‘I REFUSED CHEMO AND I AM FEELING GREAT’
Maripaz Carballo, 43, flight attendant, from Madrid, Spain
Ihad never been ill before I found a pea-sized lump in my left breast four years ago. When I mentioned it to a doctor he told me it could be benign but suggested I do a biopsy, which showed the tumour to be malignant.
I tried to forget about it and avoided treatment for three months. I didn’t want to believe this had happened to me. It took me three months to accept the fact that maybe I could die. I was even more afraid of chemotherapy. I did a lot of research on the internet, met many oncologists, but they all said the same thing – there was no guarantee that it could be cured. I was told to undergo a mastectomy.
As I have no family here, I went to Madrid to have the mastectomy done. The true test came after the surgery when doctors prescribed five sessions of chemotherapy and a hormone treatment with Tamoxifen (a drug that prevents the spread of breast cancer caused by certain hormones) for 10 years.
The treatment was aggressive, and I was very reluctant to follow it because I didn’t want to suffer the side effects, like losing my hair. So I researched alternative treatments and one oncologist suggested a homeopathic treatment using a medicine called Helixor. It is given as an injection three times a week and doesn’t have any side effects. It is not toxic and doesn’t prevent you from having children. It boosts the body’s immune system to fight the cancer without destroying the good cells as well.
I began the treatment in 2012 and I am fine. I still have all my hair and haven’t suffered any side effects so far, except a rash on my hand when it was injected initially.
I’ve been recommended to have this treatment for five years. It’s been three and half years now, and I am feeling great. I’m in remission now.
I would like cancer patients to know that there are alternative treatments to chemotherapy, so you don’t have to always depend on it. You can follow this treatment along with chemotherapy too, and I’ve been told it works well in tandem.
My advice to those venturing into treatment for cancer is please be informed of all your options when choosing a treatment and don’t rush into something no matter how urgent it might be. Make an informed decision according to what you believe is the right thing for you.