Gloria 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
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First bit of good news that we’ve been meaning to tell you about:
To: Jessica Jones
At first, you may feel that you want to decline every social invitation. And that is perfectly fine. You are ill and you don’t have to do anything that you don’t want to.
Cancer really knocked my confidence. I shied away from groups of people, particularly people that I didn’t know. At first I was nervous to go out. Would my turban slip off in the middle of dinner? Would people snigger at my wig? Would I suddenly throw up all over the floor? Would I find myself feeling exhausted and be unable to get home easily?
These are real considerations. Little by little I learned how to pace myself and handle daily challenges. My confidence grew. One day I realised that I was ready to go to a party. But I needed the right outfit, one that would be comfortable yet glamorous, an outfit that would say “here is a self-posessed, stylish woman,” not “Hey! Look at that poor cancer victim”
Here are some tips:
It’s Friday and I’m back at the Harley Street Clinic, my home-from-home. I strip off and, before Mr Hadjiminas can say anything, I tackle the obvious controversy head on. “I’m not wearing the compression bra today. I’m fed up with it.”
“But I’ve brought this,” I add, brandishing the Continue reading
I have plumbed a new low in Chemo Chic fashion. Continue reading