Smile for Hattie xxx
Smile for Hattie xxx

Hatti's Story

Until September 2013, Hatti was leading the normal life of a 24 year old. She worked hard, she kept fit and she partied with all of her friends.

When a lump first appeared on her shoulder, Hatti didn’t realise her life was about to dramatically change. The doctor told her it was a cyst, a purely cosmetic issue; and to come back in 6 weeks. Her numerous visits to the doctors continued until they finally removed an egg-sized lump in February 2014. Much to her dismay, the lump continued to grow through her stitches and the tumour was eventually diagnosed as Spindle Cell Sarcoma.

Her first operation to remove the tumour was pretty extreme, with a skin graft (including muscle transfer) to cover the excised area. Since then, unfortunately, the cancer has spread extremely quickly and Hatti has developed tumours on her armpit, neck, lungs and more seriously, her spine, leaving her paralysed from the waist down.

All in all, Hatti has now had 3 major operations, 1 minor operation, 2 rounds of radiotherapy and, finally, a round of combination chemotherapy (not forgetting dealing with a couple of hospital bugs). Unfortunately, Hatti didn’t respond well to the chemotherapy, and it made her feel incredibly unwell. We have since been informed that the doctors have no more to offer and Hatti has been given the “terminal” prognosis. True to form, Hatti is unwilling to succumb to her prognosis and she continues to fight on a daily basis.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

Between Hatti and her sister Kate, they have read a tonne of books on the benefits of an organic vegan lifestyle and alternative therapies. Hatti is now eating as much of a raw vegan diet as she can, has cut out all sugar (including fruit) and abstains from dairy. She is going for a 3- week course of High Dose Intravenous Vitamin C Therapy, and will start a course of legal cannabinoids. She’s following the amazing life style choices of Jess Ainscough and Kris Karr, and using aspects of the Gerson Therapy when she can.