Gilly’s Gift to humanity could not be more profound or enduring. She has proved beyond any shadow of doubt that the body can be healed of cancer, without any conventional treatment whatsoever!
To me as an holistic cancer doctor, the most immense gift that Gilly has given is that I can say in all honesty to the patients that I meet each week that cancer can heal naturally. The minute we know something is possible, we can believe it. The minute we have strong belief, then everything is possible.
Gilly and her husband Simon have now dedicated themselves to creating Gilly’s Gift to fuel the hopes and dreams of others. Most particularly they desire to support doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals wishing to study non-conventional healthcare approaches. Already they have sponsored students studying integrated medicine to make elective studies in far flung corners of the world, where traditional models of healing are practiced. In this way Gilly’s Gift is pushing back the boundaries of knowledge and hope still further. Even more beautiful than that, Gilly’s Gift is gifting bursary funds to others on the cancer journey who do not have the financial means to pay for the kinds of remedies and therapies which were so vital for Gilly for her healing.
I sincerely hope that you will feel moved to donate to this charity to allow Gilly’s Gift to go on, creating ever widening ripples of love, healing and opportunity.
I was delighted to get the news that Gilly’s Gift would support my attendance at the AFMCP course in London in May. I look forward to tackling the recommended preparatory chapters in the textbook of functional medicine.
Thank you very much for your generosity in supporting my venture into integrative medicine. Already, over the past few months, my interest in medicine has been rejuvenated and enlivened through contact with functional medicine and I look forward to getting to grips with it.
Your own conviction surrounding integrative approaches is also something valuable both to doctors and patients. It comes across well in your website and is strongly witnessed by your charitable commitment. So thank you for that too as it has helped to break the inertia and spur me on to new things.
I have recently returned home after a life-changing 5 days at the ‘Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice’ conference, kindly supported by Gilly’s Gift. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough and am incredibly grateful to the charity for supporting doctors and medical students with an interest in integrated medicine to further their knowledge and skills.
Functional Medicine is a paradigm shift in medical thinking. It is based upon understanding the root causes of disease, the fundamental physiological imbalances that trigger and perpetuate symptoms, and then using a wide range of therapeutic interventions to help relieve those root causes. The interventions are tailored to the individual patient (not necessarily just to a guideline), and often focus on empowering the patient to make safe, side-effect free lifestyle changes in the first instance (although mainstream pharmaceutical or surgical options are not ruled out where necessary).
AFMCP helps equip you with the architecture and structure to organise the patient’s medical history and your thoughts in a more insightful, Functional Medicine way. Amongst so much more, it opens the door to new knowledge, a ‘bigger toolkit’ of management strategies, and a method of practising medicine where you can give enough time and care to each patient for both of you to feel satisfied with the experience. I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.
But perhaps the most telling part of the 5 days has come to me subsequently. I now feel very strongly that if I, or any member of my family, became unwell with a chronic disease I would now try my absolute hardest to seek out a Functional Medicine trained clinician. They are few and far between in the UK at present, but I hope this will change in the next few years. Gilly’s Gift, by supporting clinicians at AFMCP, are enabling this to happen – an incredible legacy and a generous contribution to humanity. Thank you so very much.
Hannah Ward – following elective in Iceland
I would like to thank you and everyone at Gilly’s Gift for the funding you gave to me. I had the most incredible time away and learnt a huge amount. I will definitely carry it with me through my career as a doctor.
I was extremely grateful to receive ‘Gilly’s Gift’ when I was undertaking my postgraduate diploma in Integrative Medicine. It enabled me to pursue and receive a life-changing experience with teachers of Medical (Zhineng) Quigong in Beijing, China. At the time there were around ten thousand untranslated Chinese medical studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of this therapeutic intervention. With the help of my hosts I was privileged enough to view many of these results, which, along with the interviews I conducted, changed my practice and understanding of health and disease for life. I continue to study this over here myself, with a view to one day incorporating it into a low cost community integrated health centre. Thank you so much Gilly’s Gift.
I always felt I wanted to help people understand the link between how they look after themselves and the effect it has on their health. Unfortunately I could not find a way of learning and educating myself about this within my NHS training. I did further training with the British College of Integrative Medicine alongside my GP training. Today I am an NHS GP and also run a private integrated medical practice. I received tremendous support from Gilly’s Gift and I was very grateful to have a grant from the charity to help me with my studies so that I could achieve my dream and passion of becoming an integrated medical doctor. I know that Gilly’s Gift helped me to step onto this path, and for that I will always be extremely grateful.
May Lynn Yeap
I have been practising conventional paediatric medicine for 16 years and seen increasing chronic diseases manifest in children. With our increasing medical knowledge and technology, we would expect a healthier society, instead we have expanding paediatric wards and increasing illnesses. These illnesses are treated with numerous drugs and procedures which usually just manage the condition without finding the cause. This leaves the children still with chronic physical, learning and behavioural difficulties and dependant on medication . Why this was happening became clearer when I studied integrated medicine.
As part of the British College of Integrative Medicine medical elective, I observed the practice of IM medicine at the Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland. This was an amazing opportunity as I observed and interviewed patients undergoing intensive integrative medical treatments tailored to their specific needs which helped put into remission a variety of chronic diseases that seemed unresolvable conventionally.
It consolidated in me that there are effective interventions to heal the body, other than patent medicines, which have not been taught in mainstream medicine. It was absolutely empowering to me as a physician to learn and be aware of these methods which have helped me help my patients. Hence I am forever thankful to Gilly’s Gift that provided me medical elective funding for this incredible experience.