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Cloudman is the my full story, and Cloudman, 10 Cancer Survival Tactics is the "bullet points" only version.
Cloudman is the story of an artist who films clouds for a living. Suddenly told he had 2 months to live, after being diagnosed with Stage IV esophageal cancer, Peyton tells a surprising narrative of survival, illustrated with his aerial photography. The author carries us along on his emotional whirlwind while traveling the globe and raising a son. Although his journey is personal, the lessons are universal and apply to anyone confronting a crisis.
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I was first introduced to Craig Peyton, author of Cloudman, about 9 years ago when he called me on the telephone. He explained that he was an award-winning musician, a pilot and an aerial photographer, who was inspired by Dr. Masaru Emoto’s, “Messages from Water” books. He also happened to mention that he was a survivor of Stage IV cancer. He said that he wanted to make a DVD with his music and aerial photography showing water in all its forms, as clouds, ice, snow, waterfalls, waves, etc. I thought his project sounded fascinating and I agreed that we would be interested in such a DVD.
It was an absolute joy working with Craig and watching as the “Spirit of Water” DVD was created. I marveled at Craig’s breathtaking video and brilliant music. I found Craig to be a true professional and I was often impressed with his skill and dedication. It truly was a privilege and a pleasure to be involved with him on such a magnificent project. When we brought Dr. Emoto to Dallas in 2004, we were able to show part of this amazing DVD to our audience and we happily sold it to our customers as well.
Craig and I had lost touch these past 5 or 6 years, when once again he called me on the telephone. He told me about his new book, Cloudman: Surviving Stage IV Cancer: A New Beginning and I was excited to read it and to view his photos. In his book Craig reviews his fascinating life, while telling a story of “shock, denial, survival and hope”, punctuated with his brilliant photography. I found Craig’s story, much of which I did not know, to be very inspiring. Craig is a talented man, with many gifts. In Cloudman he shares his story with honesty and integrity and a true desire to aid others on their journey. His photos are breathtaking and surreal. They inspire the imagination and add a unique dimension to his book. His history in the music industry and as a pilot and aerial photographer were fascinating as well.
Sometimes life takes us in directions we would never knowingly choose to go, yet we still get to choose how we respond. Out of these situations we can find courage, strength and the will to live. We can give up and sink into despair, or we can become a person of depth and clarity as Craig chose to do. Always the choice is ours. I hope you will choose to overcome your obstacles and that you will find Craig’s book to be a helpful tool on your journey.
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I have recently read this captivating true story about one man's survival that is a must read for anyone who faces seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Faced with an illness that could likely end his life, the author artfully weaves his life story into a narrative that is impossible to put down untill the last page is finished. This is a tale of how a mans self determination and courage join forces to overcome and conquer what would be for many, hopeless odds. The book is a priceless view through the eyes of an aviator, who by definition literally has an enhanced view of "the big picture". This acute awareness is key to his success and can be a great inspiration to anyone from any walk of life.
I read this book, expecting it to be a straight-forward account of what it's like to deal with a horrendous ordeal---and come out the other side. It's certainly that, but "Cloudman, Surviving Stage IV Cancer: A New Beginning" is much, much more than that. The author shares his story, but it reads like a thriller! Filled with insights gleaned from his colorful life, Craig Peyton writes with brutal honesty, humility, and at times, even humor. Ultimately, the message of this book is one of profound hope for anyone facing seemingly impossible challenges. If it had to be distilled down to a single word, my guess is that the word would be: YES! -Jack H
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A quick recap from a Stage IV school graduate.
Points to Consider:
If you find yourself challenged with a medical condition, question all advice and treatments. Question everything. Google, read, and do your homework. ‘Pain in the ass’ patients may have a higher survival rate, by refusing to blindly give control over. I am not saying your doctor’s information isn’t critically important, but just make sure you really understand it, and have a gut agreement with it. Your intuitive reactions are important pointers. It’s fair to say, I tried to ‘get into the head’ of my doctors. I wanted these doctors to know me…not just my cancer, but my whole life. I worked hard at finding common ground, humor, and anything that would help build the connection beyond being ‘just another patient.’
I decided that all non-lifesaving drugs and chemicals were out. With food and medicine, I wanted the least toxic path. Pain can be helpful, in moderate amounts, keeping you motivated. The endless prescriptions of sleeping pills, pain pills, anti-nausea pills, etc, only weakened me for the real battle. No question, in some cases medicine makes a huge difference, but be discriminating. Always ask, “Is this really necessary?”
