When I was diagnosed with epithelioid sarcoma, a rare and aggressive form of cancer in my left hand and arm, back in 2008 I left my job as the online editor for Dolly magazine and set out on a mission to heal myself.
After learning hard and fast of the limited options offered by conventional medicine, I decided to take matters into my own hands. Epithelioid sarcoma does not respond to traditional cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, and there were too many tumours in my arm to perform surgery. I was told that the only survivors of this disease had sacrificed their affected limbs to amputation, and even then chances of a recurrence are high. Deciding this was not good enough, I decided on a different route. I underwent an isolated limb infusion where extremely high doses of chemotherapy drugs were pumped through my arm. However, not even a year after being given the all clear, the cancer returned. This time I was told that I could experiment with chemotherapy and radiation, but that these were not likely to do much good. My doctors said that my only hope of prolonging my survival would be to have my arm amputated, but that my disease was basically incurable.
What I did next propelled me from cancer patient to wellness warrior. I politely refused their offers of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and began searching for natural, alternative cancer treatments. I began looking at the different ways I may have contributed to the manifestation of my disease and then stopped doing them. I swapped a lifestyle of champagne, cocktails and late-night Lean Cuisines for carrot juice, coffee enemas and meditation and became an active participant in my treatment.
I threw myself into intense detoxification and nutritional treatment in the form of the Gerson Therapy, which involves drinking 13 fresh organic veggie juices per day, five coffee enemas per day and a basic organic whole food plant-based diet. For two years I devoted my entire life to healing.
As a young adult cancer survivor, I am beyond proud to be an ambassador for The Warwick Cancer Foundation. My number one aim is to provide inspiration and hope to fellow young adults living with cancer.
I am also the founder of The Wellness Warrior – an online sanctuary of health and inspiration where I write about my journey from cancer patient to healing junkie.
The Wellness Warrior & Ambassador – The Warwick Cancer Foundation