A cancer diagnosis is surely one of the most disempowering things that can happen to anyone. It’s not only the difficulty of hearing those words, but also the rigid medical system that you become a part of 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.
Power Through Breast Cancer
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! During the intervening years, our understanding of cancer has accelerated rapidly and with it the certainty that diet and lifestyle changes are fundamental to improving recovery and reducing recurrence.
After going back to college and retraining both as a nutritional therapist and then as a life coach, I have spent the past sixteen years helping individuals to 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, crucially, what remains to be done to restore your health after treatment is over.
Changing Cancer Outcomes
The Power Through Breast Cancer workshops provide essential survival information that has the potential to help you to live stronger and longer after breast cancer. 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. Any effort you make to improve your health after diagnosis is likely to improve treatment outcomes and shift you further towards the right end of the survival statistics. In fact, 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 probably haven’t got time to wait for the NHS to find the budget and the people to deliver the quality of information you need. Luckily, I’m uniquely qualified to bridge the gap and I’ve developed a couple of one day workshops to do exactly that.
Two Powerful Days
Each of the workshop days is a standalone experience but if you want to do everything you can to reduce your risk factors and increase your future health then attending both days could be a good start.
DAY ONE: Five Frontiers
The first workshop day looks at five key areas of your life where you can make a real difference to your health and impact your future. I will share simple, practical and evidence based information to show how changes to your diet and lifestyle habits can make a difference to your risk and influence your recovery.
It will also help you to understand your treatment options more thoroughly, to reduce side effects and improve the way they work as well as avoiding common nutritional misunderstandings that can diminish the effectiveness of chemo and radiotherapy.
- Your Mindset
- Your Diet and Food Choices
- Your Daily Routine
- Your Chemical Environment
- Your Medical Treatment
DAY TWO: Six Superpowers
The second workshop day digs a bit deeper – getting under your skin to look at essential body systems that are strongly linked to cancer risk and known to respond to nutrition and lifestyle interventions.
In each area there is the potential to impact the ‘tumour microenvironment’, creating a more ‘cancer-hostile’ body and reducing the availability of fuel, raw materials and growth promoters that cancer needs to thrive, and improving the availability of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and repair molecules to reduce future damage.
Each of the days will arm you with practical and actionable knowledge as well as providing areas for further research and personal exploration. The information included in these workshops is currently only available to professional audiences. 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 look forward to meeting you and helping to inspire your recovery!
If you want to be notified when the workshops are available please sign up to the waitlist
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.