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Donna McDermott
Donna McDermott in 2002
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Donna McDermott's Interview:  A Breast Cancer Survivor tells her IPT story.      An exclusive IPTQ.com interview with Donna McDermott, a woman who survived advanced breast cancer, with thanks to IPT.  Email interview completed on 7/25/99.   Answers by Donna; questions by Chris Duffield.

Donna passed away on March 9, 2004.  Her breast cancer never came back, and she enjoyed several years of incredibly good health, being always very grateful for having had IPT.  In 2003 severe ovarian cancer symptoms developed.  IPT helped, but did not save her.

It was Donna's wish that this interview stay on IPTQ.com because it helps so many people.  She spent much of her precious healthy time talking and emailing with cancer patients considering IPT.  We will miss her...

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Excerpts from  Donna McDermott's interview:

Before IPT:   "I knew I was dying, but I was unable to face the fact that it was cancer that was killing me. ...The tissue was thickening all the way up to my collarbone.  ...the tissue of the entire breast was calcifying. ...I did not want to proceed with the scheduled mastectomy."

During IPT:   " With each treatment I felt a little stronger and the tumor got a little smaller. 
...I was filled with gratitude and continued hope."

After IPT:   "I feel better than I can ever remember feeling since I was about 25. People are astounded when they see me. ...I feel like I am the recipient of a miracle. I feel a gratitude that words will never express.  ...I would wish that every woman on this planet could have the knowledge that IPT is available, that they have an option besides conventional treatment."


Donna McDermott's INTERVIEW with IPTQ

Q: Before your illness, you had lots of energy for your responsibilities as a wife, a mother of two children, a counselor, a friend to many, and an individual dedicated to contributing your time and effort in volunteer work. How did you find out that you had cancer, and what was your diagnosis?

A:   In June of 1996, I noticed a very slight, almost unnoticeable change in the shape of my right breast. I decided that I would get a mammogram. In July, I did both a mammogram and an ultrasound.   The diagnosis was fibroids.

        I was confident that I did not have cancer. Because I believe in preventive medicine, I immediately engaged in a cancer prevention program by doing extensive cleansing programs. I worked with a naturopathic doctor to eliminate the fibroids. I began hormone therapy, worked with herbs and homeopathy. I did everything that was possible and available to me in a natural approach.  

        My physical symptoms were quite simple. At the time I did not relate them to cancer. I was extremely tired. No matter how much rest I had, I was still fatigued, exhausted. At that time, there was no pain in my body. For years prior I had experienced excessive hair loss. The hair on the sides of my temples would only grow to an inch and a half. I had a split nail on my right hand. My hair was turning white at the temples and the top front of my head. I was experiencing incontinence when I laughed or sneezed. By August of '96 I was experiencing debilitating pain in my lower back and left hip and upper leg. The chiropractor said it was a disc problem, but it never went away until the cancer was gone.

        I was frequently falling into negative emotional states.  This was unusual for me, as I was generally a very positive and upbeat person.   My husband thought I was going into perimenopause. I felt I was too young for menopause. Something was wrong, but I was unable to identify the cause of all of these changes. Is this what happens when you turn 45? I had been working very hard and traveling extensively for a number of years prior. Was I simply exhausted, burnt out?

        Cancer is a very quiet disease. I remember saying to my husband that I couldn't imagine what it was like to be 80 years old, because I was only 45 and I felt so exhausted.

        The main symptom of extreme exhaustion continued. I created an alternative program for myself. It was very extensive. It took tremendous discipline. I charted my program: Thirty items to complete each day from special breathing exercises, to hot sweat baths, to fasting and enemas, to taking herbs and nutrients... It could not have been more thorough. I worked with a number of nationally known "expert" healers. Put it this way: for the average person, it would have been considered an extreme program. By January of '97, I knew I was dying, but I was unable to face the fact that it was cancer that was killing me. No one else was able to detect cancer either. I refused to go to a gynecologist, because I knew what would be ahead of me.

        I continued in an alternative approach, exhausting every possibility of treatment. In July of '97, there was a sudden change in my breast. The tissue was thickening all the way up to my collarbone. I could feel what felt like a vein growing under the skin.  My husband described it well:  "It was as if there was a large hand over the breast spreading its fingers up to the collarbone." I could even put my fingers behind the growth at the base of the collarbone.

