Oasis of Hope
“Caring for the whole person: body, mind and spirit.
Sharing the healing power of faith, hope and love;
Advancing medical science to end cancer one person at a time.”
The Oasis of Hope is a clinic in Mexico that has been treating people with cancer in integrated and pioneering ways for over 50 years. They have received a lot of bad press and significant resistance over the years, but many of their results continue to outrun conventional oncology – particularly with prostate cancer and lung cancer. Its founder, Dr Ernesto Contreras, was ahead of his time and showed great courage and commitment in offering an approach to cancer that attended to the mind and spirit as well as the body. He was shut down, arrested for drug smuggling (the drug in question being Vitamin B17) and his reputation vilified, but his legacy continues to this day through his son, who now runs the clinic where I have come for three weeks of treatment
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Flight to the States
*Early in its history the clinic realised that their patients did 20% better with a companion so all their hospital rooms have a patient bed and hotel bed. Catherine offered to come with me so I could leave my daughter at home with her Dad while I’m here. More about her in other posts.
Weekend stopover in Atlanta with friends
Sometimes you can live a perfect life in a single day: tears of grief, peels of laughter, exchanges of mutual tenderness and swollen moments of unexpected peace. These two glorious days with my dear friends Catherine, Elaine, Tom and Peggy left me in no doubt that I am loved and imbued me with an unbridled joy that now colours many of my precious days on earth.