Suzanne Patterson with son Marco, 2012
Tuesday, January 23rd, was the premier film showing of A Life Worth Living – Solution to Schizophrenia, in the community where I live. Twenty people attended; both well-educated and medical professionals, and friends. The film was very well received and the evening, a real celebration.
In my presentation before the film, I spoke about how three and one half years ago when my son died from schizophrenia and antipsychotic drug treatment, an aim crystalized in my being, and two months after his burial I began researching schizophrenia, antipsychotic drug treatment and a treatment called BEAM Procedure which was done in Ecuador and had successfully eliminated the symptoms of schizophrenia in 56 patients at that time.
This began an incredible journey which led to writing a book co-authored by Dr. Mackliff; founding a non-profit named Only the Difficult Productions Foundation; traveling to Ecuador and meeting Dr. Mackliff and surgeon, Dr. Oscar Sanchez and several of their patients who had had the BEAM surgery four years prior to the meeting, and had recovered from schizophrenia. The journey has gone full circle, with two new American patients, Miguel and another, who had the surgery in January of 2018, and who are already experiencing a liberation from the symptoms of schizophrenia along with a great reduction in the antipsychotic medication they are taking.
Dr. Oscar Sanchez passed away on January 7th, 2018. I wish to honor his great contribution of almost 100 BEAM surgeries,as well as a lifetime of surgeries on patients throughout South America where he was considered one of the best urology surgeons available. He was a great surgeon and man. Before leaving, he trained his two sons, both urology surgeons, in the BEAM surgery. Dr. Frank Sanchez with Dr. Mackiff, now does most of the BEAM surgeries.
I ended my presentation by saying, “This was a work of Love, and I felt my son’s presence with me for most of the time. At that moment, I truly felt my son’s presence in the room and began to cry. I will be forever grateful for that moment, and my son’s life who was the real reason for this film being created. I dedicate this film to my son, Marco Joshua Alfonso and Dr. Oscar Sanchez.
Dr. Oscar Sanchez and Dr. Jose Mackliff
The film completed, but the work of promoting Dr. Mackliff’s work continues with the aim of reaching many more families with a message of real hope, through film media, cable TV and radio.