I would like to publicly share My Story regarding my fight against Cancer and Kicking its butt.
I find it very hard to tell my story, to put to paper what I have been through, laid out for everyone to read, however, I feel that I am being guided to do this, in order to give others hope and a firm belief and an unshakable inner knowing that Cancer is a word and not a death sentence and that you can by seeing yourself one with your body achieve an outcome where the medical profession will say to you “You are “NED” – you have No Evidence Of Disease.
On saying this I don’t want anyone to read my story and think, Oh, my cancer is different, and then give up hope.
Yes everyone’s cancer is going to be different, there are many forms of cancer and each will affect everyone differently and the individual’s response will also differ.
I HAD yes that is correct HAD a very rare Peritoneal Dedifferentiated Liposarcoma. My last scan on the 21st September, 2015 showed no evidence of disease.
Here is a brief description of my story and what I am doing naturally to stop any regrowth.
It is a Regime which can help ANYONE with Cancer not just the cancer I HAD. I have put out MY STRICT ALL NATURAL Regime in great detail including recipes in an Ebook to help others fighting any form of cancer. The Book gives you rails to run on, down to earth Direct To The Point Practical Information without jargon (I am not a medical person I am a SURVIVOR) and most important an ebook without waffle!
It will also detaisl what my Husband and other family members did to aid my recovery.
Enough said, now onto my journey…..It all started in late 2013 and early 2014, I became very unwell, with my blood work all over the place and I was very anaemic. My inflammation levels kept on rising and the iron injections the Dr had me on weekly did not do a thing, my iron levels kept on dropping.
I was caring for my elderly mother who lived with us, helping my daughter who had just given birth to twins, writing my books (I am an author) and honestly was on the go all the time, but getting weaker by the day and very snappy and short with people who I most loved and adored.
This was not me!
To cut a long story short, I had an ultrasound on my gallbladder due to severe pain, and they found a tumor which looked like it was on my left kidney. Alarm bells, CT scan on the spot, showed a huge tumor on top of my left kidney but under the skin of the kidney measuring 17cm long and 13cm wide with a blood clot on my adrenal gland that was so dangerous it could travel and kill me at any time.
The amazing thing was that my kidney function was 100% normal even with the tumor.
Have you ever walked and it felt like you were in a dream, that you had no connection to anything? You didn’t even know if you were breathing? You felt numb, and couldn’t remember anything? Felt like you had been put into a washing machine and had it turned on, with you going around and around, almost drowning in the water and you couldn’t find the stop button. Well that was me. All of these emotions at once and more besides when they first told me about the tumor.
At first they treated it as a Kidney tumor, and I had surgery the next week in a private hospital with an amazing Professor – Professor Patel who’s expertise was in the renal area. The Professor and his team removed my left kidney and adrenal gland and managed to suck out the blood clot before it travelled, and all the tumor in an operation lasting 6+ hours. It had started to grow onto my Spleen and the team peeled it off, thus saving the spleen at that time.
I rejoiced, I was alive thank you God.
That took some getting over believe me, my recuperation was fairly long and tedious, with shocking pain. But I persevered and got through it ok.
The pathology results when they came through were not good. The tumor tested, Well Differentiated Liposarcoma with Dedifferentiated satellites, fully encapsulated – Very, very rare.
But they were puzzled that the tumor had started to die in the middle….this is not supposed to happen I was told.
I believe I knew the answer, not that the medical profession wanted to know.
However, I will tell you. During the time when I became very unwell and before the tumor was found, I had started to work with a Herbalist/Naturopath and she had me on MISTLETOE because my blood pressure was high, and also other Herbs including Cats Claw and Sheep’s Sorrell. All known to stop the flow of blood to cancer cells thus making the Cancer die. Plus I was juicing, and taking some supplements and not eating any processed sugars.
Once Professor Patel, had the pathology results he referred me to The Princess Mary Cancer Clinic – The Sarcoma Unit in Westmead Hospital here in NSW Australia. Upon Visiting a Specialist in this area, my husband and I found out I was too late for Radiotherapy. Chemotherapy if I chose that route was in the ratio of less than 2% it would kill any rouge cells, as chemo and this type of tumor are still very much in the does or doesn’t it stage.
So it was wait and see.
5 months later, a tumor returned with aggression.
The Doctors at the Sarcoma Unit questioned whether it was due to the fact I still had my Spleen, and where the medical team before had peeled the tumor off it they had left some or whether it was massive amounts of stress I was continually under or a combination of both.
During the 5 months after my first operation and the Regrowth, my Husband and I had to put mum into nursing home which was a hard and gut wrenching decision.
Arguments ensued with some family members. Those that could have possibly helped didn’t want to and heaped piles of you know what on me because I couldn’t care for her due to my operation and recovery.
Mum died 6 weeks later and I had to deal with all that and more besides.I am sure you all know how hard it was.
I was still in shock following my original diagnosis, still in recovery mode, my grief of losing my Darling Mum Plus one of my beloved dogs, who was 16 had to be put down because he lost control of his bladder and bowel. He was my baby, my husband’s “Bestie” as are all my dogs
But the regrowth was there, I had to face it head on and try once more to be brave.
After much discussion the Sarcoma Team decided I was to have 33 round of Radiation. I was told unless I subjected myself to this, they would not operate.
The radiated area was over the spleen and stomach area and part of the bowel.This made me vomit up to 7 or 8 times a day. I felt Nauseous 24 hours a day, the feeling of nausea was so overwhelming and relentless. Also I used to have violent bouts of diarrhoea. I was asked to try several different Nausea Tablets, but they had no effect at all.
