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My Choices Live Well. Live CANCER Edition 1 - 2012

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About Us: My Choices - Live well. Live CANCER is a publication that was started by Nicole Theunissen, and Nicky Smit in 2012. Nicole was diagnosed in 2010 (at the age of 26) as a cancer patient (and still fighting) with Breast Cancer. Nicky Smit has been in the publishing industry since 1996 and has successfully launched numerous publications. My Choices - Live well. Live CANCER is in the process of compiling a magazine with all localized services and resources (whether it may be a company to drop off a healthy meal or a stockist of wigs & prosthesis) as well as doctor's articles and important discussion topics. Our Goal: The publication and web site, My Choices - Live well. Live CANCER, will endeavour to empower people living with cancer from all walks of life. The publication will be in A5 format printed on glossy paper. The size is manageable and can then easily be slipped into a handbag, laptop bag, a rucksack or in the cubby hole of the car. As it is printed in full color on glossy paper, it becomes a coffee table publication. Each and every edition will be different and filled with useful information and powerful stories. The first publication will be printed beginning of Sept 2012 and the theme will be Breast Cancer (to coincide with Breast Cancer month in October), Bandana Day and Movember, for men living with cancer. Relevant information will be loaded onto the web site www.mychoices.co.za daily. The publication will be printed quarterly and given out free of charge. Printing dates are: March – May, June – August, September - November, December - February Visit us regularly on - www.mychoices.co.za for interesting articles. - The publication will be duplicated as an e-book on the web site www.mychoices.co.za - The e-book can be downloaded free of charge for anybody to read on their iPad, Smart Phone or iPod. - A forum on the web site where people living with cancer and families can communicate with each other - Facebook and Twitter to keep everybody informed Content Featured Articles: Recommended books, Inspirational survivor/ fighter stories,Look good feel better advice (make up),Tips for treatment/ surgery, Glossary of terms,What to expect after a Surgery, Living with Cancer, Relationships and Cancer, Fatigue / Nutrition/ Exercise Managing families and a work schedule while being on Treatment, Chemo and it's side effects,Young People and cancer And so much more Advertisers: Advertising space will be marketed and sold to various helpful sources to make a cancer patient's life a bit more 'convenient'/ 'easier'. Our Vision: The information must be accessible to all people living with cancer nationwide.

Publisher: Nicky Smit Choice Media info@mychoices.co.za Editor: Nicole Theunissen nicole@mychoices.co.za Contact us: 021 556 2720

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Welcome to our first Edition of My Choices Live Well Live CANCER

You may have been living with your diagnosis for a while or you may even be newly diagnosed. Either way ... I hope our magazine will help you in your journey. 'My Choices - Live Well Live CANCER was put together by myself and Choice Media Publishing. I myself was diagnosed in 2010 at the age of 26 with stage 4 breast cancer. I have undergone various Chemo’s, a Mastectomy and Radiation...Guess what? Somehow I'm still standing and living my life as normal as can be. While I am still fighting the fight, I realised there was a need for valuable information to be available to men and woman at different stages in their journey. We all look for ways to make our lives more manageable - this is why we started 'My Choices - Live Well Live CANCER - so you, living with cancer, will have all the available resources in one publication. This may be the toughest fight you have ever had to fight in your life, but know, that you can get through it! There is a saying that I love, and it could never be more true - "You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have" by Unknown Author. Whether it is a support group to help you, a supplement to energise you, or an article to inspire you - I am hoping you'll find it right here with us. Please feel free to submit your tips, suggestions & comments to info@mychoices.co.za and don't forget to join us on our forum to network with other people just like yourself. We hope you enjoy the first Edition - A journey of Knowledge Awaits you! Nicole


The most common cancers Courtesy of GVI Oncology

Breast Cancer Breast cancer is a malignant (cancerous) disease that starts from cells of the breast. These cancerous cells can spread to other parts of the body via the bloodstream or lymphatic system and continue the uncontrolled growth with fatal results. At first, the cancer grows very slowly. For two to three years it may be detectable by mammography before it can be detected by hand. Cancer detected and treated early is usually curable.

