How Cancer Saved My Life
And How It Now Saves Yours Too!
Humble Beginnings - The Ripple Effect
The AlternaCare story begins when founder and CEO, Kari E. Gray at age 25 went for a routine physical and soon found her life spinning like a spiral out of control no one could have foreseen.
When lab work results opened Pandora's box, what started with an MS diagnosis was followed by more lab tests and a referral to a specialist whose news was far more devastating than MS.
With three daughters, 1, 3 and 9, Kari relates the happening of that fateful day, "Coming in the exam room the Dr. gently broke the news. "It appears from the follow-up labs you don't have MS....that's the good news.....however,..... your tests reveal you have terminal liver cancer." Gasping for air I asked, "What are my options?" His reply, "Because of its late stage, there are no options. Your cancer is too advanced for chemo and radiation to be of use, and there's nothing else we can do. At this point I think it's best you go home, get some rest, and make your arrangements. Please know how sorry I am, I wished there was more we could do."
Left sitting alone, the shock was surreal
Kari tried to compose her emotions soon found the drive home nearly impossible as the torrent of tears streamed down her face. Dismantling a vibrant woman to broken without hope left in her into despair, depression, devastation, and debilitation.
Kari relates, "I found cancer diagnosis like a voracious beast whose insatiable appetite paralyzes all in its path. The day I was diagnosed is forever etched in my mind, you just don't forget seeing your life and all it would have been, pass in front of you".
Looking back, Kari today attributes the strength to press on despite her diagnosis to the power of prayer. With a faith stronger than adversity, it was Kari's love for her children pushed her through fear to not give up.
As Kari relates. "At first I was in bed for days, all I could do was hold my babies cry and pray. I replayed the haunting movie in my mind of their future, how every part of their lives would be forever scarred if I wasn't there. I beseeched Jehovah God for the wisdom to know what to do, completely overwhelmed, paralyzed with fear and confusion, it was one of the darkest points of my life."
Reliving the memory, Kari is taken back to a dark time in her life. As she relates, "I was blessed with many epiphanies that gave light to my heart. Like a candle in dense darkness, hope is the light that grows strength and determination to not give up."
As a young mothers life hung in the balance, a family soon would be shattered when another ‘too-young’ cancer fatality would happen. In retrospect, Kari knows the strength to press on began with the power of prayer that changed her thinking.
"What the mind believes the body achieves"
As a terminal cancer conqueror knows, believing you are dying is the first step to doing so. Once a diagnosis is in your psyche, a shift happens when a medical expert pronounces the death sentence and its when the dying process begins.
Godly wisdom was the blessing of prayers continue to guide Kari. What Kari says is she came to realize she was dying in her mind. It was this realization she determined what was needed was to hear no more bad news.
Determined to find hope the thought, “What if there’s something Dr.’s don’t know?” gave Kari courage to search for answers and not give up. Channeling a determined personality to exhaust all options, transformed Kari from bedridden to refusing to give up.
Finding an option years before the internet was no small task. Determined, a mother's love is a powerful force. Committed to her children the thought if she lost her battle, the legacy would be a mom who never gave up for their sake.
In time, changed thinking changed energy and that put Kari on a new path to a new life purpose and course. Despite ridicule of family and her doctor, the stage was set for the journey ahead.
That's When Kari's Life Shifted
Now for the first time, Kari set out to find hope in natural medicine when she went for a first-time consult with a naturopath. "There skepticism and fear turned to advocacy when without knowledge of the medical diagnosis or lab tests, my naturopath diagnosed terminal liver cancer through kinesiology".
Struggling to break the news Kari relates, "I put the practitioner at ease when I confirmed I already knew. What followed was the first voice of hope. When I was asked if "I believe it". My response, "I don't want to, that's why I am here. Those few words shifted the course of my life. What followed was an offering for a protocol that was "aggressive, life-changing, denied by health insurance, expensive if I was 100% committed" gave me a second chance because I was young".
As Kari explains, "This single decision was easy. What followed not so much. I had to make big changes in every part of my life with very limited time to do so. With no time to waste, I committed to doing such even though it was a lot to change. That's where having children really kept me on track and was a huge impetus in what I had to live for."
Kari's protocol included;
Total Dietary Change
Health Equipment Purchases
Increased Business Expenses
The results of a rigorous regimen were thousands of dollars. And it was then Kari opted to submit receipts to her then health insurance company and it was this decision that shifted Kari's life course.
A prompt denial of benefits letter set the stage
" I decided to submit receipts for all I was investing in. While I didn't expect to be reimbursed, as a business person I knew it was a lot of money I was spending, yet a fraction of what the insurance company would spend on chemo and radiation. I tested my theory and what I got in return was a prompt denial letter. It was then I realized how wrong health insurance is. I wanted to do something to help people who weren't in the position financially to do all of this. The thought brought a sickening dread that made me want to fight the decision. I knew my battle was with cancer first, and lowering my stress was my focus.", says Kari.
Within a year of diagnosis, came news of a miraculous second chance at life proving the money spent was an investment in a future conventional medicine couldn’t offer.
The strength to survive in time become the strength to thrive
Today Kari calls all that happened her "reluctant leader training". With remission came a new chapter in her life. When she set out to purchase what she thought was the obvious, alternative medicine health insurance, Kari found herself on a two-decade in-vain search without answers.
When the next door opened in 2012 when Kari relocated to Hawaii. There for the first time in a thirty year professional career, Kari accepted a career change to insurance.
Now the stage was set for a talented entrepreneur as a licensed insurance professional to discover the ‘key’ that would unlock what she searched for since remission in 1989.
Kari soon discovered why health insurance denies natural medicine despite costing far less and being far more cost-effective. With new skills to do something about her burning desire to 'pay it forward', Kari was ready to make good on a promise to a friend dying of lung and colon cancer before moving to Hawaii, who couldn't afford to pay for alternative medicine treatments out of pocket.
As a humanitarian saw inside the insurance industry including the money-obsessed corporate agenda, Kari knew she needed to make a change.....