A quick re-cap for newcomers to this blog: I was diagnosed with breast cancer (Stage 1) and spent approximately 1.5 years doing alternative treatments, but the tumour kept growing so I had a mastectomy. I woke up from the mastectomy to find my left arm paralysed and numb due to nerve damage (to the brachial plexus) caused by tractioning of the arm during the mastectomy. I had to have further surgery to release the nerve and because of that, I had no conventional adjuvant treatment. Nine months after the mastectomy, I finally regained use of my arm. Nine months after the mastectomy, the cancer recurred. This is a summary of the options I was exploring after the recurrence.
I’m going to try to update my blog more often. I regularly check the other cancer blogs I follow and start getting antsy when I don’t see any recent updates. I’ve also had readers e-mail me with a polite: “How are you?” which reading between the lines, seem to me to also be asking: “are you still alive?”
It must feel as if I am dragging out the whole recurrence and cancer journey story. But I find it painful sometimes, relieving what happened and the humps and bumps along the way that have derailed me. Early on I made a choice to write in retrospect so that I would have the wisdom and perspective of distance to give me objectivity. But doing so has meant that I’ve lost a lot of the immediacy of the moment and have to rely on medical reports on e-mails. Fortunately I kept very detailed e-mails.
This post is about my visit to a clinic which used a form of GcMAF called Goleic. The clinic has since been shut down and I do not think that the company who was running the clinic, ImmuneBiotech, is running any more clinics (thank god). It’s also a post about smoke-and-mirrors, and needing to kick the tyres of any cancer treatment that purports to be a cure.