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Here are some kind words received from our customers.
In the words of Giles "I write this testimonial in the hope that any partners out there who don’t know what is the “best” way to deal with a breast cancer diagnosis can allow themselves to go with the flow. Some will find it hard not to try and pigeonhole it and hide it away - perhaps still carry on with the bulk of their routine as normal but possibly feel guilty for doing so. Or the other side of the coin - drop everything and smother - over compensate. On balance I was able to strike a happy medium (ask Lynn) I think? “Everybody’s cancer is different” was a 365 phrase that I grew to love. It allowed me to remind Lynn that she shouldn’t be benchmarking herself against anything that she read, experienced, observed or was told. It was all about “her" and this phrase allowed “her" to focus on “her”. However, I can honestly say that 365 Days of Breast Cancer have been a Godsend with the message each day encouraging, assuring and emboldening Lynn to realise that life is crap sometimes and it is ok to realise that life is crap and when you feel crap stop looking at the crap because it will just get crappier; and look elsewhere - immediately! This is what those messages did. They allowed Lynn to realise that it is ok to not feel happy but made her look in places for happiness, energy and laughter - however small in quantity or duration. It was marginal gains on a day by day basis that allowed us to discuss things. “Would you like to know what Deborah has said today?” A conversation starter, an enabler, when both of you, or a wider audience, may be thinking what should we say next? 365 Days of Breast Cancer has lifted us up.
Just wanted to say how I loved my shopping today for a change. The daily posts are pointing me in the right direction and they are so inspirational. Thank you so much!
Life had been pretty good up my 48th birthday. I was married for 7months and enjoyed my job and my work colleagues. I first found my breast lump during a pilates class. I needed intensive chemotherapy as well as surgery and radiation and course of 18 Herceptin. My memories of that year in my life are of anxiety. I was at a very low ebb at this stage and my family and husband weren't sure how we could overcome this, as all of us were flailing around trying to make sense of this terrible period in our lives. I immediately liked Deborah's messages as they enabled me to empower myself and regain some element of control at a frightening time in my life. The essence of the daily message was about how our beliefs and attitudes can affect and influence how we cope with, manage and recover from. So so helpful and uplifting! What I have learned over one year is not to fear the future as we have absolutely no control over it. So thinking of the future? I don't really anymore. If cancer does return at any stage I am hoping that research will have found a targeted therapy for HER2 breast cancers. I feel we are on the cusp of amazing things about to happen for all people with cancer and how it is treated, and in spite of all the negative stories one can have a long, meaningful life and find joy again.
I’ve been an unconcious eater most of my life, having been brought up to finish what was put in front of me, or being offered that last biscuit/slice of bacon/mouthful. I found that, due to my hectic lifestyle and work, I was eating lots of processed and ready meals, which contributed to all sorts of health issues. In the last few years, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Kidney failure, which was a shock and jolted me into making some very quick dietary changes. Thankfully, the kidney failure has levelled out due to looking after myself and being monitored regularly at my hospital appointments. Starting on 365 Days of Nutrition has been an amazing way to changing the way I eat and how I think of food! All in easy bite size segments. I’m now on the road to a healthier and fitter me and working more conciously on my nutrtion!