Swindon resident Tami Brown, 27, from Abbey Meads, has been battling colon cancer which has spread to other parts of her body for the last seven years and despite being told that it’s terminal, she’s not giving up in her search for a cure.
She needs to quickly raise over £5,000 to try out an alternative therapy based on research by Noble Prize winner Dr Linus Pauling called High-Dose Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy, which has had lots of reported success in the USA and New Zealand.
Tami believes this treatment could give her more time on this earth. "I’ve done months of research into this new treatment since I heard about it before Christmas. It’s by no means a definite cure and may just extend my life, but the theory and positive success stories suggest it could work, and that’s good enough for me to want to give it a go.
"The treatment is based on an intravenous infusions of pharmacological dose vitamin C, the equivalent of 500 oranges per infusion. "We all know vitamin C is good for us. In very high doses through, vitamin C produces hydrogen peroxide, which is exclusively damaging to cancer cells. If you can maintain a high level in the blood, it has a chance of reducing or at least stabilising the cancer."
Although Tami was told in summer 2010 that her cancer is terminal, she’s hasn’t letting it get her down and is packing as much into life as possible. She returned at the end of January from a month backpacking in Bali with her cousin. She said, "Bali gave me time to soak up some sunshine, live on some amazing organically grown food and juices; the experience really gave me the clarity to want to try this new treatment as I’m not ready to give up yet."
Tami’s cancer first started in her colon and has now spread to her liver, abdomen and recently her lungs. She’s been through 32 sessions of chemo, five sessions of radiation and countless drugs. "I’m so thankful for all the conventional treatment I’ve received," she said. "I would not be alive today if it weren’t for the cancer treatments that have saved my life on several occasions. The care of the staff at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital have been amazing".
With the spread of the cancer to her lungs doctors have now given up hope of a cure, but have offered Tami more chemo. She explained, "I’ve had such horrible side-effects from chemo, it destroys my quality of life so I cant go through with it again. I have to try something else."
Tami has set up a website www.tamiswish.org to give people more information on her story, the treatment and keep them up to date with progress. The treatment is not fundable through the NHS, so Tami is having to raise the £5,000 herself to pay for it.
"Since I launched my JustGiving page, I’ve had such touching messages of support and encouragement from people it’s amazing. I’m very thankful to everyone who has donated, I’m so overwhelmed."
"I’m not prepared to end this life right now, I’ve got so much more to give and so much to live for. I have dreams and ambitions still to come true and I want to have a chance at experiencing all that life can offer me and theres so much I want to give back to the world."
Tami is being supported by the charity Yes To Life, who uniquely helps terminally ill patients access fundraising money to pay for treatment. To donate please go to www.justgiving.com/tamiswish