A multi-level marketing seller has died after she turned to holistic remedies to try to cure her colon cancer and rejected chemotherapy.
Jessie Lee Ward, who also went as Boss Lee, was diagnosed with stage-four colon cancer back in March after she completed routine bloodwork testing.
Her oncologist immediately recommended intense chemotherapy treatment as her best shot, but Ward thought otherwise.
Though her doctor told her she would be ‘dead by Christmas‘, she pursued natural remedies.
She dabbled in alternative treatments such as a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, ‘magnetic’ treatments, ‘ozone’ treatments and ‘red- light therapy’.
In an Instagram video, Ward reacted to her doctor’s medical advice and said: ‘My surgeon and the oncologist are one hundred percent pimps.
‘Not of women, of chemo. They love that h*e. I have never in my life seen such a strong and compelling sales pitch. They really should go into sales.’
Her oncologist immediately recommended that intense chemotherapy treatment would be her best shot at beating the cancer, but Ward thought otherwise
In her final TikTok post on September 5, Ward said she was still on her holistic healing journey but had been posting less because she was ‘in pain’
She did undergo surgeries as well, but still never touched chemotherapy. In a video, she described how she got her lower and upper intestine removed, along with a ‘really yucky’ tumor and lymph nodes
Ward used her social media platforms as a way to share her cancer journey on YouTube, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook
She made it clear that she was very ‘anti-chemo’ and didn’t even let her dog undergo chemotherapy when she had cancer.
The ‘serial entrepreneur’ and President of Pruvit, a ketone supplement company, documented her non-traditional cancer journey all over social media, posting videos to TikTok and her YouTube channel to update her fan base.
With her fame, there were also many critics of her in the anti-multi-level marketing community.
These disapproving critics made sure to clap back on Ward’s unconventional medical treatments, as some called her out online.
Rebecca Watson, a blogger and founder of the Skepchick Network, which is a platform made for the discussion of science and skepticism from a woman’s perspective, did not hesitate when it came to Ward.
In a video she posted, titled ‘This MLM Influencer May Get Someone Killed’, Watson said: ‘She genuinely seems to believe that chemotherapy does not work and that her unproven alternative therapies will work and that she will beat this. She is stating this all to her huge audience of devoted followers. So not only is this likely going to kill her, but there’s a good chance it’s going to kill someone else too.’
According to Ward’s business website, she amassed ‘over a million loyal followers’ between Instagram, Facebook and TikTok.
Her impact on her followers showed when Ward hosted a ‘retreat’ at the beginning of the year in Cartagena, Colombia. She later came clean and admitted that she scammed her following into going on an extensive journey in high heat and unhealthy conditions.
She explained how her doctor praised her for such a fast recovery and said that they credited it to how ‘in shape’ she was
A post on Instagram was shared and asked her followers to join in prayer for Ward and her battle with cancer got worse just days before her death
he shared how she tried to combat the fast-moving disease by drinking nearly 12 juices a day, using a ‘biocharger’ machine, took high doses of vitamin C three times a week, and did an excessive amount of sit ups
In an Instagram post about this ‘retreat’, Ward said: ‘I opted for a mastermind crash course of breaking down every single one of these people through seeing them where they are to help bring them to where I see them in the future.’
As her cancer progressed, so did Ward’s ‘natural’ remedies. She shared how she tried to combat the fast-moving disease by drinking nearly 12 juices a day, using a ‘biocharger’ machine, took high doses of vitamin C three times a week, and did an excessive amount of sit ups.
She did undergo surgeries as well, but still never touched chemotherapy. In a video, she described how she got her lower and upper intestine removed, along with a ‘really yucky’ tumor and lymph nodes.
In that same video, she explained how her doctor praised her for such a fast recovery and said that they credited it to how ‘in shape’ she was.
In her final TikTok post on September 5, Ward said she was still on her holistic healing journey but had been posting less because she was ‘in pain’. At the same time, she shared that she received good news from her most recent pet scan.
Ten days later, a post on her Instagram account asked followers to collectively join in prayer for Ward as her days were getting harder.
Two days after that post, she passed away and another post went out and said: ‘Jessie Lee’s love was a powerful force that touched each of you deeply. She instilled unwavering belief, undeniable faith, and a strong desire for you to transform your dreams into reality in every heart she reached.’
She was also in a relationship with her partner of a year, and he posted in memory of her on Instagram as well.
‘The disease maybe won the battle, but WE won. We won each other. We won our memories, our moments’, he said.