        At this point I was no longer in denial, I was in full resistance. I did not want to face what was happening. I remember researching  "thickening tissue". I recently reread the material. It stated clearly that any thickening of the tissue was more than likely cancer. At the time, I was unable to accept what I read, and became blind to the words. The first available appointment was one month away. I was in such resistance. I simply accepted it, continuing to reassure my husband that I did not have cancer. Over that month, the hand continued to grow and the tissue of the entire breast was calcifying.

        When the appointment finally arrived, the gynecologist was in utter shock. She wanted me to have an immediate biopsy. I was now in 110% resist mode. It took quite a bit of expertise on how to move a rock to convince me. My husband did. I finally was able to face the facts. I knew I had cancer.

        On September 4, 1997 I had an incisional biopsy. Today, that is my one regret. I wish I had a needle biopsy. The mass was large enough that a needle could not miss it. The surgeon was firm about an incisional biopsy. I was already losing my sense of self empowerment and agreed. I am happy, however, that the night before the biopsy I drew up a document stating that the surgeon had the right to remove "only tissue that was absolutely necessary" and no more unless it was to save my life on the spot. I am so glad I did that as my breast returned to normal after the IPT, save the damage from the biopsy.

Q: How did you feel, physically and emotionally, after your condition was diagnosed? What actions did you take at that point?

A:   The second my condition was diagnosed, I felt 100% powerless. The surgeon announced to me that we would do a modified radical mastectomy the following week. It was emotionally devastating to be diagnosed with cancer knowing the lack of options. It was like receiving a death sentence. I understand why I waited so long to get a diagnosis. When you know that your only options are cutting, burning, and poisoning, who would be in a hurry to stand in line? Now I understand why so many other women wait so long as well. Cancer has such a bad reputation as being a terminator, it is difficult to feel anything less than devastated.

        After the biopsy, my husband took the action of getting the opinions of additional doctors. It took three days for the anesthesia to wear off. I spent that time in bed praying for clarity and protecting my life force. I was indeed dying and had been for the last year. All of the physical symptoms started to make sense.  I was finally accepting the reality that I had cancer.

        For years prior to the biopsy, I was running my life on will power.  I was living in the fast lane, pushing myself to fulfill all of my personal responsibilities.  I could not listen to my body. There was too much that needed to be done. Even when I was tired, I would push myself to finish my tasks instead of resting. When I felt like I couldn't walk, I would make myself run to increase my endurance.

        Upon receiving the news of the biopsy, I stopped responding to all of the tasks that I felt were my responsibility, and finally started responding to my physical condition.   I was certain that I was dying. It wasn't a bad joke. It was no longer a theory. It was real. I could no longer force my body to move because if I did I could feel an increase in the loss of my life force. It was like slamming the brakes on in a car after driving for years at 110 miles per hour.  I came to a complete stop in my life.  It was a cold, sobering shower.

        As soon as the anesthesia wore off, it was obvious to me that I did not want to proceed with the scheduled mastectomy.  The doctors we were consulting felt adamant that I needed to go the conventional route of mastectomy. After the mastectomy, we would know if chemotherapy and radiation were needed. They knew of nothing else that could offer even a possibility of my survival. It was their only hope for me. I spoke with one of them and at one point even said that I would proceed. I felt so powerless. Their opinions had a strong impact on both my husband and me. He didn't want to lose me. I didn't want to die.  It was like being in the middle of a bad dream.

Q: When I heard you were ill on September 6, 1997, I called immediately, and followed up with information by fax and mail about Dr. Donato and Insulin Potentiation Therapy. I felt the importance and urgency. You picked up the ball from there and ran with it. So what was it like to get this information?

A:   I was still quite foggy from the anesthesia when your fax arrived on the 6th.  It was as if I heard a distant whisper about another possibility. I remember seeing the fax, but I never read it. I didn't have the energy to read it. I didn't even know where it came from. I didn't care about the details.

Images from the fax
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Before IPT

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After IPT

        In my deepest self, I did not want to accept a mastectomy, or the radiation and chemotherapy that would likely follow, unless they could guarantee that it would save my life. I didn't have the strength to stand up for myself. I was preparing to die.

