Alternative therapies are making cancer patient Dave Camp “bright as a button”.
So said the wife of the Tewkesbury resident, who has been told by doctors that a life-threatening brain tumour he had removed is likely to grow again.
The 56-year-old, of Walton House, Churchill Grove, has begun a course of chemotherapy radiation therapy but is keen to explore other ways in order to win his battle against the condition.
His wife, Tish, has encouraged him to drink herbal tea and try Tai Chi, a type of martial art known for its defence techniques and health benefits.
She has also got him to try Reiki, a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing.
And so far she said the result had been very positive.
“He’s doing a five-week course of Tai Chi with me and we’ve been doing that at home as well.
“There’s the Reiki healing and the herbal tea as well,” she said.
Staff monitoring him as part of his continuing conventional medical treatment have been pleased with his physical condition during this period.
Tish said: “His results that are coming back are really good and he’s bright as a button. He’s definitely got a spring in his step.
“And there’s no sign of re-growth of the tumour yet.”
Dave is set to go to the Isbourne College and Holistic Centre in Cheltenham on Saturday for a gong bath, a form of sound therapy where the gong is played in a therapeutic way to bring about healing.
Tish said: “The sound travels through the body and eases pain apparently.”
She added that the couple were trying to maintain a positive vibe by laughing as much as possible.
And she was happy that her online appeal, to raise £15,000 for possible treatments not available on the NHS, had gone past the £5,000 mark.
Dave had his brain tumour removed in November when doctors warned him it would return and that his cancer was incurable.
But Tish is determined to find a way of saving her husband of four and-a-half years.
To donate to the appeal, go to gofundme.com/daves-stage-4-primary- brain-tumour.