04/02 Paula Health Update

Greetings!  In our last Paula Health Update on 3/25, we shared that, as a result of a “bad news” ultrasound report, Paula had decided to abandon the Gerson cancer therapy and resort to Plan B (Breast removal) and possibly Plan C (Chemotherapy, radiation, and/or other drugs) as well.

It was Paula’s original intent to implement the Gerson therapy for 8 weeks and then evaluate to see if it appeared to be effective in her situation, but this mid-point ultrasound had shown a large new breast tumor (6 cm in length), which was of sufficient import for Paula to change plans half-way through her Gerson trial.

This past week, as Paula was starting down this new dreaded path (of breast removal and chemo, etc.), we saw Paula’s oncologist on Monday and then went to the breast surgeon on Tuesday, prepared to sign the consent form for the mastectomy.

An interesting thing happened, though, on the way to Plan B.  Upon examining Paula and using her own ultrasound equipment, the breast surgeon indicated that she could not see any new 6 cm tumor.  In looking through the ultrasound photos that had been taken of that area, she concluded that there had been a (typo or transcription) error in the radiology report, as she could see a tumor that was 6 mm in size, not 6 cm.

With this new information, Paula has thus spent the last several days re-thinking her decision, trying to decide whether she should continue to proceed down the Plan B/C path (that she had just resigned herself to) or resume the Gerson therapy (to give it the fair trial, that she had originally intended).  During the week, Paula also had some additional testing done.

After much prayer and agonizing, Paula has decided to continue with the Gerson therapy for at least four additional weeks, hoping that it will indeed be effective (by God’s grace), and trusting the Lord either way.

Since we (Paula specifically, but it involves our whole family) are now back on the Gerson therapy (hourly juicing, five-times daily detoxifying, etc.), we could again use (and would appreciate) some help. 

We have re-activated the volunteer opportunities (to help with juicing, produce washing, coffee brewing, providing an occasional meal, etc.) on our Paula’s Partners LotsaHelpingHands site and appreciate the continued assistance that our friends and co-workers are able to provide.

If you would be interested in helping, you can join Paula’s Partners by visiting our website, www.JPOliver.com, and clicking on the link (on the left-side menu) to Paula’s Partners. 

Thanks again for your continued help and prayers!

By His Grace, John & Paula  🙂

Paula’s Home!

Greetings!  I want to thank those of you who have joined Paula’s Partners, and a special thanks to those local folks who have signed up to help Paula with juicing, produce washing and/or coffee brewing!

We had expected Paula to return home from the Orange City Gerson Clinic (aka, her friend Esther’s home) this Wednesday, but Esther is expecting a grandbaby and a home birth is planned for the Orange City Birth Center (aka, her friend Esther’s home). 

It looks like the baby decided to head out a little early, so as much as they love Paula, you can only accommodate so many Gerson patients and home births at the same time, so Paula packed up and drove home this morning.

Paula appreciated the opportunity to spend time with Esther, working together on the Gerson therapy, and over the past week, several ladies also came and helped Paula and Esther (with juicing, produce washing, etc.), so a special thanks to Jean, Terry, Laurie, Joy, Kathy, Michelle, and Ruth.

Paula’s sister, Kathy, drove up from Ft. Pierce this afternoon to help Paula this evening and tomorrow.  Several folks from NTM have also signed up to help over the next couple weeks, and a couple ladies from our local church have graciously offered to help for 3 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. 

There are a still a lot of empty slots available on the Paula’s Partners calendar, though, so we’d appreciate prayer that more folks will come alongside to help us during this time.

Thanks too for your continued prayers.  Paula is now at day 25 of her 8 week trial of the Gerson therapy.  We’re hoping and praying that God will use it to strengthen and help her body fight the cancer effectively.

Thanks much, John & Paula  🙂

Paula’s Partners

Greetings! I mentioned in my last post that our friend, Deb, was helping us create a Paula’s Partners community (on the Lotsa Helping Hands website), with a calendar of volunteer opportunities (to help with juicing, produce washing, coffee brewing, providing an occasional meal, etc.).

Our Paula’s Partners site provides a mechanism where folks can sign up online to help with different tasks at different times on different days without having to call us to see when we need help, which slots are available, etc.  The calendar includes a number of volunteer opportunties: juicing opportunities throughout the day, once-daily opportunities to wash produce or brew coffee, and twice-weekly opportunities to help provide a dinner meal.

The website also includes two tabs listing Other Ways to Help (for folks who are close by) and Long Distance Helping (for folks who are not local to us), with lists of ways to help or encourage.

The Gerson protocol is quite rigorous and involves supplying freshly juiced organic fruits and vegetables to the patient on an hourly basis 13 times per day as well as a five-times-daily detoxifying process, and a number of supplements. The daily regime is quite time-consuming, almost overwhelming, so any help we receive from Paula’s Partners will be a blessing.

We invite you to join Paula’s Partners by visiting our website,  and clicking on Paula’s Partners (on the left menu); you then enter your email address to get started.

Paula spent two weeks in Seminole (near Tampa) with a friend, Esther, getting started on the Gerson therapy; she was home with us for four days last week, and is now at Esther’s home in Orange City. Paula plans to return on March 16 to continue the Gerson therapy here at home.

We would appreciate your continued prayers for:

  • Healing – that God would use this Gerson therapy. These first eight weeks are especially critical, as we wanting to see if the Gerson therapy will be effective in Paula’s situation.
  • Paula (and all of us) to rest, trust in, and walk with the Lord.
  • Strength & endurance, as the cancer & protocol are difficult.
  • Folks to come alongside and help us with juicing, etc.

By His Grace, John & Paula 🙂

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