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Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 12:51 AM


I'm wondering if anyone on the Island knows anything about
Acute Myeloid Luekemia i.e.AML. I'm supposed to undergo
Intensive Chemotherapy and stay in the hospital for at least
a month....but am hoping someone knows of an alternative
Just don't want any more poisin in my body, but without some
effective treatment the doctors say it's just a matter of weeks.

Love to all who were praying for me and sending good wishes.

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 1:02 AM

I'll try this book I have, see if it refers to that type of cancer. So sorry Rowlanda

Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 1:03 AM

Row, don't know enough to give you any advice. Can only think positive thoughts for you. I hope so that your treatment goes well. We are all here cheering for you.

Knerd  (Level: 99.0 - Posts: 1141)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 1:18 AM

Rowlanda, I am so sorry to hear about this! You must be in shock. I am no expert at all but everything I have read about this disease indicates chemo as the main form of treatment. It appears that the only other treatment is bone marrow transplantation. It looks like aggressive chemo is pretty successful in inducing remission. I know you can't be looking forward to that lengthy hospital stay and that kind of invasive treatment but listen to the doctors and what they are telling you. I know there are some doctors and nurses on Sploofus so hopefully they will chime in and tell you more about what you can expect. You will be in my prayers, Rowlanda. Let me know if there is anything at all that I can do. You are such a special lady and I am so sorry that you are having to deal with this!


Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 2:30 AM


There are a few MDs here...guessing they don't want to post anything here. So if you are one, and can help, please do so.

Rock on sis...hang in there (as I'm not one of those doctors).



Bobbsey  (Level: 153.0 - Posts: 252)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 3:37 AM

my thoughts are with you rowlanda, my sister has bone cancer, she had something like, blue vein therapy, some thing like that, and she has been in remission, for about 7yrs, she is 66 now. and apart from having tests, she in good health.

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 6:55 AM

My book recommended the chemo, but also to take a good vitamin (the more expensive dissolvable type found at health food stores) Eat plenty of fruit, especially those high in vitamin C. Lots of vegetables, especially those of the cabbage family, the onion family & tomatoes. Fruits & vegetables should be as close to fresh as possible. Vitamin C injections, if they'll give them to you are supposed to help. Don't forget your calcium & magnesium, natural yogurt would be good to combat the antibiotics or acidolphyllus pills (they have to be refrigerated, there's usually a fridge available to patients) . I'm not sure how you'll get fresh food in a hospital unless Ontario's are different than BC's. Hopefully you have some friends & family who will bring it to you. If not, there might be a Sploofuser available to shop for you. Good luck, Sweetie & I'm truly sorry about the other developments, as well. I'm praying

Caramel1  (Level: 125.9 - Posts: 21554)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 7:36 AM

Unlike Sandy, Sandy, I don't even know a little bit about this, The only thing I can do is let you know you will be in my thoughts and in my heart-Linda

Achad  (Level: 201.5 - Posts: 661)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 7:49 AM

Hi Rowlanda,

The following may be of use. Hope whatever treatment you undergo works and you are back on the Island ASAP,

Good vibes heading your way from the 'Pool.



Eating the following nutrient-dense foods that are high in antioxidants may help protect against cancer: dark berries, orange and yellow vegetables, dark leafy greens, fresh vegetable juices containing wheatgrass, beets, romaine lettuce, parsley, and cucumber.

Potentially beneficial nutrient supplements include those listed below.

* Vitamin A (25,000 IU a day), vitamin E (800 IU a day), vitamin C (3 to 6 g a day), and selenium (200 to 400 mcg a day) have antioxidant activity and may decrease side effects of chemotherapy and radiation
* Vitamin D (400 to 800 IU a day) may help promote differentiation of cells
* B-complex (50 to 100 mg a day) with additional B12 (1,200 mcg a day) and folic acid (800 mcg a day) for anemia


The use of certain herbal remedies may support the lymphatic system, spleen, bone marrow, and liver. Take a combination of the following herbs in equal parts, 30 to 60 drops three times a day.

* Red clover (Trifolium pratense)
* Blue flag (Iris versicolor)
* Yellowdock (Rumex crispus); for late-stage disease, substitute greater celandine (Chelidonium majus) for yellowdock
* Poke root (Phytolacca americana)
* Tree of life (Thuja occidentalis)
* Cleavers (Galium aparine)
* Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
* Turmeric (Curcuma longa) (250 to 500 mg two to three times a day)
* Periwinkle (Vinca rosea) and autumn primrose (Colchicum officinale). Note: these are potentially toxic herbs to consider for use only under a supervising physician.

