Brain Cancer Survivor Amys Story

Brain Cancer Survivor Amys Story

Amy’s Return Flight to Health; Living Proof of the effect of Complementary Therapies

American Airlines flight attendant, Amy Pomykal, credits a cornucopia of supplements from the Life Extension Foundation for her quick recovery from an aggressive, malignant brain tumour. Diagnosed in April 2002, she was running a marathon in December, having had eight hours of surgery in May followed by simultaneous chemo and radiation.  Amy’s story is particularly poignant because she had escaped the fate of her 9/11 colleagues and was contemplating a career change or, at 32, starting a family with her husband two, when she was struck down by anaplastic glioblastoma:  They basically told me my days were numbered. I felt like I was going to die, she recalls. I couldn’t speak because of the tumour and I remember being angry. Amy’s husband a cautious and conservative man became her treatment advocate, sharing the role with her sister Keri who took a more daring and enquiring approach. It was Keri who researched the Life Extension supplement programme on the net and acquired them in time to support Amy’s brain during radiotherapy and protect against potential memory loss. The pills and potions were so numerous they had to be stores in a fishing tackle box.  It seemed to conserve her stamina during post-operative treatment too- she could still play tennis twice a week and kept her hair.   Running that race was not, Amy reflects, the brightest things I’ve ever done, but I lived through it! She also used visualisation, imagining the tumour shrinking, herself growing older. ’I prayed a lot for strength and the ability to make good decisions.’

Knowing the prognosis was still very poor, Keri directed her sister to a cutting-edge clinical trial at the Brain Tumour Center at Duke University Medical Centre. The trial was officially closed, but Amy was given special dispensation by medical director Dr John Sampson. This trial involved culturing the patient’s dendritic cells with RNA from the tumour to produce a strong immune response against the cancer cells. Every fortnight for six weeks, Amy received her injections and three months later her scan showed marked improvement. Six months on, in January 2004 the tumour had disappeared. Dr Henry Friedman, co-director of Duke neuro-oncology programme takes a progressive attitude to complementary treatments like Amy’s. As long as she told her doctors what she was taking, and it wasn’t toxic, he was content. His belief is that empowering patients in their own care achieves the best outcome. ’We have no proof that what she was taking might hurt her, and it might help. We don’t; know the answer’ says Friedman.  We could say the same things about what we’re doing. I think its enlightened medicine. It’s admitting where you don’t know what’s going to go on, but following the principle of ’Do no harm’. Since her illness Amy has become the mother of two children. She continues to take her supplements along with her anti-seizure medication.
I believe the supplements did a lot, and that I’ve done well because of them, and my mental attitude and my faith. I believe that I’m going to survive.

 




 
 





 
 
Amy Pomykal’s  Supplement Regime

































































































 
 

Drugs: Neurontin (anti-seizure drug)

 

600 mg/day

 

Super-Absorbable CoQ10

 

2x/day

 

Super EPA/DHA with Sesame Lignans
& Olive Fruit Extract

 

3x/day

 

Green Tea Extract

 

3x/day

 

Norwegian Shark Liver Oil

 

3x/day

 

Super Selenium Complex

 

1x/day

 

Grape Seed Extract with Resveratrol

 

1x/day

 

Goldenseal

 

2x/day

 

Echinacea Extract

 

2x/day

 

Ultra Soy Extract

 

3x/day

 

Melatonin

 

20 mg/day

 

Super Booster

 

1x/day

 

Pure Gar

 

2x/day

 

Indole-3-Carbinol/Resveratrol

 

1/day

 

IP-6 and Inositol

 

9x/day

 

Alfacalcidol (Vitamin D3 Rx form)

 

2.5 mcg/day

 

Curcumin and turmeric

 

2x/day

 

Boswellic acid

 

3x/day

 

Bromelain

 

3000 GDU 3x/day

 

Squalamine extract

 

3x/day

 

Ester-C

 

500 mg/day

 

Astragalus

 

1x/day

 

Whey protein

 

1 scoop daily

 

Greens formula

 

2x/day

 

Coriolus versicolor mushroom extract

 

3x/day

 

Maitake D-Fraction

 

3x/day

 

Thymus

 

1/day

 

Colostrum extract

 

425 mg/day

 

Noni

 

500 mg/day

 

Enzyme formula

 

3x/day

 

OPC (oligomeric proanthocyanidins)

 

2x/day

 

Beta 1,3, glucans

 

200

 

 

 

 

 

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