Warning signs The most common sign of breast cancer is a new lump. A hard, painless lump with uneven edges is more likely to be cancer, but it's important to have anything unusual checked. Other signs include: = Change in breast size or shape = Skin irritation or dimpling = Breast pain = Nipple pain or nipple turning inward = Redness, scaliness, or thickening of nipple or breast skin = A nipple discharge other than breast milk = A lump in the underarm area

RISK FACTORS -Being female -Age (the older you are, the higher your risk) -Family history of breast or ovarian cancer

Diagnosis Early detection saves lives. These guidelines can help: Breast self-exam (BSE): If you detect any of the signs mentioned above, report them to your doctor right away. Breast examination: Your doctor will feel for any lump in the breast as well as the tissue around it. Mammogram: X-ray imaging to find abnormal growths or changes in breast

-Hormone use (such as oestrogen and progesterone)

Treatment Treatment is always individualised to fit the profile of the patient and the disease.

-Having your first child after 30 or never having children puts you at higher risk

Surgery: Most women with breast cancer will have some type of surgery to remove as much of the cancer as possible, and some might choose breast reconstruction after cancer surgery. Further treatment is often given preventatively for patients with a risk for recurrence.

-Certain benign breast changes or precursor forms of breast cancer

-Radiation therapy to the chest during childhood or puberty -Excessive alcohol or animal-fat intake

Radiation therapy: Radiation therapy is treatment with high-energy beams (such as X-rays) to kill or shrink cancer cells. Chemotherapy: This is the use of drugs to kill cancer cells. These drugs enter the bloodstream to attack cancer cells anywhere in the body. Hormonal therapy: If the cancer's growth is influenced by hormones, anti-oestrogen drugs are used to prevent stimulation of cancer cells. Biological therapy: This treatment works with your immune system. It can help fight cancer or help control side effects from other cancer treatments like chemotherapy. Taking care after cancer All cancer survivors should have follow-up care. Knowing what to expect after treatment can help you and your family make lifestyle changes and important decisions. Always tell your doctor about any changes in your health, especially changes in the treated breast.

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The most common cancers Courtesy of GVI Oncology

Lung Cancer Lung cancer is the leading cancer cause of death among South African men. The biggest reason? Smoking. About 60% of all lung cancer deaths in South Africa are due to tobacco smoking. Second-hand smoke is equally dangerous, while pollution is another culprit. Lung cancer often takes a long time to develop, with tumours too small to be detected by X-ray for years. It is a life-threatening disease because it often spreads to other parts of the body before it is found. Types of lung cancer There are two main types of lung cancer and they are treated differently. Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) In mixed small cell/large cell cancer, features of both are present. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) The majority of lung cancers are of the non-small cell type. There are three sub-types: Squamous cell carcinoma: linked to smoking, and usually found in the middle of the lungs, near a bronchus. Adenocarcinoma: usually found in the outer part of the lung. Large-cell (undifferentiated) carcinoma: can start in any part of the lung. It tends to grow and spread quickly, which makes it harder to treat. Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) About 10% of all lung cancers are SCLC, also known as oat cell carcinoma. Although the cancer cells are small, they can multiply quickly and form large tumours that can spread widely. This means that surgery is rarely an option. Treatment must include drugs to kill the widespread disease. This kind of cancer is almost always caused by smoking. Other types Along with the two main types of lung cancer, other tumours can be found in the lungs. Sometimes cancer that starts in other organs can spread to the lungs, and this is not the same as lung cancer. For example, cancer that starts in the breast and spreads to the lungs is still breast cancer, not lung cancer. Risk factors Smoking is by far the leading cause. People who quit will see their risk decline by up to 50% over time. Second-hand smoke increases lung cancer risk by 30%. Long-term exposure to certain substances such as arsenic, uranium, asbestos and radon. Previous radiation therapy to the breasts or chest area. Treatment Your options may include surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or targeted therapy. More than one kind of treatment may be used, depending on the stage of your cancer. Prevention If you're a smoker, quit. There are various approaches to quitting, and your doctor can discuss these with you. Take care of yourself through a healthy lifestyle. Keep your weight at a healthy point, and eat at least five servings of fruits and v egetables a day. Signs and symptoms Chronic cough Chest pain, often made worse by deep breathing, coughing, or laughing Hoarseness Weight loss and loss of appetite Bloody or rust-coloured sputum (spit or phlegm) Shortness of breath New onset of wheezing Consult your health care professional before embarking on a self-medication programme.


