Have you thought about or used any complementary remedies to do with your leukaemia?
No. I have this theory which is that if it was working the health service would use it as a main course of treatment. If they don’t use it it’s because it doesn’t work. I know that sounds really sceptical.
Or because they don’t know whether it works.
Well, no I don’t go along with that line. My view is that there’s enough herbal medicine in the world. There’s enough other countries that depend on herbal medicine and other sources of treatment that if there was a source of treatment which is found to be working our health service wouldn’t be that perverse that they would choose not to use it simply because it came from India or China or was associated with a herb or something. So yeah, I think it’s the wrong place to go.
However, I do believe in alternative therapies. So I believe in things like massage, reflexology, sound, other things that kind of calm your emotion or stimulate your emotion, because I think they have a really quite important part to play, not in terms of treating the disease but in terms of helping you manage it and live with it. So alternative therapies yes, but alternative kind of drugs and stuff, no.
Okay. So did you use any of those therapies?
I certainly used, I used I suppose three, mainly, I think I mentioned them before. One was the relaxation thing, which was to be able to get to relax. The second was, this doesn’t sound like a therapy but it is, of getting to know how and when to sleep and how to sleep well. And that really is very therapeutic. And the third sort of alternative therapy was things like kind of reading or distraction therapy.