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Kelly's story: when menopause strikes at 34

At 32, Kelly opted for a fertility-sparing treatment for endometrial cancer, with the hope that one day she could be a mama. After realising that she was one of the 'unlucky women' and the treatment didn't work, Kelly had her uterus removed. Today, the 34 years old shares what early menopause is truly likes for a young woman and how to manage it. My fertility-sparing treatment After she was diagnosed with uterine cancer (also called womb or endometrial cancer), Kelly tried hi

Deirdre's story: 8 secrets to fighting the silent killer

Ovarian cancer is often referred to as the silent killer. Today, we help you recognise the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer and share the tips and heart-warming love story of ovarian cancer thriver Deirdre and her husband Charles. The silent killer Because my relatives had never survived cancer, my diagnosis of ovarian cancer stage 3a seemed a sure sign that it planned to kill me. Deirdre is the first one to admit that she didn't know the symptoms of ovarian cancer until

Carole's story: I've never known 'normal'

"It’s struck me as ironic that a girl who has craved a normal life has experienced a life that has been anything but normal." From the age of 25, Carole has experienced it all: multiple cancer diagnoses, high-risk pregnancy, and the birth of twins with autism and intellectual disabilities. Today, she shares her endless pursuit for a 'normal life'. When cancer struck at 25 My husband Clay and I had been married a little over a year when I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Ashley's story: how I became my strongest self after cancer

Ashley is a Sarcoma thriver; she is also a mother, wife, sister, daughter, lover, friend, leader, advocate, and runner. Today, the proud marathon runner reveals how she regained the power she felt she lost when receiving her cancer diagnosis. My diagnosis: "I wasn't going to let cancer take my power away" After no longer nursing her child when he was 3 years-old (still producing milk and thinking she had a clogged milk duct), Ashley was diagnosed with a rare cancer, primary a

Christina's story: how to reshape your body image after cancer

Being diagnosed with cancer sucks. According to desmoid cancer survivor Christina, the Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer community shares a unique set of challenges. Today, the inspiring 28 years-old shares her experience of meeting other young cancer thrivers and the secrets of how to love your body after cancer. Cancer wasn't part of my plan Christina opens her story with a confession, "I'm not a spontaneous person". "A planner by nature, I color-code my commitments i

Write your own ticket to happiness

Today, we celebrate International Day of Happiness under the theme Happier Together, focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us. But, what does it mean to be happy? In this blog, we explore how trying to manufacture happiness might not be the answer to creating your best life. Here's how to charge up your happiness. What does happiness mean anyway? A while back, I saw a study that shifted my view of the world: Happiness comes and goes, meaning stays. Thin

Cry it out: 7 surprising health benefits of tears

Babies cry. Yet as we grow older, bursting into tears can be seen as a sign of weakness, something to be ashamed of. Imagine if your tears held a healing power - the body's natural valve to release bottled up emotions, so they don't manifest as pain, fatigue or illnesses. Grab that box of tissues, read on, and enjoy! The secret is out "Don't cry like a baby" "Boys don't cry" "Don't be so emotional" These are just some of the words that condemn tears. Many of us were told to h

Candice's story: family beyond ovarian cancer

To celebrate the start of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month in Australia, we share the incredible story of Candice who at age 24 experienced chemotherapy and the removal of a 15cm tumour, ovary, and fallopian tube. Candice overcame ovarian cancer and is now the proud mama of a beautiful baby girl. Today, she shares her tips for early diagnosis. Candice's story "My story begins on a Sunday Morning in April of 2011. I woke up to extreme stomach pain that seemed similar to the pain

Know your body: how to fight medical errors

This may shock you: medical mistakes are the third-leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer in America. In this blog, we share the best antidote against preventable medical mistakes to help you protect yourself and those you love. The facts: 3rd leading cause of death We all heard the saying "no one is perfect", right? Humans make mistakes. But, when it comes to your life or that of someone you love, that mistake suddenly becomes a lot more frightening. And, let

7 steps to ultimate self love for better health

Self-love is a term that often gets tossed around in conversations: “love yourself”, “you can’t love someone until you love yourself first”, “practice self love” – but what does it mean? Today, we share 7 easy steps to rock self love - despite and beyond illness. What the heck is self love anyway? To practice self love we first have to define it, right? Self love can be defined in different ways. What does self love mean to you personally? Here's my take on it: Love is gentle

