“I have a long history of problems with abnormal smears and biopsies showing a mixture of cervical an vaginal dysplesia, despite being HPV negative. As a result, I had several surgeries during 2009/2010 to remove tissue from both the cervix and vagina.
In September 2017, I had a routine smear that showed severe dyskaryosis and I was subsequently referred for a colposcopy and biopsies, fter which I as diagnosed with vaginal cancer. I also had an MRI which showed the cancer hadn’t spread and my lymph nodes were all normal. I was referred to my local NHS cancer centre, where I was told I needed a radical hysterectomy to include removal of my ovaries and the top third of the vagina. I was put on the waiting list for the surgery.
In January 2018 I became very unwell with severe gastritis and a bad bladder infection. I lost a stone and a half in weight, couldn’t eat and was on antibiotics for the bladder infection, which wasn’t shifting. I was so weak I could hardly walk down the stairs. The hospital rang to say they wanted to operate the following week. My gut reaction was that I was so weak and poorly I would not survive the operation. Despite not having carried out any preop checks the hospital were adamant I needed the operation as soon as possible, as y GP.
I first met Dr Lily at this time and was desperate for guidance from someone with both Eastern and Western medical knowledge. I needed reassurance that I was making the right decision. Dr Lily was incredible. After checking my pulses and tongue she accurately diagnosed all the symptoms I was suffering with not only at that time, but symptoms I had suffered from for a long time. Her advice was very clear. She said I was too sick to have the operation at that time and it would be far riskier to proceed, with my health in suh a poor state, than to wait 3 months whilst she fixed me and built up y immune system and strength.
So, I refused to have the operation. It didn’t go down well, and I subsequently had several meetings and phone calls with the hospital as they tried to persuade me to have the surgery. I continued to refuse surgery as I felt I was not yet well enough. It was a very stressful and scary time, but I followed my gut reaction and Dr Lily’s advice. As a result, the hospital decided to take me off their waiting list.
I continued to see Dr Lily and make my daily herbal teas, take my daily capsules and followed her advice regarding my diet and lifestyle. I slowly got better and started to feel stronger. Dr Lily was keen for me to be tested again and seek a second opinion. I went to see my GP znd asked to be referred to a different hospital and consultant as I wasn’t prepared to receive any further treatment from the first consultant. My GP was horrified with that idea and as a result she did eventually get me referred to a leading cancer hospital in London to see a different consultant.
I saw my new consultant in May 2018. He said too much time had passed from the original biopsies and he needed to start again. So, I had new biopsies taken as well as various scans. The results of these biopsies no longer showed vaginal cancer but still showed abnormal vaginal tissue in that area. It had begun to get better. The consultant wanted to take a larger biopsy and then burn away the suspect area on the vaginal wall. He felt major surgery was no longer appropriate.
There were several delays before I was able to have that operation during which time I continued to heal myself with Dr Lily’s help. In August 2018 I had the surgery. When I went to see my consultant in September 2018 for the results he said that the larger biopsy taken from the vagina as totally benign. There were no abnormal cells whatsoever.
What a result! From cancer to nothing. From needing horrific major surgery to minor surgery followed by close monitoring. There are no words to adequately express my gratitude to Dr Lily and her team. How different things could have been if I hadn’t followed my gut instinct, stayed strong an sought help from Dr Lily.
I continue to see Dr Lily regularly as I continue my healing journey.
I hope my story gives others the strength and courage to pursue alternative ways to heal the body.”