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SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA - In July, legendary American Indian Member leader, Russell Means, Lakota, was diagnosed with esophagus cancer and elected not have surgery which would have required removal of a major portion of his tongue.
Means is currently undergoing extensive tomotherapy, an intensity modulated radiation treatment, at the Sunridge Medical Wellness Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Native News Network received the following email that Russell Means is sending to his friends:
I want to thank you for your heartfelt love and for your extreme concern about my health. I never expected within my lifetime, I would experience such a world-wide out pour of pure love. Believe me it goes a long way toward defeating this cancer.
Robby Romero and co-producer camera man, Dave Schweitzer, are doing a documentary retrospective of my life and this fight to defeat this cancer. Thanks to this documentary and their interviewing of my doctors, did I realize how super serious my condition WAS.
The doctor who is in charge of my tomo therapy is the only doctor in the United States of America that can directly program and apply this machine that can pin point and kill the cancer cells without damaging my good cells and other sensitive tissue in my body like the conventional radiation used by all other oncologists in the United States.
I found out that I was literally days away from the tumor in my throat closing my windpipe and forcing me to have a tracheotomy which would have begun my spiral down to death. The worst part would have been my deteriorating quality of life until I expired. Please understand, even the doctors with these alternative cancer treatments I am receiving at Sunridge Medical, as well as the Tomo treatment credit Indian Medicines I have received from Mexico, Canada, the Lakota and the Navajo that have brought me along and have given me the strength to defeat cancer.
I also found out the cancer in my body is much more wide spread than I originally thought. Please try to understand the spiritual direction I received in ceremonies brought me to Sunridge and Dr. Grado the Tomo specialist.
The Great Mystery works in wondrous ways.
Pete Catches, a strong spiritual Oglala Medicine Man told us in AIM back in the 1970s that there will be times when we have to use the white man to fight his diseases.
It is nothing short of miraculous that we found the only two cancer treatments that can actually defeat this filthy disease. I credit the Great Mystery for leading us.
I also want everyone to know the wonder and the love from my wife Pearl. Without her strength love and dedication and her research on cancer, I would not be anywhere near where I am today.
I just received good news, the tumor in my throat has diminished significantly. I have my voice back and my ability to swallow is back up to around 90 percent (coming from about zero, for a while only water could get through).
So please continue those prayers and keep that love coming my way because in the end you are all part of the Great Mystery.
Love, your Brother, Relative and Friend
posted September 23, 2011 6:00 am edt
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