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Apr13

Baldness & Boldness

Posted on Apr 13 by

Chemotherapy is a preventive therapy to kill rogue cancer cells that may be hidden in my body.  Chemo kills cancerous fast growing cells as well as other fast growing cells, like hair, nails and skin, to name a few. Last Christmas I started loosing my hair.  My scalp was very painful and I was shedding clumps of hair at a time, which was emotionally draining. Shaving my head, with the help of my husband, restituted some of my control over my body and my reality.  It was a relief to the pain on the scalp as well as the emotional pain of being a victim of strong drugs in my system. A shaved head is, at the best of times, a cold experience.  With that there is the weight of cancer looming above my head.  I get looks of pity or solidarity and people who simply can not face me at all. The physical impact of cancer treatment is vastly discussed, but the emotional impact is equally challenging.  It takes a lot to be bald and bold, vulnerable in...

Apr05

Managing Chemo

Posted on Apr 5 by

I am grateful for NZ’s health system. I am just over half way through my chemo and no stone is being left unturned to investigate my chest pains. Meanwhile I choose to have the weekly chemotherapy infusions.  I go to get healed at the Day Cancer Clinic at Wellington hospital.  I visualise my veins opening up to the needles, allowing them in with no trauma. I see the golden healing medicine going through my body and reaching my cells and making them better.  All my systems cooperate with the medicine, filtering my blood, enhancing it, and clearing any residue that is harmful. I manage the side effects of chemotherapy with a combination of complementary medicines. I will start by discussing Acupuncture. Acupuncture/Acupressure/Moxa Christopher and I had a number of IVF treatments, but it is thanks to Chinese Medicine that we conceived our daughter naturally. We both had acupuncture and herbs, et voilá! I have since been a believer! I am also grateful to Coco Acupuncture Woman https://theacupuncturewoman.co.nz,whom I see weekly for acupuncture. And I am glad to say this:...

Mar29

A Quiet Mind

Posted on Mar 29 by

You don’t need to suffer from cancer to experience anxiety, tension, fatigue or depression.  In our society these feelings are very pertinent. When there is stress, it is the sympathetic nervous system that takes over in an attempt to “warrant our survival”.  Adrenaline and cortisol are released in a “fight and flight” mode, which can feel exhilarating in short bursts, but is not designed to last more than half an hour at the most. Beyond that, it becomes damaging in a celular level. There are very few real times in modern living, other than a true emergency, that we really need our sympathetic nervous system’s “fight or flight” responses, which our ancient hunter gatherer ancestors relied on for daily survival.  And yet most of us live on that “fight and flight response mode”, at the risk of our internal health. Further more, much of modern society’s endless anxiety is self created.  It is not necessary be in survival mode constantly. Meditation is the key to restore our genetic right to a quiet, focused, and peaceful mind, the only environment...

Mar22

Breathing

Posted on Mar 22 by

These are challenging times.  Mindfulness and meditation can help.  Further more, when mindfulness and meditation become part of our routine, a state of happiness and contentment is possible in spite of the challenges. Meditating daily can be a daunting prospect.  Our mind is so predominant that it is difficult to have it “shut up” even for short periods of time. However, we are not only made of thoughts!  A balanced existence requires equal amounts of healthy emotions and connection to intuition and the environment. Since I am no expert, I can only share my own experience. Guided visualisations are my go to place when I fail to achieve a quiet mind and meditate. Watch out for my next post when I will expand on this. For now, let’s start by breathing. Waking up from anaesthesia and seeing my “mutilated” body after surgery brought on severe panic attacks.  I had heard about panic attacks, I had even seen people suffer them, but the reality of experiencing one first hand was overwhelming. That is when breathing came to my rescue. Breathing...

Mar19

Core and More!

Posted on Mar 19 by

Early mobilisation was key to having a speedy recovery from the mastectomy, breast reconstruction and lymph nodes resection. I left the hospital with four drains and it was 16 days before all of them were removed.  As soon as the drains were gone and the wounds healed, I started practising this movement series.  Initially the range of movement was small but it got better quickly and I’ve had full range of movement for a while.(I am 3 months post-op at the moment) I did this series daily for a while. Now, with the chemo and the addition of other alternative medicine practices, I do the foam roller workout a couple of times a week. But you don’t have to have had an operation!!! This movement series is an excellent workout for regular people to achieve core stabilisation, back, shoulder and arm biomechanics and strength.  I recommend you practice this 2 or 3 times a week. I use a foam roller to increase challenge to my core and a couple of 1 kg. weighted balls.  However you don’t necessarily need...

Mar06

From illness to wellness

Posted on Mar 6 by

I never thought I would have cancer, even though I have seen it up close a few times both in my private life and in my practice. The truth is, I had hardly any time to take in the diagnosis, before my body was subjected to a very invasive operation.  I honestly don’t know how “the ordinary citizen” can go through this.  I would not be enjoying the level of ability I am today had it not been for my background in physiotherapy and massage therapy.  It was a lot due to understanding the premises of physiology and lymphatic drainage that I managed to recover relatively well and fast from surgery. The surgeon was very impressed. Even though the hospital provides great standard of care, it is clearly lacking resources to provide continuous immediate post operative Physiotherapy and lymphatic drainage care. I did however find a wealth of resources at the Cancer Society, and I recommend a visit to their library and a chat to one of their team. I chose to transform my illness into wellness through: MovementMindfulness...