VICTORY OVER CANCER

November 16, 2019 at 5:15 am

Actress Marilu Henner will share her uplifting story about how she helped her husband beat cancer.

Aired on November 15, 2019.

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>> AN ACTRESS BEST KNOWN FOR HER
CAREER, IN PARTICULAR WAS MANY
OF US IS HER HIT ON TAXI.
ALSO HER BEST SELLING HEALTH AND
FITNESS BOOKS.
SHE ALSO IS ONE OF THE FEW
PEOPLE IN THE WORLD KNOWN TO
HAVE HIGHLY SUPERIOR AUTOBIO
GRAPHICAL MEMORY.
AND THE MEMORIES OF HOW SHE AND
HER HUSBAND TODAY TOGETHER IN
THE FACE OF CANCER AND
TRIUMPHED.
HER NEW BOOK IS CALLED CHANGING
NORMAL, HOW I HELPED MY HUSBAND
BEAT CANCER.
>> THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING
US.
>> WE'RE VERY HAPPY TO HAVE YOU
FOR SO MANY REASONS.
LET'S SET THE STAGE FOR THIS.
YOU HAD KNOWN EACH OTHER YEARS
BEFORE?
>> YEAH.
>> AROUND 2003 YOU RECONNECTED,
RIGHT?
>> WE KNEW EACH OTHER IN
COLLEGE, WE RAN INTO EACH OTHER
IN A COURTHOUSE AFTER I LEFT
SCHOOL TO BECOME A PROFESSIONAL
ACT
ACTRESS.
EIGHT YEARS LATER WE RAN INTO
EACH OTHER.
AND THEY HAD NOT SEEN EACH NOER
DO YEARS.
AND WE WERE SAYING I LOVE YOU,
WE'RE GOING TO SPEND THE REST OF
OUR LIVES TOGETHER, AND IT
SOUNDS LIKE TO IS A MARVELOUS
STORYBOOK.
THE THUNDER BOLT STRIKES YOU
BOTH, AND ANOTHER HIT YOU WHAT
IS THAT.
>> TWO MONTHS IN, I WAS
DIAGNOSED WITH ADVANCED STAGE
BLADDER CANCER.
I HAD BEEN SYMPTOMATIC FOR TWO
YEARS BUT GOING TO A VERY
CONVENTIONAL DOCTOR ROUTE.
I WENT TO MY UROLOGIST AND HE
KEPT INCORRECTLY DIAGNOSING ME.
I WENT SOMEONE NEW, AND THEY
DIAGNOSED THE CANCER AND I ALSO
HAD A NEW RELATIONSHIP WITH MARY
LOU.
I'M GOING TO ASK YOU TO EXPLAIN
FOR US THE TITLE HERE.
CHANGING NORMAL, AND THEN I WANT
TO TALK ABOUT SPECIFICS.
TITLES ARE ALWAYS FASCINATING
AND COMPELLING WHEN YOU TRY GET
A SENSE OF WHAT THEY MEAN.
>> I ALWAYS SAY YOU KNOW IF YOU
THINK OF YOUR BODY AS A FIELD OF
SOIL AND A WEED SPROUTS, IT'S
NOT ENOUGH TO JUST CUT IT OUT
AND KEEP DOING WHATEVER YOU WERE
DOING AND GETTING MORE WEEDS.
LOVINGLY TENDING TO IT, PUTTING
IN DIFFERENT FERTILIZER.
CHANGING THE NORMAL OF WHAT
YOU'RE DOING IF YOU APT NEW
RESULT INTO WHAT HAPPENED WAS
THERE WAS SOMEONE IN HIS FAMILY
THAT WAS DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER
AROUND THE SAME TIME.
THEY SAID WE'RE GOING TO GIVE
YOU CHEMO AND SURGERY AND I SAID
TO MICHAEL NO, SHE CAN'T GO BACK
TO NORMAL, YOU TO CHANGE NORMAL
OR YOU WILL END UP RIGHT BACK
WHERE YOU WERE.
THAT IS WHERE THE TITLE OF THE
BOOK CAME ABOUT.
>> WHEN YOU LOOK AT YOUR LIFE
AND THEN AT DIFFERENCES, WHEN
YOU LOOK AT IT, AND YOUR
OBSERVATIONS, WHAT DID YO FIND
ABOUT HOW YOU HAD BEEN LIVING
YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU CAME TO
REALIZE THAT YOU NEEDED TO GET
CHANGED.
>> THAT IS A BIG PART OF THE
BOOK, THE INTRO OF THE BOOK IS
HOW I GOT CANCER, AND I FOUND
