Happy Magazine Cancer Journal

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HAPPY M A G A Z INE

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by Holly Kennedy A positive planner to help you thrive during cancer treatment 1


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Welcome

My name is Holly. I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer in December 2016 at age 32. I created Happy Magazine, Ireland’s first dedicated cancer support magazine, as a tool to show myself I could still be happy, even during cancer. Writing the website helped me find joy again, and I hope reading it, and using this cancer journal during your own journey, will do the same for you.

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DIAGNOSIS Positivity isn’t about standing in the rain and saying it’s not raining. It’s about finding the silver lining in the clouds.

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Use these pages to keep a record of all of the scans and investigations that you have as part of your cancer journey. Doing this will help you track your progress over the months and becomes very useful when you are looking back in years to come and trying to remember what you have had and when.


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After your diagnosis has been confirmed, your cancer care team will advise you of an appropriate treatment plan. This plan may include, in no particular order, chemotherapy, surgery, radiotherapy and other drug therapy. It may also include physiotherapy and appointments with other medical teams/specialists. Use this spread to write down the broad outline of your proposed treatment plan. This will help you to plan for the following few months.


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In those first few months I talked endlessly about my diagnosis with my husband and my mom and dad. Talking helped. If I’d kept it all bottled up, if we all kept it all bottled up, I don’t think we would have been better for it. If you can talk to someone, whether that’s your family, a friend or a counsellor, I think you should do it – talk it all out, that way you can empty it out of your head and say ‘I’ve dealt with that’.

I put a tiny typed note on my front door, near the doorbell, that asked any visitors to wash their hands when they came into our house. I washed my hands diligently throughout the day and I kept my hands away from my mouth and nose. I asked my husband to tighten up his own hand hygiene too and we were super cautious about hand hygiene in the hospital and whenever we were out and about. In the end, I think it was all worth it. We didn’t get sick. Do whatever you need to do to stay away from anyone that is sick with anything contagious while you’re on chemo – protect yourself. A cold or infection will compromise your already-compromised system and set you back, it may even delay your chemo schedule. This is a time to be selfish.

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I found the first few months after receiving my breast cancer diagnosis the worst. Looking back now, I remember being so terrified. Here are the strategies that helped me get through my treatment and to where I am now. I hope that they might help you too, or even just show you that you aren’t alone on your journey.


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This is a tough one during chemo – you’re in and out of hospital for appointments and you also don’t have the energy to prepare and cook complicated meals. This is where asking others to make home-cooked meals for you comes in. Try, as much as you can without totally exhausting yourself, to eat whole foods, cooked at home, and lots of veg. Eating well will support your body through chemo and help you to feel well both physically and mentally.

Sleep can be a place of relief. Relief from the worry in your head and the tiredness in your body. Make your bedroom a wonderful place of rest and get those z’s. Clear all the technology from your bedroom. Buy some new bedding. If you feel like sleeping during the day – do – do whatever your body tells you.

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You may keep thinking about your diagnosis and wishing to go back, before you knew, to your old life. You may keep worrying about the future, what it will bring, will you be ok, what will happen. This is all looking back and looking forward. If you’re finding this too painful to do right now, just stop. Just be in the ‘now’. Just deal with right now, this hour, then the next hour. Deal with today. Don’t look back into the past and try not worry about the future. Just do now.

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For me, it was Happy Magazine! The idea came to me during my time getting through chemotherapy. From there the idea grew and it became something positive for me to think about, and then do. Use this time you have at home to work on a project. What have you always wanted to do? Can you do it now? Maybe you’ve always wanted to paint. Or make that wedding photo album or baby scrapbook. What about flower-arranging or photography? Now you have the time and opportunity, why not go for it? Get your mind off your cancer diagnosis and onto a new, positive project.

