The Inspiring Story of A Cancer Survivor 
By Sandy Mckelvey 



My name is Sandy Mckelvey and I am a breast cancer survivor! Ever since I was diagnosed last year, I have felt compelled to tell my story. The reason my story is so important is because I feel women need to understand that just because your mammogram shows no sign of cancer does not mean you can forget about it until your next mammogram. We need to learn to speak up and ask questions because it could cost you your life. It almost cost me mine. 

So here is my story:
When I was 39 years old, I felt a lump in my left breast the size of a pea (maybe a bit larger). I started feeling very fatigued and thought there might be something wrong. The first thing I did was make an appointment to see my doctor here in Sarasota, Florida. 

After spending a few minutes with the doctor, he came to the conclusion that the lump might have something to do with the breast implants I had put in when I was 23 years old. At that point I felt a bit relieved figuring that if something were wrong with the implants, I would just have them removed and that would be that. Well, needless to say, it wasn’t that simple. Here is where things got a bit off track for me. Remember the doctor I visited said nothing about doing a biopsy to check for breast cancer, nor did he suggest I have a mammogram. He felt I was too young to have breast cancer!! You can imagine how I was feeling! I felt like I was living this nightmare alone and everyone was making me feel as though I was imagining all of this. 

The next thing I did was to go see my OBGYN and he basically said the same thing as the previous doctor did. However, this time I asked if he could set me up for a mammogram and he said he would, but that he really did not expect to find anything. So here I am the day of the mammogram, nervous and very frustrated. However, I feel that the answer is growing near. I asked the nurse doing the mammogram if she could pay special attention to the lump on my left breast. When she came back into the room she said your mammogram looks fine and we will see you in two years. I was beside myself. I was speechless for a second, then asked if she could please have the doctor check the x-ray again and perhaps he would want to come in and check the lump out for himself. At this point, she left the room and came back about 10 minutes later, and said the doctor does not see any problem and I should not worry about it. 

When I left that office I felt all my faith in the medical profession was gone. For the next month I started feeling really lousy and knew I had to do something. For many years I have been involved in natural healing and herbs and knew of a recipe the Ojibwa Indians in Canada used to help cancer patients. At this point that little voice inside me said I had breast cancer. I just knew I did. I started taking these Indian herbs from my home of Ontario, Canada. I started feeling much better and the lump appeared to be shrinking. At this point I knew I was running out of time so I went to visit a plastic surgeon in Sarasota and made a decision to have the implants removed and hopefully solve this mysterious lump. We solved it all right. 

The day of my surgery, the doctor noticed the lump and said he would have to take a biopsy to see what it was. Of course I told him that was fine and showed him the doctor’s notes and the mammogram both stating that I did not have breast cancer. Seeing this plastic surgeon and making the decision on my own to have the surgery saved my life! After waking up, the doctor came into the room and explained that I had breast cancer. That was the most depressing day of my life, one I will never forget as long as I live. I am just so grateful that I listened to my body and continued to seek out answers. 

The doctor suggested I return home to Toronto right away and see a doctor at one of the best cancer hospitals I could find. I went to Sunny Brook Cancer Hospital in Toronto. The doctor could not believe my horrible nightmare and asked me to explain everything. After checking out my records he noticed that the plastic surgeon mentioned he saw some cancer activity in the lymph nodes which was not a good sign at all. 

I explained to him that I was taking an Indian herbal remedy (Ojibwa Extract) and I had decided that whatever happened my mind was set on not doing chemo or radiation. He did not agree with my decision, however, but said we must wait and see. The surgery lasted much longer than expected but the news was good. The cancer had not metastasized!! I did however undergo a lumpectomy and lymph node surgery. The doctor was shocked to hear that so much time had passed and the cancer had not spread. I really believe it was my Indian Herbal Tincture (Ojibwa Extract) along with all the prayers from my family and friends. I never did have to stay in Toronto and undergo any chemo or radiation. 

I just had my last mammogram a few weeks ago in Toronto and everything looks great. I am still going through some stuff. I have some really good days and some really bad ones, but never a day goes by that I am not thankful for being here and never a day goes by that I don’t take my Indian Ojibwa Extract. I guess the real point I want to stress is that we should always go with our gut feelings no matter what anyone says. If I had not gone with my gut feeling, I would not be typing this article today. If there were ever a reason behind everything that happens in our lives, I believe my reason for having breast cancer is so I can tell young women all over the world that you don’t need to be 40 years old before you have a mammogram and if you feel a lump of any kind, demand biopsy! 

I have been importing the Ojibwa Extract and Tea from Canada since 1993 in the effort to help those suffering from cancer and other types of immune disorders. However, I never thought I would end up being one of my own testimonials. I offer free information about the Ojibwa products to everyone. Just write or call me at Herbs for Life, P.O. Box 40082, Sarasota, FL 34242. Or call (941) 362-9255, Fax (941) 954-2131. Check out

 Remember you do not have to be suffering from anything to start taking the Ojibwa products. There has never been any proven side effects. The product is all natural and contains no fillers. So why not give it a try, or let someone you love, know about it. And always remember “Be Realistic” . . . “Expect a Miracle”.

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