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Cancer Warriors no holds barred blog launches on World Cancer Day - a platform to share their story.

by Kathryn Orr |

Ceri Boden - Cancer Warrior

How to be a Cancer Warrior, and other life changing stuff! 

43 year old Mum of 2, I live with my boyfriend of 20 years and my 2 kids Evie and Jax, I’m a Purchasing Manager, I am an only child but have a massive family an amazing and very diverse group of friends, and…. I’ve beaten cancer!

Don’t let the title of this blog make you think I don’t take this Cancer shit seriously, it’s taken over my life for 18 months, but I won’t let it be a bad thing, I’m going to make it the best thing that’s ever happened to me! 🖕🏼 cancer! You’re not be the only thing I have to talk about, you can be the beginning but you’re not going to be closing chapter!

I was diagnosed with breast cancer on June 15th 2018 it seems like a life time ago now and at the time I thought there would never be an end, I thought it would change me, make me ugly, make me miserable, make me resentful, it hasn’t if anything I feel the opposite of all of that, I feel prettier, happier, healthier, but most of all grateful!!

Kate was one of the first people I told about my cancer, before I’d even told my Mum and Dad, I just needed to speak to someone young, who knew my way of thinking and who would be honest and understand that my hair meant the world to me, it all seems really vain but that’s how I felt!!

I’d only met Kate a handful of times but we hit it off straight away and liked the same things, I felt like I’d known her forever, she was my skin therapist then she became my crutch, my go to, the only person who I could ask stupid questions who knew what I was feeling, it might sound dramatic but she saved me, I don’t mean from dying but I mean from failing, from giving up from going the opposite way to the way I’ve gone and letting cancer beat me!

She gave me advice on everything for water filters to diet, alcohol, cbd oil, vitamins and supplements and how I’d feel and what to ask, I’m crying my eyes out as I write this as she will never know how she saved me, she was an absolutely amazing person and I am a massive believer that people are put in your path for a reason! 💔

The day I was diagnosed we went camping to the lakes, with my Cousin his wife and kids, I felt that was the best thing to do, what’s the point of sitting at home worrying, let’s take these kids and take our minds off this shit, I did not want to be consumed by this on day one sitting at home worrying will change nothing, if anything it makes things worse, I also vowed not to google, and for me always with my phone in hand, with the need to know about everything I am a googler!! Don’t do it, ignorance is bliss, trust me on that if nothing else!!

My best friends were in Portugal on a girly weekend when I got the diagnosis, I was supposed to go but didn’t, I’m not sure why now but isn’t it weird? Do these things happening for a reason?? I remember the silence when I told Emma, my best friend, I remember telling her it will all be fine, playing it down almost from what I was really thinking, she was silent, I could hear her breathing and I knew that she was thinking, what I had thought when I’d heard those words in the past, she won’t know until she reads this how much that silence made me realise how much she cares 😘!

 

So, it has not been an easy 18 months, in fact it’s been horrific, I lost my Mum on Christmas Day 2018 to Mesothelioma which is a cancer caused by asbestos, she was diagnosed on my last day of chemotherapy, she came to tell me while I was having treatment and laughed at me with the cold cap on! She was the strongest woman I’ve ever known, she really was a warrior!!

So again, if I throw humour on this thing that is Cancer it’s because that’s what it deserves, its Narcissistic and narcissists can take anything except being made fun of!

She had been a midwife all of her career and only ever cared for people, yet she died from an industrial illness, that still really bothers me but I know she would say, forget it now, get on with your life, that is actually exactly what she said when she was in the hospice dying and I told her I had full pathological clearance from the chemo!

Like I said she was a warrior, a warrior in life, for others and a Cancer Warrior!!

Anyway, that’s enough about me, by all means if anyone wants to ask me anything please do but I want to be able to give advice, tell you what I am reading, eating drinking, how I am feeling and things I am doing to make me feel good, I am materialistic as hell, I am not going to pretend I am all about living a vegan life in the forest with no TV, far bloody from it, but I am interested in being the best version of yourself. I’m going to try and pass on information that I think is helpful and interesting and, in some instances, life changing, you might think it’s good, you might think its rubbish, tell me, I am not an expert but I do like researching things, my friends in work call me the go to girl as I just love knowing about “stuff”!!

Stuff I want to share ....

I am going to try and give you information on at least 3 companies or topics I’ve been interested in, I might have lots of info and have experienced them first hand, I might have just looked at them from someone’s Instagram or a magazine, what I assure you is if I didn’t think this was good or worth a look I would not recommend.  

