Shannon Knight is an inspiration to many individuals who have been affected by cancer. She’s survived breast cancer not once but twice, including a harrowing battle with a recurrence of stage 4 in 2010. Her first diagnosis with breast stage 3 breast cancer was in 2006. She was faced with hard choices of surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and hormone suppression. She opted out of all except a bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction, In July 2010 cancer returned with a vengeance metastasizing to all lobes of her lungs, her bones, and other areas as well. Once again, she was given the same choices of treatment as before. Shannon decided to be her own champion and opted out of chemotherapy and hormone suppression drugs. She agreed to the recommended radiation in one area of her sternum to prevent her risk of paralysis.
The radiation was halted because it caused burns and inflammation in her lungs which made it impossible to lay still because of chronic uncontrollable coughing. Her UCLA oncologist did more imaging and said her condition was worsening. She was now dealing with complications of a staph infection and pneumonia in her lungs along with cancer. Traditional medicine failed her.
Shannon decided to be her own champion and opted out of chemotherapy and hormone suppression drugs. She agreed to the recommended radiation in one area of her sternum to prevent her risk of paralysis. The radiation was halted because it caused burns and inflammation in her lungs which made it impossible to lay still because of chronic uncontrollable coughing. Her UCLA oncologist did more imaging and said her condition was worsening. She was now dealing with complications of a staph infection and pneumonia in her lungs along with cancer. Traditional medicine failed her and she was given months to a year if she did not do any chemotherapy.
Shannon searched everywhere locally for alternative methods of healing. She was too sick to do chemotherapy. She wanted advanced alternative cancer treatment and finally decided to travel to San Luis Rio Colorado Mexico where she discovered CMN Hospital It was because of this courageous decision in 2010, Shannon is alive and well today, sharing her story around the world.
While her battle with cancer is finally behind her for over six years, Shannon is still fighting cancer with other survivors and their loved ones. As a cancer advocate, Shannon educates others on how they, too, can navigate their journey by giving them hope and showing them they have a great purpose to others while facing cancer. As a certified life coach, she coaches survivors and those still battling through the overwhelming path of emotional recovery. Please visit “One Wildflower Life Coaching” to learn more about her inspirational and empowering coaching style!
Although Shannon had heard it all: “Don’t give up!” and “it’s not over!” She fought tooth and nail, but like so many survivors, the battle begins to wear on a person. After a certain point, she began to hear phrases familiar to those who have been fighting for a while: “Maybe it’s time to accept things,” and “there’s nothing left to do.” Fear set in, but Shannon wouldn’t have it. If there were even a sliver of hope, she’d take it. Run with it. Fight with it as a foundation. Her hope, though small, would grow. She stood up with a new determination, and even in the face of so much negativity, decided there had to be another way.
There’s no better proof of a miracle happening than Shannon Knight. But, of course, she didn’t do it completely on her own. There was her faith, CMN Hospital, and many friends and family who (even despite the odds presented), continued to support her fervently. Even when her doctor at UCLA had run out of options, Shannon knew that she couldn’t give up. It wasn’t about being selfish; it was about how choosing life was the right thing to do, no matter what. Her breast cancer had spread to her lymph nodes, bones, and lungs. Her doctor had already done all he could, and yet the cancer was winning.
Now, Shannon would never tell anyone whether they should seek traditional or alternative treatment when they contact her for advice. She respects choice and would not expect somebody else to do exactly what she did. Health and wellness are personal and intimate; if anyone understands how our own success is unique from the next person, it would be Shannon. Shannon understood the different variables that contributed to cancer treatment success. Her article “Cancer Sucess Rate The Truth” was published in the magazine Mind Body Spirit for Life. Shannon did not seek alternative treatment first, it was only after having gone through surgery and radiation that failed her, she knew there were no other roads to recovery left for her but the alternative ones. After diligent research, Shannon came upon CMN Hospital’s Alternative Cancer Treatment Center in Mexico.
For over thirty years, alternative cancer treatment has existed at CMN Hospital. Could there be some hope there? Shannon felt there might, and did whatever it took to get there. Shannon wanted to live, and if it meant trying something radically different, then maybe just maybe—this alternative treatment center might be the answer. Unfortunately, Her insurance carrier would not cover any of her treatments and it required family and friends pulling together to raise funds to get her there. Angels for Shannon was the original website for donations and fundraisers to raise the money to get her treatment at CMN Hospital! She has so many people who contributed and must include them in the success of her healing as well. Angels for Shannon is a resource now to teach others how to get community involvement to raise funds for their loved ones seeking treatment that their insurance will not cover. Please share it with anyone who needs guidance on successful fundraising. See Shannon’s treatment at CMN Hospital Video
In 2010 Shannon was diagnosed with a recurrence of metastatic breast cancer stage 4 with only a success rate of one percent And yet, Shannon was not deterred. After having gone through the alternative healing program at CMN Hospital, she found herself getting better and finally healed.
Shannon believes that giving hope to those who have lost it, propping up those for one last go at battling cancer when they need it and rooting for those whom everyone else has given up on is her mission. Will Shannon’s path be yours? Probably not exactly, but her mission and her message are this: never give up. Your life was valuable before, and it’s just as valuable now—if not more so—that you are battling cancer.
The fight, Shannon discovered, is worth it. Throughout the long, arduous, heartbreaking battle, Shannon learned enough to fill a few volumes. It’s these lessons that she’s now coming forward to pass on to others. Not only those battling cancer but family and friends who are joining the fight. And for those on the sidelines, she has something to say, too: do anything. Even if it’s just a phone call or a card, everything makes a difference when one is facing the biggest fight of their life.
As a Christian, Shannon takes refuge in her faith. The calling came when she thought she wasn’t ready, but she knew God would be there during her darkest days. You can read about her conversation with God on the day she was told there was no hope. She prayed and pleaded for a chance to stay and help others. He gave her the gift of living once more. It was a story of emerging from the darkness into a new life, one in which she would serve others even more than before – a life dedicated to giving back and helping to shine the light of love, faith, and understanding to those who are in the fight of their lives. Her abilities revealed, Shannon now feels more powerful than ever. She feels it is important to be the light in the tunnel, not at the end of the tunnel. She wants to brighten the journey for others while they face their fears. Whether you are a Christian, of another faith, or secular, Shannon’s message is clear: there’s still hope, you still matter, and if you don’t give up on you, then the world won’t either.