Cancer truly is the disease of the century : while many other conditions came and went, cancer stayed strong and affects the lives of millions of people around the world every day. It becomes even more stronger (and scarier) if the person goes up to stage 4 cancer.
Anyone who’s had a loved one go through cancer knows that half the battle is the chemotherapy and other treatments used for the disease. Often times, these drugs leave patients even worse than they were from cancer alone.
That’s why Candice Marie Fox and so many others are choosing to fight cancer on their own terms.
When Fox found a lump above her left collarbone five years ago, she was quickly diagnosed with 20 papillary thyroid carcinomas, a clear sign or thyroid cancer (1). She was given a year to live.
Her doctor then suggested to remove the lumps to extend her life and prevent the risk of losing her voice. The four and a half hour surgery was followed up with radioactive treatment.
Despite her extended hospital stays, Fox’s cancer had spread to the back of her neck and to her liver only two months later.
Taking a More Proactive Approach
Chemotherapy was not an option : she had lost both her best friend Jamie Brownsmead, 31, and cousin Frankie Gerathy, 13, to cancer in 2009. She blamed chemo, which severely weakens the body, for their deaths (2).
That’s when she decided to take matters into her own hands.