I'm Gary Harmon and this is about me ...but I believe it all happened for you.
The year was 1990; my wife and I had been married for just one year and we were blessed with a beautiful baby girl.
I had a new job working for my brother at Emmanuel Stained Glass studio in Nashville, TN.
It was just a matter of months later that I was told I was at stage 3 head and neck cancer and it had spread inside to my throat.
The medical term for the exact type of cancer I had was squamous cell carcinoma which you may know is a type of skin cancer.
I used an alternative healthy approach to healing along with the entire spectrum of conventional medicine which consisted of chemotherapy, major surgery and radiation.
Fortunately I came out “cancer free” and I have survived now since 1990.
After my recovery from the treatments I went on working as a stained glass painter for my brother for almost 20 years. Then, due to a ladder sliding out from under me, I fell and injured my back.
At that point I had to call it quits and retire, although I had not planned on doing that yet.
I’m just not the kind of person that would be content to sit around and let life pass my by in my retirement. I needed to find something to do that would give me satisfaction and start doing it.
After much thought I couldn’t think of anything more about me than my passion for telling people about the dangers of skin cancer and how my experiences fighting cancer could benefit others.
I realized it wasn’t about me.
I share my story, my ongoing experiences and information because it’s really all about you.
If you’re reading this, perhaps you or a loved one is greatly concerned about skin cancer. I’m hoping to reach a connection with you here on one site with all kinds of information and `real people` experiences that I wish I would have had available for me.
I’m sure now that I would have made some decisions different.
Through the internet I can reach people all over the world and let them know how they can prevent skin cancer, how to recognize skin cancer and then be aware of all the treatment options that are available.
These are things that I did not know. I didn’t know how curable it was in the early stages, I didn’t know what questions to ask my doctor and I didn’t know anybody to talk to who had experienced this type of cancer.
I don’t want that for anyone, so I set out to build this site.
Not being experienced in building a website, I found some really good Software and I add information on an on-going basis.
If you don’t find what you are looking for don’t ever hesitate to Contact Me and I’ll do my best to help you or find the information.
If you have skin cancer and would like to Share Your Experience with others, you may do it here.
Perhaps this site can prevent someone's life from changing the way mine did!
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Skin Cancer critical? Enjoy life? Gary does too!
Gary, the publisher, grew up during the 40’s and 50’s in
Massachusetts. Most people didn’t get any type of cancer until they were older.
There really wasn’t any focus on good health, prevention and being on an
exercise program. Like many, he enjoyed a more active lifestyle.
He spent lots of time in the sun and ate the mainstream American diet. In his 30’s, he began working out at the gym and taking a lot of vitamin supplements.
At age 47, he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma cancer, head and neck cancer or throat cancer.
This type of skin cancer can grow inside your body, although it originally appeared on his skin.
He was shocked, filled with fears, emotions and questions. “Will I survive?”..He determined YES!
He chose an alternative medicine approach focused on healthy eating/lifestyle with the guidance of several counselors.
However his cancer continued inside his throat and he feared that if it doesn’t stop soon, he may not survive.
At that critical and frightening point, he began to consent with all the conventional treatments the medical doctors were advising; chemotherapy, major surgery, followed by radiation.
The treatments almost killed him and to this day (since 1990) he deals with life-changing side effects.
Given 5 years to survive, later told 10, he’s been surviving since 1990.
He wants to awaken you to skin cancer and how serious any cancer can be. This site is his passion to share his experiences and the experiences of others who wish to share their stories.
You can find support, encouragement and help making decisions through him and others as well.
He believes a healthy diet and lifestyle are essential to all healing and prevention.
Gary believes that this should be the first choice when facing disease and conventional medicine as the alternative.
He strongly recommends seeing counselors (alternative and conventional) before deciding on your own.
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"MELANOMA : “NO BIG DEAL ” IT'S JUST SKIN CANCER!
My name is Nick and I’m 56 yrs. old and this is part of my story. Let
me tell you, I was like a lot of people out there and I had no idea that
skin cancer was anything bad. I had Basal cell back in 2007, but that
was no big deal and it was removed and that was the end of that. No one
told me that it was a type of skin cancer (I looked it up on my
computer). But still no big deal, it would not kill me.
But I did know the word "Melanoma"....." --by Nick
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