Pancreatic Cancer: Story of Maribel C. Lim (August 2003)
Living with any serious disease can be difficult and
challenging. I know how each one of you who has a serious ailment feels…I
have also felt that way…more than two years ago.
After reading the MRI result in July of 2001, my
husband and I went from one doctor to another to find out the best way to
extend my life, to be cured of my cancer. Three, four, five…seven…I can no
longer count how many oncologists we’ve been to…all specialist in
pancreatic cancer, a kind of cancer in which the patient has little chance
of getting cured. This is the most aggressive form of cancer. Too little
time is given to you to think…if you are still able to think straight
given your serious condition.
When I had the courage to ask the doctor how long I
will live if I would not undergo operation, his response stunned me…6
months only, one year at the most.
When I heard those words…I felt the world standing
still. Everything the doctor was saying was incomprehensible. I felt like
a prisoner handed a death sentence. During those moments I felt numbness
all over my body. What I could only feel at that time were tears running
down my cheeks.
Like any other person with serious ailment, I wanted a
speedy cure. At that time, the fastest solution…and the only solution we
know of…is surgery…nothing else. I braced myself for a 12-24 hour
operation…my gallbladder will be removed, part of my liver, stomach and
duodenum will be taken away. But if during surgery it is discovered that
the tumor which was then 2 inches round was too intimate or too close to
the pancreas, they will not remove it, and instead terminate the surgery
by closing the incision. Of course, the other parts of my body will have
already been destroyed.
I consented to surgery even if it would be very
difficult on my part…rather than waiting defenseless…because at that
time…again…it was the only solution we knew…until…the issue of blood came
up. You have not asked me, but I am one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and as such
we adhere strictly to a Bible-based standard…to avoid the use of blood,
including the blood transfusion.
My doctors would be indignant each time my refusal to
accept blood transfusion would be brought
up…threat…pressure…intimidation…These, they resorted to, just so I would
agree to a surgery using blood.
Every consultation would just result in depression,
since it was impossible for me to be operated on without the use of
blood…and I would never compromise the firm foundation of the Bible
teaching to abstain from blood…even if this would man losing my life.
This is the main reason why I was not operated
on…thanks to being a Jehovah’s Witnesss…and my strict compliance with
Bible standard of abstaining from blood…otherwise, I would have gone under
the knife…must have been through chemotherapy, or cobalt…or would not have
been here before you alive beacuase I would have been 6 feet under the
So, what would we do? My husband and I started
researching…we read numerous books…until we discovered a different kind of
treatment, which is called “Alternative Treatment”. We tried this
approach…we learned that to treat a disease, the whole body is involved.
In my case, it is not enough to focus on my diseased pancreas but to
include my whole body as well. We learned holistic treatment…a form of
treatment that includes the whole body not just he affected part.
Each night we read a different book. We stayed late
just to learn more about alternative treatment. Each research confirmed
our conviction that surgery was not the only solution…in fact, it was not
even required. We only has to change our lifestyle, what we have been used
to. Alternative treatment is not easy, one has to be
patient…self-discipline is important…you just have to believe in what you
In my case, we started from nothing, zero knowledge
with respect to alternative treatment. Added to this was the fact that we
were running against time, very short…just six months. Each moment must
not be wasted…every move must be precise…each decision, crucial. Each
wrong move meant one big step backward…only to start all over again.
One very difficult aspect of having cancer is having
many “well-meaning” people around you, who just want to be sympathetic and
offer any help or suggestion the best way they know. Each one of them has
an opinion to give, a little pressure here and there for you to try this
or that or just plain counsel on what to do given my situation. Of course,
you get confused…but I have learned not to be carried away by pressure.
The most important thing to consider the moment you know that you have
cancer is to stay focused and not to be swayed by mere talk.
While we were researching, making the first move
seemed difficult. Especially since we were not sure if we were doing the
right thing. We rested our hope on what we learned from our readings. We
were not sure if things would be easy for us, nor were we convinced that
it was the right track towards recovery.
I admit, many times I lost confidence in what my
husband and I were doing. Many nights in bed, the thought of not seeing
the dawn of a new day gripped me. Once I had the painful attacks, I had
this desire to undergo operation…but again thinking about the blood issue,
this firmed up my decision to go ahead with the alternative treatment.
I took so many food supplements…a variety of
them…whatever it is that I read, I would buy…whoever would give me, I
would accept. But I realized that it was not enough. Until one evening…I
had a severe attack. I felt as if there was a fresh deep wound stomach
being gnawed by a rat. I woke up my husband and told him that perhaps it
was already my end. I was hoping that we could find a treatment for me,
hopefully herbal medicine. We prayed fervently to Jehovah God to help us
find a medicine that would directly address my ailment.
The following day, a Chinese sister in faith, visited
me and made an appointed with a cancer researcher who introduced the
medicine TIAN XIAN or commonly called CHINA NO. 1. I had heard of a fellow
Jehovah’s Witness who was then into this kind of medication. When we
arrived at the Green & Gold International Exports Office in Dapitan cor.
Banaue, we were welcomed by a kind and very knowledgeable specialist in
alternative treatment, Mr. Manuel Kiok. He showed us the China 1 packet
and explained to us its effect to the body of a cancer patient like me.
