Hello Irwin, my name is George, I am also 62. I have read your posts with interest, and if you are still reading the forum, I wish to share my opinion. This is my opinion only. I have seen and listened to many people over the years who have had different illnesses that have been cured by practicing yoga or qigong exclusively, but I have heard many more that used qigong in concert with surgery, chemotherapy, diets, and other "western" methods. My perspective is that the universe presents us with many options, including seeing the doctor or dentist. For example, while my dog has had qi healings and is calmed by Master Ou's chanting, last month she needed to have her teeth cleaned by a professional. No amount of qigong would have eliminated the tarter from her teeth. I should say that I also go to the dentist. What I am suggesting is that it may be time to for you to consider combining the best of what the healing world has to offer. Practice your energy healing and get advice on surgery and/or other physical treatments. Personally my qigong is like putting fuel in the tank, it keeps me going, but I still need to watch my diet, lose weight, see the dentist, have massage therapy and acupuncture, watch my blood pressure, and take vaccinations on occasion. It is humbling to admit that we may need help from others. Don‚Äôt be afraid to pursue all options. This reminds me of the story of the man caught on the roof of a building during a flood. The man called out to god and asked him for salvation from the flood. After a while a helicopter came by and dropped a basket for the man to climb into, but he refused to do so, believing as he did that god would rescue him. Later, with the river rising, a Coast Guard boat came by and invited him in, again he refused saying that he had prayed to god for relief. As the water continued to rise, a group from the local sheriff‚Äôs office brought a boat by to rescue him, but again he refused, and as a result was eventually washed away and drowned. When he arrived in heaven, a bit confused, he had the chance to ask god why he had not come to his rescue. God replied, ‚ÄúSon, I sent a helicopter and two boats to pick you up.‚ÄĚ Of course the morals of the story are many, but on this physical world we may need some physical help as well as spiritual.