Welcome to Dancing with the Big ‘C’!


This beautiful image is a breast cancer cell seen through an electron microscope.

Photograph: Science Photo Library Science source/Science photo library


My name is Sue Fraser. I have 3 daughters. On December 23 2014 I learned that my eldest daughter Emma had been diagnosed with breast cancer…

I can’t think of a worse Christmas present for anyone who has a child. You can imagine how the season of goodwill suddenly became null and void for my family..

On 16 January 2015, after further tests it was found that the cancer had metastacised (spread) to Emma’s liver and lungs and was also in her lymph. It was now stage 4 and classed as terminal cancer.

Emma chose to have chemo. To be honest I believe that when someone is diagnosed with cancer they should have a cooling off period before being ‘offered’ chemotherapy.

So as a mum, my first instinct was to protect my child. Much to her partner’s (at the time) irritation I moved into their spare room the day before her chemo started to help take care of Emma, my two grandchildren and their home.

I borrowed a juicer from my sister, who bought the first of the organic carrots that has become part of the daily staple (more about that later). We also ordered some Essiac Tea and I made the first brew.

tea organic carrots

The reason I am writing this blog is to help anyone else who wonders what the heck they should do next after being diagnosed with the Big ‘C’, especially if the chemo route isn’t too appealing to you but you’re not sure what the alternatives are?

Why? Because as of the end of April 2015, the following had happened:

  • By March 10th 2015 Emma had 3 cycles of chemo, then decided she couldn’t cope with any more
  • On 6th March, after only 2 blasts of chemo and lots of organic carrot juice and Essiac tea we went to see Emma’s oncologist in Burton who told us that the cancer in her breast had ‘disappeared’! She was amazed and couldn’t stop repeating ‘Wow!’ Emma had another scan the following week.
  • Emma wanted to go ‘home’ so I moved with her and the children back to Plymouth on 21st March 2015 (my birthday). The day before we moved we got to see the oncologist in Burton for the last time, she informed us that the cancer in her breast had indeed disappeared and the rest was ‘melting away‘!
  • We have had juices, smoothies and Essiac Tea along with other natural goodies every day since 26th January 2015
  • I have been on an ongoing learning journey about the Big ‘C’ ever since, and still am…
  • We met Emma’s new oncologist on 23rd March 2015, he wanted Emma to continue with chemo, but she chose not to so he gave her 6 weeks to go away and settle in and have a rest from the toxins.

At the end of April 2015 both Danni (Emma’s sister) and I accompanied Em to her next appointment. Her oncologist tried his best to get her to resume chemo, but Emma is still adamant that she prefers quality of life to having poison pumped through her veins. We asked about the cancer and how it was doing, eventually the doctor showed us her scans – both the previous ones and the current ones. (I will post them if he lets me have a copy of them in the future). In his words the cancer is ‘practically gone’!

At the March 23rd appointment Emma’s oncologist said if she didn’t continue with the chemo the cancer would come back more aggressively than before, she was so brave at the time and determined not to let him talk her into more chemo. After the first session she spent 10 days in hospital with as many side effects as she could possibly have, including all her hair falling out after the first blast! She chose not to go through any more of that.

I’m not going to go into the whole story here, I want this to be more of a ‘Tips’ blog, passing on the information that has helped Emma to bring her body back into balance by removing the toxins in all areas of her life.

I aim to provide you with recipes and tips that we are using every day that are working for us. If you have any that you would like us to share, please let me know!

I don’t know all the answers yet, but I have done a fair amount of research since 23 December and I am writing a book about our story. If you  have any questions that we might be able to help you with on your own journey with cancer, please ask. If we can help, we will. If not, I will point you in the best direction.

Until next time….

Sue x

16 thoughts on “Welcome to Dancing with the Big ‘C’!

  1. Knowing Emma as I have done I am in awe of her inner strength over this period of upheaval she is indeed a true inspiration to many and hope the path ahead is filled with warmth as she deserves this.

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  2. Sue, as someone that has known you and your wonderful girls for years, I find all of your strength and determination admirable, yet not surprising! You have all shown what a true family can do if they pull together. Emma has been my inspiration to change the way I live and eat.
    You are an amazing Mum and person! Lots of love Jess xxx

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  3. So pleased all is looking on the brighter side for Emma and the family. You are all a very strong family, and I am so pleased that you found something which has obviously helped Emma. Keep up the good work Sue, sending lots of hugs and kisses to you all xxxxxxx

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  4. I only knew Emma for a short time as a wonderful work college, she is an amazing wonderful lady who has kicked big c (almost) well and truly up its ass. But I also praise her mum and very supportive family. I am hoping to get to go and see this very brave lady soon. Disclose you Emma

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  5. Hi Sue, people often ask me how I deal with the diagnosis of terminal cancer, I tell them, getting cancer is not the worst thing that could happen. One of my kids getting cancer would be many many times worse, I salute your courage and determination.

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