Graviola Tea for Cancer Testimony
Graviola Tea for Cancer Testimony: Rich opened the door and looked in astonishment at his luxurious suite on the 26th floor of the lavish Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas. The suite featured a private sauna, flat-screens throughout, a large super-king bed, a beautiful view featuring the faraway mountains as well as the famous strip below – and he just smiled.
He dropped off his luggage and got into the elevator which led him down to the casino floor, where he kept turning up aces.
“I may have mesothelioma, but mesothelioma doesn’t have me,” he recently said, recollecting that serious day from earlier in the year. “When I die, I want to look back and say ‘Boy, what a ride I had.’ I’ll go out kicking, that’s for sure. No regrets.”
A pleural mesothelioma survivor, Rich now close to the two-year mark, had traveled to Vegas with his youngest son Eric, who was there mainly for business.
This trip was meant as another father-son bonding experience created to make memories, something that Eric has wanted since the day they left the office of mesothelioma specialist David Sugarbaker M.D. in Boston in 2012, who confirmed his dyer diagnosis.
Rich, now 75, has been making memories ever since.
Graviola Tea for Cancer Testimony
Prior to embarking to Boston and traveling home to Central Florida, where Rich resides along with his wife Aline, father and son arrived at historic Fenway Park to observe their first Red Sox-Yankees baseball game together. They watched the game above the famed Green Monster in left field, taking pictures of themselves and the ballpark during the game.
Eric presented his Dad with an amazing photo album chronicling their wonderful experience at Fenway a couple weeks following.
“I think Eric really believed I wasn’t going to be around very long, so he kept snapping pictures. He’s our sentimental one,” Rich said over lunch with Aline and Asbestos.com last week. “When you hear about mesothelioma, that’s all you ever hear, six to nine months to live. But I’m still kicking.”
Moffitt Cancer Center
Rich bypassed the aggressive extrapleural pneumonectomy surgery to remove a lung, the lining around it and a major part of his diaphragm – a recommendation he obtained in Boston. He alternatively went to the Moffitt Cancer Center in nearby Tampa.
He chose for a less-draining, lung-sparing pleurectomy/decortication with surgeon Lary Robinson, which has permitted him to keep up at his current pace.
Rich visits Moffitt every couple of months and reviews the scans, which show no mesothelioma recurrence. He never received radiation or chemotherapy.
“The last checkup, they told me, ‘If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. See you again in six months,'” he said. “There was maybe a little bit of fluid in there again, but nothing really significant. Maybe this is a fluke. I don’t know. Not sure the doctors know, either. Supposedly, there is no cure, so I consider myself very fortunate. They aren’t ready to say I don’t have [mesothelioma] anymore, but they are close.”
An electrician for the majority of his career life, Rich and Aline are making the best of his continuing good health. With 5 children, twenty grandchildren and nine great grandchildren scattered amongst the United States, they travel constantly — just not as fast and easy as they did prior to the diagnosis.
No Rest for This Couple
Following the surgery, they purchased year-long passes to Walt Disney World, where they regularly take the grandchildren. They received United States passports for the very first time, allowing them to make international travel plans. They planned for a week-long sabbatical in the Tennessee mountains at a charity auction.
Along with several other family members, they took their very first Disney Cruise. Upon a ’70s night show during the cruise, Rich discovered himself upon the stage impersonating Elvis, while touting a gold disco outfit, holding a microphone and crooning to the crowd. The ladies in the audience adored him.
Married for 44 years, Rich and Aline spent the weekend fishing off the dock in Cedar Key, a Florida coastal community. They joked about his glasses accidentally becoming knocked off his face and falling into the water, and how she amazingly fished them out with a treble hook.
“We’ve always been kind of a spur-of-the-moment couple,” Aline said. “But I think we’re even more like that now. We just get up and go if something strikes us. We know we’re in the last chapter of our lives, so why not?”
Graviola Leaves and Faith
Rich gives credit for his continued wellness to a couple of matters: Faith and Graviola tea leaves, which are grown in the Amazon and Caribbean and encouraged as a natural, cancer-fighting element.
Rich and Aline pray together every day and are thankful for their health. Eric provided Rich with his first leaves of Graviola, and he’s been drinking the tea ever since.
“I’m not sure if it’s the God thing, or the tea, or a combination of both,” he said. “Either way, praying isn’t going to hurt you. If nothing else, you have peace of mind. I’d recommend it. It’s a good way to stay positive.”
Remaining a healthy and active lifestyle isn’t something that happened to come to Rich and Aline after his mesothelioma diagnosis. During their 60s, Rich and Aline were dominating dance competitions by performing the Jitterbug at the local Moose Club. Rich began attending a community college with the goal of obtaining a degree and starting a second career at age 70. At 71, he began working at Walmart in the warehouse, picking up a little extra cash.
It was during his shifts at Walmart where he initially observed his shortness of breath and how it was getting more difficult to perform do his daily job duties. This is what led him to his primary care physician, who began conducting examinations. He was referred to a pulmonary specialist, which sooner or later led to his diagnosis and that initial trip to Boston.
“I guess Walmart and that job did us a favor. Otherwise I wouldn’t have gone to the doctor, and may not have been diagnosed so early,” he said. “I would have just attributed that shortness of breath to getting older.”
Rich was very fortunate that following his initial diagnosis, Eric discovered a law firm that won him a substantial settlement with numerous asbestos manufacturers. The additional funds has allowed him and Aline to take part in the valuable time they have together, void of financial anxieties.
He never returned to working at Walmart. He has stopped going to college — at least for the time being. He and Aline no longer Jitterbug, but they continue to slow dance together.
“The worst thing you can do [with mesothelioma] is sit around feeling sorry for yourself. We had our pity party. I cried. She cried. We told the kids, and got all the emotions out, but then we moved on,” Rich said. “God gave me a second chance here, so I’m going to make the most of it.”