        By the next day, the 7th, the anesthesia had worn off. I felt a little more like myself. I felt like I had a little spirit to me. I told my husband to tell the doctors to "go cut off their privates and then talk to me about a mastectomy". I was alert enough to look at the article you had faxed us. I remember seeing two pictures: one that showed the outline of a tumor in a woman's breast and the other that showed that it was gone. That was enough for me. I had an option that was non-threatening and non-invasive. If it worked on one other woman, it could work for me. I had hope. After looking at the article I went back to bed.

        I asked my husband if he could further investigate IPT:  "How could anyone willingly let someone cut them up if they knew they had a real option?"   I lay in bed still, searching deep within myself for the answer. I just couldn't say "Yes" to the mastectomy.    I explained to my husband that if I had more than a week to live, I wanted to try the IPT first. The next day, I asked the surgeon a life changing question, "If I don't proceed with you, how long could I live given the nature and progress of the cancer?" Her response, "less than a year." Retrospectively, knowing what I now know about cancer, I feel I had about 6 months, if that. The tumor mass was 3.9 centimeters in diameter. I had already been dying for a year. I was in very bad condition and the cancer was very aggressive. Less than a year was plenty of time to try IPT. We were told that we would know within a few weeks if it was going to work.

        There is a gentleman by the name of Dr. SGA in Illinois. He is the only doctor that we could find in the United States who was familiar with the treatment. We were given his name and number by a personal friend, also a medical doctor, who was aware of Dr. SGA's involvement with IPT. Evidently, he had been working with you and Dr. Donato for a number of years in an effort to gain acceptance of this treatment in the United States. Dr. SGA was very kind and fully cooperative. He spoke with my husband first and explained the protocol to him. Then he spoke with me. He asked me if I had any questions. He took the time to point out the scientific strengths of the treatment. He helped me to understand the nature of cancer cells and the impact that IPT could have on them. He supported my decision and my courage to proceed. He was a wonderful support. He called Dr. Donato, in an after working hours call, and scheduled my first appointment for the next day.

        Once this was set in motion, I felt like a new person. I had hope for Life. It empowered me. It put me back in the driver's seat. My deepest feelings told me that with the help of IPT, I could win this battle. My husband and I set off for Tijuana the next morning at 5:30AM with smiles on our faces and hope in our hearts.

        I will always be deeply grateful to you for making an immediate effort to respond when you heard I was ill. I was unaware of your involvement with IPT up to that point, so I am also deeply grateful to our friends Tom and Margot,  who called you with the news of my condition. Timing was a critical factor and it could not have been more perfect. Again, many thanks for your kind and caring efforts. Now that I am a survivor, words will never ever in a lifetime of effort be able to express my gratitude to you for the part that you played in the fact that I am still alive and healthier than I have ever been in my entire life. Thank you Chris.

Q: Of all the treatment options you were considering, why did you choose IPT?

A:   I already knew that alternative health approaches were not going to work for me. I ate healthier than 95% of the population. I had already processed through every alternative health therapy that existed throughout years of training in my work. I had already put in a year of extensive efforts in an extremely well designed and implemented program. I knew that the cancer needed to be killed, but without harming my body or my immune system. It was strong and powerful and it needed a kick that was stronger and more powerful than any herb, supplement, or energy force I had worked with. It had already progressed too far into the physical to be scared by a little pat on the bottom. I felt hope that the IPT treatment could do the job.

        There is no real way to describe what it is like to be conscious of the fact that you are dying. I was on automatic, following my instincts to live. I felt that I would indeed die as a result of conventional treatment. Some women are strong enough to survive such intensity. My intuition told me I was not.

        I am the kind of person who can hardly bear a scratch on my hand. I am not a good sick person. I might have even chosen death over putting myself through the pain and suffering of conventional treatment. I have a tremendous respect for the courage women have exhibited in going through conventional breast cancer treatment. I could never do that to myself. The only way I could even think of doing it was if it was determined that it was absolutely, 100% necessary to save my life with no other possibilities or hope. Perhaps at that last moment, I could do it out of desperate wish to live. Fortunately, I have a belief that says , "When faced with a seemingly dead end problem, there is always a solution. Don't stop till you find it." I am not one to give up easily.

