I am 9 years on from watching my oncologist write “palliative care only” on my file, following hearing him tell me I could be dead in 6 weeks and had a 2% chance of living 2 years (stage 4 melanoma metastasized to my liver, following several operations on my head and neck).
I have been strict vegan, sugar and alcohol free, and on high dose vitamin C since a week after that discussion.
And my case was different from Steve’s.
I followed medical advice, right up to the point that they advised me to go home and die. At that point I looked at all the evidence I could find, and tried everything that had some reasonable evidence for it.
I have been very disciplined. Have had at least 2 doses of vitamin C, of at least 5 grams every day since starting; no exceptions. For the first 6 months I was raw vegan, but now I am about half cooked.
What does “wrong decision” mean?
I have seen many people who didn’t question authority die.
I have seen many people who thought changing diet was too hard die.
Living seems like a sensible thing to do. I plan on keeping on doing it as long as I can.
I can be a very persistent individual. I am OK being in a minority of 1. Those are not good social attributes, and they seem to have been very useful in my survival to date.
The greater the threat, the greater the range of new things and old assumptions I am willing to test. It seems Steve did that too, at least to some degree.