Gilly's brain cancer recovery

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Gillian Bertram  Tachbrook Ward, ENG
Hi, my name is Gillian, i'm 31 years old, and one month ago I was diagnosed with Stage 3 brain cancer (on 10th November 2015). The general progosis for my cancer is typically not more than 2 years, 5 years if you're lucky. I underwent brain surgery on November 3rd 2015 to remove the tumour, which was successfully resected, but I will nevertheless undergo 6 weeks of radiotherapy with combined oral chemotherapy, which is the standard care for this cancer which is called Anaplastic Astrocytoma. The initial 6 weeks will then be followed by a further 6 months/cycles of oral chemotherapy (Temodar) in order give the best chances of preventing the cancer from coming back.

I would like to raise funds for my eventual recovery (after these  6 months of immune-system-destroying treatments which are radiation and chemotherapy) to be able to go to a cancer clinic in Germany  where their focus is based on immune-system boosting therapies and that is where I believe i can really finally heal from the damage and toxicity caused by the radiotherapy and chemotherapy and I hope to prevent the cancer from coming back, which if it does, usually comes back in a more agressive or malignant form. In those cases, general prognosis comes down to just 6 months! Very scary at 31 years old, or at any age for that matter.

I will be documenting daily the coming 6 weeks of radiotherapy to report back how I am feeling day to day, and to hopefully bring more awareness to future brain cancer patients who are caught in between knowing what treatments are best for you.

I would ideally need the funds before the summer of 2016 so i can pin down a place at a german clinic which will likely be either the Hufeland Klinik in the spa town of Bad Mergentheim, not far from Frankfurt, Germany, or the hospital BioMed which is near the French German border near the city of Strasbourg.

In the event that I do not manage to raise enough funds to afford a place in a German clinic, I shall, in that case, seek out the therapies offered in Germany in the UK. This ultimately means that instead of going to one clinic in Germany to receive all therapies in one place, I will instead seek out clinics in the UK who offer the same therapies, it will just mean that I will be going to multiple clinics as there is not one clinic which does all of them that I need like there is in Germany and Switzerland.

This crowd funding project means so much to me, not only as it will hopefully allow me to get to Germany to help me fully recover and get back to my strong healthy self again, but so that i can carry on with my life as soon as possible! I will be forever thankful for the rest of my life to have been given this opportunity to LIVE!

LOVE GILLY XOXO
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Update 79
Posted by Gillian Bertram
21 days ago
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Hey guys!!
Hope you’ve all had a good weekend! Woohoo! Today’s video is all about COFFEE ENEMAS, and the whys and how i do them. So I hope you’re ready to be informed and grossed out while I explain this daily morning ritual I do to promote optimum health and to hopefully stop my cancer from returning! As weird as this will sound, I actually take my morning coffee up the bum rather than drinking it! Yes…you read and heard me right… bring on the jokes, i’m ready!

Anyway, i’ve been doing these daily coffee enemas pretty much since my diagnosis in 2015, and they’ve become a very relaxing part of my morning routine whilst they also boost my vitality in a number or ways! There are so many benefits of coffee enemas but here’s a run down of some of the main things they help with:

- repairing digestive tissue
- cleansing the liver
- improving blood circulation
- increasing immunity
- helping with cellular regeneration
- relieving digestive issues, like constipation, bloating, cramping and nausea
- improving gut health
- improving low energy levels and moods (like fighting signs of depression)
- restoring bowel function
- increasing energy levels
- increasing antioxidant activity
- used to fight cancer (like in the Gerson Therapy)
- improving detoxification

Coffee enemas are known to flush out:
- Bacteria
- Heavy metals
- Fungus
- Yeast

Here are some of my important tips for how to do coffee enemas:

- You gotta get proper enema coffee OR a very very light roast organic coffee (ground coffee is best)

- Put 2 heaped tablespoons in a saucepan with about 200-300ml of filtered water

- Bring it to boil and then let it simmer for 15 mins on the stove

- Strain it through a sieve into a jug or something which you can then transport to the bathroom where you've set up your enema equipment. I add filtered water to the coffee in order to bring the temperature down, enough so that i can immerse my hand in the coffee and it does not burn at all. (You have no nerves in your butt so if you have to check the temperature of the coffee before putting it in you as you could do some serious internal damage without realising!

