Every six months we go to NYC to see Dr. Nick Gonzalez. His protocol, and the prayers of so many friends all over the world, seem to be working their magic: Lisa is markedly improving. Here it is in her own words…
Even the Portland oncologist who first told us, “this is going to kill you, Lisa” has acknowledged Lisa’s continued good health. We saw him shortly before going to NYC and he said to not bother seeing him for another year. According to him, Dr. Spurgeon of OHSU, since the first time he examined her two and a half years ago, March of 2010; her cancer has, “…made no progress…” . “You bought two years, ” he said. We think it’s a lot better than that and “thankful” isn’t a big enough word to describe our appreciation for all that’s happened in the past couple of years.
Lisa was in bad shape when we first found out she had lymphocytic lymphoma, a non-hodgkins, small cell, indolent cancer which had already progressed to late stage 3 when first discovered in her system during an mri; an mri which was ordered to look for possible causes of the extreme pain she was experiencing in her arms, neck and joints. When they ordered a biopsy after that mri appointment, we were concerned. When the doctor called after the biopsy with instructions to see an oncologist, we were afraid. “They didn’t find out what was causing my pain, but told me now, by the way, I had cancer.” SLL…small cell, lymphocytic lymphoma…is the same thing as CLL, which is leukemia. The difference is that leukemia means it’s reached the blood; her’s had not as yet. Lisa and I were fortunate that Terry and Guillermo Adame were with us that weekend while we waited to see the oncologist the following week. Meanwhile, we wasted no time contacting an old friend, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez.
The internet has made it possible to research just about anybody and anything. Often as not you get information that is skewed and biased and wrong. I always tell people that if you research Dr. Gonzalez online you’ll find he’s famous and loved by many, infamous to others. I’m part of that first category. Let me tell you why.
Lisa and I first met Dr. Gonzalez after Lisa had emergency ear surgery in the early 90s. At that time we were going to the same church and he heard about Lisa’s surgery and found her and said to please call him if she ever needed a doctor. Lisa said that since it wasn’t cancer she didn’t want to bother him. He said we should call him for anything, and to not worry about the insurance, just please “…don’t let anyone cut on you again without talking to me first.” Later when he found out that our daughter was sick and had seen every kind of pediatric doctor in Manhattan, he was so aggravated that we hadn’t called him. “Please just bring the child to me!’ We did, and I’m telling you, after seeing countless specialists and running untold numbers of tests, our 10 year old saw Dr. Gonzalez…the man known for alternative cancer care…and after one examination he found what NYU, Columbia Presbyterian, and several others missed: a parasite she could have picked up in either Africa or our favorite Chinese restaurant in Manhattan. He prescribed two rounds of antibiotics…antibiotics folks!…and she recovered quickly.
We would learn to not call Nick as a last resort, but first, before we went anywhere else if it was anything other than a cold. I realize he can’t be ‘friends’ with everyone; but friendship has taught us who the man really is, and I’m so thankful for that.
Some people have called Dr. Gonzalez’s protocols expensive. The one Lisa is on is not covered by our insurance, so it is a bill that I would not be able to pay were it not for the generosity of churches and groups who host me to perform my monologues and in turn donate the money that we use to pay Lisa’s treatment fees. But the protocol is a fraction of what other cancer treatments costs and with one big difference…Dr. Gonzalez’s treatment is effective. I don’t know how many patients Dr. Gonzalez has at the moment but I do know he has about 300 breast cancer patients, many of whom have had extensive conventional treatments to no avail, and under his protocol are doing well.
I’m the Forest Gump in this story. I’m not a very smart man, but I know what love is. I’ve watched this man help others for years and when my family has needed him, he’s always been there for us. Lisa, according to conventional oncologists, is supposed to be dying now but she’s not. Forgive me if it sounds like gushing, but I love Dr. Nick.