** October 2020 Update**
CMN saved my life after UCLA gave up on me. I am celebrating 9-Years cancer-free! Thank you God and Thank you CMN hospital!
I am reunited with the love of my life and married now with 5 grandchildren and a sixth on the way.
After being told by UCLA in 2010 that I only had 3-12 months to live I have learned that medicine really is a “practice” and not a perfect science!
Over a decade, I discovered that each of us who are diagnosed with cancer quickly realizes that doctors cannot make us a promise, and that is the part that frightens us most. We want a guarantee, but it never comes. Doctors cannot make us a promise (It’s unethical)
The first time I was diagnosed in 2006 it was stage three breast cancer right out the gate! Stage 3? “What did I miss?” My left side lymph node under my arm had the largest of 4 tumors, and I know that was a red flag!
Once I was diagnosed, everything happened so fast. I wasn’t relaxed at all, and I felt defeat before I even hit the ground running.
I would never be the same woman again. It changes your life.
I arrived at more than one crossroads, and every path I saw was without a promise of successful treatment. Every road had a questionable outcome, but I had to choose one anyway. All roads led me to a final hospital that would ultimately save my life but if anyone had told me in 2006 to go to CMN Hospital at that time, I would have thought they were crazy! I had medicare, great insurance; why would I leave my country? I had a bilateral mastectomy at UW, and that came with serious consequences of staph infection. I did not do the recommended chemo, radiation or hormone blockers because I went through so much with all the IV antibiotics and having a difficult time getting rid of staph infection.
I was deemed cancer-free in May 2008.but I knew I was at risk for recurrence and metastasis because of my lymph node involvement.
In July 2010, I had a recurrence of stage 4 after being misdiagnosed for 9 months with costochondritis and asthma. A biopsy of my sternum and lungs, finally confirmed that I had a recurrence of stage 4 breast cancer with metastasis to all lobes of my lungs, lymph nodes, soft tissue, and bones.
My fear was off the charts!
UCLA had a plan that started with radiation to prevent paralysis. I was able to do 22 of the 40 planned radiation treatments, which had to cease due to chronic coughing, which prevented me from lying still on the table. For conventional treatments, I never did chemo, not once or hormone blockers. Surgery and radiation caused so much collateral damage to my thyroid and scarred my lungs that there were no other treatments UCLA could could offer me while I was fighting a staph infection and the aggressiveness of my cancer.
Here I was at another crossroads- do I fight? I was afraid of dying. Denial worked out for me when I hit what I thought was a dead-end; that’s when the real courage had to come through. I had no more options available in the United States, but I felt hope again when I found CMN Hospital. I had no money, but my best girlfriends raised it for me and got me there.
ABOUT CMN HOSPITAL
I have nothing but good things to say about CMN Hospital. They saved my life! My twin sister got diagnosed with cancer 5 years later and went there too. Dr. Payan treated her successfully.
I prayed for answers. I believe God is already there shining a light, and He has led us in that direction.
Words that come to mind when I think of my experience at CMN I think of professionalism, patience, compassion, and daily advanced treatments. From the doctors, nurses, admins, cleaning, and food servers, the one common thread that runs through them is they all made me feel like I mattered.
I researched Stanford University for the Autologous bone marrow Stem cell transplant and Baylor University studies I learned about dendritic cells. Those two treatments alone are worth the cost.
I felt I had a chance when no one else could offer me that.
The meals were delicious and healthy, and I loved the snacks too.
I think CMN should be included in everyone’s research list. Talk to Doctor Payan and then talk to two or three other doctors.
Include Dr. Payan because even a conversation with him will comfort you, and they do not bug you with a thousand calls trying to get you as a patient. They are amazing. If you have faith and strong intuition about a cancer facility you think is right for you, go with it! Trust it. I am alive 9 years later because I trusted my intuition. You can contact me on my website http://www.shannonknight.com
Can you share any important tips for anyone considering this clinic?
Video consult, be sure to call them and set one up, if considering :)
Most importantly follow your intuition and gut instinct when when choosing a hospital or clinic. That's what I did and it served me well I'm a live seven years later. What's good for me may not be good for you. You are unique individual and what feels right for one person may not feel right for the next. I wish everyone good health! Xoxo
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