Yes to Life helps people with cancer explore their options, find accurate information and take a proactive role in their treatment. We want to change attitudes and make Integrative cancer care (combining the best of orthodox and complementary approaches) readily available so more people have the best chance of reclaiming their health. Our helpline is run by trained volunteers and offers a lifeline to those wanting to explore their choices, our funding scheme supports people to access therapies unavailable on the NHS and our educational events raise public awareness. Calls to our helpline have more than doubled over the past 18 months, for us to continue taking them we need your support.
Bryony Daly was the inspiration for Yes to Life. Set up originally as a trust fund to raise funds for alternative cancer therapies for Bryony, the intention, from the start, was to go on to help others in her predicament.
Bryony was an extraordinary young woman who throughout her 23 years was repeatedly challenged with highly malignant cancers. Having recovered from a second amputation on her left leg in early 2004 due to a bone tumour, she was faced with secondary cancer in her lung, but most significantly for her and many others in her situation, she was faced with the end of the line as far as what the National Health Service has to offer.
In 1993 she made her first visit to The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp (THITWGC) in Connecticut USA. This is one of many camps now established by Paul Newman (funded by his food products) which provide children with life-threatening diseases with an opportunity to have a great time. This was a fantastic experience for Bryony – at the end of a rollercoaster week, many strong relationships had ben built with other campers and with the leaders.
At 12 yrs old Bryony’s leg was useless having been debilitated by surgery and a lot of radiotherapy that stunted its growth. Just as she reached the conclusion that a false leg would be better, she was diagnosed with bone cancer caused by excessive radiotherapy, and so amputation was a must. Four months more chemo followed.
At this point she was finally diagnosed with another radiotherapy-induced bone tumour. Not all of the area that had been irradiated had been amputated. Unfortunately by this time she had secondaries in her lung.
At the end of the year Bryony moved to London with Kit, very close to the Middlesex Hospital that specialises in bone tumours and near her family for support. She was prescribed another 6 months chemo, and an amputation above the knee. Internet research prompted major changes in terms of diet – in line with much current thinking on cancer – and taking a huge range of immune system boosters and anti-cancer agents became a daily ritual.
She finished chemotherapy, one session short of the six that were prescribed. The point had been reached when it starts to do more damage than good. Unfortunately it had only had a limited effect, keeping the tumours in check but not reducing them. The NHS did not have anything to offer in this situation. In anticipation of this, Bryony’s family had been investigating all the altenatives available.She had just started treatment with high dose vitamin C when her condition deteriorated sharply. Plans for further treatment had to go on hold whilst she underwent an urgent operation to try to assist her lung. This was, unfortunately, largely unsuccessful, and within a couple of weeks she passed away peacefully.
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