“If you do not change direction you may end up where you are heading” – Lao Tzu
For more than two decades, breast cancer has been the focus of my life, both personally and professionally. During that time I have helped myself and hundreds of women get to grips with diagnosis and make life-affirming changes to support their future health and happiness.
When cancer turns your life upside-down, it also gives you permission to put everything back together again in a way that suits you better than before. For most people it’s the beginning of a whole new understanding of wellbeing, and the start of a more loving and respectful relationship with themselves.
Sadly, conventional cancer treatment tends to ignore the potential for diet and lifestyle choices to contribute to health – either to alleviate symptoms during treatment or to improve the chances of survival. But of course it makes perfect sense to support your natural healing mechanisms while also taking advantage of the miracles of modern medicine – and leading edge research is showing us that there is exciting potential for combined conventional and complementary care to reduce side-effects and improve treatment outcomes.
The fact that complementary medicine is the subject of clinical trials means the tide is turning – but it will be a few years before these ideas filter into the mainstream. However, there’s no reason why you can’t take advantage of the latest information to improve your situation. You just need an experienced guide to point you in the right direction.
My aim is to change the way you see cancer by sharing the knowledge that I have spent the last twenty years studying; to give you the information you need to take make sensible, evidence-based improvements to your diet and lifestyle; and to support you to explore all the avenues that may increase your chances of living a long, healthy and happy life. Since we know that 90% of cancer is caused by poor diet and lifestyle choices, it’s the obvious way to begin your road to recovery but that’s just the tip of the iceberg…
You can connect with me at any stage of your cancer journey and I’ve outlined some of the crucial times below. Then, when you’re ready, you can book an appointment online. I will send you a comprehensive questionnaire that will allow me to understand and analyse your situation before we meet to co-create a tailored diet, supplement and lifestyle strategy that suits you and your lifestyle, and make a plan to address your future wellbeing goals.
Dealing with Diagnosis
Not many people remember the day of their diagnosis in a positive way, but I always look back on it as the day I got my ‘second chance’. It’s the perfect opportunity to take control of your health, and get to grips with underlying factors that may have increased your cancer risk and contributed to the unhealthy ‘tumour microenvironment’.
Making wiser diet and lifestyle choices can help you to feel more empowered and positive as you come to terms with your diagnosis, and may also enhance treatment outcomes and minimise side effects. In fact, anything you can do to change your habits and enhance your wellbeing after diagnosis is likely to help you beat the statistics behind your diagnosis.
Making the Most of Treatment
Combined conventional and complementary therapy is an increasingly interesting area of research, and a growing number of studies are supporting the idea that well-planned nutrition and lifestyle strategies may help to increase the effectiveness of radio-, chemo- and immunotherapy and to reduce the impact of the well-known side effects. Doing everything you can to maximise the effect of your treatment is a great feeling – and can help you see the silver lining during the difficult weeks of treatment.
Finding A New Normal
Over the years many clients have told me that the most difficult time to be a cancer patient is the day after treatment stops; that was my experience too. It’s a strange feeling – after long and gruelling months of drugs and hospitals and scans and checkups you’ve finally got your life back. You’re desperate to get back to normal – but you also need to find a ‘new normal’ because your old habits led to a cancer diagnosis. Which makes it the perfect time to throw yourself wholeheartedly into creating a new healthy routine – to redesign your life from the inside out, one day at a time, and change your body from ‘cancer friendly’ to ‘cancer-hostile’.
Getting into Your Genes
For clients who want to go the extra mile, nutrigenomic testing can help you understand the interaction of your genes and diet. It’s the ultimate in diet and lifestyle personalisation using the power of nutrigenetic testing to look at the influence of diet and lifestyle on your genes to uncover personal glitches (or SNPs) that may increase your cancer risk. Covering important cancer-related areas like oestrogen balance, liver detoxification, problems with nutrient transport and activation, anxiety and stress response, antioxidant capacity and inflammatory tendencies. It’s a bit like getting your very own User Manual.
Finding Your Voice
For clients looking for a deeper level of life transformation, life coaching can help you become more self-supporting and life-affirming. Many of my past clients can recall urgent inner voices telling them to change long before diagnosis, mixed with stronger messages that were telling them not to rock the boat. We all have these ‘voices’ helping or hindering us in our life and health choices; they are often subconscious, and it can be immensely helpful to bring them out into the open. Using the widely respected Transactional Analysis model developed by Eric Berne in the 1960s, we can look at your ‘inner conversations’ on a more conscious level so that you can begin to identify your own needs and wants more clearly within the context of the other pressures in your life. From here you can begin to make better choices that support everyone in your life, including you!
A Comprehensive Cancer Programme
Nutrition and lifestyle changes can provide powerful leverage every step of the way as you deal with your diagnosis, improving your experience as you go through treatment, speeding up your recovery, encouraging you to explore a wide range of healing options, and helping you face the future with more optimism.
You can work with me for just one session or stay in touch throughout your journey, it’s entirely up to you. If you are ready to jump in you can book an introductory appointment using this link.
You’re not alone
Finding the right person to work with is an important part of the equation. For starters, you might like to read some of the other pages on my website about cancer, genes and lifestyle, so that you get a feel for the way I think. Or look at the testimonials to see how other clients have benefited. Then, please book a free exploratory conversation so that we can decide if we will work well together. Please note that I cannot give any personal advice about your health situation in this call.
Once you decide to go ahead you can make an appointment on my online booking page. Consultations can take place face-to-face at my home in Southborough, Kent, or via Skype/FaceTime.
Walking my talk
The only way I can give a genuine bespoke service, keep abreast of the current research, and look after myself in the way I recommend to my clients, is to limit the number of clients I work with at any one time. This means there may be a short wait before a space is available.