The most common cancers Courtesy of GVI Oncology

Melanoma Excessive sun exposure, especially with blistering sunburn episodes, is one of the major risk factors for the development of melanoma. The incidence of melanoma has been increasing in fair-skinned people throughout the world for several decades. While melanoma accounts for only 4% of skin cancer cases, it causes about 80% of skin cancer deaths. It is therefore the most dangerous and lethal of all the skin cancers. South Africa has the second highest incidence after Australia. The average age of presentation is 50 years. Melanoma is a malignant* skin cancer which arises from the uncontrolled growth of pigment cells. From the skin it can spread to the lymph glands or via the bloodstream to other organs such as the liver, lungs and bones (metastases). This is invariably fatal. It is therefore imperative to diagnose and treat melanoma as early as possible. Melanoma occurs most often, but not exclusively, on sun-exposed skin. Excessive sun exposure, especially with blistering sunburn episodes, is one of the major risk factors for the development of melanoma. Risk factors Red or blonde hair History of blistering sunburn Atypical* or dysplastic* moles Frequent use of sunbeds A personal or family history of melanoma A history of other skin cancers The ABCD’s of melanoma Melanomas are usually brown-black or multicolored patches with irregular outlines, but they may be pink too. They may eventually crust and bleed. Think of them in terms of the ABCD rule: A = Asymmetry Melanomas are often asymmetrical, whereas moles are generally symmetrical. B = Border Melanomas frequently have irregular uneven borders with scallopededging. Benign* moles usually have smooth, even borders. C = Colour Common moles are usually a single shade or shades of brown and black. Melanomas are often multicoloured, with multiple shades of brown, black, red, white, grey or blue. D = Diameter Benign moles are usually (but not always) less than 6mm in diameter, whereas melanomas tend to be larger. Be aware of any ABCD changes, and get to your dermatologist or general practitioner as soon as you notice any. Remember that most people develop their moles before the age of 30. A sudden development of a new expanding, irregularly pigmented/ non-pigmented patch after the age of 30 should make the red lights flash. The 10 golden rules 1.Remember melanomas are potentially fatal if not diagnosed and excised early. 2.See your doctor/dermatologist immediately if you become aware of any changing moles or new irregular patches. 3.Avoid sunburn. 4.Avoid sun beds at all costs. 5.Always apply a SPF 30+ sunscreen before sun exposure. 6.Avoid sun exposure completely between 11am and 3pm. 7.Wear appropriate sun-protective clothing. 8.Avoid excessive sun exposure. 9.Early melanoma is very much a curable skin cancer. The earlier a melanoma is diagnosed and surgically removed, the better the chance for a complete cure. 10.Even doused in sunscreen, don't stay in the sun longer than you have to. Medical Dictionary Atypical: The word “atypical� is often used to refer to the appearance of precancerous or cancerous cells. Benign: Not harmful. Dysplastic moles: Atypical moles that look different to common ordinary moles. Malignant: Cancerous, with the ability to invade and destroy nearby tissue. Malignant tumours may spread (metastasise) to other parts of the body.


The most common cancers Courtesy of GVI Oncology

Colorectal Cancer

Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of cancer in the Western world. It occurs when abnormal cells that have mutated from normal tissue grow in an uncontrolled way in the intestine. They can spread throughout the body, preventing vital organs from functioning properly or damaging other important body systems. Risk factors Age over 50 Colorectal polyps Family history of colorectal cancer Personal history of cancer Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease Diets high in animal fat and low in calcium, folate and fibre Smoking Symptoms A common symptom of colorectal cancer is a change in bowel habits: Diarrhoea or constipation, especially if alternating Feeling that your bowel does not empty completely Blood in your stools Stools are narrower than usual Frequent gas pains or cramps, or feeling full or bloated Unexplained weight loss Feeling tired all the time Nausea or vomiting Screening People in their 50s and older should be screened by colonoscopy*. If your family history puts you at risk, consider screenings from age 40, or from 10 years younger than your family member was at first diagnosis. Diagnosis If tests show abnormality, a biopsy may be performed to check for cancer. Often the abnormal polyp can be emoved during colonoscopy or sigmoidoscopy*. Treatment options Surgery. In the early stages, your gastroenterologist may be able to remove polyps without cutting into the abdomen, but by inserting a slender tube through the rectum. An early polypectomy* may prevent cancer. Once cancer is diagnosed, surgery should be performed and a section of the colon is removed. Chemotherapy is a form of "systemic" therapy, given either in tablet form or intravenously through a drip to attack cancer cells no matter where they are. It is used as adjuvant therapy*, in an attempt to cure cancer which has spread, or as palliative therapy*. Radiation therapy kills cancer cells by using high-energy rays pointed at the affected area. It prevents cancer cells from continuing to grow and divide. Nutrition and physical activity Potential side-effects of therapy include nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and mouth sores, but your doctor can suggest ways to deal with these problems. It's important to eat well and stay active during and after cancer treatment. Walking, yoga, swimming and other activities can keep you strong and increase your energy. Whatever physical activity you choose, be sure to talk to your doctor before you start or if it causes you pain. Medical DICTIONARY Colonoscopy: During a colonoscopy, a flexible tube is used to view the colon to look for disorders such as polyps. Sigmoidoscopy: A similar viewing technique used to examine the rectum and lower part of the colon. Polypectomy: The removal of a polyp. Adjuvant therapy is given following surgery where there is no evidence of residual disease, but a risk of recurrence exists. Chemotherapy or local pelvic irradiation is given in an attempt to prevent a recurrence. Palliative therapy is intended to improve a patient's quality of life where the cancer is no longer curable.