Q: What was it like going to see Dr. Donato in Tijuana for the first time?

A:    I went with complete trust, hope, and faith. It was a journey of hope. It was a breath of fresh air. It was a possibility for Life.

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Q:    Did Dr. Donato make you feel at ease?

A:    He was like an angel, a completely delightful individual. He reviewed my personal history, performed an exam and then presented simple facts. He did not make false promises. His presence was a ray of hope. I was relieved. I felt respected as a human being. I was not just another case. He believed in IPT as a working solution not just by belief, but by experience. He was definitely trustworthy. In fact, he is the first MD that I have ever felt 100% comfortable with. His presence was lighthearted and very capable. He has a wonderful sense of humor which is most welcome in such a serious situation. He was genuine. He was highly skilled. We were so relieved to find him. He was able to help us feel 100% at ease.

Q:    And what did he tell you?

A:    He suggested that it would take anywhere from 12 to 20 treatments and that we would know if the treatments were working within a few weeks.  He could not make any guarantees, but he would guarantee his best efforts. He felt there was hope. He explained to us that his grandfather successfully treated his first cancer patient in 1945. He explained the protocol and identified the fact that the treatment was completely non-damaging to the body. The cost of the treatment was $450 for the first and $400 thereafter. I felt completely at ease. We were then given the opportunity to discuss the matter privately. My husband and I agreed that we wanted to proceed with treatment.

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Site of Dr. Donato's office

Q: What was it like to have your first IPT treatment?

A:    I was shown to a small room with one bed in it. The blankets were pink. It had a large window that overlooked the city. We were on the 15th floor. I was given a hospital gown to put on and crawled under the covers. My husband was at my side. He held my hand and supported me with his presence.

        A nurse came in and put a needle in a vein in the top of my hand and began a saline drip. The staff was very kind, caring, and respectful. They smiled at me with great warmth. I felt so safe. Shortly after Dr. Donato came in with what he called my "breakfast". It was a cup of three or four medications. His wonderful sense of humor helped me to feel completely comfortable. I felt so respected. A little while later he came in with a bottle of Gatorade®. Then he gave me an intramuscular injection of nutrients for my liver.

        Shortly after, he injected a small amount of insulin into the IV drip. Within 30 minutes I was in a hypoglycemic state, which simply means I felt very light-headed. At the peak of the hypoglycemia, I would experience a hot flush of sweat through my body. At that point he injected glucose and chemotherapy at about one tenth the conventional dose. In a short period of time, the sweating was over and he gave me Gatorade® to drink. It was a very simple and comfortable process. Sometimes he would then give me an IV of vitamin C or other nutrients. I was very relaxed throughout the entire procedure, which took about two hours. It was a breeze, just my style for treatment -- no pain.

Dr. Donato and staff

Q: Did you feel any improvement after that first treatment?

A:    Yes, I felt more energy and greater strength. I felt and looked stronger after the treatment. Because of the severity of my condition, most of my time was spent sleeping after the treatments. I have no memory of it, but my husband tells me that for at least 4 months I spent all but a couple of hours a day sleeping. I do not feel this was a direct result of the treatment but rather a result of the severity of my condition. With each treatment I felt a little stronger and the tumor got a little smaller.

Q: What was the timing of your treatment plan after that? And what did you and your husband do to accommodate this process?

A:    I had three treatments within the first week and then two every week thereafter for the next three and a half months. That took me from September to December. Then from January through May, I had one treatment per month. I had a total of 23 treatments.   According to Dr. Donato, it is possible for beginning phase cancer to be cleared in 6 to 8 treatments with IPT. That gives you a better understanding of my condition. It is because of the duration of my treatment that I also feel that the cancer was more advanced than we realized in the initial diagnosis.

        Sometimes we would stay in San Diego and drive down to Tijuana on the morning of the treatment. Other times we would drive from Phoenix (a six hour drive) the day before the treatment. There is a great hotel called the International Motor Inn just north of the border. They offer a free shuttle to Dr. Donato's office and other clinics in Tijuana when you stay the night there. They even have kitchenettes available for people who are staying for a long period of time. They also have a wonderful staff of caring people. In the last three months of treatment when I was only receiving one treatment per month, I was able to fly into San Diego the night before my treatment and fly back after the treatment. I was still moving very slowly, but it was a rewarding step for me to be able to do this on my own.

