In September 2014 I was diagnosed with breast cancer which I have reversed without surgery, chemo or radiation. The primary tumour shrunk in around half the time that would have been expected from chemotherapy and I had none of the side-effects.
In medical terminology, it was provisional Grade II invasive ductal carcinoma with lymph node metastasis. Since I had no surgery the stage was never determined but, given what we know for sure, it would have been classified as at least Stage IIb. The breast lump and a lymph node were biopsied, showing it to be oestrogen receptor-positive.
The treatment proposed by the NHS was:
- Neoadjuvant (pre-surgery) chemo over 4 months to shrink the tumour and thus get a better aesthetic result from the lumpectomy
- Lumpectomy with axillary (armpit) lymph node clearance
- An endocrine (hormone) therapy such as Tamoxifen.
I turned it all down.
The result? A month after starting my self-devised protocol, the tumour was half the size; within eight weeks I’d achieved a tumour reduction of 65% and the remainder was either dead or in the process of dying.
For the past 28 months, multiple scans and blood tests have indicated either disease in remission, or results within “normal” range, or no evidence of active cancer, depending on which type of test we’re looking at. I continue to monitor a few times a year and have now switched to a maintenance regime, rather than the full intensive programme I adopted for the first six months.
I consider maintaining wellness to be an ongoing process. I’ve learned to think in terms of the journey rather than any particular destination. After all, we all have cancer cells growing in our bodies all the time and my immune system has once failed to prevent mine from forming a colony. So now, I’m engaged ongoingly in maintaining a level of systemic health which I intend will head off the possibility of any relapse. This may be a lifetime commitment.
I’ve learned so much from this experience. I now feel better than ever and am in far better health than I have been for the past 20 years or so. I believe I understand a little about how I (unknowingly) created the perfect conditions for cancer to progress to the point of a clinical diagnosis. All in all, I consider myself very fortunate to be able to say that I now view it as a life-enhancing experience.
I set up this blog because friends have been asking me about how I approached my natural healing programme and I wanted a way of sharing the information. I’ll also list some additional resources I found useful.
As you can see, this is a work in progress. The site’s still in development (and most likely will be for some time!). So please consider it as a first draft.
There might be a book at some stage, too, but that isn’t going to happen overnight, so I’m making a start here. I’d rather get something available now, than wait until I’ve got it all perfect.
Now, I must point out that I have no medical training (and am not planning on getting any). I am not claiming to know how to treat any disease or medical condition of any kind, nor do I make any recommendations about how to do so. I’m merely sharing my own personal story with the intention that it’ll be interesting and/or useful to others.
I may also share some thoughts about the range of treatments available to those with cancer or other chronic diseases. Obviously, I didn’t make a decision of this magnitude without some considerable research and reflection, nor without arriving at some personal opinions.
The one thing I’ve been asked more than anything else is, “What did you do?” Well the short answer is: it’s a long story. And not one I think I can do justice to in one post. But in an attempt to summarise what actions I took to support my natural healing process, and the thinking behind it, I’ve started here. You’ll note that the very first point on my list is Mind Management. I can’t stress strongly enough how important I believe this is, and I’ll address it in more depth in some later posts.
I’ll add more as and when I can. If you have any questions, please send them to me via the Contact form, and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.
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To much health and happiness!
That’s me in the photo, in a hot air balloon in September 2015.