My Journey from Cancer Diagnosis
back to Vibrant Health

Jo Charter – April 2016

Jo-Charter-smallIn November 2011 I was diagnosed with two stage 2 invasive lobular breast tumours; both tumours were found on my right breast following my first over 50’s routine mammogram. I was dumbfounded by this news as I considered myself in reasonable health although I had been getting increasingly frustrated at feeling excessively tired over the previous 3 to 6 months. I found it hard to think straight and not get immersed in the fear and negative outlook associated with cancer, several good friends had recently lost their life to this disease; not helped by the medical profession proudly quoting statistics of 5 year survival rates – that did not seem to me to be a good enough success rate.

Nothing really prepares one for such a diagnosis and during those first few weeks I felt pretty helpless; it seemed I was on a conveyor belt waiting for my MRI scan, waiting for the results of the scan and the follow up appointment with my consultant, he then gave me the option of having further checks, then a further appointment before I was then booked in for my mastectomy in mid-January, at no point during this time did I receive any answers to my queries about what I could do for myself to help my health which, with research, I found was actually a tremendous amount. During this 6 week period my sister came across a small book by David Stevens entitled “Every Woman’s Guide to Vital Breast Health” and I also came across the Budwig protocol and bought her book “Flax Oil as a True Aid against Arthritis, Heart Infarction and Cancer”. I followed the advice in both books (which complemented each other) religiously and within a couple of weeks I noticed that my energy levels were increasing and that my mind had become much clearer.

Both books advised a healthy (alkaline) diet based around vegetables and whole grains. I ate the quark and flax oil mixture at least once a day, undertook David Steven’s breathing exercise followed by alternate hot and cold water and started rebounding on the children’s trampoline to get my lymph moving. I had been exceedingly frustrated with my consultant’s inability to answer my questions as to what may have caused the tumours and what I could do to help myself get back to full health and stop tumours developing again. He brushed these questions aside, dismissively saying that there are no known causes and only wanted to talk about surgery, drugs and possible further treatment depending on what was revealed in the lymph nodes during surgery. This seemed to me more like disease management; removing the symptom or tumours but not treating the cause of the symptom. It did not seem to me like a complete solution for health restoration. I connected with the information in these books and as my health improved realised that I had choices; that the health of my body was my responsibility and that I was in control and I could opt for surgery or I could opt to heal myself without conventional medical treatment. Initially I simply kept postponing my operation wanting to jump off the conveyor belt for some time out. During this time out I continued reading further books on alternative treatments to cancer; I visited an excellent homeopath (Dr Dos Adele in Blackburn) because I was completely confused as to the number and range of supplements (minerals and vitamins) I should be taking as there seemed to be conflicting advice on the matter and a huge number of potential deficiencies; and I had 3 thermal scans (every 6 weeks), the third with Rosa Hughes.

The first scan showed that I had cut off all vascular feeds to the tumours (8 weeks after diagnosis) and therefore the tumours were not growing. Everything was deemed “stable” within me so I now had some breathing space. Dr Adele advised 5 juices a day, supplementation of vitamin C, A, B, selenium and a multi-vitamin and a daily enema to eliminate the tumours (resisted at first! but all my reading supported the need to support the liver in enabling the elimination of the toxins that were being released). Both Dr Adele (by following his advice) and Rosa (through regular scanning) encouraged and supported me in my decision in May to decline surgery and I am indebted to both of them as without them my journey may have been completely different and I would not be enjoying the vibrant health that I am so grateful for today. Thermal scanning was an integral part of my journey being completely safe and non-invasive, initially six weekly (3 scans over 12 weeks), then 3 monthly (for one year), then 6 monthly (for 1 year), and subsequently just a routine annual scan. These scans gave me the peace of mind that my breast health was regularly monitored giving me the confidence to take this path. Without thermography I am not sure I would have had the guts to continue whilst at the same time it was especially important to family members that I was monitored in some way to alleviate their concerns.

