Cancer patient feels like a teenager again after receiving alternative treatment in Germany - but now needs funds for next round
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A cancer patient who raised £14,000 for alternative treatment abroad has returned feeling “better than ever”.
Jean Sarah, from Woodbridge, sought therapy in Germany after being told that surgery on the NHS would mean removal of the organ.
The 59-year-old ex-seamstress was scared her health would be permanently affected and instead journeyed to Klinik Marinus am Stein for a mix of pharmaceutical and herbal treatments unavailable to her in the UK.
Mrs Sarah now needs to raise a further £7,000 for what she hopes will be her final round of treatment when she returns on August 23.
“The treatment was absolutely amazing,” she said. “I have never felt better. I’m 59 but I feel 19 again.
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“My doctor in Germany said I wouldn’t be alive today if I hadn’t gone. I’ve been told the tumour is inactive.”
Mrs Sarah was treated by Dr Axel Weber in Brannenburg, where her stay included a series of non-toxic therapies, including hyperthermia, in which body tissue is exposed to high temperatures.
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“The treatment was intensive,” she said. “Some days I didn’t want to leave bed because I was so tired.
“I had lots of injections, which weren’t pleasant, and at times I thought ‘is this actually doing me any good’.
“One treatment was like a transfusion, where they took blood, added ozone and then put it back.
“I had a vitamin drip to build my immune system and was given eight lots of different tablets that I have to keep up for the next three months.”
Mrs Sarah said she would not have been able to make the journey without the support of those who helped raise the necessary funding.
One old school friend, Linda, raised £1,600 from an event she organised with daughters Tracey and Nicola at Woodbridge Town Football Club.
Mrs Sarah travelled with son Charlie – her “rock” – who never left her side and had put everything on hold to make sure enough money could be raised to book the surgery.
She said: “The NHS will not accept this as an alternative treatment.
“I don’t want to give other sufferers false hope – but I want them to know that there is hope.
“I was given six to 18 months without having the lung removed. It’s five months later and I feel fantastic.
“I’m driving my car and doing the gardening – things I couldn’t do before going out there.”
To donate to Mrs Sarah’s appeal, visit gofundme.com/mivhs0.