"The treatments didn't make her feel any better and her tumour markers, a sign of cancer activity, kept rising consistently. But Desiree believed her alternative health practitioners when they reassured her.
They told her the rising tumour markers were a sign her body was responding to the treatment. The worsening wound in her abdomen, where she was applying the corrosive black salve ointment, was a good sign.
But the cancer never responded to these alternative therapies, the blood test results never improved and the tumour was never expelled. Instead, Desiree was left with a gaping wound in her abdomen.
Eventually, she became so malnourished and weak that she had to be rushed to hospital, where scans confirmed her cancer had advanced.
Her heavily swollen legs made walking impossible. Her abdomen was swollen and painful and the wound on her abdomen needed meticulous cleaning and antibiotics."