Kevin Rose passed away in June of 2014. He fought cancer bravely, and even as his mind deteriorated, his heart remained strong until the end. Kevin’s commitment to his personal practices was unwavering and served him well. We will always remember Kevin for his quest for knowledge, tremendous attitude, indomitable spirit and for his many contributions as webmaster of this website.
With a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Thinking & a Sustainable MBA, Kevin’s educational background combines to create a unique life perspective, and one in which originality & free-thinking flourish. Kevin has professional research experience in both the public and private setting with environmental NGOs, and is himself a committed vegetarian, naturalist, urban farmer, and passionate outdoorsman.
When diagnosed with “terminal” brain cancer in February 2013 at the age of 26, Kevin utilized hybrid thinking and his philosophies to analytically develop a plan to combat Glioblastoma – without the assistance of conventional medicine. After receiving word the tumor had completely diminished after five months of hard work, he now hopes to continue his battle with cancer by generating public awareness on the many additional treatment options available for cancer patients.
My personal practice is…
My personal practice is leading the healthiest lifestyle possible to fully combat brain cancer and fill in the remaining resection of my brain.
I’m told I first acquired a brain tumor between the age of six and sixteen years old. For ten to twenty years, it grew to the size of a tangerine in my right frontal lobe – and without much noticeable disturbance. When I became aware of it, I had surgery to remove roughly 90% of the tumor. Following surgery, I learned precisely what I was facing: “terminal” Glioblastoma (GBM). It was at this juncture that I began developing a plan – eventually with the assistance of a Naturopath – to defeat the GBM.
For my practice, I established 30 daily goals that I begin checking off immediately upon waking each morning. While this plan is certainly helpful to have, it is the mission to conquer cancer that ultimately keeps me positive and pushing forward. If one day only 15 to 20 of the goals are completed, it’s simply one of the many small failures along the road. Each mistake – for example, eating a few too many carbs one day – is treated as a learning experience to better my routine.
Moving forward, my personal practice will continue to be living the healthiest lifestyle possible – now with an added second mission to launch a social enterprise focused on educating others of the methods and benefits in doing the same.
How did you discover your practice?
Three years prior to diagnosis, I made a significant life transformation and became a vegetarian. This transition was made largely due to the waste and cruelty associated with the meat industry, as well as the health benefits seen in plant-based diets. But perhaps most importantly, I understood that I live on a finite planet of depleting resources and this would be the most impactful granular action I could take in my lifetime.
My first three years of vegetarianism were just blatantly the healthiest feeling years of my life, even though I unknowingly had advanced cancer at the time. This steered me down a path of constant truth-seeking research as I felt I was beginning to connect the dots of the world for the first time. One of the topics I endeavored upon in this time was indeed cancer, and to the point I felt confident I could conquer the challenge if ever presented with it. I certainly was not an expert, but I had read enough articles and watched some documentaries to understand that cancer was a metabolic condition that could be cured slowly over time through nutrition and detoxification.
The choice to stop eating other animals developed into a topic that perhaps has shaped my character, formed my principles, steered my philosophies, and shifted my habits more than any other decision has in life to date. Ultimately, it was this decision that led me to the discovery of my practice.
Why do you practice?
Diagnosed with Grade IV Glioblastoma – also known as “the terminator” – it was quite easy to devotedly commit myself into doing anything and everything needed to combat this cancer and restore good health back to my life. I had just completed my Sustainable MBA and was started down a career path of passion and value, and “terminal” cancer was simply not part of my life’s plan.
The GBM has become a minor bump in the road that I simply need to conquer, one day at a time. With my tumor now gone, I am focused on moving forward with this challenge of remaining tumor free, and to continue reducing the size of my now empty resection – which is still the size of a small tangerine. Since GBM is one of the most commonly recurring tumors, these remaining tasks are not taken lightly.
How frequently and for how long do you practice?
My practice is a permanent lifestyle change that requires a long-term commitment to living consciously and passionately in the moment. Everything consumed is dissected by ingredient and fully understood prior to being digested. I sleep next to an air purifier and filter my tap water twice through. I maintain a highly active and physical lifestyle, as well.
What’s something that gets in the way of your practice and how to you move through it?
Just two months into battling Glioblastoma amidst the development and mastering of my routine, my three-year old spaniel had an unfortunate accident requiring emergency spinal surgery – leaving him paraplegic for life according to doctors. This certainly added difficulty and time constraints to my days, and will continue to for the remainder of his life. However, if you choose to be happy and keep a smile on your face, it’s easy to remember just how important of a member Herbert has been on my support team. With Herbert’s injury, time became an issue and my routine certainly shifted. The battle is still fought the same way though – breaking down tasks incrementally and knocking them out one at a time! There are a lot more stopping points to clean up Herbert’s accidents and help him rehabilitate, but it became and remains a necessary part of the routine.
What supports you in staying committed to your practice?
The commitment largely derives from just how serious advanced brain cancer is. To wake up daily and repeat the hard work, certainly requires a heavy dose of positivity and love around me. Between my girlfriend and family of four animals, all of the required daily support is right at home with me. Constant positivity from my family and friends has also been critical in recovery, particularly when my decision against conventional treatment was not a popular one.
Meditation is another action that has regularly aided my commitment to practice and helped to maintain my happiness while doing so. Whether it is deliberate mediation, or simply sowing the garden, this is definitely an action that has a phenomenal impact on my life outlook.
What role does your practice play in your work?
I initially took two months off of work to gather thoughts, conduct substantial research, and develop a routine. Since rejoining the workforce, efficiency and organization have become focal points of my days. It does not take much chaos to throw even the most organized of routines out of whack. With this in mind, efficiency when practicing and working is critical to the daily success of both actions.
Describe someone you know whose practice inspires you.
My inspiration in this fight largely derives from the truth-tellers of the world’s “age of information.” A collection of authors, researchers, directors, storytellers, politicians, and others in the movement have given me the knowledge and confidence needed to tackle “terminal” cancer.
A practice I’d like to explore is….
Rock climbing. All of my life I’ve had a fear of heights, and I feel rock climbing would have a positive impact in conquering this fear and increasing mental toughness.
Anything else you’d like to share about practice.
It’s quite easy to have moments of doubt, or feelings of helplessness, when placed in this position. However, it is incredibly important to shrug these negative thoughts off, as the cells in your body react to everything the brain tells them. Negativity brings down your immune system. So it is not a matter of “if” you’ll defeat cancer; it is a matter of “when” you’ll defeat cancer.