May 12, 2015 by Dr. Sana Keller
Total Game Changer
In 2002, Mark Roby’s world was rocked when he was told that he had cancer–all over his liver and lungs–and on top of that, it was one of the rarest sarcomas in the world–and it was unresponsive to all known chemotherapy. He was told he had 3 to 6 months to live…in 2002. Initially (and not surprisingly), Mark was angry. After all, he was an avid runner, a Physician Assistant in a busy emergency department and a self-admitted health nut. Yet he decided to turn his anger into action after being told by his physician that he should accept the inevitable…that he would be gone in the next 3 to 6 months.
Fast Forward 13 Years…
Mark continues to thrive…after a liver transplant and a myriad of treatments, both traditional and nontraditional. And, now, due to his heartfelt desire to share what he has learned, he just released his book, Lifelines to Cancer Survival: A New Approach to Personalized Care. This is a compilation of Mark’s cancer journey: his powerful insights on the multi-pronged approach necessary for long-term successful outcomes, his deeper understanding of specific needs during one’s cancer journey, and his greater awareness of what it takes to survive cancer and thrive.
Mark’s sole purpose in writing Lifelines was to increase patients’ survival times, especially those facing rare, aggressive or advanced malignancies. Think of Lifelines as a road map that guides cancer patients toward transforming cancer into something manageable. His unique “Triad of Survival” is a powerful way of maintaining control at a time when most everything may seem out of control–A personalized, holistic and targeted treatment plan that provides solid direction and evidence-backed recommendations.
He modestly shares that he’s no hero—just someone who knows what it takes to survive—and then goes on to share his life-saving tools to empower others on their cancer journeys.
Daily Rituals and Guiding Principles
Mark firmly believes that daily rituals are key components for maintaining control in life. One of Mark’s daily rituals is his decision to make each day the best and happiest day of his life, regardless of what is put on his plate and regardless of the state of his body. He tells himself “Today, I am determined to have no thoughts or attitudes that are hurtful to others or to myself.”
A guiding principle in Mark’s life is that health is inner peace—and healing is the letting go of fear. He has learned to be peaceful and happy regardless of what was happening to his body. He holds an unshakable belief that our thoughts can change our reality. He reminds his readers, “Remember, no matter how dire your circumstances, there is always hope.”
A Labor of Love
Yes, Mark, you are a hero. Thank you for being a hero to countless cancer survivors and for the hours and hours you poured into this book to help guide others through an incredibly challenging and extremely frightening time. Thank you for being the inspiration you are—and game-changer to many—just by being you.
To Your and Every Reader’s Continued Improving Health…
About Sana Keller, PhD, RN, CNC:
PhD in Integrative Medicine with a Registered Nurse and Certified Nutritional Consultant background. Owner of Health Unlimited, LLC-a private practice offering Healthy Lifestyle Coaching and Cancer Survivor Coaching in person and by phone.
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