Gilly’s Gift was established as a charity in November 2009 in recognition of Gillian (Gilly) Gill’s recovery from cancer by way of an integrated approach.
Gilly’s Gift to Integrated Medicine
In October 2000 Gilly was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer and the prognosis was bleak. As all that conventional medicine could offer was a limited increase in life expectation with a dramatic decrease in quality of life, Gilly decided to take an holistic approach. While her progress was monitored by an oncologist, she undertook a program of diet, complementary therapies and self-help techniques under the supervision of an experienced integrated medicine doctor.
Today Gilly is well and enjoying a full life, with her tumour markers in the normal range.
Gilly was fortunate because she had the financial means to take this route to recovery, as most of the therapies that she took were not available on the NHS nor covered by medical insurance. In addition, she was able to access one of the few experienced integrated medicine doctors in the country.
The aim of Gilly’s Gift is to widen access to integrated medicine for the whole community in the United Kingdom. It particularly aims to initiate change by influencing the training of medical professionals, thus widening access to doctor led integrated medicine and providing the best opportunities for health and wellness.