Cancer & Yoga Yoga is a form of nonaerobic exercise that involves a program of precise postures, breathing exercises, and meditation. Yoga can be a useful method to help relieve some symptoms of chronic diseases such as cancer and can lead to increased relaxation and physical fitness. Most studies on yoga and cancer have focused on breast cancer patients, but recently studies have begun to incorporate other cancer patients, including those with lung cancer and colorectal cancer. Results from recent studies on yoga and cancer show that the complementary therapy can have many benefits for patients, both mentally and physically. Some of the benefits include: A. Combating the Side Effects of Treatment Researchers from the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas found that breast cancer patients undergoing radiation treatments were better able to combat feelings of fatigue during a six-week trial of twiceweekly yoga classes in addition to their medical care. The women also had fewer problems with daytime sleepiness. In the April 2009 journal Psycho-oncology, researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine found that restorative, gentle yoga improved fatigue symptoms in women undergoing breast cancer treatment. B. Anxiety Relief When cancer is diagnosed, the news itself can raise anxiety levels tremendously. A small study of cancer patients in Japan published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine found yoga may be effective against anxiety. “Many disorders have a strong stress component, and yoga acts on that," state the study authors. It also "increases resilience and stress-coping capabilities" if practiced long enough. One of the most important dimensions of yoga practice for cancer patients is breathing, or pranayama. In Sanskrit, prana means breath and yama means extension or control. Many people going through the stress of an illness do not breathe efficiently. Fear can cause the holding of the breath or shallow breathing. Slow, deep breathing can bring oxygen into the body and reduce anxiety. C. Reduction of Stress and Cortisol Levels Chronic stress, such as the daily worry and pressure that a cancer patient typically experiences, can raise stress levels and biochemical markers such as cortisol and cytokine production. Stress reduction exercises, like yoga, can reduce stress and therefore reduce cortisol. Stress has also been shown to exacerbate the growth of tumors and other cancer indicators. Indian researchers found that yoga decreased salivary cortisol levels in patients with stage 2 and 3 breast cancer. Their research was published in the March 2009 journal Integrative Cancer Therapies. D. Immune System Response The American Cancer Society notes that experimental studies have shown evidence of yoga's beneficial effects on the immune system. The studies have demonstrated that stress contributes to the development and progress of immune-based diseases such as cancer and AIDS. Even as early as 1962, an article in the journal Cancer Research reported the beneficial effects of stress reduction on laboratory animals injected with cancer. E. Improves Coping Mechanism Some physicians see the benefit of yoga as a key to coping with cancer illness. Sarita Dubey, MD, an oncologist at the University of California San Francisco and American Society of Clinical Oncology official, said she believes yoga "does support patients mentally and physically while they endure the challenges from their cancer and cancer treatments." Cancer patients often find themselves in a distracted state of mind as they are bombarded by frightening information. When the mind is disturbed, it may be unable to make crucial decisions. The 2009 Breast Journal found that incorporating a coping strategy into the treatment regimen of patients with breast cancer, which could include yoga, is an important component in palliative care. F. Decreases Insomnia A small clinical trial published in the journal Cancer found that people with lymphoma reported fewer sleep disturbances, fell asleep more quickly, and slept longer after a seven-week yoga program, compared to patients who did not participate in yoga. continued on next page