- Hang the bucket on the back of the bathroom door hooks so it is high up, at least 1 meter above where you will be lying down, gravity needs to do its thing so the coffee flows down the tube!

- Put a yoga mat on the floor covered by a blanket and a towel with a pillow so you can be in the most comfortable position as possible because you need to be RELAXED while you do this otherwise you’ll find it harder to hold in the coffee...

- Lie on the floor on your right hand side with your knees up to your chest and insert the nozzle and release the clasp a bit so that the coffee starts to flow into you, you can shut the clasp at any time so that the coffee stops so you can take a few long breaths to relax more before you release the clasp to allow more coffee to flow inside you.

- If u get a cramp, or feel one coming on, rub your tummy in circular motions and take big breaths and it will pass quite quickly! Breathe through it, DONT'T GIVE UP!

- Try to hold the enema at the beginning for 10 minutes and work up to 15 minutes.

- USE A TIMER so you don’t have to watch the clock while you do this! You want to be able to RELAX, listen to calming music or watch something funny, i used to watch Friends or a stand up comedy clip but commonly i listen to a podcast while i wait for the timer to go off.

- An important thing which I forgot to mention in the video is that this is best done AFTER your morning poo. If you haven’t gone to the toilet before doing the enema, it becomes even harder to hold the coffee and you will very quickly want to stop and just run to the toilet and let it all out before even a few minutes have passed.

- The best way to ensure you can go to the toilet before the enema is to, upon waking, drink 3-4 glasses of water immediately, and then go and prepare the coffee on the stove. Within 5-10 minutes of drinking all that water you should need to go to the toilet.. if that does not work, try adding lemon to those 3-4 glasses of water and that can also stimulate your bowels first thing in the morning..Of course sometimes it is just not possible to go in the mornings whatever you try so if thats the case then you just gotta breathe through the cramps more while doing the enema..

- There is a clasp control on the tube so you can control the amount of coffee going in, so if u feel you'e gonna burst and run to the loo then you can shut the clasp, sit on the toilet and release, and then try again without wasting the rest of the coffee.

Ok, thats it for now folks, hope I haven’t grossed you out too much!

See you again soon for my next video next month!

LOVE GILLY XOXO
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Update 78
Posted by Gillian Bertram
1 month ago
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Hi guys! Hope you've all been well and happy Chinese New Year which has just passed! I have now passed the 6 month since chemotherapy mark and I couldn't be happier! Life is really transitioning for me now , and if I'm honest it hasn't been easy and it is still a massive work-in-progress but I feel that a sort of weight has been lifted now which is a real relief. Of course anyone who's had cancer will know that the fear of it returning will likely never completely leave you but with the help of amazing people in my life , they've helped me move forward to leaving the cancer behind me and not let it become or define me anymore.
On the nutrition course I am studying at the moment part time, we are currently on the biology module so I am learning just how complicated the human body is , down to each tiny little cell, and even deeper to the inner workings of the even smaller systems within each cell. I leave class literally with my mind blown after each class, it's pretty cool. Though it's definitely making me realise how unsurprisingly i ended up in this situation, having a chronic illness.. some of you might think of me as some health angel and that I've always been like this, but truth be told my 20s were a lot of fun but they also involved lots of things that I now understand in much more scientific detail were causing detrimental damage to my body. Here it is: I was a chain smoker for 10 years, an obsessed fad dieter, a binge drinker which left me with debilitating hangovers, and the list goes on.. some of you might be out there thinking to yourselves "oh shit but I did/do some of those things , am I going to end up with brain cancer and go through what she's going?" The difference between me doing those things and the next person doing them lies obviously in our different genetic makeup but also our different metabolic pathways. When I was diagnosed my nutritionist ran tests to check the functional systems and pathways in my body to check at which stage in my metabolic pathway did this toxic build up occur which resulted in becoming my brain tumour? It turned out that genetically my liver does not detox the way an average healthy person's should. So all those cigarettes and all the sudden bursts of alcohol could not be handled by my body as they would in another persons. Finding this out certainly made it easier for me to understand perhaps just one of the many many complex factors for why some people get cancer and others don't. It also made it easier for me to implement health promoting habits like the ones I'll be talking about in more detail in the upcoming videos. What was so great about my nutritionist was that he explained things in a way so I could understand for myself why I need to implement these things into my life. The school I'm studying at now is training us to be able to be educators to our future patients so that the patient can take control of their own health once they understand the why's and the how's.

