Ever since Angelina Jolie announced that she has just undergone a double mastectomy to prevent breast cancer, the world seems to be buzzing about the topic. TV and social media have gone to town with this story, and while I may not agree with the messages that have been attached to it, I think it’s awesome that her story has got everyone thinking, talking and opening up healthy discussions about what is a very sensitive subject.
I’m not a breast cancer expert, but I do have access to people who are. Which is why I asked to speak with my friend Dr Sherrill Sellman about the topic. Dr Sellman is the author of What Women Must Know To Protect Their Daughters From Breast Cancer and What Women Must Know About Their Hormones. She’s done extensive research in the fields of epigenetics and the breast cancer genes – BRCA 1 and BRCA 2.Read More
Five years ago today, at 9am, I slipped away from my desk at Dolly magazine and walked to my hand doctor’s office with excitement. Two weeks prior I’d had surgery to remove fluid on my left middle finger and biopsies to try and work out why I had strange little lumps popping up all over my hand arm. Being a firm fixture on the Sydney social scene, the cast I’d had to wear for the two weeks was a drag. It was uncomfortable and impossible to hide in photographs, and I was peeved off having to type with one hand at work. With the MTV awards just two days away, I was keen to get the thing off.Read More
When I was first diagnosed with cancer and started devouring every healing success story I could find, I desperately wanted to join the ranks. I wanted to be able to call myself a survivor more than anything – and so I did. The moment I made the decision to become an empowered participant in my healing was the moment I became a cancer survivor, because this was the moment I stopped being a victim.Read More
In April it will be three years since I started this blog. I began blogging two weeks before I went to the Gerson clinic in Mexico, and I was so proud of it right from the beginning. I would pour so much love, transparency and vulnerability into each post. I wanted to give whoever was reading a truly authentic snap shot of what life is like when you are healing your body naturally. I was delighted when positive feedback and encouraging comments would come in, and this fuelled me to spend more and more time crafting my online sanctuary. But then, as if the universe knew my ego needed to be balanced out, I received a flood of criticism.Read More
Are you sitting near another person at the moment? Have you been talking to someone else recently? Thinking of someone else? On current estimates, one in nearly every two people alive today will develop cancer in their lifetime. That is way too many. But if you have someone else near to you, that is two people. So who might it be? How good would it be to save a life in 2013?Read More
I’m so excited about today’s interview with my good friend Dr Sherrill Sellman. A little while ago Sherrill told me about something called Nutritional Genomic Testing, which is a simple test that tells you, based on your genes, where you are most vulnerable and most at risk for creating poor health.Read More
When I pledged to take the empowered approach in response to my cancer wake up call, it felt like I was being tortured by having all of the foods I knew and loved taken away from me. Suddenly everything that had been a staple of my diet for the first 22 years of my life was forbidden and I was left thinking, “what the heck and I supposed to eat?” I had absolutely no idea how to feed myself if I couldn’t rely on bottles of flavour and “instant” foods.
Thankfully, I learnt that not only would I not starve, but that I would also be opening myself up to an entire world of foods that have amazing healing powers. Every member of the plant family has beautiful healing qualities, but these guys are my top 10:Read More
Unless you’re colour blind, you may have noticed that this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We are surrounded by a sea of damn pink ribbons everywhere we look. One of my daily highlights is watching The Ellen Show, but her whole pink “Ellen For The Cure” thing grates on me. Why? Because raising awareness of breast cancer and raising money to fund drug research is notRead More