Herbs are generally available as dried extracts (pills, capsules, or tablets), teas, or tinctures (alcohol extraction, unless otherwise noted). Dose for teas is 1 heaping tsp./cup water steeped for 10 minutes (roots need 20 minutes).


An experienced homeopath can prescribe a regimen for treating leukemia that is designed especially for you. Acute remedies may be useful for relief of symptoms associated with complications.


Chinese herbs and acupuncture may be a powerful adjunct to conventional therapy.

Gerryn  (Level: 18.7 - Posts: 141)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 8:46 AM

From what I've read - you are one very strong lady and you have so many people in your corner with good thoughts and prayers.
I, too, will be praying for you.

The other Me

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 9:00 AM

Keep up the positive thoughts and fighting spirit, Rowlanda. You've gotten some good suggestions and will continue to get support here.

Mplaw51  (Level: 176.9 - Posts: 1582)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 9:12 AM

No M.D. here, Rowlanda, though lots of good advice it seems. You strike me as a fighter and a brave one at that. Stay positive and know that we are all praying our hardest for you.

Davidf  (Level: 102.1 - Posts: 746)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 9:17 AM

I have nothing to offer except my thoughts and my thoughts are with you and with others that have faced and are facing such difficulty

Oldcougar  (Level: 217.3 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 9:27 AM

Thanks Andy for saying it so much better than I

1mks  (Level: 208.0 - Posts: 5864)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 9:32 AM

Good thoughts and prayers coming your way. You have a good support system here. I hope it helps you. We are all pulling for you.

Ladyvol  (Level: 202.8 - Posts: 5434)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 9:33 AM

Rowlanda you are in my prayers daily...and if there is ANYTHING and I do mean ANYTHING I can do just give me a holler OKAY? I'll do some checking and see what I can find...

Gypsylady  (Level: 140.9 - Posts: 6036)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 10:00 AM

I found this website with (4) standard treatments:

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Rowlanda, and I'm wishing you the best possible decision and outcome.


Quackinator  (Level: 165.3 - Posts: 151)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 10:31 AM

Sending you hugs and preayers

Crazy4games  (Level: 122.3 - Posts: 1020)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 11:00 AM

Oh Row! I'm so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers go out to you as well. Wendy

Nelly  (Level: 169.5 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 11:11 AM

Rowlanda, so sorry you're going through such a rough time. Stay strong! You can get through the chemo with positive thoughts and lots more from your friends! Neil and I are sending loads over to you from the Wirral!


Tresgatos  (Level: 201.7 - Posts: 4145)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 12:33 PM

I'm very sorry to hear about your illness. I know the idea of spending a month in the hospital is scary, but we're all here for you and will be sending you lots of positive thoughts and support. Please keep us posted regarding what treatment option you choose. Best wishes to you for a speedy remission!

-- Geri

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 1:42 PM

Rowlanda.. I'm not a doctor or nurse either but, being one of the closest sploofers to you, please let me know if I can do anything to help. I'm thinking of you and wishing for great results from your treatment.

Papajensai  (Level: 189.7 - Posts: 1025)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 2:26 PM


but I have to join the public best wishes for our Row. Gotta keep your chin up, girl. And think of it as a perfectly good excuse to run your own trials of that famous BC Kind Bud! --Ron

Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7525)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 2:42 PM

Rowlanda: If personal expressions of love and concern count heavily for a successful treatment, then you have major boost already from your friends at Sploofus.
Stay positive and follow the medical and spiritual advice you are receiving.


Headylamar  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 740)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 7:55 PM

Rowlanda, Please know that many folks have you on their minds and in their hearts.

Wishing only positive wonderful things in your life!


Virtus  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2447)
Sat, 24th Jan '09 8:06 PM

Rowlanda, I will definitely keep you in my prayers. There are many here who wish you will. God's Blessings, Anne

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 12:12 AM

Blessings, prayers and positive wishes are coming your way from Orlando. God bless you!


4getful1  (Level: 173.5 - Posts: 2876)
Sun, 25th Jan '09 6:54 PM


I am thinking of you and lifting you up in prayer.


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