Terri H. - Breast Cancer Survivor
Hi my name is Terri Hughitt. Three years ago, a little over three years ago, I was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. It is one of the rarest and most aggressive breast cancers out there. Ten years prior to that every women died because they didn't know how to treat it. So today the treatment still, in my opinion, are fairly barbaric. When I was given my diagnosis my sister-in-law was with me and she said, “What do you want to do now?” and I said I want to go to Natural Horizons. Like I want to go to Disneyworld. So I had been treated here for many things, you know, just for holistic health care. I believe the best way to take care of the body is to build it up, make it strong, keep a good strong health immune system, and that's the way they look at the patients, you know. they don't look at the symptoms so much but what is the disease and how do you bring the body to a healthier state so that it can rid itself of the disease.
One of the things that helped me to choose Natural Horizons, I mean as I said I came here immediately and they got me in immediately. I was very proactive also in my own health care but they were the only ones, the doctor here was the only one that told me I was going to live and that he fully expected me to live a long and healthy life. and everybody else is telling me I probably was going to die. And I probably would have died had I gone with mainstream medicine. And my choices were this, to have heart damage, wipe out my immune system, and have nerve pain in my fingers and toes for the rest of life; whatever that would have been. so my choice was if it's my time to go, it's my time to go but I believed when that doctor said to me, you know, “I fully expect you to live a long and healthy life”, I took that to heart and I believed that.
So what I got when I came here every day; I was here four days a week actually, when I came in was I got love, I got support, I got companionship. It was a fabulous, fabulous experience. And when I didn't have to come back anymore, I still come, I still come at least once a month, you know. But when I didn't have to come back anymore on a regular basis, I missed everybody so much. They'd become part of my family.
I will also tell you this; I was in remission from this cancer in 11 months. It is completely unheard of. The surgeon, in inflammatory breast cancer, the protocol here and with mainstream medicine is to remove the breast, do a full mastectomy, which I was comfortable with because it's in the lymphatic system of the skin. That's what makes it so undetectable. So I had no problem with them doing that. I had started out with a 7cm tumor which is about the size of a tangerine and when the surgeon took my breast off, after two in half months of low does chemotherapy, he could not find any piece of the tumor. The pathologist found a tiny little piece of the tumor and that was it.
The love and the compassion that you get here, from the front desk, is just the love that you get here. Everybody is here to work. it's a group effort. It's a team effort to help you heal and to get what you need. And I honestly believe, I mean they saved my life.