Q: What other treatments, supplements, and disciplines did you undertake at the same time as IPT?

A:    I was very careful about not interfering with Dr. Donato's treatment. I received no other cancer treatment during that time.  I only took supplements on the 5th through 7th days after the treatment. I did not want to interfere in any way with the treatment. I practiced no other therapeutic disciplines during the critical phases of treatment. In Dr. Donato's experience IPT worked. I did not want to take a chance of interfering in any way with the effectiveness of the treatment. I did nothing until Dr. Donato said the cancer was in remission. At that point, which was after the 18th treatment, I began doing quigong treatments (an energy treatment which originates in China) to support and strengthen my body. I also increased my intake of herbs and nutrient supplements to rebuild.  I still feel strongly that it is important not to mix treatments. When you find something that works all by itself, why interfere?

        Taking supplements is based upon individual need. Because I had been dying for so long, my body was in need of significant nutritional support. I would rather not go into the details of my vitamin therapy, Chris, as it is very uniquely individual and is best addressed by a doctor.

        In terms of food, I drank a lot of fresh juices, particularly fresh green vegetable juices on the day of the treatment and for four days after. I felt that it helped my body to eliminate the dead cancer cells and the toxins that the cancer cells produce. I also ate fish at least two times per week. This was Dr. Donato's request.

        I got plenty of rest and sleep throughout my treatment period so that my body could heal.

Q: When did you realize that IPT might actually work for you?

A:    I first realized that it might actually work for me when I received your fax. As I said earlier, if it worked for one other woman, I felt it could work for me. There was an immediate change in the tumor after the first three treatments and that gave me greater confidence in the process. Throughout my treatment I made lots of effort to not think about whether or not it might actually work. I trusted Dr. Donato. I trusted the treatment. As long as I could see continued progress, I had continued hope because I could feel the positive changes. I just kept trusting and doing what I was supposed to do.

Q: What was it like to watch the progress?

A:    What is it like to be restored to life? I was filled with gratitude and continued hope.

Q: Were there any particular milestones?

A:    The day I stopped dying three months after treatment began. I woke up one morning and I knew that I was no longer dying. I could feel it. The life force was no longer leaking from my body. The leak was sealed. I was in ecstasy and remained so for about three months. I imagine it is the way children feel and see. Everything was filled with a beauty and radiance which I had never experienced prior to that moment.

        Another milestone was the day I had my liver and lung CAT scan. If I had lesions in the liver, it would mean I was in trouble. Both lungs and liver were clean. It was a day of incredible relief and even greater hope.

Q: Did you do testing to verify progress?

A:   Yes, my case was documented from the beginning to the present time with ultrasound tests, cancer antigen blood tests, CBC's and Smack tests, CAT scans, bone scans, lung x-rays, and mammograms in conventional testing. I also did some very progressive testing called Acudiagnostics with a Doctor of Chinese Medicine. He was able to accurately trace the progress of the cancer after conventional tests could not. Through his testing I discovered cancer in the lymphatic system. I pursued additional experimental vibrational testing which came up with similar results. It was these test results that inspired the last two treatments I had with Dr. Donato. Two days after my final treatment, I retested with Acudiagnostics and vibrational testing and had a clean slate--no cancer anywhere in the body.

Q: Did you ever have any negative side effects from your IPT treatments?

A:    I was sometimes constipated. Dr. Donato addressed that with herbs. My female cycle stopped three months after the treatments began. I am not so sure I would consider that a negative side effect, though. It has actually been quite nice. There is a possibility that my cycle will return after I stop taking tamoxifen in December.   Also with tamoxifen I have had challenges with night sweats, hot flashes, and swelling legs. I have been able to remedy all of that with exercise and herbs.

        I had a little skin discoloration (brown spots) on the tops of my forearms from the medications running through the IV into my veins. I don't really feel that any of these are negative side effects. They are minor differences that someone else might call "negative side effects". I never lost any hair. In fact, my hair grew thicker. Thicker than it has been in at least 25 years. I am healthier today than I have been in 25 years as well.

Q: How did it feel to finish your treatments? And when was the last one?

