Surviving a Tumor: How Light Lounge got started

A tumor is something that can happen to anyone and anytime. It can be caused by cancer, or it can just be a benign growth. In either case, it’s a mass of cells that grows in your body2. Basically, a tumor accumulates abnormal cell growth. A benign tumor is a tumor that doesn’t invade the surrounding tissue (or spread through the body). A cancerous tumor, on the other hand, is a mass of abnormal cell growth that invades other tissues (e.g., the lungs) and/or spreads throughout the body8,2. In worse cases, it’s the kind of disease that may present with no symptoms at all until it’s too late7.

However, with the advance of medicine, today, you stand the best chance to fight tumors and cancer. In the period from 1991 to 2015, the overall cancer death rate in the United States has fallen by 26%, according to the National Cancer Institute, which is a significant decrease in a short amount of time8.

Some tumors are operable and can be entirely removed from the body. Others may need combined approaches and prolonged chemotherapy sessions to shrink and dissolve the tumor1,6. The entire recovery process is painstaking, however, and there’s not much joy from life until you’re back on your feet.

Light Therapy can aid the recovery from cancer and tumor treatments. What’s more, it can help you get back on your feet and to your normal life.

Below is a letter from Light Lounge’s very own Founder and CEO, David T. Martin, who was diagnosed with a lung tumor back in 2009. The story of his recovery is the story of how Light Lounge got launched.

“I live in Evergreen with my wife and three kids, and over a decade ago, I thought my life was over. First, I want to thank you for taking a moment out of your busy day to read my short story. It has a great ending. I hope it inspires you to live every moment of your life. Some of our hardest moments lead us to better enjoyment of life. This led me to uncover this 50-year-old proven solution. I’m now slowing down aging and living a more active life.

I was 44 years old and wanted to train for my first triathlon. I don’t like swimming, so I knew that I should spend more time in the pool. One day my goal was to swim 5 miles, and it was all I could do to get it done. I felt a sharp pain in my chest, and it radiated down my arm. Was I experiencing a heart attack? My mind was racing, and things began to slow down. I reached for the side of the pool and somehow managed to pull myself out and on the ground. It felt like someone had backed a truck onto my chest. With what felt like my last breath, I yelled for help. The pool was at UCLA, and thank god they have a lifeguard on duty. The young man asked me if I needed help; by this time, it was hard to speak. What was happening to me? The lifeguard kept talking to me and called for an ambulance. After what seemed like forever, they arrived. The pain was so bad, I felt like I was dying. It’s incredible what one thinks of at this critical moment. I could see the faces of everyone I loved, and stories of my life were flying around in my mind. I grabbed the EMT by the arm and said, “Am I dying”? He said, “No, but you have a collapsed lung”! What? How could this be? I was only swimming, a low impact activity. I struggled against all the odds to ask him to fix it. Please! He said, “Ok, but this is going to hurt.” He needed to put a chest tube under my right arm. To do this, he needed to cut between my ribs and into my chest. I said, “Do it. Please do it.” The pain was off the charts, but when he got the tube into my chest, my lung filled up with air. On the ride to the hospital, I kept asking how one can collapse a lung while swimming?

The doctors elected to do a scan of my chest, and what they found scared me more than the collapsed lung. A large tumor had invaded my chest cavity and now faced with what felt at the time as a life or death moment. At that moment I felt out of the body. I knew I had some significant challenges that would change the course of my life.

I was a lucky one. The tumor was benign, but I had to undergo a lengthy surgery to remove it. I wasn’t able to take pain medication because it made me so sick. The next few years of my life were horrible. The pain was not the only four-letter word I was sharing. The sheer intensity of this pain can overwhelm you to the point you begin to feel there is no hope.

I started to seek out “alternative” ways to deal with my pain. I’m a scientific evidence person and the use of “alternative” has always made me think it’s not proven. A friend of mine introduced me to Light Therapy. I started to research it and found that it had massive amounts of clinical research behind it. So I started to treat my pain with Light Therapy. I began to get stronger, and my pain was decreasing. Could something so simple save me from the pain and get me back to my life? Within 6 months, I was feeling good enough to begin my training again. One year later, I was ready to complete my goal: a triathlon! It was amazing. How far will this Therapy take me?

That was 11 years ago, and I’m now 55 years old. I’ve finished many races, including a 100 mile run under 26 hours. I use this Light as much as I can.
In fact, I was so impressed by it that I’ve spent my life savings figuring out how to bring it to everyone.”

Within the last 10 years, research on Light Therapy has doubled. Study after study has assessed the positive effects of Light Therapy, which not only include speeding up recovery time after surgery but also:
– Light Therapy slows down aging9;
– It lowers inflammation at the cellular level, which underlines many diseases5,9;
– It reduces oxidative stress and helps you to sleep better9,4;
– It can help you with a number of other mundane but nonetheless irritating problems such as hair loss3.

The only issue with Light Therapy may be the price. The technology is very expensive. However, Light Lounge’s mission was to re-engineer the solution and make it better while bringing down the cost. At our Evergreen location, you will not pay hundreds of dollars per session; you’ll pay dollars per session. Our retail experiment is working, and now we are pushing to expand to new locations all over the country.

In the meantime, not only research on Light Therapy doubled, confirming time after time that there are no adverse effects from applying it on your body, but Congress has also approved Light Therapy as an Opioid alternative.

If you have inflammatory issues, which we all do, and it’s called aging, come see us. First session is free and you can book it here.


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