Lucy's story: how to break the cancer news to family & friends

Your doctor tells you that you have cancer. One thing that comes to mind is: how will I tell my loved ones? Lucy Phillips, a wife and mama of four from Missouri, was diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer at only 25. Today, she shares her story and insights. Lucy's story Weeks after being proposed to by the love of her life, Lucy was diagnosed with Stage 2A squamous cell carcinoma in January 2017. After attending a routine Pap test that she admits she was behind on, Lucy was

Kelsie's story: the first 30 days of my cancer diagnosis

Kelsie Barnhart, 27 years old, was recently diagnosed with breast cancer only days before Christmas. In this blog, she candidly shares the first 30 days of her cancer diagnosis with incredible wisdom, strength and resilience beyond her years. The first 30 days of Kelsie's cancer diagnosis "I can count on one hand the number of times I felt like I was dreaming even when I was awake: The time I found out Santa Claus wasn’t real. The first time a boy I liked held my hand. The ti

Carol's cancer story: more sunny days

Carol Lacey is a California mountain mum, wife, sister and daughter who lives with recurrent metastatic cervical cancer. Her passion for shattering stigmas of ‘below-the-belt’ cancers is her drive to share her story and secrets on how to find #moresunnydays through cancer. Carol's story Carol is a Cervivor Ambassador. In this video, she explains how cancer has affected her: I have lost everything below my belt. I've had my ovaries, my fallopian tubes, my vagina, my bladder,

Heather's story: 6 ways to nurture yourself and your relationships during cancer treatment

Heather Meyler is fighting Stage 4 Appendix Cancer. Last June, she had a surgery to remove her omentum, appendix and uterus. The 31 years old dietitian, who exudes positivity, shares her insights on nurturing mind, body and love during cancer recovery. Heather's story At 31 years old, Heather was first told she had metastatic ovarian cancer but it turned out to be stage 4 appendiceal cancer. I had a big debunking surgery in June of 2018 that removed my omentum, appendix and a

The lady or the tiger: overcoming scanxiety

This week, we talk scanxiety with Ana Reyes. The single mum of two shares her cancer journey and her take on how to cope with the stress of scans, biopsies and cancer recurrence. Ana's story Ana began having abnormal pap tests with her first pregnancy at 27. She was later diagnosed with Stage 2 Cervical Adenocarcinoma in December 2015. I underwent laproscopic surgery to remove my fallopian tubes, and relocate my ovaries out of the field of radiation. I did 28 rounds of extern

8 ways music therapy benefits cancer patients

We’ve all heard the saying music soothes the soul - but if you or someone you love is going through cancer, you might be wondering just how effective music therapy truly is. Read on, and find out. “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” - Bob Marley In ancient Greece, music was believed to heal body and soul. Across time, a myriad of cultures around the world have used singing and chanting as part of their healing rituals. Now, imagine for a moment

8 surprising reasons why gratefulness is great for your health

It turns out that giving thanks is not only making us better humans - it can be one of the best things we can do for our health. Get ready to sink your teeth into the benefits of gratefulness and tap into an easy way to supercharge your health and well-being. Ah! That gratitude feeling Think for a moment: what does it mean to feel gratitude towards someone or something in your life? That's what gratitude is, right? Gratitude is a choice to appreciate what life brings to us an

Forgiveness: letting go of grudges and bitterness

When someone we care about hurts us, we can hold on to anger, resentment and thoughts of revenge — or we can embrace forgiveness and move forward. In this blog, I talk about the secret behind forgiveness and share my daily practice to let go of those feelings that are holding us back. “Forgiving someone doesn’t mean that their behaviour was ok. What it does mean is that we’re ready to move on. To release the heavy weight. To shape our own life, on our terms, without any unnec

How to trust your intuition

In today's world where logic rules, it can be tricky to know how to listen to our intuition. Many of us have forgotten what it feels like to trust our guts and have to teach ourselves how to listen and respond. These tips will get your intuition rockin' and rolling in no time. What does "listening to our intuition" actually mean? We are all born with intuition. Kids tend to say or do whatever they want, whenever they want - but as we grow older, we get conditioned by the worl

How to identify and crush limiting beliefs - Day 7

Self-limiting beliefs are the worst; they stop us from being our best self. To wrap up our 7-day Crushing Limiting Beliefs Challenge, Dr Lisa Martin, a brilliant sport and performance psychologist, shares how we can identify and break free from the beliefs that stop us from achieving what we want to achieve. What are self limiting beliefs? To wrap up our 7-day Crushing Limiting Beliefs Challenge towards ultimate self-love, I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr Lisa Martin, a