Oddly enough, from all the fad dieting (which never worked really), it did increase my appetite to want to learn more and more about nutrition and how food affects the the body and it's functions.

A read a passage in a book recently called How to Thrive after Cancer written by a functional medecine practitioner who also had cancer herself.

The goal of living a cancer-preventive lifestyle is to minimize those habits and influences that impede health and, instead, to emphasize those things that support strong and consistent healthy internal pathways. This maximizes the quality of your life while removing strain and stress. So in the next videos I'm going to concentrate on the talking about certain lifestyle changes I've introduced into my life to support a cancer-preventative lifestyle, which should also take the burden off thinking about cancer 24/7 anymore.

Why do I juice every morning ?

To get as many nutrients into my body as possible and a juice packs them in without so much fiber so u can intake more nutrients at a time. Now that I'm now 6 whole months past finishing chemotherapy, I feel more comfortable now introducing more smoothies into my morning routine, jazzing it up woohoo! I was starting to experience some not so nice symptoms such as very dry skin, so much so that it's become annoyingly itchy with anything I wear so since I don't yet live the island life I'm aiming to one day live so I can prance around in a bikini all day, i realised I needed to get more fats into my body somehow. Smoothies are a great way to do this as you can throw so much into the blender, and just whizz it up so on top of the normal juicing veggies , Im adding a spoon of flaxseed oil (healthy fat!), coconut oil (healthy fat!), coconut flakes (healthy fat!), half an avocado (guess what, more healthy fat!), as well as a few raw almonds, walnuts and some berries to add some sweetness.

What do I put in my daily morning juice?

So the usual juice I make usually consists of the following vegetables! No fruit! The carrot and beetroot and lemon make it sweet enough, trust me!

2 medium carrots

1 Beetroot

Bunch of kale my favourite is black kale (cavolo Nero)

Bunch of parsley

Half a cucumber

A nice big thumb of ginger

1 garlic clove

1 lemon (remove the peel)

Does it have to be all organic?

I would say if you're fighting a serious chronic illness like cancer you would want to have the best of the best inside your body wouldn't you? So yes I do buy all my veg organic but if you are a healthy individual and you don't want to spend a fortune then I'd say go organic as much as u can financially and if that isn't far, then just get the damn vegetables in you, organic or not! Don't waste more time on the "shall I go organic or not?" issue!

Does it matter if it's juiced or in a smoothie?

Again, to avoid wasting time over these dilemmas, I would say juice or smoothie , as long as it's getting the veg inside you, do whichever one you prefer! Just know that with smoothies you're going to get very full drinking a lot of it and getting less nutrients but like I said, you're still doing yourself a lot of good just by having regular green smoothies!

So, that's it for this video and update! See you soon guys for the next one!

