Living in Nairobi and believing that I lived a fairly healthy life, Lisa Christoffersen (cancer survivor) – a mother of two lovely children was doing both art & design, which she adored.
Her testimony – a story she would like to share with us.
In 2006 I started ” bleeding ” heavily and kept going back to my local gynaecologist – M.D. Patel who delivered my two children, long story short, Dr. M.D Patel did four D & C’s on me, each time going to the hospital and getting ” cleaned ” out – lots of tests and scans BUT nothing was found and Dr. Patel kept saying to me, nothing is wrong with you – though I knew that something was wrong. I had lost a lot of weight, weighing down to approximately 48 KG’s and white as anything, being so anaemic.
Upon my last visit to Dr. Patel, I asked him if he could recommend a good gynaecologist in Johannesburg, his reply was….Google it!
I made several phone calls to friends in Johannesburg obtaining contacts for several top gynaecologists. I phoned each contact only to realise they were all fully booked for the next three months. Well – I needed to see a Doctor NOW….so I packed my bags, jumped on a plane to Johannesburg the first Sunday I could, by Monday morning around 10 am, I managed to get seen by one Johannesburg’s top gynaecologists – Dr. Peter Cameron.
Ten hours later after endless blood tests, scans including CT Scans & X-Rays – I collapsed in bed at my B & B across the road from the hospital. Tuesday morning very early, I was back at Dr. Cameron’s practice to be told I had stage 4 cancer and lucky if I had ten days to live!
I had two massive tumours in my uterus – one approximately 12 cm long and the other approximately 14cm – each pushing the other tumour, plus a massive tumour in my lungs.
Dr. Cameron asked me if I wanted to take some time to speak to family and to think about this… WELL, I am here to get well, so do what you need to do Dr. Cameron.
Dr. Cameron referred me to Dr. Davis-Pitts who is a top oncologist also based at Morningside Hospital. I went straight to see Dr. D.P who re-did endless tests & scans on me.
As soon as the results came back. Dr. D.P. informed me that I was too weak for her to operate on me to primarily remove the tumour in my lungs before it spread to my brain. However, I was too weak to be operated on and would never survive an operation. So Dr. DP suggested to give me some of the strongest oral chemotherapy treatment in the world – which requires written consent from the South African Ministry of health. This took another 5 days. Meanwhile – I am getting weaker and weaker, coughing blood and totally out of breath.
The following Monday afternoon I was admitted into hospital. My lovely Kenyan friend Jerotich was sitting next to me in hospital as the Doctor came to administrate and commence the chemo treatment.
I was curious to know ‘ WHAT ” is chemo!
Soon after the chemo treatment started entering my body, my lungs collapsed, I had 7 blood transfusions, two of which my body rejected and immediately, had a roaring high temperature of 41 – that was the last I remembered.
I ” died” – but thank goodness the doctors managed to revive me!
I woke up days later in a little tiny corner of ICU in the hospital! I had so many tubes & pipes attached to various parts of my body – including a tract.
This little corner of ICU was my life for the next 5 weeks. I had weekly chemo for the next three months and am thankful to be here today to share my story with you.
I have a background in alternative healing and medicine and have always been taking nutritional supplements and I had recently discovered the best that I could find – the NeoLife Range by GNLD which is food based and no artificial ingredients. I believe these helped my ultimate recovery.
I know that if it was not for me having a healthy foundation of the RIGHT nutrition in my body, I would certainly not be here today.
Months later whilst still having treatment at Morningside hospital, I asked Dr. Cameron if he could recommend a top nutritionist that I could see. He referred me to Dr. Zahn Otto who had diversified into a nutritionist. I saw Dr. Zahn Otto twice – going through the list of all the supplements that NeoLife has on the market – knowing I was on the right track. Dr. Zahn Otto said NeoLife is the top of the range nutrition supplements available – and yes I was on the right track.
So here I am today feeling as healthy as ever, still running my own businesses, travelling the world and taking enough variety of my NeoLife daily supplements to keep me protected. I will never compromise on my supplements and consider it my ultimate insurance policy towards my health and energy.
I cannot walk out my front door without my nutrition in my body!