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Forsyth County News

When my friend Sandra Campbell told me her neighbor had healed herself naturally from cancer, I knew I had to meet her.

After meeting up with Sandra and Suzy Griswold, I sat riveted as Suzy recounted her journey of the last four years.

Suzy, a beautiful person inside and out, said she had suffered from various health issues for many years. Then four years ago, she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

After undergoing surgery and radiation, she was told several of her lymph nodes were of concern, but they would just “watch” them. Suzy said chemotherapy was not an option she could entertain. 

“I was the 13th person in my family to receive a cancer diagnosis,” she said. “And 10 of those people had died.”

She said she had watched the devastating effects the chemo and cancer had on her loved ones, and she just couldn’t go through that.

“A friend gave me a book about holistic therapy, and I thought it was the craziest thing I had ever heard of,” she said. “But I respected the person, so I decided to do my own research.”

The determined mother of two did just that. Suzy embarked on a research quest like someone who was fighting for her life — and indeed, she was.

“I didn’t go into this lightly,” she said. “There is so much information out there, and I literally spent hundreds of hours pouring over as much of it as I could.”

Because Suzy’s profession is research, dealing with so much information was not as overwhelming as it may have been for many of us. Along the way, she learned everything she could about nutrition and the body’s innate ability to actually heal itself.

I’ve been interested in food, vitamins and holistic things since childhood, so this fascinated me.

One book, “Healing the Gerson Way” by Charlotte Gerson, was particularly meaningful to Suzy and she felt it was the best method for her situation.

She used the Gerson method (while incorporating other things she learned as well) to naturally rid her body of impurities. Part of her routine included drinking eight to 10 fresh juices (which she juiced herself) a day.

In addition, she completely cut from her diet sugar, dairy, caffeine, alcohol, fried foods and salt. She ate fresh vegetables and took many supplements.

She listened to soothing music, walked, tried to mainly have contact with supportive positive people, and got plenty of rest.

The result? In three months, her lymph nodes shrank noticeably, and within 18 months had returned to normal.

Neck tremors, something she had suffered for years, almost completely stopped and she was able to go off of the powerful medicine she had always taken to control them.

“My body healed from the inside out,” she said with a smile.

The hair on my arms stood up as I thought about the implications this could have on so many who suffer from cancer.

Along her journey, another amazing thing happened to Suzy. She began connecting with people both locally and across the country who had walked a similar path and were either sharing their knowledge or, like Suzy, were eager to do so.

“I learned so much and really wanted to do more,” she said. “I wanted people to be equipped with knowledge. There is so much valuable information out there and I wanted to create some type of forum for people to be able to get it.”

Thus came about the nonprofit organization Healing Strong. Suzy and her committed board members will conduct their first conference the weekend of Sept. 14-16 at the Lodge at Simpsonwood.

An A-list of speakers and panelists are coming from all over North America to be a part of the seminar. It promises to be a weekend full of information about healing.

Among the speakers are numerous people who, like Suzy, have successfully healed themselves from cancer (some even with later stages) using natural methods.

These are people who have written books, spoken to thousands of people, have radio shows and offer support online.

Suzy could hardly contain her excitement over bringing this group of people together in one place for a forum.

“We are going to give people credible information and help them understand the basics,” Suzy said. “Many of our speakers already have big followings, so this is very exciting that participants will be able to ask questions and learn the latest news and information about this important topic.”

Please help spread the word about this seminar and consider attending if you or a loved one has cancer. As with all things, knowledge is power.


Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at