Family’s desperate plea to continue mum’s cancer treatment
The decision was easy to opt against chemotherapy and radiation treatment when Lucy Dolbel was diagnosed with cervical cancer.
Mrs Dolbel and husband Steve had seen family and friends suffer while undergoing cancer treatment, and after being misdiagnosed for 10 months the mother-of-two had lost trust in the medical industry.
Mr Dolbel said he witnessed the side-effects of chemotherapy when while his mother received treatment for bowel cancer, which after six months claimed her life.
Now, 10 months since diagnosis the Peachester family is realising the pitfalls of going against “mainstream” medical advice.
They have spent $30,000 on alterative treatments, and last month were told emergency treatment options at the hospital would be limited because of their choice and costs involved.
Since diagnosis Mrs Dolbel has been rushed to hospital with life-threatening blood haemorrhaging twice, as the tumour has periodically and unpredictably bled.
On both occasions she received a blood transfusion and urgent surgery to save her life.
But a fortnight ago they were told from now on she would only receive “four bags of blood” and limited interventions.
“Basically this time last year when I was still a few months off being properly diagnosed I was haemorrhaging blood for 10 days,” she said.
“Now I’ve had two episodes in the past 10 months where it’s required me to go into emergency theatre.
“Even though they’ve been very full on … The reality is the quality of life has been increasing.
“I’m no longer chronically anaemic.”
She expects to receive results from an MRI in days and hopes it will show the size of the tumour has reduced.
The 40-year-old credits her recovery to hyperbaric oxygen and intravenous magnesium and vitamin C treatments and other supplements and natural medications.
She has received advice from Gold Coast naturopath and functional medicine practitioner Manuela Boyle.
“My approach has been starving the cancer and simultaneously boosting my immune system,” Mrs Dolbel said.
But the treatment is beginning to take a financial toll.
Mr Dolbel has stopped work as a landscaper to be at home with his wife.
He set up a GoFundMe page late last month to help raise funds for living expenses and treatment.
So far, it has raised more than $13,000.
Mr Dolbel said the diagnosis had taken a toll on the whole family.
“There’s been that much mental and emotional trauma,” he said.
“I’ve never struggled with anxiety before but just recently I’ve been diagnosed with anxiety, depression and adjustment disorder.
“This has broken through my shield.”
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