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Cancer & Yoga

G. Improves Depression Symptoms Many cancer patients experience depression either as a result of their condition, prognosis, or treatment difficulties. Yoga creates an awareness of the emotional state and acts similar to cognitive behavioral therapy to assist cancer patients with becoming aware of negative thoughts and replacing them with more neutral, rational thoughts. In a small Japanese study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine in August 2009, mindfulness and meditation techniques helped 28 patients undergoing cancer treatment to cope more effectively with depression symptoms. The therapy included yoga, breathing, and meditation. H. Relief of Chronic Pain The Society for Integrative Oncology encourages the use of yoga for cancer patients because a pilot study of women with metastatic breast cancer found that on the day after which women practiced yoga, they experienced significantly lower levels of pain and fatigue. The study was published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management in March 2007 I. Providing Gentle Exercise Some researchers believe yoga's benefits come from the fact that it is also exercise, something that is clearly beneficial in most diseases, particularly cancer. Range of motion, flexibility, strength, relaxation, and a sense of bodily well-being are enhanced by practicing the postures. A 2008 study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, & Prevention found that women who exercised after receiving a breast cancer diagnosis had both reduced overall mortality and mortality from breast cancer, compared with those who didn't exercise. Another study, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, found that exercise reduced the risk of cancer recurrence and mortality among survivors of late-stage colon cancer. Dr. Moadel says that she does not see much support for yoga overall in the general medical community just yet. "I think there's a lack of understanding about it," she said. "They may worry that patients think it's an alternative medicine versus a complimentary modality. As research continues to show benefits without harmful side effects, more physicians may begin to prescribe more complementary therapies for cancer treatment. People with cancer and chronic conditions such as arthritis and heart disease should talk to their doctor before starting any type of therapy that involves movement of joints and muscles. Relying on this type of treatment alone and avoiding or delaying conventional medical care for cancer may have serious health consequences.

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So What's Special about Green Tea?

Green tea for thousands of years has been one of China's best-kept secrets to good health. This simple, unassuming drink contains lots of immune system boosting antioxidants. According to Web MD, green tea contains eight to ten times the antioxidants as your average fruit or vegetable. That's an amazing bonus from something made in a few moments and that you can drink in just a few seconds. Of course, savouring your tea is perfectly fine too. Green tea contains several types of antioxidants. Some of the most important found in green tea are falconoid, mostly made up of catechins, thearubigins, and epicatechins. These antioxidants are shown to protect cells from free radicals, which can cause cancer and certain types of heart disease. Simply drinking two or three cups a day helps protect your heart. Some experts even recommend drinking up to ten cups a day of this stuff. Luckily, one can't overdose on it. Iced green tea makes a refreshing drink after a hard workout. Plus, it's cheap and can be mixed with other ingredients for flavor. Some of the most common mix-ins are ginger, lemon, honey and mint. Certain studies have shown topical application of green tea in a lotion can prevent sun damage which, as most of us know, can lead to skin cancer. Other studies have indicated benefits such as higher metabolism, weight loss and detoxification. Next time you get thirsty, don't reach for a soda. Instead, brew a pot of your favourite green tea. This tea is most effective when brewed with not quite boiling water and allowed to steep for two to three minutes. Brew for a longer period and the drink becomes bitter. Higher quality green teas have smoother flavours. One excellent tea is a combination of green tea and white tea. It's extra smooth and is a very pale tea. Experiment with some brands until you find one that suits you best. Article extracted from Fight Like a Girl Website


Easy Meditation & Breathing exercises for Beginners Learning to meditate can seem difficult and intimidating. It doesn't have to be. The best way to learn to meditate is just to jump in. Pick an exercise below that appeals to you. Don't overdo it at first. Start with only a minute or two at a time, and work up to longer sessions only when you feel comfortable. You can do these exercises in various positions. You can do them while sitting, lying down, or even while walking. The most important thing is that you choose a place and time when you will have at least a few minutes alone without being disturbed. Exercise 1: I know As you inhale, say silently to yourself, “I breathe in. I know I breathe in.” As you exhale, say silently to yourself, “I breathe out. I know I breathe out.” Repeat for the duration of your meditation session. If your mind starts to wander, bring it gently back to the exercise. Exercise 2: Counting Inhale. As you exhale, think “1.” As you exhale, think “2.” Continue counting this way up to 4, then start over again with 1. If at any time your mind wanders and you lose count, bring your mind gently back and start over again at 1. Exercise 3: Mantra You don't have to pay a fortune to a meditation franchise operation to get assigned a mantra. Pick any one you like! You can use the classic “Ohm,” or you can choose any word that makes you feel calm and happy. You can use a phrase, or you can even use a nonsense syllable that has a pleasant sound. If you use a single word, repeat it silently to yourself on each inhalation and exhalation. If you use a longer phrase, find a pattern where your inhalations and exhalations can synchronize with the words. As above, when your attention starts to wander, and you go off on a train of thought, bring your mind gently back. Exercise 4: Breath When you inhale, concentrate on the sensation of your breath as it enters your nostrils. When you exhale, concentrate on the sensation of your breath leaving your nostrils. Can you feel a difference in temperature? Is the air cooler as it enters and hotter as it leaves? This exercise may be harder than the ones above, because it can be harder to focus on a sensation than on a sound. As a result, your attention may wander more frequently. As soon as you notice that you are no longer paying attention to your breath, bring your attention back. Exercise 5: Golden Light As you inhale, imagine that your breath is a golden light filling up your lungs. As you exhale, imagine the golden light going into your brain and bringing energy to every brain cell. On your next inhalation, imagine the golden light going into your heart. On your exhalation, imagine the light leaving through the top of your head and surrounding your body with a golden glow. Repeat the whole sequence three times. Exercise 6: Relaxation Band Imagine that a band several inches wide is moving slowly down your body, starting at the top of your head. As the band moves, imagine that every area that it touches becomes relaxed.