My research into cancer taught me that to reverse the disease and return to vibrant health I needed to address and rectify the following issues:
(1) my immune system was deeply compromised in that my body was no longer able to cope with eliminating cancer cells;
(2) my lymph system was stagnant meaning essential nutrients were not getting into cells and waste/toxins were not moving out of cells and through my body;
(3) as a result of (2) there were low levels of oxygen within my cells (Warburg proved that cancer developed when cells were deprived 60% of their oxygen requirements);
(4) I was probably hugely deficient in omega 3 and vitamin D (since moving to Lancashire I had noticed that during the winter months I was far more impatient for Spring, hating the damper, darker, cloudier conditions and missing the clear, crisp, cold sunny days that we seemed to enjoy more frequently when we had lived in the south);
(5) I needed to reduce my glucose intake in order to cut off the food supply to the cancerous cells (their survival was dependent on sugar);
(6) I was dehydrated;
(7) My thoughts, beliefs and emotions would probably be the deciding factor as to whether I thrived or died.
(8) The tumours themselves were not the problem; these primary tumours were not going to kill me. It was the condition within my body that was resulting in the tumours that needed to be addressed and reversed and this was not going to be tackled by the medical profession.
(9) My health was my responsibility and it was up to me to take back responsibility and start controlling my habits.

The human body does not want to self-destruct, the tumours were a warning system that something was out of balance and by addressing these issues I could restore stability. I began to appreciate that actually I was effectively the one in control of my heath – my lifestyle was my choice. I decide what and how much I eat and drink; I had applied and accepted the job that I was frustrated with and made me feel that I was stuck in a rut (my choice to feel that way!); I had let my fitness dramatically slip with the excuse that I did not have time due to putting the children’s activities first (but I chose my waking hours and exactly what I achieved within them – I did not need to work such long hours). Most importantly (it took me the longest to realise and I wish I had grasped this earlier) that I am in control of all the thoughts entering my head, that I needed to be more vigilant in chucking out all thoughts that did not help me along my journey to health, and I needed to question my beliefs and preconceived ideas I held about a whole range of matters that were not helping my health, often leading to excess worry and stress completely unnecessarily.

The first belief I needed to dissolve was “cancer is not curable or reversible, it’s terminal”. Life is terminal but it had been all too easy to take it for granted. I realised that I needed to switch my thinking to concentrate on health rather than ill health (this was relatively easy within weeks I felt well, and month by month I felt better still). I found that the more friends I told about my diagnosis the more discussion there was on the illness and the treatment options and not everyone agreed with the course of action that I had chosen. I decided that this was not helpful and as I had no control over what other people thought and said the best option seemed to be to stop telling anyone else my diagnosis.

The more books I read the more I realised that actually a large number of people have successfully reversed their cancer without conventional treatment and if this was the case why not me too?! It would be so helpful if there was a database of all such cases and what their method was but sadly we just seem to slip under the radar.

In January 2015 one research study suggested that cancer was just bad luck, but by December scientists determined that 70-90% of cancers are caused by lifestyle choices, or “external” factors such as our environment, exposure to sunshine and pollution, our levels of exercise, and eating and drinking habits. On refection I actually think that the most important factor for me was “internal”. I had not been in control of my thoughts, beliefs and emotions, being unable to handle stress and worry due to contracted thinking, resulting in an inability to fully relax and sleep and take charge of my life. External factors such as insufficient exercise, that glass of wine or two and an over consumption of cheese were all contributing factors but I may have got away with these if I wasn’t mentally putting myself into such a stressed state. I have since learnt that worrying about something you have no control over is wasted energy; take control over what you can and only give thinking space to positive thoughts that help the situation.

This route has led me back to much better health than I had enjoyed for years before my diagnosis and apart from the first few months when I was in a fair amount of mental turmoil as to whether to have the surgery or not, and some initial doubts as to whether it really was possible to overturn cancer through natural means I have not experienced any pain or discomfort, just the enjoyment of increasingly vibrant health as the months have passed. It is as if I have been in a mental and physical fog for the last few years, and I have emerged into the light.

It is now 4.25 years since I was diagnosed and I have eliminated one tumour completely and I am left with tiny remains of the larger tumour, possibly scar tissue although I am convinced that this will go completely over the coming months as Budwig’s research concluded that her method took 5 years to completely eliminate the tumour. I enjoy an active and vibrant lifestyle; I have transformed my diet, undertaken a mental and physical detox and feel so incredibly well that I know I have succeeded and completely restored my health. I am so thankful and grateful for having the opportunity to choose this route through cancer, and indebted to all those who helped and supported me through my journey, Rosa Hughes, Dr Dos Adele, my family and friends. Finally a huge thank-you to the team at Lancaster Breast Care Unit for picking up the tumours from my scan, without their diligence my health would not be where it is now.

Jo Charter

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