It sounds strange to say, but I am grateful for my Father's cancer. Of course, it was not what I would have wished; he was a lovely, charismatic, ex-RAF Battle of Britain pilot, shot down more than once but survived; Sadly, he could not beat cancer.
Because of his diagnosis I started researching all I could about the disease. This was in the early 1980s, so information was scarce and inaccurate. I followed all the trials, research as it improved and developed.
Exactly 30 years to the month after my Father's diagnosis, I contracted breast cancer and started to develop my programme for others based on my experiences and continued research.
3 Steps Against Cancers was created from my journal and conversations between a group of patients, whilst undergoing chemotherapy.
With input from our Cancer Care Team professionals, this was developed into a book and adapted as a guide for others, to help them better understand the different elements of their treatment and how to best prepare for this journey.
I invaded many Cancer Centres (with permission!) to talk with those being treated and their families/friends, wanting to learn from them about their journeys. It was a humbling experience but so rewarding.
I developed a program for those diagnosed, carers/family members to develop their skills and take responsibility for their support, as well as creating a health legacy for future generations
I coach carers (family members or friends) on this program, as well as many people as possible with the program which also gives a unique opportunity to be a legacy for future generations who will develop knowledge on the pathway to peak health
Additionally, we have available professional guides:
to handling sleep problems and getting a good night’s sleep – necessary at any time, but vital now to boost energy and strength.
making stress work for, not against us.
advice on visits to your GP - equally applicable when meeting with your Oncologist/Surgeon/Other for any procedure and was compiled by a highly experienced, clinical nurse who spent years working with these specialists and their patients
Updates on research of alternative and complimentary treatments (monthly subscriptions providing latest news).
which foods to eat and not eat - keeping healthy, fit and active (mentally and physically) throughout.