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Irving
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In Memorium
July 18, 1928 - May 19, 2004

Name
Irving C. Faust, Jr.

Born
Oskaloosa, Iowa, July 18,1928

Home
Kingston Springs, TN

Diagnosis
Dry MD

Eyes Affected
both

Eye Color
brown

Age at Diagnosis
59

Visual Acuity
20/100 left, and 20/80 right

Treatment
No treatment available from traditional western medical wisdom. Have had treatments through Integrated Visual Healing. This is an alternative treatment approach.

Prognosis or Current State of Vision
I received some benefit from the alternative treatments at IVH, but lost ground when I developed prostate cancer and got very involved in alternative treatments and did not have time to continue working with the IVH program. Hopefully, I can regain much of that lost ground in the near future when I can get back to utilizing the IVH program.

Family History
I had one first cousin, once removed, who had MD, I think it was dry, but am not sure. She lost almost all of her central vision by the time of her death when she was in her late 80's.

Impact on My Life
With correction I am able to read standard print, but am more comfortable with large print. I have had to give up my hobby of counted cross stitch, but have substituted latch-hook rug making which is a much larger format. I have recently had to give up most driving. I could continue driving with bioptic lenses, but find the cost of these prohibitive.

Positive Effects
MD and cancer have taught me to take one day at a time, to find ways of reducing stress in my life, to add as much humor as possible (or as my family and friends can tolerate from me). In general this has taught me to maintain a positive attitude towards life, in as much as possible.

Working
I am retired and have been for a number of years. I have been trained as a master's degree social worker, and worked in the field of child welfare for a number of years. Eventually I became a faculty member at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work. I particularly enjoyed working as a field instructor of both first and second year students in the Master's Degree Program. I also taught courses in Casework, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Family Therapy, and School Social Work

More About Me
I have been married to the same lovely woman, Naomi, for the past 48+ years, and look forward to many more years with her. In October, 2000, I was officially diagnosed with prostate cancer, although I had been pretty certain for several years that I had it. I could not get doctors to talk about alternative treatments and kept rejecting their traditional western medical wisdom, on the basis of the probable side effects. I finally found the treatment program I was interested in and let them go ahead and do the biopsy to make it official. My PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) was 1004 with a Gleason Score of aggressiveness of 9 on a scale that put 10 as the most aggressive. Six weeks later I arrived at the Advanced Alternatives Cancer Center. The first thing they did was check my PSA and it had risen to 1516. I have had a rocky 15 months since then, but am now in remission with a PSA of 2 in my most recent test this month (February, 2002).