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A cancer journey brings with it, a LOT of appointments. You will meet surgeons, oncologists, specialists, nurses, radiotherapists, physiotherapists, counsellors, holistic therapists and more. There will also be appointments with relevant cancer services outside of your hospital. Keep track of them all here using the following appointment pages. There are also more pages further on specifically for your chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery schedules.


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You’re going to be spending lots of time on your couch. Buy yourself some lovely, comfortable pyjamas or loungewear and embrace it. Fluffy socks, slippers, dressing gown and silk pillow case too. Why not, sure? You’re worth it.

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Order presents for yourself after each treatment


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My husband and I watched six seasons of Suits during my time going through chemotherapy. It was a great distraction for both of us. It allowed us to unwind while we were stuck on the couch and it gave us something to talk about that had nothing to do with the cancer journey we were on.

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It’s important to get to know each medication you take – what you take it for, the correct dosage and potential side effects. Keep track of all of your prescribed medication here. Write down each medication’s name, when and why it was prescribed for you, the dosage and any other details you think may be important.


P P Y

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medication name

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details & dosage

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medication name

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details & dosage

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date of infusion

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P P Y

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Track your blood counts and the first seven days of side effects after each chemotherapy infusion using the following spreads. This will help you to spot and address any symptom patterns.

H

H

A

M AG

A

M AG

A

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chemotherapy TRACKER

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NORMAL VALUES

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P P Y

BLOOD COUNTS

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H

A

P P Y

M AG

A

ZI N

E ZI N A

H

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P P Y

M AG

day 4

12–18

Plt (platelets)

150–450

A

M AG

A

M AG

H A

H A

P P Y

Ask your chemo nurses what your values are before each chemo and record them here.

P P Y

M AG P P Y H A

ZI N E

Hgb (hemoglobin)

ZI N E

4.2–6.1

ZI N E

RBC (red blood cells)

A

ZI N E

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H A

P P Y

day 5

P P Y

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M AG

A

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WBC (white blood cells) 5–10

E N

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Plt (platelets)

A

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A

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Hgb (hemoglobin)

Getting a copy of your lab results lets you compare your numbers to the normal ranges and makes it easier to ask questions about the results and what they mean.

A AG M A P P Y A H

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A

P P Y

M

AG

A

ZI

N

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day 7

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WBC (white blood cells) RBC (red blood cells)

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ZI N E

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ZI N E

A

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ZI N E

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date of infusion

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P P Y

day 3

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A

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P P Y

P P Y

P P Y

P P Y

Track your blood counts and the first seven days of side effects after each chemotherapy infusion using the following spreads. This will help you to spot and address any symptom patterns.

H

H

A

M AG

A

M AG

A

M AG

A

M AG

A

M AG

chemotherapy TRACKER

ZI N

ZI N

ZI N

ZI N

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A

ZI N

E M AG

A

ZI N

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P P Y

A

NORMAL VALUES

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A H

A

P P Y

BLOOD COUNTS

H

H

A

P P Y

M AG

A

ZI N

E ZI N A

H

A

P P Y

M AG

day 4

12–18

Plt (platelets)

150–450

A

M AG

A

M AG

H A

H A

P P Y

Ask your chemo nurses what your values are before each chemo and record them here.

P P Y

M AG P P Y H A

ZI N E

Hgb (hemoglobin)

ZI N E

4.2–6.1

ZI N E

RBC (red blood cells)

A

ZI N E

H A

H A

P P Y

day 5

P P Y

A M AG

M AG

A

ZI N E

WBC (white blood cells) 5–10

E N

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N

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ZI AG

P P Y A H

E E

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A H

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M

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Plt (platelets)

A

ZI

AG

A

ZI A AG M

Hgb (hemoglobin)

Getting a copy of your lab results lets you compare your numbers to the normal ranges and makes it easier to ask questions about the results and what they mean.

