REAL LIFE STORIES

Stats and studies are important but what really matters is the human experience. Here you will find real life stories from those who have lived with cancer both as patients and practitioners, and read how holistic therapies have supported them on their journey.

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Professor-Karol-Sikora

“Touch is so important in our lives from childhood to old age. When facing a life threatening illness such as cancer, massage of all types can be a useful adjunct to focus the mind.”

Overcoming the fear and dread of treatment is an important component of dealing with cancer, and touch can be of tremendous benefit.

We must dispel the myths that somehow massage spreads cancer – there is simply no evidence for this assertion. Let’s use it to give full benefit to our patients alongside all other cancer treatments.

Cancer affects body, mind and spirit. Whilst modern medicine takes care of the body, we need to use everything we have to improve the mind and spirit. Massage and touch therapies are key components of an integrated approach to healing.

PROFESSOR KAROL SIKORA,
MA, PHD, MBBCHIR, FRCP, FRCR, FFPM

FOUNDING DEAN & CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER OF THE MEDICAL SCHOOL AT BUCKINGHAM UNIVERSITY

"How did I feel after? Like a normal individual who had been able to go somewhere and be just me, more relaxed and just happy."

“I have no doubt that receiving a massage every four weeks was a major part of my recovery and I continue this practice today.”

“As a practicing oncology surgeon I am well aware of some of the scars, both physical and mental, that cancer may leave.”

“A spa treatment was my sanctuary. An hour where I felt like an individual and not a diagnosis.

I was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer at the age of 40. I had a mastectomy and finished chemo, then I was diagnosed with the BRCA gene, so I went on to have another mastectomy, hysterectomy and I had my ovaries removed. While all this was going on I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer.

Going for a spa treatment was my sanctuary. It was a place I could feel normal. The power of touch is underestimated, especially when people are undergoing treatment. Just that hour to be calm and still in between all the madness of the conveyer belt of cancer treatments and appointments.

I’m now 43 and living life to the full, back working in a job I love as a nurse."

D BROWN
DIAGNOSED WITH TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER
AND THYROID CANCER

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Are you living with cancer or learning to understand it? We want you to remember that you are not alone. You can find out more about supporting mind, body and spirit from our wellness experts, or book your own spa experience to benefit from the power of touch.