My name is Anne-Sophie Camille, a 28 years old young woman from Luxembourg, a little country located in the heart of Europe.
My life has completely changed on April 23th 2015, the day I was diagnosed with skin cancer stage IV (a tumor between my left ear and neck).
Two weeks before, a simple mole had been removed of my face and, as usual in Luxembourg, sent to pathology for a biopsy. I agree that I had recognized some changes of this mole in its color and form since a fateful day in October 2014 but for me those little changes were nothing to worry about as I hadn’t had any cancer related symptoms such as loosing weight, sweating in the night, swollen glands etc.
When I arrived at the hospital, doctors told me that there was no existing therapy in Luxembourg and that my only survival chance would be a transmission to a specialized University Hospital in Germany. Thank to a well-known Luxembourgish dermatologist I was transferred to Homburg one day later and a very long journey begun: The battle of my life.
As my tumor was so aggressive and didn’t stop spreading, I needed to be operated several times in a row. For months, my left face half was completely open. For being 100% sure that there was nothing left anymore, my doctors decided to take out some lymph nodes. Unfortunately, 5 lymph nodes showed up metastasis. The good news about the bad news was that the metastasis in the lymph nodes were said “encapsulated” meaning that, until then, they hadn’t spread to the blood system …. 30 rounds of radiation followed.
A few days before starting radiotherapy and for the establishment of my radiation plan, a new Pet Scan was prescribed showing up a small shadow in my liver. At this time, we were convinced that this shadow was still a left-over of the contrast agent that hadn’t been totally degraded.
Three weeks later and on one of the last days of radiation, a biopsy was planned to control if the “shadow” had disappeared”. …But we all shouldn’t have right. The 31 July 2015 at 9 pm, I was not only told that my cancer had spread to my whole liver (not operable) but also that there was, until that day, no existing chemotherapy on the European market.
This was the first time that I felt the fear to DIE.
Being left in the hands of my “familiar” doctors with no evidence of working treatments or even the chance to survive, was the worst and, at the same time, the most powerful feeling I have ever experienced in life. I felt shocked, afraid, weakened, but very strong, powerful and determinated than never at the same time.
I remember that I tried to cry but no tears were coming out of my lacrimal gland. I had too many plans and goals in my life, there was simply no possibility that my life was over at the early age of 27. The only thing I knew was that I wanted to live, and if I wouldn’t fight for me, I definitely had to survive for my family.
One day later, we did a hardship application to the United States, where a fantastic doctor had found the key to my receptor a few weeks before. As it hadn’t been on the European market at this time, a white little box was sent to me with no evidence if it could work or not. Today I know that he is one of my life-saver.
Since my diagnose and to complement my conventional treatments in the most effective way, I started informing myself about the possibility of other additional “weapons” I could use to support and strengthen my body, to minimize the side effects of chemotherapy, to weaken the cancer cells by making them more vulnerable and sensitive and to inhibit apoptosis, the programmed suicide of cancer cells.
The reading of numerous of fascinating books, studies, researches, and many other sources, seeming being controversial but right at the same time, brought me to the idea to create my “own personal little cancer guide” summarizing five main points: detoxification of my body, boosting of my metabolism and thyroid function, a personal “eatcancerfree” nutrition plan, boosting of my immune system and the healing of my soul.
After 6 months of battling, sticking on my guide and fighting for life, I have been diagnosed cancer-free on January 25 2016. This day has been one of the best day of my life so far: My second birthday.
But I was not the same person I have been before. Working in the international taxation area was still fascinating to me but having experienced and lived so much tragedy, pain, fears, struggles and at the same time having had the chance to be surrounded by fascinating doctors dedicating their life to help others, witnessing miracles, and living undescribable powerful moments of luck, support and happiness, have completely changed my values, my visions and my perspective of life.
I just couldn’t identify myself with my old “me” anymore
Waking up in the morning without being able to recognize myself in the mirror , was even harder than my battle against cancer. Not knowing who I was and especially not having the same passion for law as before, were causing many sleepless nights. Should I really give up my last 10 years of studies and experiences of Law, and risk a new the beginning?
Listening to my inner voice I knew that falling back to my old routines, would be a step back to my illness. After weeks of reflections, establishing numerous advantages and disadvantages lists and deep conversations with my parents, I decided, once for all, to let go “my old life” and start a new beginning… with a first step of going back to University to study alternative and conventional medicine.
The purpose of my blog and my cancer guide is to share and inform you about the numerous of proven and existing possibilities increasing the chances and making cancer curable. It is definitely not another academic novel but an easy understandable guide describing my different steps and treatments to fight cancer successfully. Since today I am following this new lifestyle and this not only to avoid a recidivism but also to act preventively in order to avoid the growth of a new tumor or any other diseases.
As I am grateful beyond belief, I hope that with this little guide I can make a small contribution to this world by enabling others to get the same chance as I had: winning their own personal battle against cancer (or at least gaining control above it), motivating you by taking responsibility over your health …because the chance to live a healthy life is the greatest gift of all.
The last 2 years have definitely not been easy, but cancer changed my life in such a positive way that today I consider it as the BEST DIAGNOSE of my life.
To quote one of my favorite philosophes Socrates: „We all have two lives, the second one starts when we recognize that we only have one”
And this is exactly what I am doing now: LOVING what I am doing and LIVING, every second, every moment and every day.
Do not see cancer as a death sentence. As hard as it may sound and will be, take responsibility and participate actively in your fight against cancer.