A AG M A P P Y A H

H

A

P P Y

M

AG

A

ZI

N

E

H

H

A

day 7

N

E N ZI A AG

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P P Y

M

AG

A

ZI

N

E

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H

A

P P Y

day 6

WBC (white blood cells) RBC (red blood cells)

M

M

AG

A

ZI

N

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date

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M AG

ZI N E

A

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ZI N E

A

M AG

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A

M AG

ZI N E

A

M AG

date of infusion

H

P P Y

day 3

H

P P Y

A day 2

A

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A

AG

M

H DAy 1

H

P P Y

A

H

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A

A

P P Y

P P Y

P P Y

P P Y

P P Y

Track your blood counts and the first seven days of side effects after each chemotherapy infusion using the following spreads. This will help you to spot and address any symptom patterns.

H

H

A

M AG

A

M AG

A

M AG

A

M AG

A

M AG

chemotherapy TRACKER

ZI N

ZI N

ZI N

ZI N

ZI N

E

E

E

E

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E M AG

A

ZI N

E M AG

A

ZI N

E M AG

A

ZI N

E

P P Y

P P Y

A

NORMAL VALUES

H

A H

A

P P Y

BLOOD COUNTS

H

H

A

P P Y

M AG

A

ZI N

E ZI N A

H

A

P P Y

M AG

day 4

12–18

Plt (platelets)

150–450

A

M AG

A

M AG

H A

H A

P P Y

Ask your chemo nurses what your values are before each chemo and record them here.

P P Y

M AG P P Y H A

ZI N E

Hgb (hemoglobin)

ZI N E

4.2–6.1

ZI N E

RBC (red blood cells)

A

ZI N E

H A

H A

P P Y

day 5

P P Y

A M AG

M AG

A

ZI N E

WBC (white blood cells) 5–10

E N

E

N

E

ZI AG

P P Y A

N

ZI A AG M P P Y

A H

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P P Y

M

AG

A

ZI

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M

AG

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M

M

P P Y

A H

H

A

P P Y

Plt (platelets)

A

ZI

AG

A

ZI A AG M

Hgb (hemoglobin)

Getting a copy of your lab results lets you compare your numbers to the normal ranges and makes it easier to ask questions about the results and what they mean.

A AG M A P P Y A H

H

A

P P Y

M

AG

A

ZI

N

E

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H

A

day 7

N

E N ZI A AG

P P Y A P P Y

P P Y

M

AG

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E

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P P Y

day 6

WBC (white blood cells) RBC (red blood cells)

M

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How to

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You may not have any hair, eyelashes or eyebrows, but you still have your beautiful eyes. Now is the time to make the most of them with eye and brow make up. The Blinks n Brows eyebrow kit will help you create a great eyebrow in minutes. Applying eyeshadows will help take that bare look away. If you’re good with eyeliner, a little will go a long way to creating a fake lash line on your upper lids. Finally, don’t forget a little bit of mascara to maximise whatever lashes you do have.

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Make the most of your eyes

If you have not started chemotherapy yet, or your brows have not returned very well after chemo, you might like to consider eyebrow microblading. Eyebrow microblading is a type of semi-permanent make-up where individual hairs are ‘drawn’ on by a trained professional to create a brow. The results are natural-looking, full brows that last from 12-18 months. Olive at Browtique in Cork is a registered nurse offering eyebrow microblading services to all women but also specifically to cancer chemotherapy patients. She is expertly trained and very passionate about what she does. Find her on Instagram for more information.

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It can be difficult to feel beautiful during cancer treatment, especially if you have lost your hair, eyebrows and eyelashes, but it IS possible! Here we have put together a round-up of helpful products/ services and tips to get you started.


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During cancer treatment, your skin may become very sensitive. If you are having treatment for breast cancer, you may have had surgery and/or radiotherapy near your underarms. You may be wondering about your deodorant and whether or not it is a good idea to wear any at the moment. Indeora is a healthy magnesium deodorant developed by husband and wife team Eimear and Pranshul (an Oncology Registrar) after Eimear’s own concerns about aerosol deodorants and breast cancer. It’s a light, fresh scented pump-spray deodorant that you can actually feel good about wearing. A hospital bag essential.