Nutrition ………………………………………………………………….. If you have cancer or you know anyone with cancer, and you're/they're not following these guidelines or taking these supplements, I would strongly suggest that you start taking them. Eat protein with every meal. The 3 things that you want to be eating is meat protein, nuts, and loads of veg, especially primal greens (green veg). But seriously, stay away from carbs (bananas, bread, sweets, etc) Carbohydrates spike your Insulin levels in your body and Insulin plays a big role in cancer. The higher the protein the better. Also, you need to have a high fat diet too, so no skimmed products (like skimmed milk). Full fat food has saturated fats which are good for you. Make sure your dairy products are high in CLA. (found in fat)

Get some sun (15min a day). Vit D will reduce the symptoms of ANY disease or illness. The first thing you eat in the morning will affect how your body works for the rest of the day (this is very true) I know it sounds weird, but if you want to feel the best you can during the day and have higher dopamine levels then you should be thinking meat and nuts for breakfast. The will massively increase productivity for the day. Patients with cancer should take vitamins into account to build up their immune systems. See below for a guideline on what should be taken. Speak to your doctors about what would be best for you. DHA (Omega 3 fish oil) 6g per day Taurine (6g per day – taken in the afternoon) Green Tea (extract/powder form – 6g per day) Vit B Vit D3 (200,000 IU/day) Carnatine (1-5 ratio with fish oils. So if you're taking 40g of fish oils then take 8g of Carnatine) Zinc (boosts your immune system) Lastly, take a multivitamin Article taken from the RESHAPE Coach, Jean Pierre De Villiers http://reshapecoach.wordpress.com/2011/02/21/optimum-health-some-good-advice-for-anyone-with-cancerchemo-in-their-life/

'At First, defeating our Illness seems impossible, then it seems attainable, and then we summon that invinsible fire within, it becomes inevitable' Adapted from a quote by Christopher Reeve

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Exercise Can Help you Feel Better Physical Activity Has Many Benefits The list of benefits associated with exercise is just as long—if not longer—than the list of disadvantages associated with skipping exercise, but millions of women are guilty of being couch potatoes. Don't think I'm pointing fingers, because I'm not—I'm one of the laziest people I know when it comes to physical activity. Before getting pregnant in 2008, I was in the best shape of my life. I got to the point that I honestly enjoyed eating salad and fruit, and I walked outside or on my treadmill every single day. For once my seizures were under control, and I felt great. When I was put on hospital bed rest due to complications with my high-risk pregnancy, I obviously had to quit exercising. I quickly got back into the swing of things after the baby was born because I vainly wanted to lose the weight I had gained, but now that my daughter is pushing two and I work from home, I'm lucky to take a shower each day, let alone exercise. Easy Ways to Sneak in Exercise I'm full of excuses as to why I don't exercise, and I'm willing to bet I'm not alone. If you also find yourself putting your physical fitness on hold, consider the following: Walking. Walking is one of the easiest forms of exercise. You can walk around the block, walk laps at an indoor shopping mall, or simply park your car further away than you usually do when you're at the grocery store. Each short walk will add up! Find a class. If you're unable to walk due to physical pain or other limitations, many local gyms and physical therapy centers offer specialized exercise classes for women with limited mobility. They often include exercises that help restore movement and lessen fatigue. Check with your doctors for more information. Remind Yourself that You're Doing it For You. If you find yourself making excuses, as I always do, remind yourself that you are taking a few minutes out of your day to do something for you. Even if you're extremely busy with a family and a career, you deserve to feel good and look good. Don't feel guilty for taking the time to exercise. Find a workout partner. It's often easier to walk or go to the gym if you have a partner that motivates you. Find a friend or relative that is willing to be your workout buddy and get together a few times per week to exercise for thirty minutes. You'll be able to socialize, and you'll find yourself looking forward to the get-togethers.

