Thankfully, I discovered mindfulness when I found out about Penny Brohn. I tried to be mindful after losing my brother and because the cancer had spread to my lungs, and into the nodes in my neck. I went on a Living Well course and experienced mindfulness and meditation to a higher level. It had an amazing effect on me and it grew and grew as I experimented and used it as a tool. I was feeling flat, down, not really depression, but close to and these tools helped these feelings disappear. For example, I had a scan which showed that some cancer had decreased while it’d increased in other areas and it helped calm me then. When I get bad news I use mindfulness and it’s amazing, the effect is so quick.
The Living Well course was fantastic for me. It’s helped me massively with nutrition. I thought I was eating healthily before, but I was having too much sugar and processed food. I’ve cut all processed food, I don’t eat red meat, I’ve changed my diet completely and feel so much better. Penny Brohn’s nutritionist was lovely. It wasn’t ‘rabbit food’, it was food that tastes better than any food I’ve ever eaten. It was full of spices, natural ingredients, no processed food. It was also a privilege to eat food in Penny Brohn’s canteen. My weight was fluctuating due to treatment and the cancer, but it’s now steady and I feel strong. It’s been very helpful spiritually. I don’t need to sit back and let the disease control my body, I can fight it better by exercising even when I don’t feel like it. This is 100 per cent due to the Living Well course.
I’ve been on the Approach course as well, which is even more detailed. It sort of tweaks things. I’m now doing even better with nutrition, it’s been an enriching experience.
I can’t thank Penny Brohn enough for what they’ve done for me, for my nutrition and mindfulness. My stress levels have dropped and it’s been amazing on my physical, emotional and spiritual sides. Everything about my life has changed since coming here. I’m positive across the board. I take more notice of what is around me.
I advise anyone in my position to visit because it’ll be an amazing experience. A friend who’s going through the disease, he’s got prostate cancer, was doing well, riding his bike, changing his diet, but was told it’d spread to his lung, and ‘he hit a wall’. I said ‘I’ve got the exact answer’ and gave him Penny Brohn’s details. He was a lively character, but for obvious reasons wasn’t himself. He returned from Penny Brohn exactly back to himself. He was fighting fit and had the tools to help him with what he was going through.