Cancer-struck mum says alternative medicine keeps her alive after diagnosis

Linda Rider

A brave mother has found out she only has a couple of years left to live after a shock cancer diagnosis. Hannah Hocking received awful news four years ago while pregnant, being told that she had the cancer in her leg.

After Hannah gave birth, surgeons were able to remove the cancer from her shin. Unfortunately, the cancer spread, so she also had to have her lymph nodes removed from her groin gland.

Hannah had been in remission since this operation, but received the devastating update in September 2021. She was diagnosed with melanoma, which sadly is terminal, PlymouthLive reports.

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A fundraiser has now been set up to help her create special memories with her loved ones. They also help pay for nutritional supplements such as kale powder and manuka honey, which Hannah believes are helping keep her alive.

The 33-year-old, who has four young sons, said she experienced chronic pain and was bed bound for months and has only just regained her mobility back. Due to the pain, she was referred to Rowcroft Hospice in Torquay by doctors and was there for two months where they helped her learn how to walk again.

The fundraiser has been set up by her loving partner of 10 years, Lee Paddock, who said he wants to make Hannah’s wish to spend the rest of her life making happy memories with her four beautiful sons, aged four, seven, 14 and 16, come true.

Hannah Hocking received a shocking cancer diagnosis
Hannah Hocking received a shocking cancer diagnosis

Hannah would like to go abroad with the family for the first time ever, take driving lessons so she can get a mobility car for the family and to continue using her home supplements that are costly because she needs to use them daily. Hannah told PlymouthLive: “I had cancer four years ago in my shin when I was pregnant.

“It grew when I was pregnant and, after I gave birth, I had a wide excision on my leg to get rid of the cancer. I also had some lymph nodes removed in my groin where it had spread.

“It was me who found the lump and I acted quickly on it. I went to all my hospital appointments every week and I was in chronic pain for over a month at home around my kids. They ended up putting me in a hospice to manage my pain because it was so bad.”

She added: “I’m taking 30 tablets every day. I have to take 19 at night and 12 in the morning. Six of them being massive chemo tablets, there’s nine chemo tablets at night and three in the morning – it’s a lot.

“I am fit, healthy, don’t smoke. I stopped drinking years ago, changed my life and got a job then this cancer appeared. It has completely destroyed my life and I have four children.”

In total, £770 has been raised via the GoFundMe page and it is hoped £10,000 will be raised overall, to support Hannah’s final wishes for her family. Talking about the fundraiser, Hannah said: “I want to raise money to go on, my possibly last, holiday with all my kids.

“It will actually be our first holiday abroad. I want to go away for a few weeks because it will be the only holiday we will be able to get. I don’t want to have to worry about money when we are on holiday and want to give them the best holiday they’ve had. I’m hoping to live longer than two years on my home-medicated supplements.

“I have been doing a lot of research and a lot of terminally ill cancer patients are still alive 10 years later because they home medicated on greens.”

Hannah said she uses a kale powder for a daily drink, vitamins, manuka honey, and pomegranate – which is an antioxidant- and when she had a scan, she said the doctor was impressed with how the cancer treatment has worked. She feels the home supplements possibly contributed to her progress and wants to continue taking them.

One product Hannah mentioned was manuka honey, which she said she uses on a daily basis and can probably only get around five drinks’ worth from one jar. She said due to the expense of the home supplements, like the honey, she would love to be able to use the funds raised towards that.

“Every penny helps and if anyone possibly could chip in- even if it’s £2 each – it’s something. I don’t like to ask for things, but I don’t have any other choice really and I need to take the kids on a big holiday. It will also help me pay for all the things I need because that manuka honey is powerful antioxidant but expensive and only a small jar. “

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