If you are interested in starting a physical fitness routine, speak with your doctors and learn the best plan for your needs. Good luck and best wishes—let everyone know what you're doing and how it's working for you! Article extracted from Fight like a Girl Website


Pam Goosen

A Success Story

In 2003 I was diagnosed with cancer after finding a lump in my neck.

always there no matter what, and I am such a proud Mum and want we felt so blessed having her walk to share that Ryan is at the University of Cape Town beside us through it all. I underwent the first operation to conducting cancer research remove the lump, a second operation At the time I was in real estate, & towards a PhD degree in Medical to try and locate where the primary Biochemistry – can a Mother be still am, with RE/MAX Property was situated as the lump was prouder than that! Associates in Blouberg. secondary, and finally a third operation to remove the lymph It is such a HUGE PRIVILEGE My RE/MAX family organised a nodes on the right side of my neck to be a cancer survivor and being fund raiser to assist me with all (cervical rotation flap). able to be there for anyone the medical expenses. needing assistance, whether it is After I had recovered from surgery, I Needless to say I was just being able to talk or to sit in endured six gruelling weeks of overwhelmed by the support and silence with each other. radiotherapy. the out-of-this-world function that At the time my son was in Grade 11 We have also found time they had put together. and at a very crucial part of his and time again that keeping one's school career. Faith is of paramount importance. My broker/owners, fellow associates, family, friends, We were both in shock Always remember that the love and oncologist where always at this devastating news but remained there for both Ryan and myself of family and friends is the best positive and decided to fight this and we will never ever forget their medicine one can ever have. together. kindess, love, and assistance. My sister, Beryl Rowe, GOD BLESS and take care. They have definitely left huge was an absolute tower of strength – footprints in our hearts.

Is There Any Benefit To Thinking Positive Thoughts? Thinking positive thoughts can change your life – whether you believe it or not. It may take some conscious effort, but when you combine a positive thought with a positive emotion and hold that thought for a little less than thirty seconds, you can effect a change in your life. Most people don't bother listening to the endless dialogue going on inside their heads. What is unfortunate about that is this dialogue is mostly limiting in nature as it springs from the subconscious mind and subliminal programming. What is usually found there are beliefs stored by a child's early caretakers. People Are Like Computers As children, people are like little computers with no operating system, no software and no peripheral hardware. By the time a child is three, he has a rudimentary operating system running. That operating system, defined by his caretakers and their beliefs often defines his experiences for life. By the time he's eight, that operating system is no longer rudimentary – it now works with all kinds of software programs running: self-esteem beliefs, self-love beliefs and all kinds of other beliefs. All which operate beneath the conscious mind that draws his experiences to him. Belief systems are a direct result of that with which a person grows up – either through acceptance of what caretakers unconsciously taught or by rejection of what they unconsciously taught. Either way – these core belief systems and values come as a direct result of what a child experiences with and from his caretakers while growing up. Change the Programming Consciously make an effort to change your subconscious programming if you want to change your life. It is that simple. It takes approximately 30 days to change a habit and it is done through simple repetitive techniques.


From Chartered Accountant to Health In early 2003 I was diagnosed

with thyroid cancer and this obviously was a life changing event for our entire family.

We are a family business that started in 2009, but it all came about rather by accident! In early 2003 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and this obviously was a life changing event for our entire family. I resigned from my job as group financial director and focused on regaining my health.

After surgery, radiation therapy, and many other natural/alternative medicine therapies (like high level oxygen and ultra sound treatments), I was fortunate, that with the love and support of my family, I recovered fully. A distressing side-effect of the cancer (and probably also many decades of nutrient-deficient foods and bad eating habits, rushed meals and fast foods) was that my teeth and gums had deteriorated into a truly bad state. My gums were receding and my teeth were becoming loose, stained and discoloured. I visited a dentist and his prognosis was that 'nothing could be done' – really hard to imagine! But having just overcome cancer, I was determined to beat this oral condition as well. My wife started giving me a large variety of minerals, vitamins and other nutrients, and as time went by, I had a marked improvement and noticeable revitalisation and restoration of my teeth and gums.

