Why this mum vows not to use chemo to fight breast cancer
FOR five years, Corissa Macklin-Rice watched her mum fight a painful battle against breast cancer, ultimately succumbing in 2011.
Watching her deteriorate cemented the Sunshine Coast woman's decision to fight her own cancer battle naturally if the time came - and, in 2013, she found herself faced with a big decision after she learnt of a lump in her breast.
"In the last week before Mum passed, she said to me, 'Keep going with what you're doing' and 'don't ever have chemotherapy', as it takes your quality of life," Ms Macklin-Rice, 42, said.
"In my research to find something other than chemotherapy to help her, I later used some of these alternative therapies for me."
With her mum's advice firmly in mind, Ms Macklin-Rice said she chose not to have chemo, radiation or any medication the oncologists suggested.
After the mother-of-three was diagnosed with a grade 3 ductal carcinoma with lymph node involvement, she tried an alternative treatment on it immediately and had underwent surgery in March.
"I had a bilateral mastectomy and lymph nodes removed," she said.
"What Mum went through was gut-wrenching.
"I was so frustrated and angry. She was made to go through so much pain."
Instead she decided to try alternative therapies such as veganism and yoga after looking into the success rates of treatment.
"I am happy with what path I have chosen," Ms Macklin-Rice said.
"I have anywhere up to 13 juices and five coffee enemas per day. I only eat organic food, use no chemicals and gave up my hairdressing job due to the chemical exposure."
While her decision has received strong criticism from loved ones and friends, Ms Macklin-Rice said she stood by it, feeling happier and healthier than she had in years.
"My friend told me one night that she hated me for wanting to die," she said.
"I said to her we all choose which way we will go. I believe I am choosing life."
Ms Macklin-Rice said she had heavily researched all options before making her decision.
"I personally believe that the body has the capability to heal from anything and everything naturally. It does frighten people not to have a quick cure," she said.
Ms Macklin-Rice expects to find out later this year if her methods have worked.
A HELPING HAND
EVERYONE has women in their life that would do anything for anyone but would never ask for help themselves.
The Girls Project aims to give back to women who are going through tough times while encouraging them to speak up and ask for help.
"Conditions like cancer or moments of financial loss, pain and problems piled so high and one thing on top of the other can topple even the most sturdy and strong woman," The Girls Project organiser Kate Filmer said.
Residents are able to nominate a woman in their life that could use a bit of help and The Girls Project will work to see if they can.
Their first candidate is Corissa Macklin-Rice (mentioned above).
On Friday The Girls Project will host a help day for Corissa at Onyx Hair & Beauty, Maroochydore from 6pm.
For $30 guests will have access to generous donations from Sunshine Coast business owners to the value of $450. All entry fees will go to Corissa.
If you know a woman in need of help nominate them to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit The Girls Project Sunshine Coast on Facebook.