LOVE GILLY XOXO
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Update 77
Posted by Gillian Bertram
2 months ago
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Hey guys! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

After an unexpected lengthy and stressful day back and forth from the oncologists office, I am happy to say I have another CLEAR SCAN! This was the first scan that I've had with a 3 month gap in between scans so that was a first for me. It brought with it a hell of a lot more "scanxiety" (just gotta love the cancer lingo haha) which wasn't enjoyable at all. Why was it lengthy and stressful? Well my oncologist for some unknown reason only had one of my scans uploaded on his system, despite me bringing all my scans to him in October when I first saw him. So he was comparing the new scan to one taken 11 months ago. And since he is new to my case, this being the first scan I've done here with him, he of course wasn't as familiar as I was with my scans.

Without getting too technical, around the empty cavity where my tumour was removed, there is an area of very light enhancement on one end which has always been there but the growth of that area has stabilised in my last scans from about June onwards. My oncologist today though didn't have those previous scans to hand so he did not want to scare me but when I asked what he thought it was he said it could be low grade tumour!!!! I was like no way am I accepting that!!! He then said he wouldn't give a final conclusion until he sees my other scans so I went home and brought them back to him, while at home, to calm my nerves I went through all my scans and there it was on all my scans, this was not something new that had grown recently! So I was more relieved after that but took them to him anyway to hear it from his mouth. He concluded this was indeed just scar tissue which occurs following any brain injury, and especially radiotherapy where tissue has been damaged. It's called 'gliosis' (I misheard "glycosis" at first which I said in the video but I've looked it up and it's gliosis) and it is normal he said and that he's seen it before in other patients. It just needs to be observed in follow up scans to make sure it remains stable like it has so far so that it does not cause any symptoms.

So I finally left his office early this evening instead of early afternoon as I was supposed to! Could have done without that extra stress today to be honest!!!!

Next appointment with him is now not until the beginning of June so the next scan will be just before that at the end of May. Boy oh boy is this NOT fun!!!

Looking forward to posting more videos about each of the complementary therapies I am doing to defend myself against any recurrence of this cancer and I will be turning this gofundme page into a proper website later this year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR everybody! Thankfully after today I can finally relax and really ring in the new year on a happy note!!!

LOVE GILLY XOXO
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Update 76
Posted by Gillian Bertram
3 months ago
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Hey guys! This morning i believe I was able to really make the difference in a woman's life.

Following my aunt's passing which was just before Remembrance Sunday a few weeks ago, in my grief that Sunday, I was heading to take a quiet walk along the river when i walked past the local church where I saw there was a bereavement service later that day. I thought it might help me to be around other sad people so I decided to go along. After the service as I was leaving the church, the vicar was saying a few words of thanks to each of us who attended. When it came to me, he asked if he had emailed me to come to the service as he did not recognise me (it was the first time I had ever set foot in that church). I said no, I am here because I have just lost a very close member of my family... I could not help but burst into tears. It's funny how all the trauma of the past year and a half still only really hits me when I start to explain it to complete strangers. He asked if I wanted to have a chat after he had said goodbye to everyone and I sobbed out a "yes I think that would be nice thank you."

We chatted for 2 hours after that and we have met two more times since then, each time very lengthy exchanges. He is unlike any vicar I could ever imagine meeting. So down to earth, with an incredible sarcastic sense of humour which I love, "not at all the holy type" (those are his words!!).

The story of my brain cancer diagnosis led him to tell me about a lady in the congregation who earlier this year found out she has an agressive brain tumour which has attached itself to her optic nerve, they will have to go in to try to get it out via her NOSE, as they cannot reach it via the usual craniotomy like I had. She will likely then have to consider the wonderful options of radiation and chemotherapy as the next stop on the conveyor belt of cancer treatment.

Her operation was scheduled to be in January but had suddenly been brought forward to this coming Thursday. She was distraught and went to see the vicar, Father Matthew, about 30 minutes after I had my last chat with him. He contacted me immediately to ask if I could meet this lady at some point to help calm her distress.

