To help a friend in her search for an alternative treatment for Cancer, I just put a piece of her malignant tumour in my freezer.
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A strange request you might think, and it certainly made me think. It looked like a small, harmless, white and pink worm. It had been taken from the lump that had just been removed during surgery and put in a clear jar in a saline solution.How could something so small and innocuous do so much damage to the human body?
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My friend Lynne came to live with me in my spare room in 1999. I had just left the Swingle Singers after ten years and with no work on the horizon my savings were dwindling fast. I advertised for a lodger and nobody who came seemed suitable to share my home with, until Lynne arrived. She was a bouncy, happy person, full of life. We chatted about her career as a film and tv background artiste (or Extra, as they were called back then) and she seemed ideal. I agreed that she could move in the next weekend and off she went back to London. Lynne rang me in the week and somehow managed to convince me that it was ok to bring her house rabbit called Rex (who’s hutch would be in her room!), two budgerigars and four canaries that she liked to let fly free and an octagonal fish tower. She even got me to agree to have the fish tank in the sitting room and there we all lived in the Hove Menagerie for a couple of years.
Lynne regularly got up at 5am to travel to London in her little car for a long day’s filming on TV shows like Holby City, The Bill, East Enders and Judge John Deed. She was featured in many big films most notably Star Wars. There is even a playing card with her character on it – Kari Neth, the only female pilot!
In her spare time Lynne had worked for The Hunger Project on a global level and also brought courses to the UK to help children and teenagers to learn skills that helped them to communicate better and be more confident and happy. She eventually moved out from my flat to go on an extended trip to Australia and New Zealand and when she came home, bought a flat nearby and we remained firm friends.
Not long after this, Lynne developed a severe allergic reaction to mercury & amalgam in her fillings and despite this being confirmed in a patch test at Guy’s hospital, her fillings were removed without full protection. She ingested the very thing that she was so allergic to. The bubbly energetic person was reduced to somebody who endured great pain and overwhelming fatigue. Other people would have curled up in a depressed ball and given up, but Lynne had an idea for a project that she could work on from her bed, via the Internet, to keep herself positive. She went on to create something extraordinary.
Despite her life being changed irrevocably by her illness, Lynne had become passionate about the cause for World Peace and shining a light on all the people who do good things in the world. She set up a website called www.PeaceInOurLifetime.org. Her dream was to allow people to declare that they stood for Peace. They could then download their Certificate for Peace with their personal number on it. (They didn’t even need to give an email address!) They could print it out, use it as a screen saver and even put it onto a mug or a tee shirt. A simple gesture, but Lynne’s thinking was that if she could get one billion souls on this planet to say “Yes, I stand for Peace” then there could be a shift of World Consciousness: rather like the concept of the butterfly’s wings altering the course of life.
This movement has grown into a yearly concert that happens all over the world and is broadcast live on Peaceday.TV. Many huge global organisations including Peace One Day, Peace Jam (10 Nobel Laureates working with youth), Pathways to Peace, Humanity’s Team and Imagine Peace have collaborated with her. Lynne was made a Goodwill Ambassador for The Goodwill Treaty for Peace and Fellow of The Peace Research Institute for her efforts in promoting peace and raising awareness of Peace Day. Her Facebook group alone has 25,000 members. All this, from a bedridden body, that is still fighting the poison that laid her so low.
A year ago with the help of regular thermal imaging photography, Lynne was diagnosed with Grade 3 aggressive ductal carcinoma – breast cancer. It was caught very early and most people would have opted for a simple lumpectomy followed by a course of Tamoxifen and radiotherapy.
Starting To Search For An Alternative Treatment For Cancer
Because of Lynne’s already compromised health, she took the brave decision to have her whole breast removed, a belt and braces approach, so she could avoid the follow-up treatment for cancer which might effect her health still further.
An amazing team at the Queen Victoria hospital in East Grinstead led by Mr Zammit and plastic surgeon Mr Boorman, removed her breast and built her a ‘bionic boob’ from her stomach’s fatty tissue and muscle. The results were extraordinary and Lynne was slowly recovering from the enormous operation when somebody turned around quickly in a queue, hitting the breast reconstruction with their elbow. A small lump developed and the hospital thought it was perhaps scar tissue or fat necrosis. It became red and inflamed and eventually with persistent persuasion from Lynne, she had an ultrasound and a small needle biopsy. The results came back that the cancer had returned in the reconstruction – almost unheard of, in fact it had only happened once in the history of the hospital. Lynne was once again faced with the prospect of more treatment for cancer, a daunting prospect.
