Cancer prompts healthier lifestyle
Doctors gave cancer sufferer and model Candice-Marie Busfy just five years to live in December, but she's not prepared to go down without a fight and will battle the disease naturally.
The London native, who lives in Perth, has just spent two weeks holidaying in Queenstown and had a message for Daffodil Day.
"I just want people to know how amazing they are and to look after themselves a bit more," she said.
A self-confessed former party queen who didn't take very good care of herself before she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, Mrs Busfy is urging people to change their habits before something happens to them.
"I drank, smoked and lived for the weekend. I drank all weekend and felt like death all week," she said.
But since her diagnosis, in September 2011, Mrs Busfy said her entire life had changed. Tests revealed clusters of lumps all over Mrs Busfy's neck, which had grown since she first noticed them in June 2011, were papillary thyroid carcinomas (thyroid cancer) and treatment began almost immediately.
"My first initial gut instinct was to cure myself naturally," she said. But pleas by loved ones and medical advice saw her opt for the traditional route of surgery and radiation.
After surgery in October, Mrs Busfy was told the cancer had spread to her lungs, neck and chest area and she underwent treatment with radioactive iodine in December. After that her tumour marker was at level 13 - an extremely high level of cancer - meaning more surgery and radiation was needed but could not be performed for at least six months, she said.
Determined to help herself, Mrs Busfy sought alternative treatments and discovered California-based nutritional oncologist Mark Simon. He advised Mrs Busfy to treat her cancer in a natural way, she said.
A strict diet of mainly tropical fruit with no dairy or animal products and high doses of vitamin K and selenium, coupled with a complete ban on any chemicals, including beauty and cleaning products, had dramatically decreased her cancer levels, she said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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