Posted: Jan 14, 2014 7:00 AM
 
A cancer diagnosis is scary no matter your stage of life, but it's even more scary when you're a new mom. Find out how one mom beat cancer naturally and restored her health without conventional treatments.

2010 was supposed to be the best year yet for Marcia Schaefer, D.C. She had just graduated from chiropractic school, gotten married, and had a baby on the way, but shortly after the birth of her son, a diagnosis came that changed everything.

"My thyroid grew during pregnancy, but every single lab test was completely normal, so my team thought it was just one of the common side effects of pregnancy, and it would go down on its own," Marcia shares. "When it got to the point I couldn't swallow or breathe properly, I went to an endocrinologist who diagnosed me with papillary thyroid cancer."

Over the next three months, Marcia learned that her diagnosis was not limited to papillary thyroid cancer, but the cancer had also spread to her lymph nodes, her lung, and she had a second cancer to contend with: skin cancer.

I just knew that my body would be OK, I would be OK,
and I would heal.

Going the natural route

Marcia is the second in her family to be faced with a cancer diagnosis — her mother preceded her in her cancer journey, and successfully recovered using natural therapies. Pursuing natural treatment options felt like a logical next step to Marcia.

Marcia says, "I knew the body could heal. I still remember leaving the hospital after my needle biopsy and texting my mom and sister 'Papillary Thyroid Cancer — surgery in January.' It wasn't a big deal to me, and I couldn't explain even to myself why that was. I just knew that my body would be OK, I would be OK, and I would heal."

Healing through Gerson Therapy

What is Gerson Therapy?^


Gerson Therapy is an 18 to 24 month therapy, consisting of juicing and eating about 20 pounds of fresh produce every day, coffee enemas, a positive attitude and grateful heart and the desire to be well.

Marcia turned to a treatment called Gerson Therapy to help her body heal from the cancer. "Gerson Therapy is an 18 to 24 month therapy, consisting of juicing and eating about 20 pounds of fresh produce every day, coffee enemas, a positive attitude and grateful heart and the desire to be well," Marcia says.

She describes her daily Gerson regime as consuming fresh-pressed juice every hour from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and adhering to a plant-based vegan diet. As she progressed through her Gerson Therapy, she was able to introduce other food choices and add more fats and proteins back into her diet.

I learned so much that I so desperately needed to learn during the years I have been on Gerson Therapy and it has made me the doctor, mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend I am today.

Cancer free one year later

Less than one year after her initial cancer diagnosis, Marcia was considered cancer free. She credits Gerson Therapy with not only saving her life, but forever changing it as well. "When I tell people that this cancer diagnosis was the best thing that ever happened to me, I mean it!" Marcia says. "I learned so much that I so desperately needed to learn during the years I have been on Gerson Therapy and it has made me the doctor, mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend I am today."

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