As a breast cancer thriver, I’m passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience to help you restore body, mind and balance in your life.
Sometimes it takes something momentous to make you really change the way you’re living your life. For me, it was the diagnosis of Stage 3 triple-negative breast cancer in 2015 followed by a mastectomy.
Previous losses and challenges, including the death of my sister from a brain aneurism at 40 and supporting my mother through ovarian and bowel cancer treatment, had taken their toll, but it was my own cancer diagnosis that stopped me in my tracks. I didn’t want to simply relinquish myself to treatment. I was determined to take an active role in it and also in my recovery.
Crucially, what changes could I make in my life to help heal myself, and my mother?
Having always been a curious person, I began to ask questions of myself and others. I did endless research. I was excited and motivated by what I learnt from the likes of Wayne Dwyer, Deepak Chopra, Dr Christina Northrup and Dr Ian Gawler. And I discovered Dr Kelly Turner, author of ‘Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds’. I put into practice the 9 Healing Factors she found were common to the over 1,500 Radical Remission cases she had studied.
I quickly discovered that I could also learn from friends who were exploring new ways of living or were on journeys similar to my own. Having a special mentor in my friend Richard Somerville, who has supported me these past four years, was beyond valuable. Through all this I’ve learnt to accept help myself which wasn’t easy at first.
Gradually, I’ve integrated all the learnings that have resonated with me into my daily life and am amazed at how positively they’ve impacted my health and wellbeing. I feel more resilient - physically, mentally and emotionally. Happier. Calmer. If only I had had all the new strategies for coping with stress when raising my three daughters on my own while also working full-time!
My learning hasn’t stopped either. It’s a process. I’m constantly finding better, easier and more affordable ways to get the results I’m seeking.
I’ve now reached a point where I want to share what I’ve learnt beyond my family and friendship circle. I want others to benefit as I have.
I urge everyone, whether they have a health condition or simply want to make healthier lifestyle choices, to take part in a Radical Remission Workshop.
I completed Radical Remission Workshop Teacher Training in New York State in 2017 and am a qualified facilitator. I also offer Home Detox and Vegepod Organic Gardening Workshops and one-on-one consultations tailored to your needs.
Business experience and studies that assist me in this new role include one year of training in Human Development (1996), a course in Thought Field Therapy (2004) and more recently, a Mindfulness Workshop. I’ve also worked in various positions in the health sector, owned a café and been a caterer. My roles as mother to my three daughters and carer to several family members have taught me so much about how to guide and support others, especially when life throws us curve balls.
I’ve always had an interest in holistic and integrative medicine and am committed to self-study.
The changes I’ve made to my life have been easier to make than I expected. That’s because I feel and function so much better now which is motivating in itself.
I live a very simple lifestyle. It’s such a relief. So freeing! I used to think I was only effective if I could cram a day full of activities - be superwoman. Practising meditation and mindfulness have helped me relax. If I get the feeling that life is becoming topsy-turvy, I sit, be still and meditate. I practice regular yoga which has increased my flexibility and introduced me to a new group of friends. Yes, a simpler life has a lot going for it. I’ve found I now have more time to garden, read, cook, socialise and just ‘be’.
The most important thing I’ve learnt is the value of living in the moment, not worrying about the past or the future. I don’t stress about the little things. I can switch off very easily from other people’s stress. I have a lot of peace and calmness in my life.
All this bounty I’d like to share with others, perhaps with you. Give me a call if you’d like to learn more.