Recently, on Oprah’s “Super Soul Sunday”, Kris Carr, self-proclaimed “wellness warrior and cancer-thriver,” debuted an original short film where she shared some exciting news. For those of you unfamiliar with Kris’ story, in 2003 at the age of 31 she was diagnosed with an extremely rare vascular cancer, epitheliod hemangioendothelioma. Her lungs and liver riddled with tumors, Kris learned her cancer was incurable and inoperable, with no proven treatment. One oncologist suggested her best chance for survival was a triple organ transplant. Though Kris’ tumors were “slow-growing”, she wasn’t expected to live ten years.
After much research and soul searching, Kris decided to keep her original organs and did everything she could to support her body as she focused on living. With the help of Integrative and Functional medicine, meditation, stress-reduction, exercise and the elimination of toxins from her environment and her diet, Kris is achieving her goal of wellness. In her original short, Kris shared that her recent scan, ten years after her diagnosis, revealed her tumors are shrinking! The implications for healing and even regeneration from Kris’ testimony are a fitting endorsement of the Functional approach. Kris is indeed a cancer-thriver!
By Cheryl A. Salinas