She came over to my place and I made and shared my morning vegetable juice with her and we went over our stories leading up to our diagnosis'. I shared all the information I could, detailing the steps leading up to and after my own operation which contributed to a quicker recovery, I gave her all the info I could on the complementary therapies I did and where she could likely find them on the National Health System here adding the newer things I've learnt from the experience of my aunt's hospitalisation and all the legalities which come along with preparing for someone's death...

I am happy to say she left my apartment a few hours later with a big smile across her face, with a look and glow of peace that everything will be alright and that she need not fear too much, that these tumours are a gift for us to take a lesson from, for us to re-evaluate our lives, and give us the opportunity to live our lives from now on like we never have before with a whole new perspective.

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead!
LOVE GILLY XOXO
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Adam von Mack
15 months ago
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Keep up the good spirit Jelly and just call the right people when the spirit wants to go on a vacation.

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John Viescas
10 months ago
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Lovely to see you last night. It was clear you weren't feeling your best, but you're hanging in there. Lots of love...

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Sheila Siouffi
15 months ago
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Kiss I meant and not Kim :) xxxxxxxx

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Sheila Siouffi
15 months ago
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Hey Beautiful... keep your lovely smile... and be strong... Lot's of Love Hugs and Positive Energy .... Kim

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Sam Samtani
2 months ago

There are 100's and 1,000's of cases per week now, reporting some kind of Cancer, having gone through all the same treatment which was proved failure back in 1960s - the so called Chemo & Radiation. FDA did not approve any other treatment but Chemotherapy. It's funny that this treatment even derived its name from the Enzyme called Chemotrypsin which actually destroys the upper protective layer of the bad bacteria that grows in the infected area of the body - be it Brain, Intestine, Breast or Blood. I would not say anymore but only this one thing - stop asking for favours from others and get on straight with your food diet. No Dairy, No Meat, No Fish or Seafood, No Sugars (starve the bad bacteria) - go blend & drink all kind of vegetables (green leafy stuff) with fruits and eat a lot of Apricots (fruit & the Seed inside the shell) per Day. Read books on B17 and you will see your tumour shrink (not disappear) but most importantly the fever gone and strength coming back. This is not a disease, but only a Nutritional Deficiency.

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Tracey Smith
4 months ago

Congratulations, Gilly ... or, as we say in Wales LLONGYFARCHIADAU! Keep on posting your updates – I so look forward to reading about your progress. Txx

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Candace Setter
5 months ago

So Happy ..Love you...Will check in again as soon as I can for another donation...You will reach that goal and will take some stress of you...Positive vibes...

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Tracey Smith
7 months ago

Fabulous news! So very glad to hear everything was clear!

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Milinaire Lise
8 months ago

Bonne nouvelle Gilly attaque cette dernière chimio et à très bientôt Gros bisous !

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John Viescas
10 months ago

And remind your boyfriend to send me an email! :-)

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Kamarul Ajimain
12 months ago

Happy Birthday Gilly!

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Yolanda Robins
13 months ago

Gilly, glad to see your smiling face and to see you in better spirits after your trying period in London. Welcome back home and hope you will be ready to see friends when you are ready. Keep up the good work! Love, yolanda

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Claudia Caprotti
14 months ago

dear gilly keep up your beautiful smile we have to celebrate a common friend soon!! xxx

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Annie Gauvreau
14 months ago

Try Tibetan bowl healing . Contact me for more Infos . Also have a shot of fresh turmeric pure juice in the am time . Keep up the fight and the inspiration for us all . Blessings from Bali.

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Beth Buxton
14 months ago

Posted before I'd finished. Try oil pulling with coconut and eating it too, lots of research supporting the theory it helps relieve chemotherapy side effects as well as an endless list of other benefits. Should help stop the itching in no time. xx

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Beth Buxton
14 months ago

Hi Gillian, I'm so happy to hear good news for you :-))). Try organic coconut oil for your head

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£15,965 of £25k goal

Raised by 228 people in 15 months
Created December 11, 2015
LG
£30
Leah Georgakis
18 days ago

Best of luck with your treatment!

