A cancer diagnosis is surely one of the most disempowering things that can happen to anyone. It’s not only the shock of hearing those words, but also the rigid medical system that engulfs you as soon as your diagnosis is confirmed. The conventional approach to cancer is almost as feared as the disease itself and, while treatment protocols are set in stone, results are entirely random. It’s like entering a parallel universe without a map.
“People don’t decide their futures, they decide their habits, and their habits decide their futures.” – F.M. Alexander
No one can deny the power of cancer to turn your life upside down, but it’s also a good opportunity to rebuild your life in ways that are healthier and happier than before. When I was diagnosed with Grade 3, Stage 3, receptor negative breast cancer in August 1997 my prognosis was poor but my instincts were spot on. I somehow ‘knew’ that it wasn’t enough to follow the treatment and go back to life as I had been living it. I needed a life makeover!
After going back to college and retraining both as a nutritional therapist and then as a life coach. Since then our understanding of cancer has accelerated and our new knowledge shows that diet and lifestyle are fundamental to improving recovery and reducing recurrence.
I have spent the past sixteen years helping individuals emerge from their cancer experience healthier and happier than ever, and now I feel it’s time to use what I’ve learned to reach a wider audience. I want to help you take a more holistic view of your recovery, to understand why you were at risk, what recovery entails, how your medical treatment will help (and how you can help your medical treatment) and, crucially, what remains to be done to restore your health after treatment is over.
Transforming your life after breast cancer
But there’s a lot to learn. It’s taken me a couple of decades and I’m still adding to my knowledge week by week. For some time I’ve been frustrated that the one-to-one clinic environment limits the amount of information I can pass on: sixty minutes just isn’t long enough! So I developed the Power Through Breast Cancer MasterClass to provide breast cancer patients with a comprehensive overview of how to help themselves and highlight areas for individual exploration that can be picked up in individual consultations.
The PTBC MasterClass provides essential survival information in a small-group environment (maximum 5 people and me) to help you to live stronger and longer after breast cancer. Our focus will be personal and practical and I’m pretty sure you’ll leave with a completely fresh understanding of your diagnosis, your diet and your body’s healing potential. Although I can’t give individual advice during the session, I will highlight other areas for exploration to help you get to the bottom of your own risk factors and change them for the better. You’ll leave the MasterClass with answers to a thousand questions and – more to the point – a clear and practical plan to help you face the future.
We know that cancer thrives in a very specific ‘microenvironment’ and that changing that environment can change outcomes. In my view this information should be available to everyone, and included in conventional treatment protocols: it’s not complementary, it’s fundamental. In July 2019 several respected healthcare institutions called for changes to the delivery of cancer care across the UK with greater focus on ‘prehabilitation’, including nutrition, exercise and psychological support’ to improve treatment options, side effects and recovery.
If you’ve been recently diagnosed you haven’t got time to wait for the NHS to find the budget and the people to deliver the quality of information you need. I’m uniquely qualified to bridge the gap and I’ve developed this small group one-day seminar to do exactly that.
Empowering recovery and survival
The MasterClass focuses on the five key areas that have been shown to impact breast cancer risk and recovery – I call them the “Five Frontiers”.
I’ll show you how nutrition and lifestyle changes can support longer and stronger recovery in each of these areas.
- the impact of mindset on cancer onset, recovery and metastasis
- the precise diet that can help you turn on cancer-fighting potential
- the lifestyle hacks that can increase your resilience without increasing your stress
- the role of genes in cancer and key ways to make them behave
- the pros and cons of treatment and ways to make it more successful.
We’ll also bust a few cancer myths and learn how to avoid common nutritional misunderstandings that can diminish your chances of recovery and impact the effectiveness of chemo and radiotherapy.
Our discussion will highlight the importance of metabolic flexibility, hormonal regulation, immune balance, circadian ‘sensibility’ and the vital role of the microbiome in cancer. We’ll cover key cancer buzz words – like ketogenic diet, repurposed drugs, the importance of exercise, nutrigenetics, and learn to tell the difference between facts and fads. We’ll also look at how your breast cancer receptor impacts your choices and discuss how you can further personalise your diet and lifestyle with functional and genetic testing. There’ll be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and you’ll leave with a totally new way to think about cancer and a new vision for a healthy future.
Supporting innate healing
The workshop day will arm you with practical and actionable knowledge as well as providing areas for further research and personal exploration and an ideal prelude to one-to-one clinical consultations should you wish to take it further.
It has taken me more than twenty years of continuous study to build my knowledge to a point where I can share safe, powerful and evidence-based advice about this complex and multi-faceted disease. I want to be clear that there are no guaranteed outcomes when it comes to breast cancer, but there’s a lot you can do to steer your prognosis in the right direction.
I look forward to meeting you and helping to inspire your recovery!
Registered Nutritional Therapist, Nutrigenetic Counsellor and Life Coach
PG Cert. BSc.(Hons) Dip ION | mBANT CNHC NTC AFMCP
Dawn is a registered nutritional therapist and nutrigenetic counsellor and a highly experienced life coach. She is not an oncologist or a qualified medical doctor.