I am following a few Bio Hackers at the moment and I love what they are about so lot of my reviews will of started off by a post on their site to me spending hours trogging through websites, Instagram, you tube reviews and forums…..Consumed!!! I am a Consumer!

Lucinda Ellery Hair loss clinic

I have first-hand experience of this company and have wore an Intralace hair piece since November 2018, I am having it taken off this weekend and I am so excited but, I cannot express how much this “hair System” has helped me feel like me, and even people who have known me forever didn’t know it was a wig, it was that much like my real hair. If you are going through chemo or any other hair loss take a look at their Instagram and website. I went to Manchester and because it’s a hair loss salon its very private, no walk-in customers and they make you feel so at ease. Its not a cheap option but in my mind and the people that know me and that I have spoken to that have also had this treatment, it’s worth every penny!!

NAD Therapy 

Now this is exciting…. So I found this by following Davinia Taylor on Instagram, her insta is fab and I just feel she is honest and cares about what she is talking about, she also is brilliant at posting discounts to things, I got a 20% discount code for this treatment and I am going to have it done on 31stJan in London at iv boost clinic (linked below), I haven’t found anywhere up north that does this but if you know anywhere that does it let me know.  

This is the best description I could find on NAD+ taken from a US website:

Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) is a coenzyme present in almost all cells in your body. Its main purpose is to fuel metabolic reactions forward, similar to gas in your car. Without NAD+, your cells won’t be able to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and amino acids. NAD+ also plays a significant role in gene expression linked to age-related diseases. ​

IV Therapy

NAD+ IV Therapy is an emerging vitamin therapy that is all-natural, holistic, and has shown outstanding results. IV NAD+ therapy may be the light at the end of the tunnel for many people suffering from addiction, age-related diseases, and chronic fatigue.

Even if needles make you queasy, this particular therapy is well worth the momentary needle stick. Why? Administering a high dose of NAD+ straight into your bloodstream, compared to other routes (i.e. oral) will give you a faster, more effective outcome. This high dose quickly optimizes your NAD+ levels, which revs up the engine in your cells (called the mitochondrion) translating into more energy for you.

The IV therapy can last from 3 to 15 days, depending on your condition and your goals. It’s important to work with a qualified doctor who is certified in providing NAD+ treatment, because there are specific protocols.

The 6 Main Benefits being:-

Boost Metabolism

Reduce Pain

Promising Therapy for Addiction

Beat Fatigue

Maximize Brain Power

Anti Aging

NAD+ Anti-Ageing IV Therapy

Magnesium

Jesus this little sod has a lot to answer for it effects so much, and if you are having cancer treatment  can be the reason they will not go ahead with treatment, when I was having chemo my magnesium was on the floor and I took supplements from the hospital, however I am one of those people that are funny about the supplements I take, I like them to be as natural as possible, and with no nasties, the ones I took from the hospital, to me tasted like sweetener which I hate and if I can will massively avoid. 

I have been having Magnesium baths and been using a Magnesium spray but again from Davinia’s Insta I found Together Health their supplements are really reasonably priced, natural, and in eco-friendly packaging and best of all award winning, there is also a 10% off voucher when you join the mailing list. They don’t just have magnesium, definitely worth a look!!

https://www.amazon.co.uk/MAGNESIUM-FLAKES-SQUARE-Magnesium-Chloride/dp/B07KXSF966/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=magnesium+bath+salts&qid=1578482947&sr=8-10

https://betteryou.com/magnesium-oil-body-spray

https://www.togetherhealth.co.uk/

Instgrammers I am loving, not just for health but fashion and house stuff: –

@katemciverskin Kate McIver skin – goes without saying I’m obsessed with the before and after pics, love the new products but mainly I can’t get enough of reading people’s comments on how much they love all the products, it genuinely makes me so happy that it works, and it really is changing people lives.

@daviniataylor ​Davinia Taylor – Bio hacking, health advice, and I just love her northerness (is that even a word), she also good for discount codes, I mean who doesn’t love money off right! 

@doesmybumlook40 Kat Farmer – Fashion, beauty travel, I love her personality and her honesty, she is funny, loves a rant about life, kids road rage while sat in the car in her running stuff, and the cutest dog ginny😍

@emmarosestyle Emma Rose Thatcher – Mainly Fashion but she has also just moved into a lovely house, lovely designer and high street styles for fashion and home wear.

 @rosemarinoramsey ​Rosie Ramsey, wife of Chris Ramsey the comedian but in my opinion she funnier, she’s down to earth but confident in her own skin, stories are hilarious and her and chrism do a weekly podcast, which is hilarious, I had never listened to a Podcast before but now I am addicted!

Hope you enjoyed reading as much I fell empowered sharing.

Ceri xx

 

 

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