Glynis had a breast cancer removed by lumpectomy. She also had chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She was prescribed hormone therapy but stopped taking it because it made her feel ill. She used complementary therapies and believes they have helped her recovery and prevented the cancer returning.
On a daily basis, Glynis doesn’t think about cancer; it’s something that has happened and she has moved on from. She feels that having had cancer makes her value her life more, so in some ways it has affected her positively. She also thinks that having had cancer has brought her closer to her family and some friends.
In terms of treatment for her breast cancer, she received a lumpectomy, and also had chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone therapy. She stopped taking her hormone pills as they made her feel physically and mentally ill.
Two of the key things that helped Glynis through her cancer treatment were a special diet and homeopathic medicine. She started an organic diet regime, supplements and enemas as suggested by her complementary therapist, which she has kept up since her cancer diagnosis. She thinks that this helped her with her quick recovery from her cancer treatments. Glynis thinks that homeopathic treatments saved her life and if she hadn’t been taking these complementary therapies, the cancer may have recurred. Her advice to people is to have an open mind about complementary therapies and to do whatever feels right for you. She wants to stress that she wishes that the NHS had a more open mind about complementary therapies.
Although she doesn’t know anybody who currently has cancer, having had cancer makes her empathise with other people who have had cancer in the past. Glynis doesn’t want to be classified as a cancer victim but doesn’t mind the term cancer survivor as it’s quite positive.