After a full body scan it was found that the cancer was not in her organs but there was a lump in her lymph nodes low down on her chest wall near to the new lump. The next step in the UK treatment for cancer would be for Lynne to have a lumpectomy and have the lymph node removed. Once that tissue was analysed, she would probably be given a course of radiotherapy or chemotherapy. Because of her previous and on-going ill health, Lynne felt this aggressive treatment for cancer might simply be too much for her body.
Did You Know There Is ALREADY An Alternative Treatment For Cancer (But Not In The UK!)
Did you know there are cancer cures available already in ISRAEL and in trials in the USA? That in the UK there are already complementary medicines available that can considerably reduce the side effects of the current treatment for cancer ?
After a lot of research, Lynne discovered two ongoing programmes that might not only offer her an alternative treatment for cancer but also address the underlying health problems caused by the allergic reaction. One of these is Dr Burzynski‘s groundbreaking work in America that has reached the final stages of FDA approval. It’s a gene-targeted therapytreatment for cancer that gives a much more refined medicine, specifically targeted for your particular genetic make-up and cancer. It is having extraordinary results.
Watch this video to find out more about this treatment for cancer : http://www.burzynskimovie.com
You can watch the whole movie here: http://vimeo.com/24821365
The other option for treatment for cancer is at The International Center for Cell Therapy & Cancer Immunotherapy. http://www.ctcicenter.com
CTCI provides groundbreaking treatment for patients with cancer or non-malignant diseases. Some of the treatments are provided in Israel, and others are provided in other locations, in accordance with local regulations. This specialised treatment for cancer include a broad range of personalised immune therapies, oncolytic virus therapies, and tailored drug regimens with reduced toxicity.
Their personalised approaches aim to rehabilitate and/or regulate the patient’s immune system, or to introduce donor immune-system cells, to effectively fight disease. It includes regenerative therapies developed by CTCI for treatment for cancer, neurological diseases and other conditions correctable by bone marrow or adipose-tissue-derived stem cells. This would not only help treat Lynne’s cancer but would also help her to regain her health that was compromised ten years ago by the devastating allergic reaction to mercury and amalgam.
Both these clinics would require a lot of money to pay for the treatment for a UK resident. Lynne wasn’t comfortable to ask for that money for herself, so instead she has embarked on a campaign of information, trying to bring these programmes for treatment for cancer to the UK for NHS trials, so that so many more people could be helped.
If many cancers could be cured in the early stages by targeted gene therapy, then surely it would be an enormous saving of NHS funds. The very expensive (and not very effective) current regime for treatment for cancer of multiple operations and huge blasts of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, has very poor results.
For Lynne, typically undaunted by the huge task, raising awareness and funding would be a far more attainable goal, as it would be a universal cause people could identify with. Cancer has touched almost everybody nowadays, at some stage, within their circle of friends and family and anyone who has watched anyone suffer through the existing treatment for cancer would surely be willing to help in the search for alternative methods?
For the clinic in Israel to be able to develop personally tailored treatment for Lynne they needed a piece of the malignant tumour. You’d think that would be an easy request but it soon became clear that it was like asking for the moon. Lynne’s surgeon told her that he wouldn’t mind in theory but the Brighton and Hove Hospital trust was very clear that it could not allow their surgeon to give her a piece of the tumour to send to Israel. It was a piece of Lynne’s own body but she wasn’t allowed to have it under the NHS guidelines.
The surgeon suggested that perhaps she could get it taken by a core biopsy at a private clinic before the operation and Lynne and I spent a very frustrating four hours (me listening on skype, so I could write things down) as she was talking to people all around the country, trying to make this happen. The clock was ticking and it needed to be done before Lynne’s upcoming surgery because once the tumour was taken out and discarded, the chance would be lost. We literally went all round the country in phone calls with everybody saying no, or no it couldn’t be done before the operation, until we were sent back to a Brighton clinic at the end of my road! Lynne explained to the receptionist what we needed to do and we were put through to the secretary of – yes you’ve guessed it, Lynne’s own surgeon who was too busy operating to do the biopsy privately before her surgery. This was all very confusing and frustrating. Lynne was almost defeated and also very upset by this point.
The only thing we could think of was to try and appeal to the Chairman of the NHS Trust, so Lynne looked up his name on their website and called. She brazenly asked to speak to his personal assistant. She tried to tell her story but because it was very long and convoluted I could sense that the lady on the other end of the phone wasn’t really understanding. I interrupted and said to Lynne “Just tell her that it’s simple – we need the trust to give the surgeon permission to give you a piece of your own tumour in a test tube with saline solution for you to keep frozen for possible further treatment options.” The PA said ok, now she understood – she would try. That afternoon Lynne got a call telling her that permission had been granted but somebody would have to take the sample from the hospital and be responsible for freezing it.