A:    I felt both joyful and slightly vulnerable. I received my last treatment on May 25th, 1998. I had come to trust Dr. Donato and the treatments in that each time I went I felt better. It was like being a child who had been sitting in her mother's lap for 11 months and was now expected to walk on her own.  My body would now have to take over killing any cancer that showed up. Though my body worked hard for me throughout the treatments, I wondered if it could take charge on its own. This was a slight uneasiness that came and went for a short period of time. Dr. Donato had prepared me by informing me that the only stress that I might encounter over the next 18 months would be psychological.

        Being able to accept wellness and recovery after dying and having a disease that is feared as a death sentence does have psychological components. Facing people who can't believe you're alive, and who believe that almost everyone dies from cancer, had its challenges. The fact is, however, that these were minor inconveniences compared to what I would have been facing if I had chosen mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy.

        I can't really say that any of this treatment was stressful. I felt more like I was on a long needed vacation. I was so glad to sleep because I was so tired for so many years. Even though I had completed treatment I knew that my adventure wasn't over. I still needed to go through the process of rebuilding my body to a point of full recovery. By that point in time, I was listening carefully to my body, grateful to be alive, and did not really care how long it took for me to recover from the process of dying and the chronic disease of cancer. The nice thing was that I did not have to recover from the treatment itself.

Q: Do you continue to have any tests to verify your health status?

A:    Yes, since 1998 I have tested every 6 months with blood tests and ultrasounds.  Next year I will test only once.  Eventually, I believe, I will skip years.

Q: I was amazed to see your vibrant energy and lightness the last time I saw you. How are you feeling these days?

A:    I feel better than I can ever remember feeling since I was about 25. People are astounded when they see me. They say I look ten years younger. Some say that I don't even look like the same person. I feel much more than ten years younger. I had a biological terrain test in January of '98 after I had stopped dying.  My age was estimated at 76. I must have been at least 100 when I was in the middle of the cancer.

        I am still not fully recovered in that I am still building my reserves back. Though I can put in a full day's work, I do not have my complete endurance back. I suspect that will take another six months. I don't know that this would be the same for someone who had early stage cancer. Coming back to life has been a long road for me. I must admit though, I have loved every minute of it. I don't know how strong I will be ultimately, but my sense is that I will have a strength and health that I have never before experienced in my life. I used to look so frail. Now I look quite sturdy.

Q: Are you doing anything in particular to maintain (and improve) your current healthy state?

A:   I   take 5 mg of tamoxifen per day. Last year I took 10 mg per day.  And I take 75 mg of silymarin three times per day for the liver, and 7.5 mg of an anti-inflammatory. This is all of part of Dr. Donato's program.

        I maintain a very disciplined lifestyle that supports mental, emotional, and physical wellness. That's not new for me though. I have lived that way since my mid twenties.

        I have worked very hard on rebuilding my health, Chris. I have worked on it so much that most people would be overwhelmed if they thought they had to do it, too. I do include this information in my book [in preparation], but it has a tremendous amount of supportive material that keeps it in a realm that is not too overwhelming. I don't want to mislead people into thinking this has been a piece of cake. For the average person, recovering from my condition would not be a piece of cake. Hopefully, women would come to Dr. Donato [or another IPT practitioner] early on, knowing that there is another option. Their recovery would not be so challenging as mine.

Q: Now that you have your life back, what are you doing and planning?

A:    I live my life day by day, moment by moment. I am still in recovery and will not make any major plans until I am in full and complete recovery. My plans are for full recovery and a lifetime free of cancer. I have documented my journey and have been working on a book throughout the last two years. Whether or not I will publish it is yet to be determined. Ask me in another six months.

Q: When a woman receives a diagnosis of breast cancer these days, I've heard it is devastating, wrenching. And she typically faces extreme pressure to quickly undergo disfiguring surgery, followed by months of radiation and/or high-dose chemotherapy, all of which are generally unpleasant and can have serious negative side effects. How does it feel to have experienced the initial shock, but to have avoided all that usually follows, and yet be restored to health?

