My story starts in 1996 waking one morning with the worst headache ever.
My eyesight was affected and I was vomiting. I went to see the doctor but because he knew my mother suffered migraines he came to the conclusion that I was too.
Over the years these very slowly got worse and still thought they were migraines. Then in April 2009 I started to get nose bleeds, vomiting and a shake in my hands. I knew something was wrong but I guess like many, was scared to see the doctor in fear of what would be found.
I was alone in the house one day in June of 2009. My family were on holiday and out of the country. A nose bleed started but this one was bad and it was not stopping. I got myself to hospital and explained what had been happening and I was sent for an MRI scan that same day.
That night as I lay alone in hospital I was scared out of my life not knowing what the results might be. The following day the bomb shell landed and the doctors informed me that something had shown up! I had two tumours, one in the Pituitary gland, and the other in the brain stem. The Pituitary had to be treated first. At the time I didn’t understand what it meant to have one in the brain stem and I didn’t want to face it.
Following that I had many tests. Then in November 2009 I had my first dose of radiotherapy. After the second dose I had a bad turn and was rushed into hospital with extreme pain in my lower back and stomach. More tests followed. I was told that the radiotherapy had caused damage to my liver and kidney and my body couldn’t take anymore! In February 2010 I had an operation to remove it, which went well. I noticed a difference as soon as I woke up, my head felt clear. The doctors told me that Pituitary tumours are the slowest growing tumours there are but affects you in all aspects. Previous to the operation I never had any energy, I had put on weight and it even affects your personality. Looking back at my life before the operation I’d had no go in me and I had allowed myself to plod along in a dead end job earning next to nothing. My life had been going nowhere and that wasn’t me. Since then everyone has said how much I have changed. I smile more, laugh more and simply get out and about more. I now own my own house and have a very healthy bank balance. All that change came about within just a year. As the doctors had told me, with the growth being so slow I hadn’t seen the change in me.
We then had to deal with the brainstem. More tests....blood tests, scans, x rays. I was then called in to talk about the results. I can’t remember much of this but I was told that the brainstem is an area that cannot be operated on as all of what the brain does goes through the stem. They then went on to say that as the tumour grew it would eventually push against the stem. It wasn’t sounding good!! I was told that I had to understand that all they could do for me now was to help me cope with it and that they couldn’t cure me! I was told that if it carried on growing at the rate it was then I only had two years left to live! That hit me very hard and I didn’t know how to deal with it.....how do you?
I didn’t give up though....I tried lots of natural remedies although none of them had the desired effect. In fact a few things actually made me feel worse and at one point I was back in hospital again.
Then a friend of mine who is also into natural remedies told me about Bloodroot, a plant being native to North America and how it supposedly fights cancer! It can come in the form of tablet, powder or a type of cream, the latter being used for skin cancers. The tablet and cream are made of herbal formulas with only a small amount of Bloodroot as it can be toxic. For tumours it is taken in tablet form. I searched the internet and came across a forum that spoke of Bloodroot. There were people discussing the same problem that I had and taking Bloodroot. With some it had slowed the growth, others had gone into full remission but there were also some who had not been so lucky. Therefore it doesn’t work for everybody.
I started to take the Bloodroot and after 3 months went for a scan. The growth had slowed down and my cell count had dropped. I was over the moon! So I continued to take it and have been for six months now.
I have just recently been told that the growth has shrunk I am now in remission!!
This is by no means a cure although may be for some but like me I have been given a little more time. Anyone who is reading this and is in the same boat as me will know that a little more time makes a whole lot of difference.
Cancer changes many things. People you thought were your friends can sometimes turn out to simply be the people you end up only saying hello to. They were never there for you, for many reasons I suppose.
The doctors have told me that at some point it may start to grow again and if it does I may or may not have treatment. The last two years have been hell for me and I don’t know if I would have the strength to go through the process again. For now though Bloodroot has given me more time and that means everything. There are many sites to study Bloodroot and plenty of forums where experiences are shared. Many sites also sell Bloodroot although they are mainly based in the States. A few are in England but it can be more costly.
I hope this has been of some help to some. It has certainly been a help to me....Good Luck..