An Appetite for Life

“And the darkest hour is just before dawn.” – The Mamas and The Papas

If there’s one thing you need more than anything else if you’re navigating the world of integrated cancer care it’s a guide: a safe pair of hands who has been there, done that, and got the scars to prove it! Breast cancer patients who work with me tell me they feel better from our first meeting. And, while our focus will be on a coaching approach, I can safely point you in the direction of other resources you may need.

Speaking of which… if you haven’t listened to my talk (and all the others brilliant speakers) on the recent Your Life and Cancer 2020 conference you might like to go there after this. This was a breakthrough event for the UK that I was proud to be part of. Yes to Life is an amazing charity set up specifically to support people who want to approach their cancer recovery from a wider perspective than conventional medicine admits.

As one of the UK’s leading nutritional therapists, and a twenty-four year survivor of Grade 3, Stage 3, receptor negative breast cancer, my work with breast cancer patients is based on persistent study, ongoing research, well-honed scepticism, and extensive personal and clinical experience. When you work with me you’ll benefit not only from the time we spend together, but also from those years of experience and research and, most likely, from something that I learned only last week. I am dedicated to continuous learning in this fast-moving field. Some might call it an obsession: I call it a vocation. And, let’s be frank, it’s as much about my own survival as yours.

When I was diagnosed in 1997 the medical care I received was fantastic, and I know it played a major role in my survival. But, at the tender age of 33, I was far too young for an ‘age-related disease’. Something had gone badly wrong with my body and the treatment I received was not designed to fix the long term issues. Once I recovered from treatment I decided to change career as a deliberate part of my recovery programme. I walked away from my high stress management consultancy career and towards a new role as a nutritional therapist. My dream was to provide newly diagnosed women with the information and support I had tried and failed to find. And that’s what I’ve done! Along the way I found my own path to healing via a mixture of trial and error, instinct and curiosity, doubt and determination, and I’m eternally grateful that I’m here to tell the tale.

“Dawn, I found our meetings inspirational and full of hope. I came to you following a diagnosis of significant breast cancer with spread to the lymph nodes, and felt that your own experience coupled with your sense of compassion and empathy helped me enormously. You are able to take a view of the whole person rather than a collection of symptoms and I came away feeling that I could do many things to help promote a positive outcome.”

Frances, Tunbridge Wells

I love what I do, particularly the way my work brings me into contact with so many  strong-minded and inspiring individuals with a huge appetite for life. My focus is on promoting a healing mindset and helping you to find your unique path to wellbeing. To help you identify and mitigate your risks and improve your chances of making a full recovery. I am acutely aware of the importance of both the psychological and physiological aspects of health, especially when dealing with a difficult diagnosis. Our work will help you to overcome some of the uncertainty of your diagnosis and empower you to to take more effective care of yourself.

If my approach appeals to you, please book an appointment.

Food can make you happy as well as healthy!

Qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Personalised Nutrition – Middlesex University/CNELM – 2017
  • BANT Registered Nutrigenetic Counsellor – 2017
  • Institute for Functional Medicine: Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice – 2017
  • ION Short Course: Cancer Nutritional Support before, during and after treatment and beyond – 2015
  • Dip. ION (Distinction) Nutritional Therapy – Institute for Optimum Nutrition
  • Certified Professional Coach – International Coach Academy – 2012
  • BSc (Hons) Management Sciences – UMIST

Cancer Experience

  • 22 year survivor (drug free) of Grade 3, Stage 3, receptor negative breast cancer – underwent lumpectomy, axillary clearance, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
  • Nutritionally managed complete remission of Proliferative Verrucous Leukoplakia diagnosed in 2006, without medication or surgery.
  • Sixteen years clinical experience working with cancer patients – exclusively since 2016.

Registration

  • BANT – Member of the British Association for Nutritional Therapists since 2003
  • BANT – Registered Nutrigenetic Counsellor since 2017
  • CNHC – Member of the Complementary and Natural HealthCare Council

I’m regularly asked to talk about my work to professional and private audiences. I’ve also published a charity cook book and a ketogenic diet book, The Dissident Diet, which was in the Amazon diet bestseller list for much of 2014. When I’m not immersed in my work, you’ll find me in the kitchen cooking for friends and family, or trying to fit a ridiculous number of hobbies and interests into my free time.

After all, if cancer taught me anything, it’s how to make the most of life!

Next Steps

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The 1939 Cancer Act states that cancer treatment and advice about treatment can only be provided by qualified medical professionals, and rightly so. Nevertheless, the current medical system is not doing enough to inform people about what they can do over and above medical treatment. The evidence for integrated care is powerful and there is exciting potential for complementary care to work synergistically with medical treatment to achieve the best possible outcomes.