We live on a polluted, toxic planet. How we can lessen our toxic uptake? We can't change our DNA (yet) but the environmental toxic load is a big component of what gets cancer started. We know the body produces mutant cells every day, so what happens when they turn rogue like Sarah Palin in a helicopter? Our best and only true defense is to stay fit. Hospitals can be pill and junk food machines. A new emphasis on nutrition will come, but you can start now.
To build strength for maximum fighting power, my body had to be clean and well rested. Drinking large amounts of quality filtered water throughout the day became a habit. With correct food and liquids, your energy will improve, boosting your immune system.
The chemo might have saved me, but then it had to be flushed out. Remove external toxins as far away from your body as possible. In the shower, under the sink, in the garage, we keep bottles and cans of toxic stuff. We use toxic sprays to ‘freshen’ the air, disregarding how it might effect us long term. Learn what's around you in the invisible world of electricity. Cell phones, microwaves, and power-lines all have some effect on your long term health. You can buy a cheap RF field tester at Amazon, if you really want to know what’s around you. Become aware of the safe range from these devices. After my recovery started, I took the painful step was getting the mercury drilled out of my teeth. It hurt, and was expensive, but I’m happy to be mercury free now. What craziness, putting this deadly poison in your mouth, outgassing on every bite.
Every tiny bit of improved health counts. Did my efforts really help? Who knows, but at least I felt better during my treatment. Learn about your particular cancer, and visit survivor web sites. Communicate and see what others did in your situation. Building networks and making new friends can give power through the dark times. Conversely, when things are good, sharing your story is good personal medicine, and helps move away from fear and panic.
Using a juicer is one of the best things you can do. Volumes are written about diet plans, and certain foods, but the condensed idea is this: you must get living food into your body. Clean organic RAW food is the best medicine you can take. Most processed, packaged food has no real nutrition. Raw, living food contain the enzymes you need for the best health. Your juicer can concentrate this raw food for easy digestion and maximum effectiveness. Raw juice, especially green food, is the jet fuel of foods. As my strength returned, I moved from juices to blended drinks, learning valuable lessons from Dr. Fuhrman’s “Eat to Live” book. A green blended drink daily, is something to look forward to.
Cancer is no time to be a couch potato. To digest food effectively you must oxygenate it. The easiest and most enjoyable way to accomplish this, is simple walking. A comfortable pace for 20 minutes a few times a day will help your body absorb the nutrition you give it, and you will sleep better.
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Healing can be an asymmetrical path. The body has good and bad days, as it moves towards good health. It was often hard to find a pattern. You wobble from periods of feeling surprisingly good, to falling off the rails for weeks at a time, wiped out. Monitoring personal energy is critical.
Think of measuring your personal energy like a car fuel gauge. In normal life, I would go from full tank to empty, daily. In recovery, I went from full energy to half tank, and then rest up. Don’t run yourself to empty. This leaves the body with extra energy for keeping the immune system strong. It’s a serious lifestyle change to nap, or sleep earlier than before, but once you take care of yourself properly, feeling better will be its own reward.
Meditation, for calming the mind:
Sickness effects every aspect of our thought process. It’s important to tame the mind, and save your energy for healing. Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche's book, “The Joy of Living,” offers many great ideas for calming the mind. His simple meditation anyone can do, is based on three stages of water: waterfall, river and lake.
After you sit quietly, you might find the mind is racing in all directions. Let it go and enjoy the Waterfall Experience. If you can, try to observe how the mind jumps around, without attachment to any results.
As you get used to observing and sorting out thoughts from emotions, you can make sense of a general thought direction or flow. This can be the River Experience. You can encourage your thoughts to move in a positive direction, letting go of outcome.
Little by little, when you observe your thoughts and emotions run their course, you might notice a lightness, or clearing. You can move past the clutter of your thinking and emotions. This is called the Lake Experience. Like a calm, smooth lake, you have room to expand and focus your restless mind.
Don’t be concerned with how self-disciplined you are. There is no timeline. One stage will naturally lead to another.
We have a cancer culture now, of growing, grieving, and strength. We know how silly it is to speak of statistics, and probabilities. We will either live or die. It has always surprised me how many people in serious condition often refuse to let go of their unhealthy habits. If not now, when?
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My Journey (short video of the ride)