Saturday, 19 February 2011

Cancer and Pills my journey with cancer by Mel

2010-11-11

 

This is my wife Mel’s story about her long journey with cancer

 

Hi i’m the Dafthermit wife Mel

I was diagnosed with breast cancer 3 times.

6 years ago , i was living and working in Newbury as a care worker and my life just fell to bits.

I was so worried and very scared and thought my life would soon be over.

I had to undergo chemo for 6 months and it made me feel worse than ever ,i was so tired i couldn’t eat and i lost a lot of weight.

I was sick and so ill but the nurses gave me pills to stop me being sick , pills for this and pills for that.

 

And the chemo brought on my menopause which made me even more ill , but don’t worry the nurse said we have pills for that.

 

I have must have been taking at least 10 a day , I have never felt so poorly the pills had so many side affects as well.

 

The worse was my beautiful long auburn hair which fell out in chunks . I felt so low by now i was a total mess.

 

But i new i had to be positive otherwise i would not have made it, i also had to have six months radiotherapy where i ended up being burnt so bad.

I couldn’t move my arms much due to the raw burns.

Don’t worry said the nurse we’ve got pills and cream for that as well.

 

Ever day i rubbed in the cream but i had no effect , Andy took me to my favourite beach in Wigtownshire ( 350 miles away )and i swam all day nearly.

 

I couldn’t believe what the sea did , it healed all the nasty mess and i found i could move my arms freely again.

I had a check up again and they found another lump on the second breast . i hadn’t had to the chance to get over the first treatment i was still undergoing

 

I was lucky though i didn’t need chemo just radiotherapy again

 

But for six weeks this time

 

Again i was so sore i thought of giving up , but you cant can you

 

Six years later i am now at the stage thanks to the mountains of Scotland

where just last month i decide to stop taking so many pills

 

i have stopped all my anti-depression pills (prozac)

my sleeping pills and hopefully come of the my other anxiety pills

 

 

I have also for the last two tears stopped going to the hospital this was after i spent 3 years living with a wrong diagnosis of bone cancer .

 

It has been six years now and every day i feel better and feel so good to be ditching the pills

 

I now live in the highlands of Scotland it is a beautiful place to recover ,lots of fresh air mountains and lochs to look at , i don’t think i will be depressed looking and being surrounded by gods beauty

 

Mel xx

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Andy the Daft Hermit lives 45 minutes outside Inverness with his wife Mel in an old bus parked in a layby. This current home of theirs is the longest they have ever stayed in one spot. “I’ve been travelling now 25 years,” said Andy Lowe. “Mel’s been travelling 15. One of the reasons we’ve come and stayed up here is because of Mel’s health. I wanted to bring her to the mountains for fresh air and clean water and just a slower pace of life.” Mel has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer once, and for three years believed she had bone cancer after being wrongly diagnosed. Andy’s belief in the restorative powers of the north made them pack up ‘The Black Bus’ that they live in and cross the border into Scotland. New Highland home for hermit couple Andy and Mel “I think we both believe in trying to get to a more simple way of life,” said Andy, “but it’s strange for us because we are sort of hermits, or we like to live separate, but it’s not being anti-social… it’s just the way we are that allows us to be creative.” Andy first began travelling when he left the army. Fed up with bureaucracy he packed a rucksack and left for France and has been travelling ever since. By investing any money the couple have earned into solar panels and wind generators they now live a self-sustaining existence, without electric bills, and collect rain water “straight from Heaven”. “It’s not easy,” said Mel. “There might be time when there might not be enough facilities around, but you always find a way, you know?” Rather than rejecting technology, Andy blogs about his travels online and collaborates with artists from around the world via his ‘Scratchy Heid Film Studio’, which he runs from a static trailer next to the couple’s bus. He explained his philosophy: “My belief is that if you can go through life and you drop dead and you’ve got a balance there that slightly outweighs the good than the bad, you’ve done alright. “Yesterday, with what Mel’s been through with the cancer and all that, I had a woman on one of my sites there that thanked me for the writing, for the positive things, and to me that’s worth everything. You can keep your millions, we’re not interested. That is what we do.” To check out Andy’s artwork and video projects check out his website. MORE FROM THE NORTH

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