Husband's $75,000 dash to save the woman he loved
IF conventional medicine told you nothing could be done, how far would you go to find hope?
Tracey and Shaughan McGovern travelled across the world, spending more than $75,000 to get to a clinic in Mexico because it offered a chance.
Shaughan McGovern has shared the story of the couple's desperate dash to Mexico in search of treatment for the pancreatic cancer killing his wife.
And even though the treatment only bought Tracey a little bit more time, she died 14 months later on February 14, Shaughan believed it was worth every cent.
He said by the time Tracey was diagnosed in late 2015, doctors advised chemotherapy and radiation wouldn't help.
"They basically told her to go and organise her affairs," Mr McGovern said.
Tracey wasn't prepared to give up and found the Hope4Cancer clinic in Mexico which offered radical and alternative therapies to cancer banned in many countries.
"A week later we were on our way to Mexico," he said.
But Tracey was so unwell, she couldn't get travel insurance for the long trip.
"We left Australia when Tracey was very ill and we were going with no travel insurance.
"By the time we got to LA and drove to Santa Fe, we had to stop every half hour as she was dozing in and out of consciousness.
"It was a nervous time, we were in America with no insurance and he had to get to Mexico."
But when the couple left a month later, Tracey was a "different person".
"She was much healthier again."
Tracey was administered a range of different treatments, include ozone therapy, sonotherapy as well as strict diets.
She was too unwell for the "coffee enemas" other patients having.
Shaughan had no doubt the Mexican treatment gave him a few more months with the women he'd loved since he met her on a ski slope in 1982.
And it was only after Christmas Tracey started to go downhill "very rapidly".
Shaughan said "conventional treatment" had helped Tracey too, particularly at the end when the Nambour Palliative Care unit were treating her.
But he wished there was somewhere in Australia cancer patients could go to access a mix of conventional and alternative treatments.
A memorial service will be held for Tracey at the family's Peregian home and all her knew Tracey were "welcome to attend".