“And the darkest hour is just before dawn.” – The Mamas and The Papas
So you’ve had a diagnosis of breast cancer and you know that you need more than conventional treatment to help you find your happy ever after. There are plenty of good reasons to enlist some support:
- You may have been told that diet and lifestyle are important, but there is so much information out there that you’re not sure where to start.
- You want to do everything possible to help yourself, but you’ve seen some conflicting advice and you want to be sure you understand your choices.
- You are being bombarded with well-meaning advice from family, friends and health care professionals and you want someone to help you tune in to your own feelings.
- You are facing the biggest challenge of your life and you want someone who listens to you, understands you, and supports you to make powerful decisions.
I have a unique combination of fifteen years experience as a registered nutritional therapist, and twenty-one years as a breast cancer survivor, which makes me a powerful partner on the road to recovery, and a safe pair of hands. My practice started as an attempt to save my own life when I was diagnosed at the age of thirty-three, and blossomed into an absorbing and rewarding way to live and work, and help other people.
As one of the UK’s leading nutritional therapists, my work is based on extensive study, ongoing research and specialist clinical experience. I graduated with distinction from the Institute for Optimum Nutrition (ION) in 2004, became an accredited Life Coach in 2009, gained a masters level Postgraduate Certificate in 2017, including a ‘first’ for my research assignment on breast cancer, and I’m regularly invited as an expert speaker on breast cancer to professional audiences and most of my clients arrive via professional referral, including oncologists and GPs. In 2018 I was asked to give the graduation address at ION — a huge honour — in recognition of the work I’ve done.
I spend my days immersed in the subject of breast cancer: reading the research, following the science, listening to the opinion leaders, challenging the myths, following the advice and supporting the people who have been recently diagnosed. There is so much information and research available and I am uniquely placed to distil the wisdom into powerful, practical and personal action plans.
In the 21 years since my diagnosis supporting evidence for a nutrition and lifestyle approach for breast cancer has become compelling, but it is taking a long time to get that vital information into NHS oncology departments. I’m on a mission to change that. My goal is to empower you to reconnect you with your life force to unleash the healing potential of every cell in your body, in every area of your life. A consultation with me condenses twenty one years of survivor experience, nineteen years of study, and fifteen years of clinical experience into a couple of hours of life-enhancing information that may also prove to be life-extending.
Learn more by watching this short film, reading about my consultation approach, studying the research, following the blog and cooking the recipes. When you’re ready please make an appointment over here.
“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 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.”
The 1939 Cancer Act states that cancer treatment and advice about treatment can only be provided by qualified medical professionals, and rightly so. Sadly, the current medical system is not doing enough to explain to people how they can help themselves in addition to treatment. The most up to date research is telling us that supporting your body with tailored nutrition and lifestyle during and after treatment can significantly impact outcomes.
My consultations are designed to show you how to do that in order to maximise your chances of making a good recovery. Nutrition can help to support the body before, during and after treatment to maintain and regain full function. Coaching tends to address the psychological aspects more directly. When combined, these approaches are powerfully synergistic.
My focus is not only on physiological balance but also on supporting you through the psychological aspects of dealing with a difficult diagnosis, and to take more effective care of yourself in the future than you have in the past.
“Thank you, Dawn, for these brilliant notes and our chat yesterday. I felt hugely empowered by it. Thank you so much for setting me on the right course. I know now that I can be well and recover. Everything you’ve suggested is all very do-able and appeals massively to me. I shall keep you posted about progress.”
Please read about how to get started over here or get in touch below.
My Credentials & Qualifications
- PG.Cert, CNELM – Postgraduate qualification in Personalised Nutrition
- BANT Registered Nutrigenetic Counsellor
- Dip. ION (Distinction) Nutritional Therapy – Institute for Optimum Nutrition
- Certified Professional Coach – International Coach Academy
- BSc (Hons) Management Sciences – UMIST
- NTCC – Registered with the Nutritional Therapy Council
- BANT – Member of the British Association for Nutritional Therapists
- CNHC – Member of the Complementary and Natural HealthCare Council
- IFM trained as a Functional Medicine practitioner (AFMCP 2017)
- 21 year survivor (drug free) of Grade 3, Stage 3, receptor negative breast cancer
As well as writing two blogs, 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 writing, you’ll find me in the kitchen cooking for friends and family, in the garden getting muddy, or with my head stuck in a book or research paper learning as much as I can about cancer and longevity.
“Just to say thank you so much for today I drove a different woman home to the one I had brought with me; Mel found you completely inspirational.” Julie – friend (and chauffeur) of client.
Please get in touch below — or book an exploratory session over here.