About Me – Dave Wreford
Firstly let me state up front I am not a Doctor or any form of medical practitioner and I urge you to read the Disclaimer. I will NOT be making any medical recommendations, BUT I will be presenting facts I have gleaned through my comprehensive research and my own experience with both my wife’s cancer and my own cancer over the last year.
Hopefully these facts will enable you to make better informed choices for your own healing programme.
I am very grateful to have lived a very privileged life in South Africa. I spent a very rewarding 27 years working for a large international Computer Company travelling all around the world while living with my beautiful wife and my 2 wonderful children in Johannesburg.
I subsequently established a non-profit organization supporting disadvantaged communities living in poverty ravaged communities living in the northern regions of South Africa.
In 2004 our family was rocked with the shocking news that my wife had cancer.
As a family we went through a very difficult and traumatic phase while my wife was suffering with liver cancer, before she passed away in 2005.
At the time that she was diagnosed, neither of us had any knowledge of cancer and automatically followed the standard process of seeing doctors and specialist oncologists and following their conventional treatment processes and procedures assuming that these were the best cancer treatment options available.
She was put onto an aggressive chemotherapy treatment and the next year can only be described as “living hell”. She was petrified, lost her hair, was permanently nauseous, unable to eat, had unbelievable pain despite the pain medication, suffered numerous associated side effects, unable to sleep, crying for help and begging for relief.
Her passing away was a blessing, but extremely traumatic for the family and friends.
Watching what she went through was totally inhumane and I knew there had to be a better solution. This prompted me to spend my spare time over the next 3 years researching all aspects of cancer.
What I discovered was shocking and totally unbelievable which I will share with you later.
In 2011 I moved to Hermanus the whale watching capital of the world, to be close to my daughter and her family and for the last 6 years I have had the privilege of managing the Hermanus Rainbow Trust, a large charity organization providing comprehensive community and social development services and support to hundreds of orphans, vulnerable children and disadvantaged families living in poverty ravaged communities in our region.
Little did I know while doing my research that I would be diagnosed with cancer 10 years later?
In August 2016 I was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer that had spread into my lungs, liver, lymph nodes and my bone structure, including my spine, neck, shoulders, ribs and hips.
The Doctors wanted me to start chemotherapy immediately, saying this was the only slight chance I had of survival and suggested I got my affairs in order.
It was time to put my research into practice, and I knew exactly what I was going to do and I declined the chemotherapy.
The cancer turned out to be a “wake up” call from my body giving me a new opportunity to change my lifestyle.
As I was living alone and felt I had a lot to give back to our disadvantaged communities, I worked long hours every day of the week, not always eating healthy meals but enduring extreme stress continuously trying to find the necessary funding to support our 5 main support programmes and our dedicated Social Workers and Social Carers, who work long hours and provide critical lifesaving services to our disadvantaged communities.
Suffice to say “stress” is by far the biggest cause of cancer in our modern times, with poor nutrition and unhealthy eating a close second. I will definitely be covering this in detail later.
Since August 2016 I have been on this roller coaster healing journey on my road to remission filled with fear, anxiety and many new difficult challenges interspersed with positive, happy and grateful moments prompted by my amazing “Cancer Buddy”, all of which I am going to share with you over the next few months on this blog.
The most important things I have learned on my journey and strive to follow despite the challenging times, is to be positive, happy, healthy, humble, honest, loving caring motivating and most of all “grateful”.
The other thing I learned from the amazing Dr Wayne Dyer, is to strive to never complain, criticize or judge.
Can you imagine how wonderful our world would be if we all practiced that.
Please feel free to contact me if you have something on your mind either through comments on the Blog pages or through my contact details.
Take care, be positive, happy, aware and grateful.
With love and caring,