GET SUPPORT GET CONNECTED Your Voices Connell What cancer were you diagnosed with? kidney cancer What age were you diagnosed? 32 What helped you to thrive? My health started to go downhill after that and I could hardly push my baby daughter in her pushchair to the end of my street. I made the decision I was not going out like that and decided to come off the treatment for a better quality of life and take matters into my own hands. Connell's Story At 32 years old, I considered myself to be a fit and healthy individual until the dreaded morning I passed blood in my urine. I went to my GP who referred me to the hospital for abdominal scans which showed up a 6.7 cm diameter tumour growing from my kidney. I had surgery to remove my kidney/tumour soon after to which everyone thought was a success. I had noticed a little lump on the side of my head to which everyone thought was a sebaceous cyst. I had this removed about 5 months after my kidney surgery and 2 weeks later got a phone call from my consultants' secretary saying he would like to see me the following day. Straight away I knew something wasn’t right. I went and was told that the cyst was actually a metastasis of my kidney cancer which meant it had spread. I went from having Stage 3 kidney cancer which was thought to have been contained to the kidney to Stage 4 metastasised cancer. The outlook was looking bleak and I was put on a new type of chemo treatment taken orally to which I was told I would be on indefinitely. My health started to go downhill after that and I could hardly push my baby daughter in her pushchair to the end of my street. I made the decision I was not going out like that and decided to come off the treatment for a better quality of life and take matters into my own hands. I started to research people who had beaten it and what they had done. I attended a raw food health programme and bought myself a juicer. I started to juice a pint of organic vegetables every day and cut out sugar from my diet. I gradually cut out meat than fish then dairy and tried as much as possible to follow a vegan type diet. By doing all this I’ve basically alkalise my body to create a hostile environment for cancer and my scans have thankfully been clear ever since. It is always a worry with Stage 4 cancer that it will return but hopefully by continuing to follow this diet and lifestyle it won’t. I have enrolled in a Nutritional Therapy course with the College of Naturopathic Medicine as I am really passionate and positive about this lifestyle. I have also started a website and blog Savour Life as I love nothing better than helping other people on their journey by sharing the knowledge I have experienced.