We were absolutely delighted! Whilst doing our research on the Internet, we found that there was a great universal need for a product that addresses the cause of tooth and gum decay. Most oral products focus on cleaning the teeth's surface, like flossing, brushing, whitening etc. But the tooth surface only represents +/-20% of the tooth, so (excuse the pun) surface treatments don't get to the root of the problem! We had found a need, and wanted to satisfy that need! The one thing I have learned is that the body will always attempt to heal itself given the right 'building blocks', so right away I started working on a formula that could address this problem of fighting the actual cause of tooth degeneration, namely, malnutrition. Months and months of tireless research and efforts finally yielded something worthwhile – the basic formula for Teeth and Gums Capsules. Research done, it was now time for the final phase - and here we are today, with an amazing product that has the potential to help thousands of people. An important thing to remember however, is that Teeth & Gums Capsules are not an 'instant cure'. Usually the damage to one's teeth and health has been caused over a long period of time, even decades in some cases, so reversing the damage can only be achieved over time. Therefore, consistent and regular use of Teeth & Gums Capsules is needed for results to be achieved, and this may vary from person to person and also depend on the severity of the oral condition.

Consult your health care professional before embarking on a self-medication programme.

A source of inspira tion for m during th e is time, w as the life and work of Dr. Westo n A Price. In his boo k Nutritio n and Phy Degenera sical tion the body's , he underscores inherent heal itself ability to , and the constant to supply nee the body with suffic d quantitie ient s of the c orrect nutrients in order to do so.


The Importance of a Support Group Support is important in all aspects of life, especially after one receives a cancer diagnosis. A study was recently published in Journal of Clinical Oncology that notes the social well being benefits during the first year after a breast cancer diagnosis. The study details that : -Social well-being at six months after diagnosis was linked with both survival and risk of recurrence. Women with the highest level of social well-being had a 38% reduction in risk of death and a 48% reduction in risk of recurrence. The aspects of social well-being that appeared to provide the most benefit were marriage and family, social support, and interpersonal relationships. -The other measures of quality of life (physical, psychological, and material) at six months after diagnosis did not significantly affect cancer outcomes, although there was a suggestion that psychological well-being may be important. -By 36 months after diagnosis, none of the quality of life measures were strongly linked with cancer outcomes. To get these statistics, researchers evaluated information from the Shanghai Breast Cancer Study. The study enrolled more than 2,000 women. Information about quality of life was collected six and 36 months after diagnosis So, what about support during your treatment? Friends, family and co-workers can offer support, but it's sometimes just not the same from someone who hasn't been there, done that. I personally went to a breast cancer support group two weeks after my diagnosis. I learned about this group through some of the literature that the centre I received my treatment at gave me to read. There were about 20 other women at this gathering and I was the youngest one there. Another gal who is 4 years older than me (I was 36 at the time) was there, but the rest were a good 20 years older. One by one, each woman went around the room and told her specific breast cancer story. Most of the stories included all the gory details about surgery and recovery time. As much as I enjoyed meeting everyone and hearing about their cancer journeys, those women freaked me out. They mentioned things that I hadn't thought of. Like getting an infection. Yikes! After I calmed down a bit, I realized that this was good information to have. The possibility of getting an infection was now on my radar along with a realistic idea of what to expect from surgery. This was my first ever real surgery. I had no expectations going in, but the women in the support group showed me the ropes so to speak.

Fortunately for me, I wasn't too scared off and continue to attend these monthly meetings. At our last meeting, we had a new person join us. A man who is a breast cancer survivor. It must have been so difficult for him to attend the meeting, knowing he would be the only man. This time, I was able to tell my specific gory journey (mine really wasn't that bad) and mentioned how at the first meeting, these women scared me. They all screamed with laughter when I said that! They knew I was well intentioned and was being honest. Just like we can all be with each other. The camaraderie and feedback from those that have been there is priceless. My battle was their battle and vice versa. In addition to the emotional support they provide, they are one of the biggest fundraising groups in our area for the local Relay for Life (American Cancer Society Fundraiser). To raise the money, these gals have set up a mobile pink boutique sells pink goods of all kinds around the area. It's nice to do good for others who are going through what we've been through. I can't imagine not knowing these women. They have all enriched my life for the better. Article extracted from Fight Like a Girl Website


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