor and his team.
The question was, Patricia thought, which doctor and clinic to guide her on this path considering her medical background?
The Big Decision
“It was a big decision for me because after talking to my surgeon, oncologist and gynecologist it became clear that the general consensus was that post-surgery there should be no Estrogen intake at all. Yet, I knew, that for me to be a healthy, vibrant woman I needed Estrogen in my body. It was that important to me,” said Patricia.
Patricia realized that although one should defer to the expert opinions of the medical community, she should never stop questioning their methods and whether it was the right path for her to take.
“In fact, my surgeon after several conversations agreed that the path I wanted to explore was probably the RIGHT thing for myself. He said that if the cancer returned we would just go back, cut it out and I would continue with the rest of my life.”
At was at this point, she approached Dr. Coleman for a Comprehensive Medical Assessment (CMA) or 100 Point Health Score to construct a long-term flight path for hormone balancing based on her unique circumstances.
“Dr. Coleman understood immediately that I needed to rebuild my auto immune system which was still in shock from the previous surgery. I also wanted to pursue a healthier lifestyle and get the most out of life. My energy came back along with a feeling of wellness.”
Dr. Coleman developed a customized therapy program that administered the safest, lowest dosage and combination of hormones to elevate Patricia’s overall wealth while also minimizing the risk of cancer reemerging in her body.
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Bonita Springs, Florida
"I incorporated progesterone treatment which has well-known protective elements for the breast area. Additionally, I added in Estriol, or Estrogen #3, which is extremely safe but allows Patricia to feel those qualities that make her a woman. The hormone combinations used so far have generated remarkable results with no problems."
“Importantly, I decided not to put her back on Estrodial which has been known to cause breast problems in certain cases. We carefully monitored her hormone levels, using blood and saliva, looking out for Estrogen #1, Estrol, which can have adverse affects on the breast area and is even worse than Estrogen #2. None has been detected thus far.”
The Quality of Life
“Instead of dealing with the 5-10 years of side-effects that come from drugs related to chemotherapy, I now can live with a high quality of life and feel wonderful every day. I would also like to stress that I would never give up the monitoring mentioned above by Dr. Coleman - I think it's imperative. ”
“I was very fortunate to meet and work with Dr. Coleman and his Hormone Clinic staff in Bonita Springs, who have given me back my good health, vibrancy - a fantastic hormonal balance! Everyday is now a joy because my health now allows me to enjoy all of things important in my life, including golfing, biking, reading, socializing, playing games, traveling, plays, concerts and spending time with my grand children.”
“I would urge anyone to find their way - their path - to a healthy vibrant fun-filled life with Dr. Coleman and MedicalMasters.org. Live the rest of your life to the fullest with the people you love and care about” said Patricia.
“I needed to work with professional people who could make this happen and would never have reached this point in my journey without Dr. Coleman’s help.
We need doctors to advise us of new developing sciences which could possibly help us and then we need to think about it, research it, and make a decision based on their input. In my case, the answer was yes and I am very comfortable with that decision.”