A multi-level marketing salesperson has died after turning to holistic remedies to cure her colon cancer and rejecting chemotherapy.
Jessie Lee Ward, who also played Boss Lee, was diagnosed with stage four colon cancer in March after undergoing routine blood tests.
Her oncologist immediately recommended intensive chemotherapy as her best chance, but Ward thought differently.
Even though her doctor told her she would “be dead” by Christmas, she looked for natural remedies.
She dabbled in alternative treatments, such as a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, ‘magnetic’ treatments, ‘ozone’ treatments and ‘red light therapy’.
In an Instagram video, Ward responded to her doctor’s medical advice, saying, “My surgeon and oncologist are one hundred percent pimps.
‘Not from women, from chemo. They love it. I have never seen such a strong and compelling sales pitch in my life. They should actually go on sale.’
Her oncologist immediately recommended that intensive chemotherapy would be her best chance to beat the cancer, but Ward thought otherwise
In her last TikTok post on September 5, Ward said she was still working on her holistic healing journey but had been posting less because she was “in pain.”
She also underwent operations, but never came into contact with chemotherapy. In a video, she described how she had her lower and upper intestines removed, along with a ‘really gross’ tumor and lymph nodes
Ward used her social media platforms to share her cancer journey on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook
She made it clear that she was very “anti-chemo” and didn’t even put her dog through chemotherapy when she had cancer.
The “serial entrepreneur” and president of Pruvit, a ketone supplement company, documented her non-traditional cancer journey on social media and posted videos to TikTok and her YouTube channel to keep her fanbase informed.
Due to her fame, there were also many critics of her in the anti-multi-level marketing community.
These disapproving critics certainly clapped back at Ward’s unconventional medical treatments, as some called her out online.
Rebecca Watson, blogger and founder of the Skepchick Network, a platform for discussing science and skepticism from a woman’s perspective, didn’t hesitate when it came to Ward.
In a video she posted, titled “This MLM Influencer Could Kill Someone,” Watson said, “She seems to genuinely believe that chemotherapy doesn’t work and that her unproven alternative therapies will work and she will beat this. She tells all this to her huge audience of devoted followers. So not only is it likely that this will kill her, but there is also a good chance that it will kill someone else.”
According to Ward’s business website, she amassed “over a million loyal followers” between Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.
Her impact on her followers was evident when Ward organized a ‘retreat’ in Cartagena, Colombia, early this year. She later came clean and admitted that she scammed her followers into going on an extended trip in high heat and unhealthy conditions.
She explained how her doctor praised her for such a quick recovery, saying it was down to how ‘in shape’ she was
A post was shared on Instagram asking her followers to join in prayers for Ward and her battle with cancer intensified just days before her death
he told how she tried to combat the rapidly evolving disease by drinking almost a dozen juices a day, using a ‘biocharger’ machine, taking high doses of vitamin C three times a week and doing excessive sit-ups
In an Instagram post about this “retreat,” Ward said, “I chose a mastermind crash course to break all these people down by seeing them where they are to help get them to where I want them to be in the future.” see.’
As her cancer progressed, so did Ward’s “natural” remedies. She told how she tried to combat the rapidly evolving disease by drinking almost a dozen juices a day, using a ‘biocharger’ machine, taking high doses of vitamin C three times a week and doing an excessive amount of sit-ups.
She also underwent operations, but never came into contact with chemotherapy. In a video, she described how she had her lower and upper intestines removed, along with a “really nasty” tumor and lymph nodes.
In that same video, she explained how her doctor praised her for such a quick recovery, saying they attributed it to how “in shape” she was.
In her last TikTok post on September 5, Ward said she was still working on her holistic healing journey, but had been posting less because she was “in pain.” At the same time, she said she had received good news from her most recent pet scan.
Ten days later, a post on her Instagram account asked followers to pray together for Ward as her days became more difficult.
Two days after that message, she passed away and another message went out: ‘Jessie Lee’s love was a powerful force that touched all of you deeply. She brought unwavering faith, undeniable confidence and a strong desire for you to turn your dreams into reality into every heart she reached.”
She was also in a relationship with her partner for a year, and he also posted a message in her memory on Instagram.
“The disease may have won the battle, but WE won. We won each other. We won our memories and our moments,” he said.