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Yoga and Radiotherapy

Posted on Aug 8, 2019 in Uncategorized

I am at the end of 6 months of chemotherapy when I take up Yoga. Even though I have been to classes on and off, I haven’t practiced in a while and chemo leaves me feeling extremely weak, exhausted and short of breath. By then I am also suffering from severe neuralgia and experiencing crippling muscle and joint pain, besides decreased immunity. For ten...

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Baldness & Boldness

Posted on Apr 13, 2019 in Uncategorized

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...

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Managing Chemo

Posted on Apr 5, 2019 in Uncategorized

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...

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A Quiet Mind

Posted on Mar 29, 2019 in Uncategorized

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...

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Posted on Mar 22, 2019 in Uncategorized

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...

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