28 July 2017
We are proud to share the inspirational story of our founder and Chief Executive of Hidden Art, Dieneke Ferguson who beat her multiple myeloma cancer through using curcumin, a substance from turmeric, after all conventional treatment for her cancer was stopped.
Being diagnosed with MGUS in March 2007 it developed into multiple myeloma ( a type of blood cancer) by May 2008. She had undergone three rounds of chemotherapy as well as 4 failed attempts, made on two separate dates, to harvest stem-cells for a stem-cell transplant. In 2008 she lost her memory for three days and as a result of the myeloma two of her vertebrae collapsed also in November 2008, which subsequently were fixed with kyphoplasty, inserting a sort of ‘cement’ in the vertebrae. One vertebra could not be fixed and she lost 7 cm of height.
By May 2011 the future for her life looked bleak as no other traditional medical options were available. According to statistics at the time her life expectancy was, at the very best, one more year.
Through the Margaret’s Corner blog, Dieneke found out that curcumin could potentially not only reduce but keep her cancer at bay. And in May 2011 she started to take high doses of curcumin (8 g a day). The protocol that Dieneke has been following as described in Margaret’s Corner blog, is the protocol used by the curcumin-myeloma clinical trial (2007) at the MD Anderson Cancer Research Centre, Houston, Texas .
Six years down the line and her cancer count is stable and not causing her any more damage. As a result her case was written up in the British Medical Journal and was published in April 2017 – Long Term Stabilisation of Myeloma with Curcumin. Subsequently in May 2017 the BBC Radio 4 Food Programme in their Programme on Turmeric interviewed Dieneke and her consultant and co-author of the report Prof Jamie Cavenagh (Consultant Haematologist at London’s Barts Hospital ).
On 25 July 2017 her account was published in the Daily Mail ‘How Curry Spice helped a dying woman beat cancer‘ It was also picked up by This Morning, ITV (25 July 2017) the online editions of the Sun and Metro of 25 July 2017.
“I hope that my story will lead to more people finding out about the amazing health benefits of curcumin. I also hope that as a result of the publicity more research will be undertaken so that the curcumin may become freely available on the NHS and can help others as well.
I am so pleased that two of the pictures in the Daily Mail article feature me in Brazil when I was running with the Olympics Torch for Airbnb in July 2016 in Passo Fundo in the South of Brasil. Airbnb is an online marketplace which lets people rent out their properties or spare rooms in their house to guests. This has helped me pay for the curcumin which costs me approximately £50 for 10 days. “
Both designers & makers as well as people with cancer have been contacting Dieneke and posting messages on her personal Facebook Dieneke Ferguson and Twitter @gerhardina. The messages have been very heart warming and Dieneke is pleased that she is able to pass on her experience to others.
For anyone interested in more details on the type of curcumin she used please see here