A popular health blogger who reportedly failed to donate $300,000 in profits to charity has now admitted she was ‘wrong’ about the extent of her terminal cancer.
The Whole Pantry founder Belle Gibson, whose app has about 200,000 followers, claims she was ‘misdiagnosed’ by a doctor after announcing last year that life-threatening cancer had spread to her live, uterus, spleen and blood, The Australian reports.
The 26-year-old, who became a social media sensation when she launched her hit lifestyle and recipe app after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, says she feels ‘humiliated’ after a German medical team’s examination led her to announce she was battling a third and fourth cancer.
The latest revelations come just a day after it emerged that Ms Gibson may have misled her followers by failing to donate 25 per cent of the profits from The Whole Pantry – totaling $300,000 – to charity, despite promising she would.
Ms Gibson, who shunned traditional treatments to combat her cancer and instead opted for a wholefood and holistic approach to battling the disease, said she was confused by her misdiagnosis.
‘It’s hard to admit that maybe you were wrong… (I felt) confused, bordering on humiliated’, Ms Gibson told The Australian.
She revealed a medical team from Germany had examined her using ‘magnetic’ therapy and believes this investigation led to her misdiagnosis, although she declined to name the medical team.
In July 2014 she broke the news of her illness to her followers through an impassioned post to her personal Instagram page. It read in part: ‘With frustration and ache in my heart // my beautiful, gamechanging community, it hurts me to find space tonight to let you all know with love and strength that I’ve been diagnosed with a third and fourth cancer.
‘One is secondary and the other is primary. I have cancer in my blood, spleen, brain, uterus, and liver. I am hurting,’ Ms Gibson wrote.
Around 12 weeks after the initial post she followed up her initial post, revealing she was undergoing ‘German integrative oncology protocol’.
‘I’m following the same, yet amplified holistic medicine treatment plan, taking what I need from each respected modality; herbalism, acupuncture, nutrition etc and a new addition to it all with a German integrative oncology protocol. It took me a while, but I’m back in (adjusted) full force and taking each day as it comes.’
On Monday Fairfax Media revealed Ms Gibson had not delivered on her promise to donate 25 per cent of The Whole Pantry’s profits to charity, and reported she had lied about donating $300,000 in funds to a number of organisations.