Stories That Inspire Us / The Author Series, welcomed to today’s podcast, Episode #117, Thursday, June 8, 2023, Jamie Blanco. Jamie is a Journalist, Actor and Podcast Host and more importantly is a Co-Author of the Book along with her Dad, Jimmy Blanco, Hope for the Hopeless / How One Man Fought The World’s Deadliest Brain Tumor on His Terms and Won.
Jamie was just nine-years-old when her father Jimmy got sick. Her Dad, Jimmy Blanco, was one of the longest living survivors of the world’s deadliest brain cancer and he defied the odds without traditional medicine. In 1995, he was diagnosed with a glioblastoma multiforme grade IV and given less than four months to live. Given no hope of survival, Jimmy rejected chemotherapy and radiation and the doctor's death sentence for him. He self-treated with natural medicine, radically altered his diet, practiced visualization and other mental focus techniques, and had a healthy faith in God.
He fought EIGHT incredible years against the same tumor that claimed the lives of John McCain, Beau Biden, and Ted Kennedy – a disease that today kills most of its victims in under 15 months. Many doctors have called Jimmy’s story a miracle.
This book is a testament to not only his story and of course his family’s story, but for the hope and his faith, and inspiration and his dedication to defying the odds. His message of building a team, advocating for yourself, using the power of his mind, the power of his faith is beyond amazing!
While Jimmy decided not to undergo chemo and radiation, as Jamie describes in her Dad’s Memoir, “ . . . this book is not a wholesale endorsement of that approach, merely a testimony of the life he lived.” While seeking a more holistic approach, Jimmy certainly defied the odds and “truly” claimed his Hope for the Hopeless.
Sadly, Jamie’s Dad did not finish it. Fifteen years after his death, his widow, Elizabeth, found the unfinished book he’d been writing and gave it to their daughter, Jamie. Now as an adult and award-winning journalist, Jamie knew what she had to do—complete her father’s work. She investigated the biggest factors that contributed to her father’s miraculous remission and dived into the latest brain cancer research, both the great and the lacking. I am so glad that she did!!!
To connect with Jamie further, please check out her website and various social media platforms:
Let me know what you thought of today’s episode. Also, do you have a story you want to share? Your story will inspire others as Jamie and her Dad, Jimmy, certainly has! If you are interested in sharing your story, please go to my website and “register as a guest”.
Thank you Jamie - “Truly” these are the Stories That Inspires Us!!