One woman has embraced a vegan diet and other holistic treatments to keep her alive in an ongoing ten-year battle against ovarian cancer.
Jasmine Kerr, 28, of St. George, Bristol, was first diagnosed with borderline ovarian tumors – tumors with the potential to become cancerous – ten years ago after experiencing severe gas and abdominal pain.
Because of the risk of these abnormal cells becoming malignant, doctors had to remove most of her reproductive system, forcing her into early menopause when she was 17.
Over the next decade, Jasmine had additional tumors removed and in December 2019 was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer – stage 3 low-grade serous cancer – and only given one year to live.
But now Jasmine says she is defying doctors’ predictions by eliminating meat, dairy, and other animal products from her diet, and even believes that with the advances she makes, she will be cancer free in a year.
Jasmine Kerr, 28, of St. George, Bristol, claims cutting back on animal products in her diet and holistic treatments kept her alive after being told to live another year after ten years in December 2019. long battle with ovarian cancer
Jasmine said, “After years of severe abdominal pain, I was diagnosed with a rare form of slow-growing ovarian cancer in December 2019 and given a year to live.
“At first I was shocked, but then I just wanted to fight it – I’m thrilled that I’m still here and have a new purpose in life to promote alternative treatments.
“I did my own research and found that cancer is an autoimmune disease that is hormone-driven and powered by the hormones in meat and dairy products and the energy from sugar.
“I used to eat a lot of meat and dairy products, but I cut them out of my diet completely to starve the cancer cells, except for eggs for a little protein because I was starting to lose too much weight.
A scan from June 2020 showed the cancer cells in Jasmine’s body. The woman completely revamped her diet in 2019 to help with treatment
Jasmin’s battle with cancer began when she was a teenager (pictured at the hospital at the time) and she had most of her reproductive system removed in 2011 when she was only 17 years old
“I also engage in spiritual practices like Reiki energy healing because I believe that cancer is caused by stress and trauma, because stress releases bad chemicals into the body.
“I used to have three jobs and never had time to relax. I have a childhood trauma when my mother developed serious breast cancer at the age of 12, which forced me to grow up very quickly.
“My mother’s family carry a gene that makes them prone to cancer, but tests showed it wasn’t passed on to me.
“Ovarian cancer causes elevated levels of the CA-125 protein in the blood and since my diagnosis in December 2019 and the start of my own holistic treatment, my levels have dropped from 156 to 27 this week, which is normal.
A letter detailing Jasmine’s ovarian cancer diagnosis and the various treatments she has received over the past decade
“I believe that in a year at the speed I am doing, I will be cancer free and my body will heal itself.”
Low-grade serous carcinoma is the fourth most common type of ovarian cancer, affecting younger women disproportionately.
Symptoms, including abdominal pain and gas, are so vague that they are often misdiagnosed or found when they are already medically incurable.
When Jasmine was diagnosed, her cancer was in the third stage and was considered incurable. The doctors gave her only one year to live.
Jasmine said, “I developed severe gas when I was 17 and went from size six to eight months pregnant.
“Doctors thought it was just a digestive disorder, but I pushed for scans that showed the tumors and immediately went to surgery to have them removed.
Pictured: Jasmine. Her cancer is usually diagnosed late, and by the time doctors found her she was stage 3 patient and had a year to live
Jasmine shows her scars from multiple surgeries in hopes of stopping cancer cells from developing around her ovaries
To keep cancer in check, Jasmine is opting for more holistic treatments (pictured: her drugs and dietary supplements). Your cancer type is less responsive to chemotherapy than the most common type of ovarian cancer
After Jasmine investigated the link between her cancer progression and her hormone levels, she banned animal products from her diet (pictured: her all-green grocery store).
“It was very traumatic to find out that I would never have children again after the operation. But I just wanted to believe that I was fine and that I would get on with life.
“I was told the chance of recurrence was very low and I was monitored with MRIs, but four years later I had more tumors removed.
“My symptoms kept coming back and getting worse – I was in severe pain that I couldn’t even get up and saw blood when I went to the bathroom, so I knew something was wrong because I haven’t had a period since my time had more. ” first operation.
“The cancer had spread like paint splatters all over my abdomen – most women don’t live longer than eight years, so statistically I have a maximum of six years.”
Jasmine is being treated intravenously at the hospital for her cancer. She said she focused on a healthy lifestyle in order to get better
Jasmine in the hospital. She was offered chemotherapy to suppress the cancer for as long as possible, but refused and opted for natural treatments because her cancer is resistant to chemotherapy.
All jasmine medicines and supplements. She is undergoing private and self-funded hormone therapy at Care Oncology Clinic in London that looks at cancer from a metabolic approach
Jasmine in the hospital. The survivor said it was “traumatizing” to hear that she would never have children under the age of 17
Jasmin’s surgical scars. The vegan fighter hopes that her healthy lifestyle and hormone therapy will help get rid of her cancer within the year
Not wanting to accept this prognosis, Jasmine has committed herself to her holistic healing journey and hopes to defeat cancer within the next year.
What is Low Grade Serous Carcinoma?
Low grade serous carcinoma is a rare type of ovarian cancer.
High grade serous carcinoma is the most common and aggressive form of ovarian cancer.
Seventy percent of ovarian cancer cases are high-grade cases.
In comparison, low-grade serous ovarian cancer is less common and develops less aggressively.
Treatment is difficult because this type of cancer is less sensitive to chemotherapy.
The life expectancy of people living with LGSOC is longer than that of people suffering from the profound pathology.
This type of cancer was only recently discovered and, as such, not much is known about it.
She was offered chemotherapy to suppress the cancer for as long as possible, but refused and opted for natural treatments because her cancer is resistant to chemotherapy.
Jasmine focuses on a healthy lifestyle including a plant-based diet, exercise, nutritional supplements, spiritual work, and cannabis oils to relieve their pain and nausea.
She is also undergoing private and self-funded hormone therapy at Care Oncology Clinic in London that looks at cancer from a metabolic approach.
Jasmine said, “The drugs from the clinic are expensive, but it’s worth it based on the progress I’ve seen so far.
“There needs to be more of this type of opportunity and more research on this type of ovarian cancer in the UK.
“I’m an ambassador for the New Zealand charity Cure Our Ovarian Cancer, which funds life-saving research, and we lost six ambassadors in the past year alone because cancer is so severe.”
To fund Jasmine’s treatment visit: Crowdfunding to support Jasmine’s terminal, unresectable, rare stage 3 ovarian cancer treatment fund on JustGiving
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