For anyone reading this, and is about to go through radiation, It does make you overwhelmingly tired. It is the strangest tiredness, it does not feel like Normal tiredness, more like a deep rooted fatigue. When it envelopes you, you cannot even think straight. You forget things, and you cannot seem to put one foot in front of the other. Hell I even used to forget what I was saying in mid sentence!
I shed 34kgs in weight during this time. They told me the radiation would not kill the tumor or shrink it but give them clean areas to work with when I had the operation to remove it. Owing to such serious side effects Of the radiation due to the areas covered, I was warned, I may not complete the 33 rounds.
This made me so angry, I thought no one is going to limit me, I am a fighter!
However, there were some days I will truthfully admit felt like giving up. My Husband during this time was amazing. Everything I needed or wanted he provided. He had to provide all my meals, as I was to weak to make them.
What I ate during this time was highly anti-oxidant, I had a little fresh salmon and steamed veggies. Eggs. Smoothies with frozen berries and homemade yogurt, I had vitamins (liquid) 4 times a day plus Herbs. I drank Green Tea.
If I could keep anything down for 20 minutes I knew it would give me some nutrition.
I made it through! Yeah!
Once radiation was finished I was very weak, but I knew I had to get stronger for the operation which was to be 6 weeks from the time the radiation stopped.
I took Herbal drops prescribed by my Naturopath. I also had liquid vitamins and minerals 4 times a day.
I walked a little every day up and down our front patio, trying each day to increase it a little.
I became a little stronger and then had the operation on 22nd January 2015.
My operation went for 11 hours, If the tumor was near or touching anything they removed part or whole organs.
- My spleen,
- Tail of my pancreas,
- Part of my stomach,
- 1/2 of my diaphragm posterior,
- All of my large bowel,
- Part of my liver.
I have a cut from the middle of my boobs, straight down to the pubic bone, plus 2 cuts to the left around the ribs and below ribs area from this to the side.
I stopped breathing coming out of anaesthetic, spent 4 days in intensive care, then into high dependency and just over 1 month in hospital. I had drainage tubes, everywhere, chest tube and a gastric nasal tube for 3 1/2 weeks, and was fed by special milk through a central line.
But I survived.
I couldn’t fault the care I received.
The Medical Team were amazed as 15% of the tumor was dead. It was big but 15% dead.
Thank you God!
I was offered IFOSOMIDE chemo treatment, but the chances it would kill off any rogue cells was less than 2% however, they told me it was such a devastating drug, that it could give me heart failure, kill my remaining kidney (but they could give me dialysis) and cause problems with my brain.
Hubby and I spent a weekend discussing this, we spoke to our son and daughter, and we all came to the same conclusion – NO WAY!!!!!!
I came home and started working 6 weeks afterwards with my herbalist/naturopath.I took and still take Mistletoe, Sheeps sorrell, Chaparell, Liquorice, Red Clover, Dandelion, Astraralgus, Cats Claw and Nigella Sativa.
I juice daily carrots, sticks of celery, beetroot, lemon, ginger root, apple and whole orange mixed with 1 teaspoon of oil. 1/4 of this is added to my morning thick shake, the rest I seal tightly in a jar and keep in the fridge to drink during the day. The link to my recipe is here it also gives you a weekly shopping list for this juice, to make it easier for you.
My morning thick shake, is juice, Coconut milk, Berries, Parsley, Pineapple, Paw Paw, ½ Banana. Spinach or Kale, LSA 1 tablespoon (LSA = almond, sunflower and linseed meal) 1 teaspoon of Tumeric powder, Black Pepper (this helps your body absorb more of the curcumin in the tumeric), Homemade Yogurt, Wheatgrass, Chia seeds, Goji berries I also take liquid vitamins and minerals, Vitamin D3, Resveratrol, Grapeseed, Curcumin.
I eat many veggies, and heaps of alfalfa spouts, and mung bean sprouts, spinach and kale.
I also eat fruit especially paw paw and pineapple and strawberries. Nuts, are walnuts, cashews and almonds.
I also use hemp oil, Maca, Cacoa nibs.I cook everything from scratch nothing processed. Even make my own bread, wholemeal with added chia seeds, and lsa mix.I eat 80% raw foods. No meat or chicken. I do eat fish or legumes for my protein. Mainly legumes.
I make up my own toothpaste and skin care products.
I drink only healing crystal water.
I am doing yoga and meditation 1 on 1 with a teacher and 2 classes per week.I meditate from 5.30 EVERY morning.
I use essential oils on my body every day.
10 months after the operation I was power walking 2 kms. Doing beginners yoga and light weights and riding a stationary bike 5 – 10 minutes a day.
I have a Crystal Healing and a Mind Body Healing monthly.
I also have an aromatherapy back massage once per month
I also felt it important to break any ties with people who I felt were mentally toxic to me.
After the Operation I had to learn how to walk up stairs correctly due to the scarring and removal of my posterior diaphragm.I have had to gently stretch everything as there is massive scar tissue and the radiation left me with radiation fibrosis. Sometime the pain is bad, around the scar tissue even now, but I will overcome!
There are days where I have to stop myself thinking negative but I really pull myself up from this, I burst into tears easily, and cannot handle anything stressful very well, .
I believe we can all cure/heal ourselves. If you feel down some days, go with it, allow the tears to fall, THEN …. say out loud all you are thankful for and allow your mind to soar into the positive…
Love, Light and healing is sent your way.
Note: My story as all my other posts in this blog are copyrighted. You DO NOT have my permission to use any part of this post other than to use the information to help you heal. None of this post can be used for you to make books or blogs posts for your personal gain.