This is a very special day, especially for people dealing with a cancer diagnosis, or feeling fearful that it might come back. The October date is in Mirfield, West Yorkshire, and the November and December dates are in London. For more details, and to book http://bit.ly/CMavEvents3
Numbers are limited to 10 and we are expecting to be oversubscribed so please book early.
Here is what Jan had to say about the last one, which blew me away
I, too, attended yesterday’s Cancer Mavericks’ programme and, like the above attendee, found it a deeply enriching experience. I hadn’t really known what to expect and, in a general way, had no expectations beyond learning something new, perhaps sharing experiences with people who had also (or were in the process of) going through the conventional cancer minefield. Result on every level, and more!
Firstly, the programme was held in Clare’s home which made for a very relaxed, informal, and comfortable setting. Secondly, neither Clare nor Nina were one of those well-meaning but, ultimately, creepy, pseudo-empathatic individuals one so often associates with alternative thinking courses/programmes. Both were extremely down-to-earth, say it like it is, intelligent and spiritual individuals. There was none of that group hug business I had rather secretly been dreading, just information and facts presented in a common sense and engaging way.
As a cancer survivor of 8 years and counting despite the conventional treatment I received (surgery/chemo/radiotherapy/drug therapy/more surgery), I have done much research since to find other ways (non-conventional) to deal with cancer should it ever strike me again, so am quite savvy now on the latest research and non-conventional methodology. I hoped to learn more on the course, but wasn’t entirely convinced I would. How wrong could I be?
I learned so much more, not just from Clare and Nina, but also from the other attendees who had so much useful information to share on treatments, nutrition, alternative treatments, how they were affected and the cost of many of these – a massive factor for many of us in deciding how to proceed with a particular treatment.
Nina talked us through her own journey which was pretty hardcore and very moving. I felt that I, too, was experiencing her highs and lows as she described her initial diagnosis right up to present day. For me, one of the most important messages to come out of her story is that we are all individuals, with individual needs, beliefs and fears. Mainstream medicine does its best to treat us as individuals but the cost factor, ultimately, determines our treatment options, and they are limited: surgery, chemo, radiotherapy, drugs. Take it or leave it. While no one at The Cancer Mavericks even once suggested that alternative methods will cure cancer, what they did reiterate is that we are individuals and as individuals need to think about how any treatment might affect us in both the short and long terms. It’s tricky making such an important decision about the future when the conventional cancer treatment conveyor belt system is demanding a swift response to get that treatment started; it’s tricky making that decision when one’s partner and/or family/friends are terrified on your behalf and also want to see you start treatment immediately so you can get better and back to your old self; it’s doubly tricky making that decision when you are shell shocked, scarcely able to take in such life changing information, let alone make the right decision based on research, what treatments are available, financial constraints, fear of death, fear for your loved ones and how they will cope, work commitments, yadda, yadda, yadda. We have been pre-programmed to think Doctor knows best so whatever s/he says is the way it has to be. Wrong! As Nina pointed out, a cancer didn’t appear in our body overnight so, despite any insistence on signing a release form for treatment quickity quick, take the time to really think about your body, your needs, your personal circumstances and, most important of all to my mind, your gut feeling on what is the right treatment, conventional or otherwise, for you. That extra week you take to decide your future is unlikely to see your cancer grow to monumental, untreatable proportions. To reiterate, this need to remember you are an individual was one of the strongest messages I took away from the day’s events. Another was that despite having experienced a disease that most people would describe as their worst nightmare, we are all still here to tell the tale and view the experience as a major positive. Yes, having cancer is a bummer and game-changer, but it’s also a wake-up call to how you’ve been living your life and how you can live out the rest of your life.
We learned about eating really well – delicious, satisfying, yet wholesome and good-for-you food; we learned about non-invasive therapies for treatment and maintenance for a healthy body and mind; we learned how closely aligned the mind and body are and how both will suffer if one is unwell, abused or neglected. Clare talked to us about focused mindfulness (which is covered fully in her book From Pain to Peace) and how important emotional health is to the well being of our bodies. Having cancer is a scary experience but this programme reminded me that we all have options and what is right for one person isn’t necessarily right for everyone.
I so wish that this type of programme existed when I was diagnosed back in 2007 because, frankly, armed with facts and information from outside sources, I doubt I would have chosen the conventional route because it wasn’t the best choice for me and my body. Others will, no doubt, think differently but that is the beauty of this programme – it doesn’t tell you what to think, or to choose non-conventional over conventional. It merely seeks to provide information and options for thought and consideration. The choice is yours.
If you or anyone you know has been diagnosed with cancer or has had it in the past, I would urge you to attend this day programme as you will leave feeling informed, inspired and positive. For me, it was an affirmation of life and a happier, more holistic way of living. Not bad for an 8-hour course
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