She then set about trying to find a courier company to transport the frozen sample to the clinic in Israel. Again, it seemed an impossible task. These restrictions are set up for legitimate reasons I imagine. To regulate what happens to human tissue and the enormous ethical questions surrounding it. After many emails back and forth and many out and out ‘No, absolutely not possible’ replies, I’m sure many people would have given up.
One email said “Unfortunately we can’t assist in this matter and can offer no solution. It is a World Wide Security directive issued that states we or any other courier company cant accept shipments from private individuals”. This did not deter Lynne, who wrote back asking if one of her doctors or clinics treating her could set up an account, then would it be possible? A few emails later and things started to move. Eventually, on the day of the surgery, we received an email saying that it would be possible. It was too late to ship it straight from the hospital, so somebody would still have to pick it up and freeze it for safe keeping until it could be transported.
On the day of the operation we set it up so that I was to receive a text from another of Lynne’s friends who had taken her to the hospital. The text would tell me when she had actually gone down to the operating theatre. I would drive to Haywards Heath Hospital and sit outside the theatre and wait for the sample. Ideally, I had to get it to a freezer within an hour. I felt an enormous responsibility to get this right. I have a nickname that is ‘Mrs. Clumsy’. What if I dropped it – or there was a traffic jam – or the car crashed?
Lynne had bought a new freezer, just for this purpose, a couple of days before and I was at her home on the morning of her operation to receive the delivery. She hadn’t realised that you had to let the new fridge settle for 8 hours before you could turn it on. so it would have to come to my freezer first. All this went to plan and the nurse came out in the corridor, calling my name and holding the clear pot. Fortunately it was actually made of plastic, so that ruled out any clumsy trips on my part, shouting out “Nooooooooo” in slow motion. She wished us luck and I popped it in my handbag and went to pay for my parking. I drove straight home, took this picture and put it in another plastic box in my freezer. I pressed the fast-freeze button and heaved a sigh of relief!
The operation to remove the new lump and a couple of lymph nodes went well and today Lynne is coming home. I will take the frozen sample to put in her new freezer in a plastic bag in a thermos flask, surrounded by frozen peas to ensure it doesn’t defrost on the way. Then, when it is safely delivered, I can breathe a sigh of relief that my part is completed.
Of course, this latest operation is only the start of Lynne’s journey. She has to raise a lot of money to continue her chosen course of treatment. I have no doubt she will do amazing things, connecting people and transforming no into yes along the way.
SO…..yes, Lynne needs money for her own treatment for cancer and Yes to Life has kindly offered to help with publicising her campaign and has set up a JustGiving page. On a much wider level she needs help to bring the trials to the UK to possibly save millions of lives here.
Lynne has set up a Cancer Community (rather like a small Facebook) on ning.com where you can join in the debate and share any knowledge you have about alternative treatment for cancer .
You can interact, post articles and even make a profile page for your own particular interest – because the amazing thing about human beings is that in the face of great adversity we can come out fighting – for our friends and loved ones, but most of all, for our life.
Please CLICK HERE TO HELP LYNNE if you would like to donate however small or large an amount you can afford.
Lynne has a JustGiving page set up to collect money through the charity Yes to Life. All donations made through this page will be used to help fund her treatment for cancer in the kindest and hopefully most effective way for Lynne.
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I’ve heard about you from Lynne and her postings for years and have been clear what a stellar friend, and human being, you are – one of a fair few Lynne is fortunate to have around her. You’ve just climbed considerably in my estimation.
Just being there to freeze the tumour is enough, plus writing this really readable piece, and everything else you’ve done.
Please get the acknowledgement. I know it’s probably the sort of thing you just do, and almost don’t think about or question (Been there!). However, I don’t want it to go unacknowledged and taken for granted.
Bless you Heather xx Did you see that Peter Kay is doing to extra nights to fund a 4 yr old child with a brain tumour to go to Burzinski clinic trials, which unfortunately I can not be part of ? http://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/9374103.Peter_Kay___s_extra_dates_for_cancer_girl/?ref=ms
I am grateful this is available in Israel.. thank you all for your love, generosity and great spirit of willingness to do what ever to help me, your friend! I love you Heather xx thank you x
Thank you everyone!
I am most grateful for your donations and support xx
Hear hear….Happy Thanksgiving sweetheart…-:)
On reading your piece “Tumour in my Freezer” I am reminded of (and humbled by) your continuing and unswerving support of Lynne Hazelden in her plight and, moreover, your selfless devotion in doing all that you possibly can – notwithstanding your own busy life – to make hers more comfortable and, thus, bearable.
I admire you. I really do.