For the first time after I was diagnosed with cancer,
my heart was overflowing with joy. Now, I have hope. Through Mr. Kiok,
China 1 will help extend my life, much better than the 6 months to one
year lease on life if I would not undergo surgery.
On the first weeks of taking China 1, combined with
China number 6 capsules, I remember emitting black wastes from my body. At
the start it seemed that my disease was counteracting the medicine. There
was some kind of wrestling going on inside my body every time I took China
1. I knew then that the medicine was proving to be effective. So I
continued the medicine hoping that one day I would be pronounced fully
Six months has passed, I am still alive. Still weak,
still uncertain…and the only test I was doing to measure the degree of
malignancy of my cancer is thru HCG-Human Chorionic Gonadotropin. The test
is based on a theory proposed by Dr. Howard Beard and other researchers
who contend that cancer is related to a misplaced trophoblast cell that
become malignant in a manner similar to pregnancy in that they both
secrete HCG. As a consequence, a measure of the amount of HCG found in the
urine is also a measure of the degree of malignancy. The higher the
number, the greater the severity of the cancer.
Above 50 units is positive of cancer, 49 and below is
negative of cancer. My first reading? 80. Very high. I was overwhelmed and
scared of that count. But within a few months, we tried to lower my HCG
count. From 80, it went down to 73, then 64…I continued taking China 1, at
the same time observing my food intake. I refrained from eating food with
sugar, salt, fat, oil, white flour, only organic foods. Each time I had an
attack, China 1 helped relieve the pain. I really felt its effect.
When I felt I had been cured, I tried to stop taking
China 1. I stopped for two weeks, dependent only on food supplements.
After that, I had my HCG taken…too confident that the result would not be
affected by not taking China 1. The result? From a reading of 56, which is
very close to being cancer-free, my HCG went up to as high as 64.5.
And when I resumed taking China 1, again my HCG went
down. I tried for the second time to stop taking this medicine. Thinking
that it was just coincidental. The same thing happened, my HCG went up
again. What does this show? That China 1 greatly helped in lessening the
severity of my cancer.
After 2 years, I am happy to inform everybody here
present, that my HCG count is 51. From 80, two years ago, it went down to
51. I never thought I would still be alive after two years. It is hard to
believe that I am here standing before you, alive and well.
I once talked to a doctor…he was astounded to learn
that I have pancreatic cancer, healthy despite not undergoing surgery. He
could not or shall I say did not believe that I am a cancer patient. Each
time I talk to doctors who refuse to believe that I have pancreatic
cancer, I would explain to them that I am taking herbal medicine
particularly China 1. Invariably, a shake of the head is the response I
Two years had passed when they convince me to undergo
immediate operation. Now, they were shocked to see me alive. So they
concluded that I am not sick of cancer. They said that their experience
has proven that a pancreatic cancer patient has no chance of surviving
months after he has been diagnosed despite being aided by herbal
I could not believe what I heard, two years ago when I
was very weak and thin, they insisted that I undergo surgery, threatening
that I would die if I delayed my decision. Now that they see me healthy,
strong and very much alive, they would claim that maybe I have no cancer?
After several oncologists confirmed that I have cancer…after making me go
through laboratory tests such as CT scan, MRCP and scheduling me for
surgery…they would tell me after two years that perhaps it is not cancer?
When I was weak then, they were certain it was cancer.
Now that I am physically strong, they are no longer that certain? What
could perhaps be the reason? Is it because they had no hand in my
recovery? Or is it because they are reluctant to admit that the
alternative treatment that I used proved effective? That because of my
diet…of China 1, and with the help of Jehovah God, I survived the
prognosis they had set for me? But of course they could not accept that
these were the factors that contributed to my recovery. By their
reactions, however…there is one thing I am sure of…I am thankful that I
did not commit myself to them.
Because of this, let me take this opportunity to thank
Mr. & Mrs. Manuel Kiok for introducing China 1 to us, which is the reason
I am enjoying good health. But of course, all credit must first go to our
God Almighty Jehovah, who, if not for Him, if not for His law of
abstaining from blood which I firmly obeyed, I would not have looked for
alternatives. I am convinced that He guided us in finding the best and
appropriate treatment for me. And one of these is China 1. I may not be
fully cured, but my standing before you after two years is already a big
factor…a great miracle for a pancreatic cancer patient like me.
Again, my fervent thanks to Jehovah God and to His
only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ…to my beloved husband, Victor who
painstakingly and patiently supported me in my search for alternative
treatment that cured me…to my parents for their love and support…brothers
in faith who continuously pray to Jehovah God in my behalf…and I would
like to make special mention to Ms. Saindy Yap who introduced me to Mr.
Kiok…from the bottom of my heart, thank you…and of course to the kindness
and goodness of Mrs. Priscilla & Mr. Manuel Kiok, who helped me through
China 1. I also wish to extend my thanks to the one who discovered China
1…Prof. Wang Zhen Guo, & Mr. Sidney Lu.
Lastly, to all cancer patients here tonight. I know
you too, can beat cancer…we can reverse cancer…aside from taking China 1,
feed your body good nutrients through diet and supplements, thus providing
your body the raw materials that it needs to rebuild itself. Then feed
your heart the good feelings of love, forgiveness, confidence in your
abilities, a sense of purpose in your life, and a trusting relationship
with your Creator. With this in mind, I firmly believe…we can recover from
cancer…we can defeat cancer.
Thank you everyone!