Mary Bruen, a native of Knockvicar is confident she can fight and become cured of breast cancer using a new treatment from the Burzynski Clinic in America.
The brave 54 year old woman not only wants to cure herself of cancer but wants to make this treatment available to others seeking alternative medicine in Ireland.
The Bruen family believe Mary needs just “four months of treatment to get across the line” but the cost could be up to €50,000 on top of the thousands she has already spent, so they have organised an unbelievable night’s entertainment to help raise much needed funds.
On Thursday, February 7 a massive line up of acts including the superb Gemma Hayes & Band, The Dublin Gospel Choir, Sharon Sexton, DanceFix, Loco Swing, along with comedy act Arms, Foil & Hogg will perform in The Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.
Mary was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999, she had radical mastectomy on her left breast followed by chemotherapy and radiotherapy. When this treatment was finished she was put on the drug tamoxifen.
Normally the tamoxifen treatment is followed for five years, but she chose to come off it after one year due to the intolerable side effects. She recovered very well from this treatment, until 2008 when her wound re-opened.
In February 2009 she was diagnosed of a reoccurrence of the original tumour and an additional primary on the right breast with metasteses in the lymph.
Mary said “At this time I was told it was incurable, but with treatment my life could be extended. The treatment suggested was more chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormonal treatment.”
Mary did not accept this and she felt she could extend her life with changes to diet and lifestyle “without the horror of the side effects that remained in my consciousness all those years later.” She began a regime of juicing, raw foods, excluding dairy, meat and alcohol.
She supported this regime with meditation and alternative treatments such as acupuncture, herbal medicine and cranio-sacral therapy.
She was feeling good and started to research cancer, “I experimented with B17 infusions, chelation therapy, ozone therapy, enzyme therapy, hydrogen peroxide infusions and vitamin C infusions. I also invested in the Ondamed pulse biofeedback electromagnetic machine. All of these techniques have contributed to my outliving my doctor’s expectations.”
Although she was keeping the condition at bay, she began to experience increased lymphatic congestion and the size of the wound increased. At this point, she was drawn towards the Gene Targeted Therapy treatments available at the Burzynski clinic, despite the massive costs involved. Each treatment there is tailored for the individual patient and claims to deal with the cancer at DNA level.
After initial tests at Burzynski, Mary was told that her cancer is curable but she needs strong chemo to reduce it so the American pills can work on it.
Despite the need for strong chemo, Mary has been told that Irish hospitals will not administer it. She now seeks to receive the chemotherapy orally from America as well as the pills to destroy the cancer, but this is very costly.
According to her brother Liam “Our first major goal is to cure Mary who has been diagnosed with breast cancer for the second time. After Mary is cured, we will promote this and other therapies that we believe work and can offer hope to so many people.”
Tickets to the ‘Help Mary Fight Cancer’ Concert on February 7 in the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin cost €25 and can be prebooked on www.helpmaryfightcancer.ie/fundraising-events and on Facebook on www.facebook.com/helpmaryfightcancer