"How Cancer Saved My Life"
The AlternaCare story began 30 years ago. It was here CEO and founder, Kari E. Gray, faced life spinning out of control. As a 25-year old mother of three, Kari faced life-shattering news for anyone any age. She relates....,
"Coming in the exam room the specialist tried to gently break the news.... he said, "I have good and bad news.... Let's start with the good news..... Your new lab tests confirm you don't have MS"..... That's really good news....However, now for the not so good news....The test results show its liver cancer .... and its terminal." Gasping for air I asked, ..."What? Do I have options?" He said, "Because of the late stage, I'm sorry there are no options. This cancer is even too advanced for chemo and radiation to be of any use. At this point, there's nothing else we can do. I'm so very sorry. I think it's best you go home, rest, and make any arrangements you need to. Please know how sorry I am, I wished there was more we could do."
Left sitting alone the shock was surreal
Trying to compose herself, Kari left devastated. The drive home she found impossible by the torrent of tears. Breaking devastating news, the shock of terminal cancer plummeted this vibrant woman into a shell of herself.
Without hope and in despair, Kari found herself depressed, devastated, debilitated, and dying. Paralyzed with fear and overwhelm, Kari relates, "Being diagnosed showed me what a terminal diagnosis does to your psyche..... It's the nightmare you can't wake up from.... The dream where you're frightened and need to run but you're paralyzed.... Your heart is pounding with adrenaline but you're unable to escape the fear. You feel trapped and all you can do is cry. The day I was diagnosed is forever etched in my mind.... it's the nightmare a person never forgets. Today, I see this as how cancer starts. A terminal diagnosis breaks the strongest of people. And hearing the news of dying is how I see the dying process starts."
Kari attributes the strength to survive formidable odds to the power of prayer. With faith stronger than adversity, love for her children gave Kari the determination needed when darkness engulfed.
She relates, "Holding my babies I would cry and pray as a haunting movie played over and over in my mind. It was their future.....and what I saw was every part of their lives scarred by my not being there..... Overwhelmed, I beseeched Jehovah God for the wisdom to know what to do. I felt paralyzed by fear and confusion.... Those were dark days. Yet, it was the darkness of cancer that in peace epiphanies came. Each like flickering candle, they lit my way. Like the light of hope the darkness of depression gave way to the light of hope that gave me the power to press on. To not give up despite the diagnosis."
As this young woman's life hung in the balance, and a family soon to be shattered, Kari saw prayer change her life. Epiphanies gave her renewed zeal to exhaust all options. And it was this that Kari thought to be the legacy she would leave her children; that a mom who never gave up until the end.
"What the Mind Believes the Body Achieves"
As a terminal liver cancer-conqueror for 30-years, Kari says, "What cancer taught me is hearing you're dying..... and believing it, is how dying starts.
That's why I feel diagnosing people terminal is a disservice. I understand it, but I see diagnosing someone who needs hope skews your psyche. And it especially does if it comes from a person of authority. Telling someone they're terminal and have no chance of survival replays in your mind... Cancer taught me this is how the will to live is compromised. And it showed me how dying starts. Because cancer showed me....
What the mind believes..... the body achieves."
Refusing to Give Up
Realizing she was dying made Kari determined to find hope and give her children a legacy of love. Determined to let them know she loved them enough to exhaust all options, gave Kari the determination that changed her life to this day.
Just the simple thought, “what if there’s something Dr.’s don’t know?” led her to find out. Changed thinking altered her life course. Leaving no stone unturned, Kari channeled devastation to determination and energy shifted her to not give up, regardless of the diagnosis.
A Life Shifted
Networking with family, friends, and strangers before the internet made finding answers easy, Kari eventually found a naturopath who practiced in a home office in Bentonville, AR.
Here for the first-time Kari found the voice of hope. Without knowledge of the medical diagnosis, lab tests or results, the naturopath also diagnosed Kari terminal with liver cancer through kinesiology.
Struggling to break the news Kari relates,
"I could see she was having a hard time. When I assured her I knew she was relieved and asked,"Do you believe it?" My response, "I don't want to that's why I am here." Those words and mindset changed my life."
At this pivotal moment Kari offered a protocol that would be "aggressive, expensive and denied by health insurance, and could only would work if she was 100% committed".
With no time to waste, Kari relates, "Change is the challenge because we're creatures of habit. Changing old habits takes willpower. Having children kept me focused on my 'why'. Every day love for them gave me the discipline I needed to stay on course. The decision to commit was easy. What followed not so."
Cancer Recovery Protocol
"First advised to read The Yeast Connection, I was overwhelmed with the truth and the changes I had to make. I had to read that book 3 times before I had the strength to live it. Once I did, it connected the dots to health issues I never realized were connected. That changed my life."
Next, Kari advised to read, Dead Doctors Don't Lie was an eye-opening expose' that gave Kari the understanding of how nutritional deficiencies create disease. This is a connection conventional Dr.'s know little about.
Investing in a 'diet overhaul' came a regime of cleansing liver, kidneys, colon, gallbladder, lung, heart followed by detoxification with thousands of supplements - Standard Process and Neo-Life and more took months of discipline.
Diet changes, work changes, investing healthy living household items, practitioner visits, bodywork, massages, chiro, reduction in toxin exposure, stress reduction, eliminating negative emotions, etc. through muscle testing, Kari stayed on track.
As warned the protocol was expensive. That's when the next shift in Kari's life happened.
Denied Benefits Set the Stage
Adding the out of pocket spend came to thousands of dollars. That's when Kari chose to submit receipts to her then health insurance company. Seeing the spending a fraction of insurance conventional cancer treatments, reimbursement would be a deal.
Receipts submitted were promptly followed by letter of denial. This is when Kari saw the injustice of a system who denys legitimate alternatives, a fraction of the cost of conventional medicine, while pays out hundreds of thousands in toxic cancer treatments.
It was at this moment Kari realized when people can least afford to self-fund, is when it's most needed. Kari knew to appeal would be an exercise in futility. Focusing on her then battle with cancer, this would be a battle for another day.
Strength to Survive
The Foundation to Thrive
Looking back Kari sees these events as what she calls, "reluctant leader training". Remission opened a new chapter in her life as a determined woman with drive and clarity, set out to find alternative medicine health insurance. Here again Kari found herself at odds with insurance and for two-decades she searched in vain for an answer. In 2013, Kari left a CEO-entrepreneur position as irony would have it, accepted a career in insurance. Once licensed, now the stage was set as a talented problem-solver would unlock the 'secret' she searched for since remission.
Discovering why health insurance denies natural medicine despite costing less and more efficacious, Kari put her skills to work determined to 'pay it forward'........
The wheels of change began turning when Kari launched a pilot project called Green-Surance. With an online message of pre-enrollment for natural medicine health insurance, Green-Surance made clear people were searching Google for holistic health insurance found the message.
Soon, Kari with a list of ready buyers found no matter the company, the request to underwrite a policy remained unanswered. Frustrated, Kari turned to Obamacare and in the legislation found medical cost-sharing.
Forging an alliance with organizations who agreed to include alternative medicine in sharing, Kari and a small team launched mygreensurance.com as a beta project in 2015 with the
‘better than health insurance’ message.
In 2017, Kari saw the need for more. She chose to close GreenSurance and for over a year, worked tirelessly to develop AlternaCare. Setting it AlternaCare as a humanitarian 501c(3) nonprofit through the Eco Angels Foundation, was the foundation to AlternaShare 'The Healthy Insurance Alternative'.
Now writing her autobiography, Kari shares this story of hope and inspiration to as she make the truth known .....