Trinny and Susannah Go Chemo Chic!

trinny and susannah kissingThose fabulous fashionistas Trinny & Susannah have written a brilliant article on their blog – all about how to dress comfortably and stylishly after a mastectomy. We totally endorse their approach, and they totally endorse Chemo Chic. It’s an all-round love-in!

Read Trinny and Susannah’s excellent style tips here.

Amanda Goes Paraben-Free

Amanda WardellAfter Amanda O’Neill was diagnosed with breast cancer she became concerned about toxic ingredients in beauty products, both for herself and for her baby daughter. Amanda writes:

In June 2010, aged 33, and just after the birth of my little girl, I was shocked to hear the words “you have cancer.” I was diagnosed with breast cancer – a grade three invasive ductal carcinoma.

At the time, I didn’t fully understand what that meant but I knew it wasn’t good news. As a child, I watched my very beautiful mother battle brain cancer, so I knew what to expect of the chemotherapy, but Continue reading

Gloria’s Glorious Veggies

 

carrot apple beetrootGloria Meltzer writes:

I was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma of the breast in September 2011. I had a lumpectomy followed by 25 sessions of radiotherapy. The margins were clear, the one lymph node taken was clear, so no chemo required.

I am so fortunate to have a very loving, supportive partner. That makes a world of difference to coping with a cancer diagnosis. One of my strongest motivations to keep well is to live to see my four beautiful young grandchildren grow up.

At the time, I read everything I could lay my hands on – searching for a recipe for future cancer prevention. I followed a naturopath’s advice and he obtained some high quality supplements for me. I began taking 5 drops a day of iodine diluted in water, from a compounding pharmacy. I read and decided to rigorously follow Professor Jane Plant’s book ‘Your Life In Your Hands’ and have now been on a completely dairy-free diet for 12 months. There are also many good recipes to be found in Jane Plant’s book ‘Eating for Better Health’. My partner and I grow many of our organic vegetables ourselves. Nowadays I eat and cook a sensationally healthy diet.

I live in central Victoria on a bush block, so I do regular bush walks – weather permitting. I attend a yoga class weekly and practise yoga at home every morning.

I have long been interested in health foods and healthy cooking, but cancer gave me the incentive to do this daily and much more rigorously. The result has been that this has been the healthiest year of my life: my first winter with no sore throat nor cold or flu bug. Now I want to share a few of my simple recipes.  Continue reading

Not the Year You Had Planned

Cathy McCarthy was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2007. She had surgery, 6 sessions of chemotherapy and 33 sessions of radiotherapy. Having recovered  from the treatment she feels blessed to now be so well. She describes her bout with cancer as an opportunity to get living:

May you find the wisdom to listen to your illness? Ask it why it came, where it wants to take you What it wants you to know, What quality of space it wants to create in you What you need to learn to become more fully yourself That your presence may shine in the world. – John O’Donohue

It is a great shock to be diagnosed with any form of cancer. It takes a while to filter the information and to believe that you are the one with the cancer.

When I was diagnosed I decided I was going to make the most of the unexpected year in my life. It was not the year I had planned, but it was the year I had been given. Continue reading

Beauty Talk – An Interview with Margo Marrone

Margo Marrone began her career as a pharmacist. In the course of her research she was shocked to find how many toxic ingredients lurk in the cosmetics that we use every day. Margo founded The Organic Pharmacy with her husband Franco in 2002. The Organic Pharmacy and their make-up range Organic Glam have become trailblazers in covetable, natural skincare. We ask her some questions about cosmetics and cancer.  Continue reading

How to Prepare for a Week in Hospital

Dr Allan Hamilton, neurosurgeon and author of The Scalpel and the Soul, asserts that patients who maintain a sense of who they are fare better in hospital than those who do not. Making your hospital room into a piece of your own world helps to promote feelings of security and wellbeing. More importantly it helps the medical staff to connect with you as an individual rather than as just another inmate in a blue patterned surgical gown.

Here are some suggestions.  Continue reading