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Mother who opted for vegan diet instead of chemotherapy dies of breast cancer

Mirror logo Mirror 4/06/2019 Kelly-Ann Mills
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A mum who battled breast cancer by turning down conventional NHS treatment and opting to live a vegan and holistic lifestyle instead, has died.

Katie Britton-Jordan, 40, said chemotherapy was like poisoning your body so shunned traditional treatments.

She was diagnosed with stage 2a triple negative breast cancer three years ago and her husband Neil, 58,announced her death on Facebook .

He said: "It breaks my heart to be writing this but on Saturday 25th May, Katie, with the same grace and strength she handled herself through life, peacefully passed to the next.

"Delilah, her 'bestie' Elsa and I went and picked flowers and herbs from the garden and placed them all around Katie, she looked so serenely beautiful.

"Our little girl has learnt the hardest lesson at such a young age and I simply run out of answers when sobbing she asks 'why we have to say bye bye?'.

a little girl smiling at the camera: She found the lump while breastfeeding her daughter © PA Real Life She found the lump while breastfeeding her daughter

"Feel free to leave comments just, please be thoughtful and respectful.

"I know some people may have their own opinions on what Katie should or should not have done but whatever that is, it does not alter her bravery and dignity over the last three years."

Katie had discovered a lump in her breast while feeding her daughter Delilah.

Doctors told her she could be treated with a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but she has ignored their advice and started researching alternative methods.


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Despite facing criticism from friends, Katie, from Dalbury Lees, Derbyshire, was satisfied with her decision.

She said at the time: "I feel really fit and well and I'm still able to work and look after my daughter. My diet, which involves mainly raw fruit and vegetables, has really helped.

"If I had chemo, I think I would be almost bed-ridden. I have seen friends have chemotherapy and they are affected for life by it. It's horrible.

a man wearing a hat and sunglasses in front of a body of water: Her husband Neil announced her death on Facebook © PA Real Life Her husband Neil announced her death on Facebook

"You are poisoning your body. In my opinion, there are lots of options out there that I think are much more valuable than poisoning yourself."

Katie feels she has made an informed decision about her approach to cancer, after becoming fully acquainted with NHS advice and treatment options.

Jewellery maker Katie ecided she no longer wanted to have CT scans on the NHS because of the amount of radiation involved.

Some friends, though, struggled to come to terms with her decision.

She said: "My mum Carole, 70 dad Ron, 70 and husband have been incredibly supportive.

"My mum has been helping me with the food side of things. She has looked into recipes and things that I can eat.

"My dad is an artist and he has been selling some of his paintings to help raise money for me.

a person lying on a bed: She was happy with the decision she had made © PA Real Life She was happy with the decision she had made

"But I do have messages almost daily from friends or people I know, saying they are worried about me.

"As time has gone on, they've said things like 'Surely it's time to start conventional treatment'.

"There are some misconceptions that I am doing this because it's a vanity thing and I don't want to lose my breasts.

"But I have far more messages from other friends and even complete strangers telling me how inspiring this is and supporting me every step of the way.

"If I really believed that having the surgery would be my best chance of survival, I would have done it by now.

"I have a three-year-old girl and I want to see her grow up. This is the best option for me."

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