Being With Being

Searching For Meaning After Cancer Diagnosis

In April of 2016, at the age of 54, I was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer which had been discovered following a hysterectomy. Friends felt sorry that this had occurred on the back of my 30-year marriage ending in 2014, however, I can say in all honesty that both the separation and the cancer have been blessings on so many levels. Without a doubt, over the course of my marriage, I had become voiceless and powerless, and was not living my souls purpose. As such, the universe, in its own unique way, found a way to get me moving!  The Cancer?  Well, I have every faith that they have something special in mind for me regarding that as well. In searching for greater meaning after a cancer diagnosis, it’s natural to begin questioning everything about your life, and what lays beyond. What was the purpose of my life? Where Read More

Untitled design

A Realistic Approach To Your Chemotherapy Diet

  I’ve done a bunch of research into diet given my desire to help my body along during chemotherapy.  To be honest, I’m still confused by all the contradictory information!   I was especially keen to dive into detoxing while undergoing chemo, however after a great deal of investigation, I have found some interesting facts that offer a more realistic perspective a ‘miracle detox diets’.   The bottom line is…… once you decide to go ahead with chemotherapy, alternative treatments – especially strict detox diets – can actually cause you a great deal of harm.    There’s no denying that some diseases and chronic health issues are avoidable and perhaps even curable with a good balanced diet, detox program, and exercise.  Not to mention how much more energy and “clear thinking” you enjoy on a daily basis when your system is working at its optimum.   During chemo,  a healthy diet and exercise program may assist you Read More

Are your emotions giving you cancer?

Recognising Psychological Causes of Cancer

Recognising psychological causes of cancer may assist you on the road to both prevention and recovery from this disease.  In supporting medical models of healing in conjunction with alternative healing practices, it’s important to recognise that your own toxic emotions may be responsible for making you sick.  There’s enough evidence out there now to suggest that after resolving specific internal emotional conflicts, cancer has been known to stop growing at a cellular level!  Why wouldn’t you want to be involved in that!   The link between emotions and ill-health is nothing new.  One of my blogs  Exposing Hidden Anger,  actually talks briefly about the connection between depression and suppressed anger.  Not surprisingly, anger is also strongly associated with cancer.   In fact, Dr Ian Gawler, well know in the alternate healing field,  devotes a large section of his book to the psychological component of cancer and the characteristics of someone who might be prone Read More

Stage 4 Colon Cancer Diagnosis

Stage 4 Bowel Cancer – Coming to Terms With My Diagnosis

Stage 4 Bowel Cancer – in coming to terms with my diagnosis,  I found that hearing personal stories from others on a similar journey offers hope and encouragement that doctors seem unwilling of give.  It is my wish that in sharing my own journey through Stage IV bowel cancer and chemotherapy,  you will feel more hopeful about your own future.  At the very least, you may find a sense of peace. Feeling on Top of the World Stage 4 Bowel Cancer – Coming to Terms With Diagnosis In 2014 my marriage of 30 years came to an end.  On many levels, it was a blessing in disguise,  and after much soul-searching and healing, by January of 2016, I was feeling on top of the world!  Physically, emotionally, spiritually …… my life could not have been better.  With a renewed belief in my self,  I quit my job and in March, headed off on a wonderous  month-long journey through exotic India. Read More

Andrew Loves Roslyn Banner

Staying Friends After Separation & Divorce

Although maintaining a friendship with your ex is part of popular culture now, it’s unrealistic to expect this to happen immediately.  There’s a reason you parted,  let’s keep that in mind.  There needs to be time for healing to occur after all the grieving, and there’s no telling how long that will take.  Grieving’s unpredictable like that.    And after the grieving, being friends with your ex doesn’t mean you  take on BFF status (that’s Best Friends Forever for those who aren’t familiar with the acronym).   In an effort to maintain a friendly co-existence with my ex, we continued to seek each others company regularly right from the outset.  Partly due to family commitments, sometimes purely as companionship, and a whole lot because I was still in co-dependent mode.  While I was thoroughly enjoying my new-found sense of freedom, he looked sad and lonely.  And so I continued to feel responsible for his happiness,  just as Read More