Powerlifting pensioner beat cancer TWICE by lifting weights and eating raw food
THE world’s oldest powerlifter claims she cured brain cancer and 14 bone cancer tumours by changing her diet and competing as a powerlifter
When British Champion powerlifter Pat Reeves found out she had cancer she decided to take it into her own hands to cure herself.
The grandmother of two, 69, refused NHS drugs and instead began pumping iron and eating only raw foods.
“I have kept myself alive by being fit, people are in too much of a rush to take medicine and drugs when we can mend ourselves,” said the weightlifting nan.
“Powerlifting helped me I guess because it was another focus for me. One of the biggest changes I did was to take up exercise because that’s something that I never did.”
Pat was diagnosed with cancer of the brain in 1993. Doctors said the disease was fatal but that she could extend her life with the help of drugs.
Unable to accept her bleak prognosis, she decided against treatment and set about making healthier life choices – self-treating through a drastic change in nutrition and exercise.
“I took up bodybuilding because I realised running was only working me from the waist down,” she added.
But after miraculously fighting herself fit she was left devastated when she was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, in the shape of 14 bone cancer tumours, in 1994.
“It was very tough to discover I had the cancer again but I was tougher,” added Pat.
After her diagnosis she has endured four heart attacks and three TIAs – similar to a stroke – but still she refused to undergo treatment.
In a bid for survival she continued to self-treat under the guidance of private doctors in Germany, this time changing her diet to raw foods only, living on a permanent detox and upping the powerlifting.
Now the inspiring nan has been in remission for more than two years.
She works out for over two hours a week in both Germany and UK, as well as competing and judging powerlifting competitions across the world.
“I don’t think I ever come across anyone who thinks I’m mad,” joked Pat. “People are bemused by it and some of them will come around and watch me compete.”
“And I’ve never met anyone who said you’re too old for this except a doctor many years ago.
“He said ‘You’re too old to lift, give it up.’ That was probably 18 years ago – its great proving people wrong.”