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It is very difficult to remain positive all the time throughout life, especially when you have a life threatening and debilitating illness. I’ll show you how I stay positive despite negative times. ~Regena Margaret I am not going to talk about what it is like to have cancer. It is awful, and as 1 in 3 people are diagnosed with some form of cancer throughout their lives, it is hard to find someone who is not educated in the side-effects of cancer treatments of chemotherapy and radiation. Instead I am going to take you through how I have found the positivity, energy, motivation and courage to get through this extremely trying time in my life. Most of my methods are conventional, some are not, but I hope that whoever is reading this finds some useful tips in dealing with their own, or family members, diagnosis. Some of these techniques are not specific to cancer either, and can help promote general positivity in anyone. One thing we have to remember is that although we cannot “cure” cancer, we sure as heck can beat it with a holistic approach which incorporates a multitude of techniques and methods from the medical model to alternative paradigms.

The absolute most important piece of advice I can offer you is this: Don’t be hard on yourself. Your body is going through massive trauma, it is fighting and it is struggling and if you are still alive, even if you cannot get out of bed, then you are winning. Don’t ever start thinking that the cancer will beat you. At the same time, allow yourself to feel down emotionally if that is what is happening inside you. Don’t push yourself for anything either. At this particular time you need to accept all the help from others that you can, and most importantly, you need to surround yourself with positive people who will not let you give up, even when you are throwing up through your tears and a bloody nose at 3am. Supportive people and a positive outlook are your best weapons against cancer; if your intent is not there, then no amount of drugs or juice will be able to help. Whilst this method of thinking helps in cancer, it can also help the everyday person remain positive. Here are a few more ways which you can try, some as a cancer patient, but many for just general people, who want to feel more positive and good about life:

for me to maintain my body’s needs, even whilst not being able to eat solids or keep liquids down. Juicing involves extracting the nutrients from the pulp and skin of the vegetable or fruit you choose, and aims to ease digestion within the body. I have found Juicing vegetables and fruits is the easiest and most delicious way of preserving my body’s health throughout this difficult time. I have known a few women who have had cervical cancer and other types of cancer, and these women tragically became wraiths of their former selves. With the aide of juicing I have managed to keep my weight loss to less than 15kg and I strongly feel juicing helps this. To find more information, visit The Gerson Foundation which is looking at the potential benefits of fighting cancer with juicing. Relaxation is something that we all need on a daily basis, however when your body is fighting a battle, you will need much more than you would consider normal. Being on bed-rest is essential for the recovery of the body and immunity, and for people like me who like to be up and about, it can be torturous lying down day after day, not knowing when you will next be able to run across a beach or feel the wind in your hair on a rollercoaster or even just have visitors for over two hours without falling asleep. To help, I came up with a multitude of things to keep me entertained whilst in bed; my body is out of commission for the moment but my head is not and so I decided to keep exercising it with small activities

The most useful method I have so far found for assisting my body to retain nutrients has been juicing. Juicing, although not a medical approach, is one of the best complimentary techniques that has worked Aug 2014

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