Wednesday, July 30, 2008

For the Love of George

I'm a softee for a good love story, especially one that one that's been going on as long as this one has...

Thanks for Tricia for bringing this to my attention - from Friends of George...

Our names are George & Gina Williamson. We have been married for nearly 17 years. When George turned 50 he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. After radical surgery and painful radiation failed to cure his cancer, George opted to take an alternative route using diet and supplementation. His health greatly improved and he has felt better than he has in years. As he puts it, he is a "specimen of health" outside of cancer. However, his PSA levels did still continue to rise over the next several years.

In 2007 we victoriously enjoyed a Cancer Survivor Day Cruise. George was in his 6th year of survivorship at this point, surprising the doctors that he had made it this far, with no symptoms- and no metastasis. But still that pesky PSA rising...

In spite of uncertainties we have opted to enjoy life to its fullest- because none of us have tomorrow guaranteed, anyway! George just had a birthday- he is now 57.

He also just had some scans done after a pretty substantial PSA jump. For the first time, there is visible metastasis in his hip bone.

Why am I telling you all this??

Because of our belief in following a more natural path toward healing (and because of the lack of any curative options from the medical world), we have determined that George will be treated at an alternative treatment center in California-

However, because it is alternative, insurance will NOT pay for it, and payment is required up front, in full. We are not wealthy people - as aren't most people! Therefore, we have realized that if this is going to be a reality, we need to be CREATIVE.

An idea occurred to me one day while I was brushing my teeth...

If I were to sell SOMETHING of SOME VALUE for only $1.00 and I sold 20,000 of it that would be $20,000 - and that would be just about enough to send my husband to this treatment center.


And then it hit me - RECIPES!!
Everyone loves to share recipes. So I have chosen to compile a collection of recipes from "Friends of George"and sell them for only $1.00. And every penny goes directly into a fund solely created to send my husband to this treatment center.

Hey... It might sound crazy. But it might be crazy enough to work. And I'm crazy enough about this guy to do anything to keep him around - for a very long time.

Friend, can you spare $1.00?

I've already bought one myself (what's one dollar?) and I can definitely attest to the yumminess of these recipes.

Note to Self: *sniff* Oh, how I love a good love story.


Tricia said...

The first recipe I'm going to try is the pineapple sheet cake. It looks YUMMY. Thanks for joining in on this!

kweenmama said...

Thanks for sharing this so that the word can spread! And what a great idea!

nimzoindy said...

If we can detect early stages of prostate cancer, maybe we have a big chance to cure & combat it. Hormone theraphy, alternative remedies and abiraterone (some kind of drug) is the alternative way to cure this desease. Maybe in the near future, reasercher/scientist can discover a solution to cure this prostate cancer.
Live Healthy Life

livininsanity said...

(We now return you to your smartass commenting.)
That's a long blog post. And it's got four links in it! Seriously, which ONE link do you want me to visit? Four! If I visit four links, I'll get lost and never find my way back to your blog. Oh, what a sad day that'd be. :(

SarahM said...

your too cute! i just Fwded that to my Whole office. lol so much for being more productive :)

MJ said...

Tricia - I know! I am all over the zucchini bread!

KM - I thought it was a neat idea too. I love backing though, so i'm a little biased.

NZ - Very true. And since we know men are the least likely to go to the doctor to get regular check-ups, early detection is a big issue.

Livin - LOL. Whew. I was afraid I had lost you for a minute.

SM - Productivity is overrated anyhow.

Gina said...

This is Gina- the one married to George!
I was so surprised to find this blog post. Can I just say
THANK YOU for having enough kindness in your heart to do this?!?!! This means so much!!!
We are on our way to the treatment center in October thanks to great people like you making it possible by purchasing my silly little cookbook!!! I am so glad to hear great feedback from people about the recipes!! Fun!!!
In response to some of your comments: George is doing pretty well. His cancer was detected early- but it was very aggressive (9 on a 1-10 scale), and when they thought they had "clear margins" they obviously missed some... and the fight goes on.
He is currently on hormone therapy and it is NOT a cure- the cancer the will eventually become resistant to it. It buys a person time.
Thank you again so much for posting about us!!!!
God bless you!!!

Gina said...

p.s. we're still several thousand short of my goal- so everyone keep spreading the word!!!