Meet Bill Guandolo
I was one of those people you meet and might think, “This guy has it made.” I was a successful businessman, had a wonderful family, true friends, and strong health. I couldn’t have scripted my life any better. I was living the American Dream.
Then in January 2017, I visited my doctor per the urging of a family member who was worried that what I thought was the onset of the flu was something more. When I left the doctor’s office that day their best guess was that I had a mild form of pneumonia, but they took some blood and were going to run some tests just to be sure. The next day I received a call from my doctor who said, “Get to the ER now.”
At the hospital, they ran more tests. Before the end of the day I was told that my kidneys were failing. After more tests results came back, I was told that I had a rare and aggressive form of multiple myeloma cancer called plasma cell leukemia. They gave me seven months to live.
To say that I was in shock is an understatement. How is this real? I was perfectly fine a month earlier. I had a great life. Cancer? Seven months? What?
I spent 13 days in the hospital being given the best care possible. During that time, self pity gave way to prayer and on day four of my new life sentence, I received an email from a distant friend. An email that changed my life forever. He provided me with a range of resources to consider as alternatives to traditional cancer treatment. I threw myself into it and my helplessness began to morph into freedom. Where the best doctors anywhere said that my only hope was stem cell replacement—I turned to alternate approaches that were focused on healing the whole body, and that were proven effective worldwide, just not embraced in western medicine.
Before I left the hospital, I made three goals:
- Live to fight another day
- Get out of the hospital
- Beat cancer
Eight weeks after the diagnosis, and after throwing myself into changing my lifestyle, my cancer was in remission. The doctors said this was unheard of and weren't sure whether I would even have low enough levels to go to an autologous stem cell transplant.
Soon after, I went to the Duke Cancer Center for 21 days where I received a successful autologous stem cell transplant, but did not take any chemotherapy after as a way to allow my body heal.
I was in full remission for a year, but then cancer reared its ugly head again when I began to consider all of my options—from natural methodologies to western medicine and everything in between. I stayed busy. Living every moment with the full intention to change my lifestyle—which affected my attitude, outlook, and, as it turns out, my cancer.
The year is 2021, and I am currently living with a renewed spirit for what good living looks and feels like. Along with a sense of obligation to share this with others. That is why one of my very best friends Frank Wiseman and I started the Deadmen Talking podcast—to get the word out about alternative and natural approaches to beating cancer, helping your doctors help you, and living life to the fullest. Because once you realize that most all cancer is the results of lifestyle, you realize that you have the power to change the future by living better now.
The funny thing about being given seven months to live—once the initial shock of the news wears off, you become willing to do whatever it takes to not beat the prognosis, but to live better than you've ever lived.
I hope you’re willing too. Because life is worth it.