Action Hero entry by Ralph Roberts
Some say it was a miracle, others say it was a freak accident, nevertheless, it happened shortly after her ninth round of intense surgery.
Joconde Engel’s brain and spine were sugar-coated with a rare, devastating cancer, Chordoma, and this was just another bout in her seven year war fighting this disease. Already the cancer had taken parts of Joie’s body and life. Her face, head, and neck were heavily scarred and permantly deformed from previous operations and after enduring numerous rounds of proton radiation. Multiple amounts of reconstructive surgery cluttered her insides with titanium hardware. Complications stole her ability to speak along with her deep-rooted desire to be a mother one day. Nothing was the same and perhaps the most important factor is that she faced her mortality more than anyone should ever have to.
Doctors expected that number nine was going to be another routine, but ruthless game of cat-and-mouse surgery. When they were in the ninth hour removing the golf-ball sized tumor form her cerebellum, a translucent tentacle reached through the base of Joie’s skull and snatched what was left of the lump. They then stood back and watched while other small nodules were being stolen from other parts of her brain by these mystical feelers. Suddenly, Joie was in trouble and needed to be closed up immediately.
Later in the recovery Room, Joie awoke with enlightened eyes. She motioned to the nurse to hand her a pad of paper. She then wrote of a dream she had where she sat with an angel. She was told that she was given a gift-one that she and others stricken with her disease would benefit from. With that, she layed back and fell into a coma. Suddenly Joie was radiating intense heat form her abdomen. The nurse watched as Joie’s abdomen burned away exposing a glowing orb. Although two thirds of her belly was now missing, amazingly Joie was stable.
Joie’s doctors discovered that somehow and in someway, proton energy had manifested inside Joie’s core--specifically her uterus--and was feeding off the tumors in her brain and spine. Unfortunatly it was also discovered that her disease too was advancing and continuing to riddle her with tumors. The energy trapped in her core was actually digesting the cancer and keeping it relatively under control. What was even more incredible was that the six-year-old girl in the bed next to Joie was no longer in jeopardy, her brain cancer was now completely suppressed.
Other cancer patients that were wheeled into Joie’s room were also mysteriously getting better. Doctors were baffled. Could the proton orb that was keeping Joie’s cancer under control also be curing others? Doctors gathered several patients and witnessed each being cured by the energy residing in Joconde’s abdomen.
Joie’s health began to deteriorate. Her gift to the world was not able to keep up with her own disease. A decision was made to isolate Joie and see if she would regain her strength.
After several months in ICU, Joie was now awake, out of danger and now out of the hospital. She is completely aware of her amazing gift and continues to spend time curing those suffering from cancer.
One called her “Core Domina” and soon many patients spoke of beautiful dreams they had of Joie dressed in angelic armor calling herself Core Domina as she slayed their cancer with her twin swords. One summed it up by saying “ In the realm of rare cancers it's more rare still when the disease strikes someone uniquely equipped to fight it.”