Cancer Monthly has given James O’Connor the opportunity to have his story told in their publication of his book: They Said Months, I Chose Years: A Mesothelioma Survivor’s Story. The paperback book was published in early September. In 2001, James O’Connor was told by a doctor that his new diagnosis of pleural mesothelioma gave him less than a year to live, but rather than giving up and choosing to spend his final days in a hospice, O’Connor began his own self-tailored health regime, which consisted of taking over 100 daily supplements, diet changes, and meditating.
This holistic approach has helped him to survive for seven years after his diagnosis. Where traditional options such as chemotherapy and surgery have failed, O’Connor has found success in his alternative therapies. His message through his book is that it is a mistake for patients to simply rely upon their doctor’s traditional advice and to seek out all other possibilities. In the book, over 100 medical articles are cited as references. O’Connor followed the axiom from Hippocrates: “Let thy food be thy medicine and thy medicine be thy food.” The book is available on Amazon.com.