BF
£500
BRUNO FORTE
1 month ago
£100
Candace Setter
3 months ago

So Proud of you for Helping others...Even through your own struggle you care so much for others

CJ
£10
Catherine Jefferson
5 months ago
AP
£20
AL PPP
6 months ago
JT
£20
JURIJ TRESKOW
6 months ago
CS
£200
Candace Setter
7 months ago

Hi Gillian...Very Happy to hear you are on to another step and feeling better...Always thinking of you

CN
£15
chloe nury
8 months ago
£200
Anonymous
8 months ago
BW
£25
Benny Wale
8 months ago
Adam von Mack
15 months ago
3
3

Keep up the good spirit Jelly and just call the right people when the spirit wants to go on a vacation.

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John Viescas
10 months ago
1
1

Lovely to see you last night. It was clear you weren't feeling your best, but you're hanging in there. Lots of love...

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Sheila Siouffi
15 months ago
1
1

Kiss I meant and not Kim :) xxxxxxxx

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Sheila Siouffi
15 months ago
1
1

Hey Beautiful... keep your lovely smile... and be strong... Lot's of Love Hugs and Positive Energy .... Kim

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Sam Samtani
2 months ago

There are 100's and 1,000's of cases per week now, reporting some kind of Cancer, having gone through all the same treatment which was proved failure back in 1960s - the so called Chemo & Radiation. FDA did not approve any other treatment but Chemotherapy. It's funny that this treatment even derived its name from the Enzyme called Chemotrypsin which actually destroys the upper protective layer of the bad bacteria that grows in the infected area of the body - be it Brain, Intestine, Breast or Blood. I would not say anymore but only this one thing - stop asking for favours from others and get on straight with your food diet. No Dairy, No Meat, No Fish or Seafood, No Sugars (starve the bad bacteria) - go blend & drink all kind of vegetables (green leafy stuff) with fruits and eat a lot of Apricots (fruit & the Seed inside the shell) per Day. Read books on B17 and you will see your tumour shrink (not disappear) but most importantly the fever gone and strength coming back. This is not a disease, but only a Nutritional Deficiency.

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Tracey Smith
4 months ago

Congratulations, Gilly ... or, as we say in Wales LLONGYFARCHIADAU! Keep on posting your updates – I so look forward to reading about your progress. Txx

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Candace Setter
5 months ago

So Happy ..Love you...Will check in again as soon as I can for another donation...You will reach that goal and will take some stress of you...Positive vibes...

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Tracey Smith
7 months ago

Fabulous news! So very glad to hear everything was clear!

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Milinaire Lise
8 months ago

Bonne nouvelle Gilly attaque cette dernière chimio et à très bientôt Gros bisous !

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John Viescas
10 months ago

And remind your boyfriend to send me an email! :-)

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Kamarul Ajimain
12 months ago

Happy Birthday Gilly!

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Yolanda Robins
13 months ago

Gilly, glad to see your smiling face and to see you in better spirits after your trying period in London. Welcome back home and hope you will be ready to see friends when you are ready. Keep up the good work! Love, yolanda

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Claudia Caprotti
14 months ago

dear gilly keep up your beautiful smile we have to celebrate a common friend soon!! xxx

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Annie Gauvreau
14 months ago

Try Tibetan bowl healing . Contact me for more Infos . Also have a shot of fresh turmeric pure juice in the am time . Keep up the fight and the inspiration for us all . Blessings from Bali.

+ Read More
Beth Buxton
14 months ago

Posted before I'd finished. Try oil pulling with coconut and eating it too, lots of research supporting the theory it helps relieve chemotherapy side effects as well as an endless list of other benefits. Should help stop the itching in no time. xx

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Beth Buxton
14 months ago

Hi Gillian, I'm so happy to hear good news for you :-))). Try organic coconut oil for your head

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