A local woman has owned a health store here in Joplin for 26 years, but when she found out she had cancer she was faced with the difficult decision, on if she was going to fight cancer naturally.

What do you do when you get a call that changes your life forever?

“And I remember my first thought was okay what next? Okay God? What do you want me to do?” says Suzanne Nelson, Suzanne’s Natural Food’s Owner.

In January of 2015 is when Suzanne Nelson found out she had endometrial cancer.

“It is the most common gynecological cancer in the United States. It is a very common cancer among women,” says Dr. Hawamdeh.

“I was like ‘how does this happen to someone who’s already eating really healthy and taking really good care of their self? And what more can you do?’ Well I found out there was a lot more that I can do,” says Suzanne Nelson.

That’s when she changed her diet. And decided to fight cancer naturally. That means no radiation. And no chemotherapy.

“I don’t even think I could have done what I did, or had the willpower to do it had God not helped me,” says Nelson.

Dr. Hawamdeh was not Suzanne’s doctor, but typically chemotherapy and radiation are needed to go forward and fight the battle.

“The first thing I did was cut back on about half of the different foods that I was eating and really limited myself to mostly vegetables, organic only, lots of raw, and lots of juicing, and that was pretty much what I ate,” says Nelson.

And that’s not all.

“The lymphatic system is one of the areas where they said it could possibly spread to the liver so in reading and looking into things for the the lymphatic system I discovered jumping on a trampoline,” says Nelson.

Suzanne also used an infrared sauna to pull toxins out of her body, but the road wasn’t always easy for her husband who’s a doctor to support her decision in fighting cancer naturally.

“You know I remember him asking me one day what can I do cause I was really crying and sobbing and feeling sorry for myself I think. And he said ‘what can I do to help you?’ My response was ‘you can support me in my decision that’s what you can do’ and he did,” says Suzanne Nelson.

“I’m not going to say having cancer going through that process was the greatest thing we ever went through, but you know i think our bond became stronger as a result of it,” says Bill Nelson, Suzanne’s husband.

But going natural isn’t for everyone.

“I would discourage this using alternative medicine as a sole method simply because we don’t have evidence it works,” says Dr. Hawamdeh.

“I won’t say any of the oncologists that I ever met with were on board with it. I would say that they were gracious enough to accept my own decision,” says Suzanne Nelson.

And as of January of 2019, Suzanne will be four years cancer free.