My name is Frank Hewstone. I was born in a small country village in South Australia. In February 2018 I will be 81 years of age. Like the song; “Look at me, I am old but I am happy” because I have lived for 29 years after being given a five year maximum to live. I have been married for 57 years and have two grown up daughters, six grandchildren and one great Grandchild.
I attended Primary school and did two years of High School before going out to work. I tried a few different occupations until I obtained a drivers licence the day I turned 16, then started in Transport and Earthmoving before becoming a carpenter and joiner. I passed the exams and became a licenced Building Contractor in all Australian States. I was then promoted as the construction manager in the Pacific area for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints for twelve years before I retired.
In 1989 I was diagnosed with Bowel and Liver cancer while working as an expatriate in Western Samoa. My Grandfather, Mother, Sister and a Brother died of cancer with noticeable lack of peace or dignity. My bowel tumour was removed by surgery before I had much time to consider my options. While I was recuperating in preparation for surgery on the liver we began to hear about healthy alternative treatments so we began to research. This led us to CISS and my wife and I became members. I opted not to have more surgery and completely recovered my health using diet and other means within four months, when the scans showed no trace of cancer.
My interests and hobbies have always revolved around the outdoors. I have always loved motorbikes and raced a motorbike and sidecar until married. I built a number of speed boats, a caravan and various other projects like new homes, three times.
My leisure times included scuba diving, caving, canyoning, gardening, bush walking and scouting. We joined CISS in 1990 but as my wife and I served a number of times overseas as volunteers and missionaries it made it difficult to actively participate in CISS. When we came home from our last mission in the US we joined the committee to try and give something back for all the help we have received.
My hope is that CISS will be successful in gaining greater public attention and helping people avoid some of the unnecessary sufferings and cost when cancer sufferers are given such limited treatment options and so little hope to be free of cancer as I am.