Vidazorb Diary – Amanda’s Battle With Cancer

Amanda got sick in September 2012 and she initially thought it was the flu because so many other people were suffering from it. As her friends and colleagues were getting better, Amanda was not, so she finally went to see her doctor in November. As Amanda was vomiting a lot and had lost 10-15lbs, her doctor referred her to a GI specialist. From there it all went from bad to worse!

Despite Amanda’s request for a colonoscopy her GI doctor dismissed it telling her at 34 she was too young. Not wanting to second guess her physician, she didn’t push the point—much to her bitter regret. The endoscopy showed that her stomach was very irritated—not surprising as Amanda was constantly vomiting. In January as her condition only worsened, Amanda underwent a Hydroscan and her specialist concluded that she needed to have her gall bladder removed. At no point was the full lower part of her body examined. The GI specialist confirmed her for surgery and on February 20th, Amanda had her gall bladder removed Laproscopically. Far from solving the problem, Amanda was in excruciating pain the whole eight hours that she was in recovery. Her body was not metabolizing the pain medication. In fact her nurse even asked if she was a drug user because of the amount of pain medication she was tolerating with no effect. This was supposed to have been a simple procedure, but it left Amanda sicker than ever.

Another week at home sick and vomiting Amanda was losing weight at an alarming rate. Her surgeon was so concerned that he hospitalized her again, just a month after her GI surgery. Finally, a colonoscopy revealed that Amanda had a 95% blockage in her colon due to a cancerous mass. Her surgeon operated on her the next day and following a two week stay in the hospital to recuperate, she finally went home weighing only 80 lbs.

But Amanda’ problems were far from over—she could still not eat and keep anything down. She had no appetite at all and would just push her food around the plate. The thought of eating made her nauseous and the only things she could tolerate were small amounts of rice, chicken and smoothies. She was not eating enough to even maintain her current weight. Her physicians were reluctant to have her start chemo until she put on some weight, so Amanda was caught in a vicious cycle.

A friend introduced her to Vidazorb® and things began to change for the better. The probiotic strains in Vidazorb® helped her balance her digestive tract and within a couple of days she was able to tolerate food again. Soon she was putting on some weight and in May of this year she was able to start her chemo treatments. Still taking Vidazorb® every day, Amanda is back up to 120lbs and although fatigued is doing well. She is continuing her chemo through the end of the year and if she misses her Vidazorb® she can literally feel the difference. Her medication cocktail of chemo, anti-nausea, anti-anxiety, antibiotics and pain meds take a real toll on her digestive system and without Vidazorb® she cannot tolerate food and just feels her internal system is off balance.

Vidazorb® was not the first probiotic that Amanda tried. When she was first undergoing treatment, she was put on antibiotics and prescribed a probiotic by her doctor. The problem was it had to be refigerated and it tasted so awful that even taking it with yogurt didn’t help. For someone who was already vomiting a foul tasting probiotic was no help whatsoever. Also, Amanda was and still is working two jobs and the inconvenience of a refrigerated probiotic was not something she could

easily adapt to, so she stopped taking it. Vidazorb® worked for her on so many levels—it tasted good, it’s chewable, non-refrigerated and it was so easy to take with her.

Amanda is on the road to recovery and while she has her good and bad days, Vidazorb® is there to keep her digestive system in balance as she strives to regain her health and strength.