Many of you may have been wondering why I haven’t updated the blog in over a month and now I finally feel well enough to update you so here it goes.
Everyday I live with cancer and as we all know any disease is to some extent, unpredictable. For the last 2 years since I embarked on a journey to naturally reverse the cancer I have using non-conventional means, I have woken up intent on making the most of everyday and doing as much as I can to reverse this ghastly diagnosis that has now plagued my life for nearly 7 years.
I do my utmost to stay positive, eat, think and drink healthily so that I can feel as well as possible. But like I said, disease, and in particular, cancer is unpredictable. 6 months ago, the cancer that returned in my lymph nodes in my neck decided it wanted some attention and what began as a small red rash on the left hand side of my neck turned into some pretty ugly red lumps protruding out from just above my collar bone. As the lumps grew, I became even more determined to do as much as I could to get rid of them through my own means, continuing on the path that I had already been on and doing extremely well on for 20 months ( a raw vegan diet with a lot of juicing, coffee enemas, meditation, visualization etc). However as the lumps continued to grow fairly aggressively, it became increasingly difficult for me to eat, breathe and at times, even drink water. Consequently, approximately around the end of May I began to lose weight and energy and despite my best efforts, I was forced to give in and agree to have radiotherapy – something I was hoping to avoid purely because having had it 6 years previously I was well-aware of the side-effects and the stress it would put my body under. Well, it certainly did that! Given my difficulty in eating and breathing, I was forced to begin an immediate course of 10 radiotherapy sessions at the end of May which left me feeling extremely weak and exhausted, especially given that my weight had dropped in the weeks prior to the treatment. My body suffered badly from the treatment – my body simply didn’t have the strength to cope with what was happening to it. I was suffering with extreme exhaustion and was left bedbound for over a month, unable to move unaided. My upper torso suddenly became extremely heavy and my breathing very shallow. The emergency doctor was called out to check on me last Sunday morning when my breathing became worryingly short. After performing some tapping tests on my chest, the doctor expressed his concern that I may have a pulmonary embolism on my right lung and urged my family to take me to A&E immediately where I was seen and treated straight away. I was told that I had a considerable amount of fluid on my left lung which was putting an enormous amount of pressure on it causing it to almost collapse. A doctor then carried out a procedure to place a tube through my rib cage into my lung in order to drain the fluid off. (Yes this is as painful as it sounds!) In total, over the course of my 5-day stay in hospital, almost 3 litres of fluid was drained off! (No wonder my torso had been feeling heavy!) So it is a great relief that the fluid has now been drained off and I have been allowed home. I have been told that the fluid is a result of the disease process which can occur in anyone with cancer, heart disease, you name it.
Needless to say, I have been very ill and am now resting at home in order to build my strength back up. Being in bed for so long and incapable of even the simplest of tasks, I must now work to build up my leg muscles which have withered away over the last few weeks of being ill.
In order to rectify the problem with my left lung, I will be going back into hospital in due course for a procedure to help encourage the lung to stick back to the rib cage wall.
I am pleased to report that the lumps that were posing problems for me around my throat area have now gone. I am feeling stronger everyday and am looking forward to getting back to feeling more like myself.
I would like to thank everyone for their love and support through this difficult time and look forward to getting back to work!
Wishing you health and happiness