Friendly strangers raise $ 150,000 for broker, 26, with terminal cancer that has been given months to live – while promising to beat the disease by flying to Mexico for treatment
- Lisa Griffiths, 26, only got months to live after being diagnosed with lung cancer
- She fought back for brain cancer before she was told she had a year to live
- & # 39; The diagnosis is devastating, but I will not accept it, & # 39; said Cairns's wife
- Broker desperately tries to raise money for alternative treatment in Mexico
A real estate agent who fights for her life has raised $ 150,000 for alternative cancer treatment in Mexico.
Lisa Griffiths, 26, from Cairns, got months to live last week when doctors discovered that tumors in her brain had spread to her lungs. The diagnosis comes just four years after she has defeated brain cancer.
Mrs. Griffiths is fundraising for treatment in Mexico, where a series of unproven, alternative therapies that are not allowed in Australia are legal.
Treatments include hydrotherapy that uses water for pain relief and oxygen therapy.
A GoFundMe campaign launched last week by Mrs. Griffiths friend Troy McGuane and her friend Megs Whiteside, collected $ 60,000 in 24 hours and has now reached the $ 150,000 goal.
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Lisa Griffiths (photo), from Cairns, got months to live last week when doctors discovered that tumors in her lungs had spread to her brain
The young woman (pictured on vacation) is fighting a second time for her life after beating brain cancer four years ago
Mrs. Griffiths told Daily Mail Australia that she is determined to survive her fight.
& # 39; When I first got the diagnosis at 22, they gave me a year (to live) and I survived & # 39 ;, she said.
& # 39; The diagnosis is devastating, but I will not accept it. & # 39;
Mrs. Griffiths (photo) is fundraising for treatment in Mexico, where health laws allow a range of unproven, alternative therapies that are not allowed in Australia
Mrs. Griffiths boldly fought back from brain cancer four years ago. Her 6.7 cm tumor (photo) was discovered in 2015
Alternative therapies used in Mexico
Treats treatment – remove metal from the body and follow a special diet
Other nutritional therapy such as the Gerson diet
High dose of vitamins and nutritional supplements
Metabolic therapy – again focused on nutrition
Hydrotherapy – use water to treat pain
Hypothermia – high and low temperature therapy
Mrs. Griffiths, who says that her cancer is so rare that no other national patient has her strain, doesn't know how long she needs treatment.
& # 39; I am currently using a targeted therapy drug that often makes you very tired, & # 39; she said.
In addition to suffering from fatigue, the young woman sees her hair turn white under the stress of her condition.
It has a form of primary intracranial lesion, an abnormal growth of brain tissue that, according to scientists, results in two-thirds of the deaths within five years.
After her previous four-year fight against cancer, Mrs. Griffiths had to learn to walk again and suffered from memory loss and speech problems.
The treatment in Mexico can cost more than $ 150,000.
& # 39; I have already spent $ 250,000 on my own money, & # 39; said Mrs. Griffiths. & # 39; I have to explore all roads through the private system.
& # 39; If I were in the public system, I would be dead. & # 39;
Mrs. Griffiths is pictured when she underwent radiotherapy treatment in September 2018
WHAT ARE PRIMARY INTRACRANIAL BRAIN LESIES?
Lesions are an area of distorted tissue on the brain
They can be small and harmless or malignant and deadly
Primary intracranial tumors are rare and have a five-year survival rate of only 33.4 percent
Common symptoms include headache and seizures
The word & # 39; primary & # 39; indicates that the cancer has started in the brain
Mrs. Whiteside said that most of the money was contributed by friends and local businesses in the Cairns area.
& # 39; Never did she ever complain or seek sympathy, even when she was destroyed with vision loss, & # 39; she wrote about the fundraiser.
& # 39; Through every grim diagnosis and only weeks after each operation, she appeared to work every day with a positive attitude, always looking to make others smile. & # 39;
Mrs. Griffiths' partner also contributed to the cause by sharing a passionate video online asking for help.
Mr. McGuane almost broke into tears when he spoke about the final diagnosis and the generosity of the audience.
& # 39; The support has humiliated myself and Lisa and I have cried several times today, not in sadness but because I am so proud of her & # 39 ;, he told Daily Mail Australia.
The young broker (photo) is about to travel to Mexico after the treatment in August was unsuccessful – where she is receiving a medicine course that is not yet available in Australia
LISA GRIFFITHS & # 39; FOUR YEAR CANCER STATEMENT
July 2015 – Diagnosed with brain cancer
July 2015 – May 2016 – Undergoing chemotherapy and radiation
December 2018 – Brain cancer returns
September 2018 – Brain surgery
July 2019 – Cancer spreads to the lungs
August 2019 – New treatment starts but is not successful
October 2019 – Doctors reveal that cancer has spread to her skull
October 2019 – She is seeking medical treatment in Mexico
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