had never really stopped to think about the effect cancer has on people
and their families
it happened to us!
We did not really know very much about it as
it had never really been "in the family" so to speak and we are sure
there are quite a few of you who will unfortunately relate to this. Cancer is
one of those diseases we, like many others, took for granted and never
thought it was going to happen to us or a member of our family but when it
did, as anyone who has already experienced this will know, its a huge
shock and has changed our lives forever.
We now have a completely different outlook on
cancer and other diseases.
was May 2008 that our family were informed that our dad had
all started with malignant melanoma (skin cancer) where the primary tumor was on the side of his chest. The
crazy thing is, our dad is not and has never been a sun worshiper, is a
non-smoker and not a "drinker". He is a good honest man, always
willing to help those in need and he did not deserve this! Of course the
first questions we asked ourselves is "How can this happen, why was this happening
news hit us so very hard and it was unfamiliar and very
an operation to remove the melanoma, more testing and scans, we found that we did
not catch it in time, the cancer had already (Metastasised) spread to his lungs, (Stage 4)
another shock for all of us.
told us there was "no cure" for his type of cancer. He offered chemotherapy
but made it clear that this would not cure it. Dad was given an approximate time of 1 year
left to live which was due to the fact he had the most aggressive form of
Melanoma and they had no more promising therapy to offer him. The UK doctors basically gave up on
To Act For Ourselves
We cannot describe the emotions we experienced
during that time but we were all very clear on the following: First there had to be something we could do and
secondly we would do what ever it
to save our dads life. Against the odds we decided he was not going to become another victim of this
disease, he was going to be another cancer survivor.
refused the advised chemotherapy, which we were all very happy about, we could
not see the
point in him having to go through chemo with all its negative side effects only
to extend his life - if at all - for and additional year or for it having the
opposite effect of shortening his life.
for Dad, he also wanted to spare us from going through all that pain.
the news of dads cancer we spent days, nights and hours upon hours researching and
looking into different ways we could defeat this disease. We know people do
survive cancer and knew our dad could too. Of
course all this did not make us experts, but it gave us a good understanding of
the disease itself and the shattering truth about the lack of success rates
fighting it through conventional methods, especially at stage 4. Most of it
being negative and depressing, we decided to stop looking at those aspects and
to focus on finding a cure instead. We were mainly interested in alternative
methods and came across various websites with some amazing and eye opening
information. (You can find more about that journey on the 'Our Research'
is when we came across an alternative hospital in Mexico. As soon as we saw
what they do we just knew this was the place dad needed to be.
we hear you say.......of all the places!
because this alternative hospital had everything we had been looking
for and we could not find a program like this one offered anywhere else. Prior to
finding this place we had found various things but none of it in the same
place and therefore not really an option as unnecessary stress was to be avoided
at all costs.
the most important
reason for sending him to the Mexican Hospital was because it combined
methods of treating cancer all in one place and it's also a full service
program is Alternative,
Complimentary and Conventional and includes Immunotherapy Vaccines. The
hospital has had and still does have amazing
results and we felt this would give dad the best chance of becoming a cancer
find out more about the hospital go to www.issels.com
Our next step was taking action and
contact the hospital where we spoke to a lovely woman called Ellen (who
was just brilliant in helping us and continues to do so) We got all our
questions answered, we spoke with a former patient to find out more and
everything just ticked all the right boxes for us. We were then sent an
application form to fill in and were accepted for treatment. It was from this point
on we started to raise the money we needed to get dad there. (you can read more
about that on the 'Progress Diary' page) None of it comes cheap but you cannot
put a price on a life and this is also why we are now raising funds to help
others to go to this amazing hospital!
September 11th 2008 we finally had the money to go to Mexico and arrived at San Diego
Airport where we were collected by a driver from the hospital and driven over
the border to Playas De Tijuana, arriving at the hospital around 10pm. Not
really knowing what to expect we knew within a day that we were in the right
place. Dads treatment started early the very next day and continued for the full
4 week program.
way we were treated by all the staff was amazing, they could not do enough to help.
This was probably the most
positive place I (Soozi) have ever been too. We also met a lot of other patients and their companions,
who's stories are
truly inspiring. From
this whole positive experience we have made life long friends from all over the world.
go there to LIVE, not to die and we cannot recommend it highly enough.
the end of our 4 weeks came to a close, dad had another scan and the very next
day the doctors took us to actually see the results. The radiologist explained
everything to us, first showing us the original scan with all the small tumors
on dads lungs, he then showed us the new scan side by side with the old one for
comparison. The result was absolutely outstanding, every single tumor had
completely vanished, the lungs were clear, dads cancer had gone!
you can imagine we were thrilled and shocked all at the same time. Thrilled
because of the exciting news and
well, in shock because we never quite expected results like this and certainly
not in such a short period of time.
Emotions were high, IT WORKED! We had done it.
We had done what we set out to do: To kill the cancer which was
invading our dads body.