On Christmas Eve, MedFlight911 air ambulance lost one of our very special patients to lung cancer. Stephanie Deasy was a 41-year-old mother of two who had been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in the summer of 2010. Stephanie worked as a personal trainer and was active, fit, and otherwise healthy, and had never smoked in her life. Her cancer was an extremely rare type that strikes women in their forties with no history of smoking. At the time of her diagnosis, doctors gave Stephanie just six weeks to live.
Stephanie, who already had a strong commitment to natural healing and alternative therapies, didn’t accept her doctor’s prognosis.
“I was in complete denial,” Stephanie said in a video where she discussed her diagnosis and subsequent treatment. Her oncologist told her that surgery and radiation weren’t options, and that chemotherapy would be grueling.
Rather than submit immediately to a harsh round of chemotherapy, Stephanie decided to try an alternative approach – medical tourism. She knew of a treatment center in Mexico, and she opted to go there to get the kind of holistic care that she didn’t believe she could get in the United States. “I called on Thursday and by Sunday I was on the airplane,” said Stephanie.
At Sanoviv, a unique facility in Mexico that combines conventional and alternative treatments, Stephanie was able to focus on her entire well being, receiving care and therapy that prepared her to face the chemotherapy that she’d receive when she returned to the United States.
Stephanie spent a month at Sanoviv. After four weeks, it was time for her to return to her family in Virginia. That’s where MedFlight911 stepped in. Stephanie crossed the border from Tijuana to San Diego, which is where our air ambulance team met her. At the time, her prognosis was still poor. Our medical crew helped care for her on the cross-country journey. Stephanie and her entire family were grateful for the sensitive, hands-on care she received during that long distance air ambulance trip, and they kept in touch with us after she returned home and updated us on her health and progress.
At home, Stephanie made an amazing turnaround and survived for another 18 months – far longer than her doctors in the U.S. predicted. She was even able to return to Sanoviv and share her story of healing with the medical tourism facility’s staff and doctors, as well as other patients. At a time when more and more people are looking outside the United States for medical care and alternative treatments that aren’t yet available in this country – medical tourism – Stephanie’s story is truly an inspiring one.
Stephanie’s illness was serious and ultimately, she lost her battle with lung cancer, passing away on Christmas Eve, 2012. We were deeply saddened to here of her death, but at the same thankful that we were able to get to know this amazing woman, who fought such a hard battle against her disease with grace and wisdom.
I encourage you to watch Stephanie share her heart-wrenching and inspiring story on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL2C81498449C55471
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