“Whilst my body is fighting cancer I need to do everything in my power to make sure the food I eat have sufficient amounts of goodness and vital minerals to help support my immune system.”
A UK woman has revealed how adopting a vegan diet and other holistic treatments have kept her alive after doctors gave her only a year to live back in 2019.
Jasmine Kerr, 28, who lives in St George, Bristol, was diagnosed with borderline ovarian tumours when she was just 17.
Since the risk of these abnormal cells becoming malignant was high, doctors removed a majority of her reproductive system forcing her into early menopause whilst still in her teenage years.
However, despite several surgeries to remove growing tumours over the next ten years, Kerr developed low-grade serous carcinoma – a rarer form of ovarian cancer – in 2019 and was given just one year to live as it had already reached stage three.
Ovarian Cancer is the 5th to 6th most common cause of female cancer death and symptoms can include bloating, loss of appetite, abdominal/pelvic/back pain, changes in bowel movements, menstrual irregularities, fatigue, painful intercourse, indigestion and unexplained weight changes.
‘Cancer had spread like paint splatters’
Recounting the time of her diagnosis, Kerr told Daily Mail: “At 17-years-old I started experiencing severe bloating and went from being a size six to looking eight months pregnant.
“Doctors thought it was just indigestion but I pushed for scans that revealed the tumours and went straight into surgery to remove them.
“It was very traumatising finding out I would never be able to have kids when I woke up from surgery. But I just wanted to believe I would be okay and get on with life.”
She continued: “I was told there was very little chance of it coming back and monitored with MRIs but four years later I had to have more tumours removed.
“My symptoms kept coming back and got worse – I had severe pain where I couldn’t even stand up and saw blood when I went to the toilet so I knew something wasn’t right because I hadn’t had a period since before my first surgery.
“The cancer had spread like paint splatters all over my abdomen – most women don’t live past eight years so statistically I have a maximum of six years left.”
‘I know this diet is best for my body’
Despite the grim prognosis, Kerr pledged to do everything she could to get better. She refused chemotherapy and decided to pursue natural treatments.
She also overhauled her diet by cutting meat, dairy and other animal products.
In a 2020 blogpost, Kerr wrote: “Whilst my body is fighting cancer I need to do everything in my power to make sure the food I eat have sufficient amounts of goodness and vital minerals to help support my immune system.
“I always thought my treatment of Letrozole & Cannabis Oil at first would be enough to shrink my cancer but after long hours of research and speaking to different women with the same condition with me I now know we need to treat food as if it was a medicine itself.
“I am trying to switch my veggie diet to vegan. I am currently in the process of slowly cutting out all processed foods and added sugars. I was previously a meat-eater. I use to consume snacks, drinks, crisps and chocolate anything with a high sugar content on a daily basis.
“In January 2020 I cut out all red meat, this month I’ve cut out white meat.
“It is really hard but I know this diet is best for my body. I am currently trying alternatives for yoghurts. I really enjoy oat milk and use this for my smoothies it works well.”
Currently, Kerr focuses on her diet along with exercise, supplements, spiritual mediation and cannabis oils to help support her immune system and general health.
She believes her current protocol will help heal her body and become cancer-free within a year’s time.
Kerr’s health journey
She is also an ambassador for the New Zealand charity Cure Our Ovarian Cancer ‘which funds life-saving research’.
Her friends have launched a crowdfunding campaign to support Jasmine’s Incurable, Inoperable, rare stage 3 Ovarian Cancer.
You can find more information about it here.
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