Aussie mum Kylie Willey reveals how the fraudulent health guru’s lies could have been fatal
When mum-of-three Kylie Willey was diagnosed with a life-threatening aggressive cancer, there were times she was in so much pain she didn’t think she’d make it.
‘I was diagnosed with stage three T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma and I came close to death three times. I was a mess,” she tells New Idea exclusively.
During her chemotherapy treatment in June last year a friend visited Kylie, from Mornington, Victoria, at The Alfred hospital in Melbourne.
She told Kylie all about Belle Gibson and how, according to her blog, she was healing herself through healthy eating. Belle’s lies about curing herself of cancer have since been exposed, but at the time her advice seemed like a godsend.
Feeling inspired, Kylie bought Belle’s book, The Whole Pantry and downloaded her app.
‘She looked amazing! So beautiful, healthy – all by refusing chemo. I felt like I’d made such a mistake listening to the doctors. What if I’d been sucked in by a big pharmaceutical conspiracy?’ the 40-year-old recalls.
Belle’s story had a profound effect on the struggling mum, who decided to stop her cancer treatment after reading up on Belle’s materials and story.
‘If Belle could do it, and her cancer seemed as bad as mine, then I could – so I refused chemo,’ Kylie says.