OUT EARLY IN MY HEALTH JOURNEY
AFTER I GOT DIAGNOSED.
AND IT GOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO
GROW LIKE IT DID.
AND I FOUND TOXIC EXPOSURES,
HEAVY METAL EXPOSURE, AND THIS
HAD BEEN GOING ON MY WHOLE LIFE
FROM CHILDHOOD.
FRAEN THAT EXAMINATION OF MY
PAST, I REALIZED THEY NEEDED TO
CHANGE MY FUTURE AND MY NORMAL.
>> CERTAINLY, YOU GET INVOLVED,
MY FRIENDS HAVE CALLED ME FOR
YEARS.
YOU GET INVOLVED NOW AND WITH
ALL OF THE FOCUS YOU HAD
RECENTLY ON HEALTH AND
WELL-BEING, YOU NOW HAD
LITERALLY IN YOUR HOME, SO WHAT
CAN YOU BOTH DECIDE TO DO?
HOW DID YOU DECIDE TO FIGHT
THIS, THAT CHANGED YOUR NORMAL.
>> WHAT HAPPENED WAS WE -- I
KNEW I WANT TODAY TAKE MICHAEL
TO MY DOCTORS, BUT I SAID LET'S
GO SEE SOME OF THE MORE
CONVENTIONAL TYPES OF DOCTORS
AND WE WENT TO SEE THE NUMBER
ONE BLADDER SPECIALEST, WE WENT
TO SEE HIM AND IT WAS THE
INTRODUCTION OF THE BOOK AND HE
SAID THIS IS YOUR LUCKY DAY.
I HAVE A CANCELLATION ON
WEDNESDAY AND HE TAKES OUT A DIE
GA
-- DIAGRAM.
HE SAYS I'M GOING TO MAKE A
NEOBLADDER.
DON'T WORRY, WE'RE GOING TO RUN
A SMALL HOSE UP HIS PENIS AND IF
YOU WANT TO HAVE SEX JUST PUMP
IT UP SIX TIMES, AND I SAID CAN
WE HAVE THE SEVEN PUMP MODEL,
AND HE SAID YOU CAN HAVE ALL OF
THE STEAK AND HIGHBALLS YOU
WANT, AND WE SAID WELL, THERE
YOU GO, MICHAEL SAID I'M NOTORG
DON'T THINK YOU TO.
BUT LOOK AT THE BODY HOLISTICLY.
DON'T JUST ISOLATE IT.
>> WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE
MESSAGE HERE, YOU'RE NOT SAYING
NEVER GO TO A TRADITIONAL
DOCTOR.
>> NO, COMPLIMENT THE TYPICAL
THERAPY, HE CHOSE NOT TO HAVE
CHEMO AND RADIATION AND IT HE
DIDN'T END UP NEEDING IT, AND HE
WENT INTO REMISSION AND HE HAS
BEEN IN REMISSION 12.5 YEARS ON
BLADDER AND ALSO LUNG CANCER A
FEW YEARS LATER.
A DOUBLE HEADER.
BUT I KNEW, I GOT INTO HEALTH
BECAUSE MY PARENTS DIED YOUNG
AND I FELT LIKE NO MATTER WHAT
HE DECIDES TO DO, TRYING SOME OF
THESE OTHER THINGS CAN ONLY
FORTIFY HIS IMMUNE SYSTEM.
>> YOU CHANGED YOUR NORMAL.
>> YEAH, I CHANGED IT BEFORE THE
DIAGNOSIS I GOT WITH MARY LOU,
AND SHE PRETTY FORCEFUL ABOUT
HER LIFESTYLE AND THE MAKEOVER
SHE WAS TRYING TO WORK ON ME,
BUT THE YEAR WE FOUGHT THE
CANCER FOR SIX MONTHS, I CHANGED
MY NORMAL IN PROFOUND WAYS IN
TERMS OF MY DIET AND THE WAY I
DEALT WITH MY STRESS.
HAVING A LOVE OF MY LIFE IN MY
LIFE AND HAVING SOMEONE TO LOVE
ME, IT PROFOUNDLY CHANGED ME.
SINCE THEN BECAUSE CANCER IS A
CHRONIC DISEASE, IF YOU CHANGE
YOUR NORMAL, IF YOU HAVE DONE
THINGS TO HELP CONVENTIONAL
MEDICINE, YOU NEED TO STAY
VIGILANT OR IT WILL COME BACK
AND THIS IS, IN SOME WAYS --
>> IT'S NOT A ONE DISEASE
APPROACH HERE.
>> YEAH, ESPECIALLY WITH TWO
SEPARATE CANCERS AND I HAD TWO
SEPARATE SPOTS TO DEAL WITH.
GLAD YOU'RE WELL, ALWAYS GOOD TO
SEE YOU, GOOD LUCK WITH THE
BOOK.
>> THANK YOU, APPRECIATE IT.
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