Stamps Survives All Odds
“We’re going to do every-thing we can, but it doesn’t look promising,” said Stamps’ doctor. “You have ninety days to live, if you don’t start treatment immediately. It’s incurable.”
These are the last words that anyone wants to hear from their doctors, yet this is exactly the shocking news that doctors gave to Rodney Stamps, 38.
September 19 2005, was a dark day for the Stamps family when Stamps was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Suffering this cancer of the immune system, Stamps had over 50 tumors in his body and had progressed to stage 3b cancer where rapid weight loss, drenching night sweats, and fever set in. When this type of cancer gets aggressive it doesn’t normally go away. Pair that with the fact that there is no cure for Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and the news is
even more devastating.
Not only was Stamps now battling cancer, but he had started his own company, STAMPSCO, which specializes in professional fire and life safety, security, IT and audio/video integration. In its two years of operation, business had finally started to boom.
“Just shortly after I was diagnosed it seemed like the business really started picking up almost instantly,” says Stamps. “It kind of presented itself as a greater challenge than my cancer at the time. We were really, really nervous about how we were going to handle the business due to the situation, but we just continued to grow the business and continued to hire employees and put people in place to manage without me being there for awhile.”
Stamps never stopped working and met with clients, promising that no matter what happened he’d be able to handle all of the business. Even in the first two weeks after he discovered he had cancer, Stamps went out in the field as he had done everyday before and worked until he almost had to be carried back to a truck and off of job sites.
“I had to make a living so I just couldn’t stop and I wasn’t going to stop,” Stamps says. “My mentality was I wasn’t going to let it overcome me and beat me, no way. I was just going to keep fighting
no matter what.”
While Stamps worked during the day, he spent his nights researching everything he could find about his cancer and the various treatments for it. He continued to meet with his doctors, but due to his research and talks with other cancer patients, decided to forgo chemotherapy and try nontraditional medicine.
Once a healthy 194 pounds, Stamps lost so much weight he was at a startling 145. He hired a nutritionist and went through extreme diet changes and started taking enzymes. He became a vegetarian and gave up red meat, but he didn’t have to do it alone. For the next six to eight months, his wife and children became vegetarians, as well, and even his employees wouldn’t eat meat in their lunches at work.
He also discovered a doctor that used infrared light therapy. Stamps built his own infrared light sauna and sat in it everyday to sweat out impurities in an effort to kill the tumors. Although he never said he wouldn’t try conventional treatment with chemotherapy, he realized that for him it made more sense to go in a different direction,.But his path to recovery isn’t going to be right for everybody.
“I don’t believe there is a cure for cancer. I just believe that people’s circumstances, lifestyles and mental attitudes come into play, and that everybody is different. I was fortunate to be one of those people who made it through this ordeal,” Stamps says.
With all the information and different treatments out there, he took the course that was the best fit for him, but even so he made some astonishing discoveries. He searched and sifted through thousands of pages of information when he found a so-called cancer cure invented by doctors and supposedly backed by the FDA.
Investigating this specific cure further, he found that it wasn’t backed by the FDA at all, the doctors were fake, and it was a moneymaking racket. Stamps then called the FDA, the FBI, and every major news station in the world. Finally FOX News took on his story. It was broadcast internationally and the man responsible was imprisoned because people had been buying his fake medicine and dying. Right after being diagnosed, Stamps was able to help save the lives of potentially thousands to come after him, as well as his his own, from this fake cancer cure.
Now, almost four years later, Stamps’ 50 tumors have decreased to two small ones that appear to be dead. Although Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is never cured, Stamps feels better than ever and his business is more successful than ever. Even with all the struggle of everything that has happened since being diagnosed with cancer, he says he wouldn’t change a thing.
“It’s been the best learning experience of my life. I was terrified at the time when I was diagnosed and it seemed like the end of the world, but looking back I don’t think I would change anything,” says Stamps. “After I was diagnosed I never dreamed that I would be as healthy as I am today and that my business would be as successful as it is today. It’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”