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We’ve mentioned sleep and the importance of getting enough hours every night – sleep is important too for feeling beautiful from the inside. Getting enough sleep is reflected in the quality and elasticity of our skin, so consider a daily afternoon nap not only an act of selfcare but a beauty essential too! Spacemasks are singleuse self-heating eye masks and they’re an indulgent treat for naptime or bedtime.

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Certain chemotherapies can damage your nails. The best thing you can do to take care of them during cancer treatment is get back to basics – start by having all polishes/ nail extensions removed and your nails filed to a short length. Keep them moisturised with a good hand cream and they shouldn’t give you any problems.

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No matter what you wear or how much make-up you put on, your best asset will always be your 100watt smile. A full, real smile makes everyone look beautiful, no matter what. Even when you don’t feel entirely up to it, fake it til you make it – it’ll definitely make you feel better.

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Treat yourself to a blow dry – at home All women know the power of getting a great blow-dry or manicure, right? It’s a sure-fire way to give yourself a boost when you’re feeling out of sorts. Now you don’t even have to leave the house (or your hospital bed) to get your locks (or wig) tamed or those nails painted. The Raven App brings beauty services to wherever you are – at home, in the office, in a hotel or even in hospital. They can also wash and blow dry your wig on or off your head.

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MooGoo is a family owned Australian company with an entire range of natural and gentle products that are made with effective ingredients and no gimmicks. All MooGoo’s products are designed to care for the skin and scalp using high quality, natural and edible ingredients. Free of paraffin, parabens and phenoxyethanol.

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Surgery The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

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Depending on your individual treatment plan, you may be having a surgery or a number of surgeries. Use this spread to keep track of all appointments relating to your surgery/surgeries. This may include scan appointments, appointments with members of your surgical team, post-surgery physiotherapy appointments and more.


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What to pack for surgery This journal and a pen A large bottle of water A good book Healthy snacks iPad/tablet and earphones Phone charging cable Front-opening pyjamas Post-surgery bra Flip flops and slippers Money for hospital shop Hand sanitiser and wipes A Drain Dolly Jen’s Friends Pillow


How to feel better after surgery

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I feel the most important part of any breast surgery recovery is the physiotherapy required afterwards. Your surgery team will let you know what to do after your surgery to regain the full movement of your arm/shoulder and while at first the exercises will seem impossible, they do get easier the more you do them. Start small and just do what you can, but try stretch yourself a little bit every day. These exercises are absolutely crucial to your recovery so whatever you do, don’t ignore them.

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Any surgery is a major event for the human body. One of the best pieces of advice I was given was to listen, really listen, to my body after the surgery. To notice any pain, any unusual symptoms, to feel the need to rest, and to obey. Try not to overdo it and pace yourself so that your limited energy will last you through the day.

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Your cancer journey might involve a surgery or even a few surgeries. In this section I share some tips for what helped me feel better after my own surgery in 2017. I had a lumpectomy and node clearance as part of my treatment for breast cancer. If you have a hospital stay coming up I hope these pages might be helpful.


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Drinking water will help you recover from surgery. Think about it - staying hydrated means keeping your body going with the fluids it needs to heal and repair. Drinking clean, filtered water throughout the day will also help you to feel energised and at your best in the circumstances. Buy yourself a large water bottle and keep it with you at all times to sip through the day.

Having surgery for cancer is difficult. Staying positive in trying times requires constant work. Keep your mindset strong by working on it every day with positive affirmations, journaling, meditations, podcasts, inspirational videos and more.

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Your body will be particularly vulnerable to infection after surgery. Now is the time to be absolutely meticulous about your hand and body hygiene and avoiding anyone who may be ill. If you are having breast surgery, you might like to invest in an anti-bacterial, super-soft bamboo bra from THEYA Healthcare, suitable for wear immediately after breast surgery and proven to help you heal.

