Patient Profile: Cheri Chapman

A better path to healing.

What would you do if you were diagnosed with cancer and the “best” treatment option doctors could offer was chemotherapy? What if you decided to try “functional medicine” in combination with traditional remedies to combat the cancer cells that were attacking your immune system? What if after receiving care from your oncologist, following the advice of your trusted chiropractors, Dr. A and Dr. C, and taking the supplements they recommended, you were able to tell everyone about your successful path to better health, nine years after your initial diagnosis?

If you could live healthier while avoiding the harmful side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, would you do it?

Cheri Chapman did, and she is a firm believer that the supplemental care she is receiving at AC Spine & Wellness Center – a holistic approach to treating her disease – is a significant contribution to keeping her immune system strong. As an added bonus, she continues avoid many of the less-than-desirable, more traditional cancer treatments often prescribed.

When I first learned of this remarkable news, I had to ask Cheri to repeat it to me, because it’s one thing to hear that cancer and other diseases can be managed holistically, but it’s another to meet someone who is actually living it.

“So, you are telling me that you have lived with cancer for the last nine years and you have not had the usual medical treatments for it?” I asked, incredulously.

“Yes!” Cheri told me. “I was diagnosed nine years ago with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and I have not had one traditional medical treatment for it. Dr. A and Dr. C have helped keep me stable!”

Cheri continued to tell me about the latest recommendation from her oncologist. “He wanted to remove my spleen,” she says, “because non-Hodgkins lymphoma attacks the immune system. It is a slow-moving form of cancer, but my blood platelets were really low and the oncologist thought that removing my spleen would combat that issue.”

As always, Cheri consulted Dr. A and Dr. C with the results from her oncology reports. The doctors researched alternative options to surgery and prescribed vitamin A for Cheri. After one drop per day for five weeks of the most concentrated form of vitamin A available, Cheri’s platelets went from 77 thousand to 97 thousand – remarkably closer to the 140 thousand count that is normal. Her oncologists were happy with the results and as of today, Cheri still has her spleen.

Cheri has been a patient of AC Spine & Wellness for the past 23 years. And, based on her own experiences with back pain, migraines, and life-threatening illness, Cheri believes that people who do not seek alternative medical treatments and chiropractic care are truly missing the boat.

She originally came to AC Spine & Wellness after three months of severe back pain. Cheri had been in a car accident several years earlier and her symptoms began to worsen. She could hardly stand up long enough to cook dinner or take a shower because of her back pain. For three months, she came to AC for adjustments twice a day.

“Without surgery or drugs, the docs put me back together,” Cheri told me. “There are no better doctors anywhere. They are truly amazing people.”

Cheri describes herself as someone who is “passionate about chiropractic care” and says she has referred at least 50 people to AC Spine & Wellness Center over the last 20 years, including her daughter.

“She had serious stomach issues,” Cheri says, “and regular doctors couldn’t help her. After years of trying different treatments, she still couldn’t get relief.” Cheri brought her daughter to AC Spine & Wellness. Dr. A began treating her, and without medication or surgery, helped her get relief from a hiatal hernia.

Regular adjustments and supplements to boost her immune system continue to help Cheri through just about any ailment. She is a big believer in the doctors’ philosophy that the nervous system is what nurtures your whole body.

“It’s like a hose,” Cheri says, emphatically, “and if blood can’t get through, it’s just like when a hose has kinks in it and the water stops flowing. I see all those patients getting their chemotherapy treatments,” she tells me, “and I just want to tell all of them, ‘Hey, there are other options! The chiropractors at AC Spine & Wellness Center can help you heal.’”?

DOCTOR’S NOTE: Every individual and diagnosis is different. Ms. Chapman’s case is not typical. AC Spine & Wellness Center is not a cancer treatment center, and does not make any claims to cure terminal illnesses or diseases. Our goal is to help all of our patients, including Ms. Chapman, stay as healthy as possible while working together with all forms of medical and/or holistic treatments.

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Dr. Jeanette Altieri Dr. Jeanette Altieri is a licensed Chiropractor serving the Lawrenceville community for more than 20 years.She is certified in the Webster technique, a safe and gentle technique for turning breech babies, with specialty areas in Nutrition, Pediatrics, and Pregnancy. She is an international speaker, speaking to chiropractors, their families and staff about the care of infants, children, pregnancy and motivation. She also co-hosted a local radio talk show, “Health Talk,” to help educate people on the benefits of alternative therapies and wellness.

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