It took cancer to wake me up to the wisdom and healing power of a body I’d lived disconnected from. Diagnosed with a blood cancer at 23, I joked it gave me an opportunity to reinvent my look. Beyond the layer of image, cancer was the most destructive, yet transformative experience of my life.
Chemotherapy and its toxic effects are as scarring mentally as they are physically. When it ends you’re left trying to piece together who you are when so much has changed.
For me, finishing treatment was the hardest part. When chemo ended my self confidence and self belief hit rock bottom. It felt like my identity had been stripped away during treatment.
I felt stuck in a transition period knowing life wouldn’t be the same again and wanting to make healthy changes, but unsure where I was heading. Piecing together the puzzle of life beyond cancer was made so much easier by building my own holistic support team.
During treatment my medical team talked about killing tumours, yet no one was talking about repairing the body and healing the person. It was at this point I realised we have a sick care system not a health care system. Research became my coping mechanism during treatment. I realised how much we can be doing to lead healthier, more energised lives. How with personalised support and information people can thrive with cancer.
I built my own integrative recovery plan alongside 6 months of chemotherapy. This included gut healing, meditation, reducing toxins, juicing, exercise, visualisation, nutrition and lifestyle medicine. I had cancer in three body sites, with one lump the size of an orange on diagnosis. Within four months my scans were clear and I began learning how to heal my mind, body and spirit.
I’ve spent the past 4 years researching and training in mindset and confidence coaching. I work combining these techniques bespoke for each individual. My training has included Life Coaching with NLP, CBT, Mindfulness and Theta Healing.
I’ve gone from having stage fright to speaking on stage sharing my story ‘From Tequila to Spirulina’ in front of many people.
I’ve spent two years working for a charity as a care manager for young women going through cancer and beyond, supporting them to rebuild their health and confidence. Organising health and well-being workshops for groups at Victoria’s Promise. During my recovery I started travelling to rebuild and to research different ways other countries approach health and cancer.
My passion lies in post traumatic growth and supporting people to feel uplifted about their next steps.
What would you be doing if you had more confidence and self belief?
Confidence will mean something different for us all, just as we all have unique things we want to do with our lives. I look forward to finding out what that may be for you. Importantly, it’s never too let to press that shiny reset button.