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As with staying hydrated, staying fueled with healthy, nourishing whole foods is also critical after surgery. Stick to homemade meals from real ingredients and be diligent about eating well, three times a day. Increase your intake of fruit and vegetables - aim for 7 a day if you can - and limit sugar as much as you can. If you are struggling to prepare meals, check out Kayla’s Kitchen online - healthy frozen meals delivered to your door.

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A non-profit group on Facebook called Jen’s Friends sew handmade pillows for comfort and protection after breast surgery. You can order one or two for yourself before your surgery by visiting their Facebook page and following the instructions. The pillows are free but a donation is requested to cover the postage costs depending on where you are. The pillows are especially helpful in hospital after your surgery and for seatbelt protection when going home in the car afterwards. Another useful item for breast surgery is a Drain Dolly, a little fabric bag to hold any surgical drains secure during your recovery in hospital or at home.

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RADIOTHERAPY Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.

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Radiotherapy treatment plans often involve daily appointments for a number of weeks, for example, daily for 4 weeks, Monday through to Friday. Often your daily appointment is not at the same time every day and there are also accompanying appointments with oncologists, radiotherapists and radiotherapy nurses to monitor your progress. Use this spread to keep track of your radiotherapy appointments.


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With Ruth from Yogaru Ruth is a 200hr Yoga Alliance Certification yoga teacher. She teaches Vinyasa Flow with a focus on a well-rounded, energetic class which works on many levels, both internally and externally, through attention to the breath, anatomy, alignment and conscious transitioning. She has also created a website yogaru.ie where you will find lots of sequences to try and the 108 Asana Yoga Sequencing cards which help you build a home practice tailored to your specific needs.

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How to develop a home yoga practice

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My yoga practice is my comfort blanket, it reminds me that I am perfectly imperfect. I turn to it to find grounding; bring myself back to me; keep calm in the face of adversity; find space to breathe a full breath; and ultimately live a more conscious life in a world that is becoming more and more unconscious. Developing a self practice means that you have a ready-to-use tool at your fingertips to support you with life’s challenges. It counteracts the busy lives we lead and helps us deal with everyday situations.


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My 108 Asana sequencing cards are the perfect tool to help you comfortably bridge the gap between classes and home practice. You’ll also find lots of ready-made free sequences in the Sequences section of my website. Download them, print them out and get started. You will also find home practice tutorials on the Yogaru YouTube channel to help you get started. Everyone has very different strengths and weaknesses. You can decide on certain days to work with your weak areas or on other days to enjoy your strengths. The best thing about your home practice is that you get to decide, and you can get the yoga ‘feel good factor’ everyday if you choose to.

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Writing and creating for Happy Magazine is my purpose. Thinking of the next online post, writing it, answering emails, seeking opportunities – it fills my mind with positive purpose, it fills my quieter moments with something meaningful. Is there something you have always wanted to do? Now is the time to explore that.

Tackle your problem times

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THE HAPPY MAGAZINE CANCER JOURNAL A positive planner to help you thrive during cancer treatment Discover how to find happiness during your own cancer journey This comprehensive cancer planner has been designed by Holly Kennedy, a breast cancer thriver based in Dublin, Ireland and founder of cancer support resource Happy Magazine. •

Stay focused and motivated using Holly’s step-by-step approach to organising and tackling your cancer diagnosis.

Track your treatment progress and journal your thoughts and feelings along the way.

Learn how to feel better after chemo, prepare for surgery, move on with life after cancer and much more.

Published in Ireland by HAPPY PUBLICATIONS LTD Co. Dublin, Ireland. Email: holly@happymagazine.ie www.happymagazine.ie Facebook: Happy Magazine Ireland Instagram: @happymagazineirl Twitter: @HappyMagIreland Compiled and designed by Holly Kennedy. Writing by Holly Kennedy and others. Images by Unsplash or supplied by contributors. ISBN 9798643524441 Printed by Amazon.

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