She was told in March 2006 that she would need chemotherapy and radiation to treat her throat cancer and if those failed, her voice box would be removed.
“She’s not one to go along with what somebody says; she’s not a follower,” he said.
The 55-year-old daughter and granddaughter of NYPD officers believed that the recommended courses of action would weaken her immune system and poison her body. “She wanted something more nurturing, more gentle to the body,” her husband said.
Her determination to have her condition treated holistically led the couple to make six trips to Germany in a 12-month period, and they’ve also traveled to Tulsa, Okla.
“We’re optimistic at this point,” Patrick McGeever said. “It’s hard, because there’s not a lot of support in society for this approach,” he added.
Her family, however, of five children and stepchildren and four grandchildren (a fifth is on the way), have been fully behind Karen McGeever.
Patrick McGeever’s well-known extended family in the Bronx and Yonkers (his dad Donegal immigrant Bernard McGeever was Democratic Party leader in Inwood in the 1970s) is organizing a fundraiser at Gaelic Park on Saturday, April 19. More details about tickets and prizes for the event can be had by calling 631-594-1043 or by emailing KarPat@KarensHealingJourney.com. For more about the McGeevers’ story go to www.KarensHealingJourney.com.