A:    I feel like I am the recipient of a miracle. I feel a gratitude that words will never express. Even if I do publish the book, no one will ever know the innermost truths about this journey because it is not one that can be put into words. All I know is that I am here, alive, and cancer free. I did not experience one second of pain, discomfort, or violation in the process. I often think about how fortunate I am. I have not suffered through anything. I bear no wounds -- psychological, emotional, or physical (other than the biopsy). I have no treatment-related problems to be concerned with for the rest of my life. Sometimes, I can hardly believe that I had cancer. I was spared from so much suffering and pain.  You can just bet everything that I am one happy camper.

        As for all of the women out there who do not know they have an option, I feel a deep compassion. I tell as many women as I can. Everyone needs to know they have an option. Whether or not I have a part to play in the delivery of that message...time will tell the story. I do not feel that it is my responsibility to tell all women. If I do play a small part in telling women, it will have to be done in a balanced, healthy way that puts no risk on my wellbeing whatsoever. I have already come as close to death as I wish to for a long, long time. I am here to live, to enjoy my life fully. Time will tell.

Q: What reactions have you had to your return to health, from friends and family?

A:     Everyone I talk to about my story is in awe. Everyone is thrilled as ever that I made it. We are constantly celebrating Life.

Q: Overall, what was your impression of Dr. Donato?

A:    He is a very professional, capable, perceptive, intelligent Medical Doctor who is completely dedicated to his work. He is genuinely caring and completely respectful and trustworthy. He does not play games with life.

Q: And overall, what was your impression of IPT as a medical option?

Donna McDermottA:    I wouldn't be alive without the support I received from the treatment.  What is really wonderful is that I don't fear reoccurrence due to a damaged immune system. I feel confident that I will be free of cancer for the remainder of my life. Being able to live without that fear makes all the difference. So Chris, you could say that I am completely biased towards IPT and you would be right. I feel that it is the best breast cancer treatment available today. Cancer is a powerful disease. I firmly believe that in order to win in the battle against cancer, we have to be able to kill the cancer without damaging the body of the host. IPT is the only treatment I am aware of that can fulfill that requirement. If there was a vote to be cast, I would, with full confidence, vote "Yes" on IPT.

Q: Would you like IPT to be more readily available to people in the US and elsewhere?

A:    Of course I would. I would wish that every woman on this planet could have the knowledge that IPT is available, that they have an option besides conventional treatment.

Q:    Not everyone has the time, support, determination, and resources to go to Tijuana for IPT treatments. And many people have a lot of uncertainty, skepticism, and fear about going to another country for a treatment that hasn't yet been properly tested in clinical trials.  Any comments?

A:    I have more fear of the conventional treatment that has been clinically tested than I did working with IPT. IPT has over 50 years of positive results with patients. That was plenty for me. I wasn't going to wait around another twenty years for clinical trials. I didn't have twenty years.

        As for time, support, and determination--if I can't take time to get the support I need to live, I have another problem much deeper than cancer. The cost of the IPT treatment program is a very small price to pay for life. A loan works just perfectly. As for determination, all that was asked of me was to get my body to Dr. Donato's office. When you want to live, nothing is too much to ask.

        There are many women who would not choose IPT even if it was available in the United States, and there are also many women who would choose it if it were more readily available. That is an individual and personal decision. There are women who were diagnosed at the same time I was whom I told about IPT. No one chose to follow the path I did. Amongst those women, some are still alive and some are dead. This is a very personal choice.

        Fortunately, you have taken the time to create this website. [IPTQ.com]    I hope that many women hear about this website and learn that they, too, have an option. It provides a resource that I can point people to without having to spend hours on the phone. Many people call me with many questions. I prefer not to be spending my life answering their questions. This makes it simpler for me, too.

Q: Is there anything else that you would like to say to IPTQ.com guests?

A:    I am just very happy to be alive. Thank you.

Donna's Update, January 18th, 2002:
Donna remained free of breast cancer. Her health continued to improve. Her body continued to strengthen and rebuild. In January of 1999 Donna began practicing qigong to rebuild her body and maintain a cancer free life. In March of 2000, she began teaching classes in Phoenix, Arizona.

Donna passed away on March 9, 2004.    Her breast cancer never came back, and she enjoyed several years of incredibly good health.  In 2003 severe ovarian cancer symptoms developed.   IPT helped, but did not save her.  It was her wish that this interview stay on IPTQ.com because it helps so many people.  She spent much of her precious healthy time talking and emailing with cancer patients considering IPT. 
We will miss her...

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