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Having worked with people recovering from cancer for 30 years the questions are always, what does that person need to help them to move forward physically, emotionally and spiritually?
In my journey from working exclusively in orthodox medicine to a wider more integrative approach I find myself continually assessing are we giving the person the tools to become their own healer? I have always been aware that my experience and service was sadly lacking in several major elements. Like orthodox medicine complementary medicine can also be rather focused on the metabolics of illness and correcting them.
I would of course direct people towards working on the mind in conjunction with the body and emphasising that it was very important, but I had few skills to really help someone in the way I would want to. There are many great resources online and in books: Joe Dispenza, Bruce Lipton and more who have resources that really ask the questions that open our minds to the fundamentals of healing and who we are in our relationship with this world.
As the years have gone by, I have come to realise that the importance of this is paramount if we are to be able to heal. Our world challenges us in so many ways with stress, toxicity and the complexity of life, many things to divert our attention from ourselves. The way we have developed medicine challenges us on many levels and frequently reduces our experience of it to one that generates detachment and fear rather than involvement and empowerment.
What is the difference between someone who becomes well and someone who succumbs to illness I have frequently asked? Of course, physical circumstances do influence but I have come to realise it is also the ability of the person to move and grow within their experiences and not be overwhelmed o mind and body. To be able to use transformative practices to view the world from the perspective of our amazing abilities to transform ourselves into what we need to be. To walk through life with a perspective of calm and control, utilising the power of the subconscious that is often submerged by our daily patterns.
That is what I have come to realise is the key, and the missing element from modern medical practices. Again, I find myself wanting in the skills to help people with this, so I share with you my delight at working with two of the most amazing practitioners in this field I have met. Shibu and Teresa are remarkable people who have worked for many years to develop their understanding and skills to be able to communicate to people how they can really change fundamentally and grow no matter their physical circumstances. I am so looking forward to helping them share this with anyone wishing to experience this journey or learn how to help others do the same. We will all be experiencing and learning this together in our workshops and retreats which will be a journey for us all and something very special.
If you would like to join us there are more details at: www.canceroptions.co.uk/workshopsor email: info@beAbundantLife.com
Being and Becoming Well Workshops and Retreats
We are delighted to announce a series of workshops and retreats enabling you to develop insight and understanding of the essential principles of life. How you can fundamentally transform your perception and relationship with life your physical and emotional life and health.
Presented by three of this country’s leading practitioners bringing their individual experiences and insights together to form a unique journey to help you transform your life.
What you’ll learn in this workshop?
Energy psychology of life
You will be introduced to one of the most essential principles in life, which is how our thoughts and emotions, as different vibrational frequencies, give rise to external forms in our lives. Once you understand how life is an interplay of energy in vibration, your outlook on life will be transformed.
How Beliefs shape your life
You will learn how beliefs that you hold in your mind and heart are the substance that gives shape to your life; how you can unearth your mental and emotional patterns from your sub-conscious to your consciousness.
Principle of ‘Already & Becoming’
We will demonstrate the paradoxical principle of ‘Already and Becoming’ and its implications in life. This will be done by explaining two types of time: chronological and psychological. Understanding this distinction helps you to engage with life with greater trust and enthusiasm.
We illustrate the intrinsic connection between mind and body and its implications in our relationship to our health. Even if there are a number of variables, once you understand the primary role of your mental world for your physical health, you would have found a powerful way to lead a healthy life.
Becoming well in the modern world
Our relationship with our physical and psychological health is greatly influenced by the medical world and modern practices. We have developed medicine in way that does not allow us to realise our own full potential for healing physically mentally and spiritually. We shall be exploring the medical model and our relationship with it and our intrapersonal relationships ins society and their influences on us. The empowerment that can be gained from re-framing how we view our place and power in healing will enable you to free yourself from limitations.
In this workshop, we look at every theme from different angles: psychological, biological, scientific, spiritual, metaphysical, etc. With the use of analogies, parables, images, multi-media presentations and simple tools/exercises, we endeavour to present complex ideas so as to make them practical and relevant to your self-empowerment. When you are inspired to commit to a process, your understanding becomes experiential – “aha moments.” Magic in your external reality will be simply an effortless unfolding, not a product of your usual striving.
Dr. Shibu Karippai BA in Philosophy, BSc in Psychology, Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, CPsychol
Dr. Shibu Karippai is a Chartered Psychologist and a passionate teacher. His ability to synthesise conclusions from various disciplines such as energy psychology, psychotherapy, metaphysics, theology, spirituality and studies on consciousness is remarkable. With his roots in India and being trained in philosophy and psychology in the West, he considers himself a blend of East and West.
Dr. Karippai believes firmly in the possibility of mastering one’s inner world, thus shaping one’s destiny rather than being at the mercy of the circumstances in life. As a psychologist, researcher and educator, what gives him greatest joy is to facilitate and witness transformation in others. He feels excited about some of the findings emerging in the scientific field not only confirming the teachings of spiritual traditions, but also teaching us ‘how’ one can implement those teachings in real life so that one can create abundance in every aspect of our life.
Dr. Teresa Karippai
Dr. Teresa Karippai is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist.
With her experience of working in the fields of Human Consciousness,
Spirituality, Energy Psychology, Holistic Health and Mindfulness, she is
passionate about accompanying individuals from different walks of life on a
journey of discovery of greater degrees of wellbeing, balance and
She is a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a registered Practitioner Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council in UK. She is also one of the Founders and Directors of a successful private practice at the heart of London, offering a range of psychological and therapeutic services.
Teresa is eager to find creative ways to translate the fascinating and exciting research findings in human consciousness and energy psychology into simple and effective tools for healing and personal growth.
Dip Pall C Dip UTR
Patricia Peat was formerly an oncology nurse running
oncology clinics. Her journey of 30 years supporting people dealing with cancer
has led to her questioning the authenticity of the modern medical model. Her
work for the last 20 years has been in helping people find wider elements of
support which enable them to embrace and actualise their full potential for
healing when unwell.
The individual’s capacity to use their full potential for healing is frequently disabled by modern life and medical practice. She is passionate about enabling each person to become their own healer.
- Being and Becoming Well 1 Day Workshop 16/3/2019 9am – 5pm
- Regents University London
- £130 includes lunch and refreshments
If you are interested in this workshop, please contact us by email: info@beAbundantLife.com & we will send you the registration form.
Kate Figes: ‘Cancer felt like being hit by a train — now I want my life back’
From cannabis oil to oxygen therapy: author Kate Figes will try anything to stay alive
March 1 2018, 12:01am, The Times
Her friends were urging her to write it anyway, but for the author Kate Figes a book about midlife was an obvious next project. For more than two decades the journalist and novelist had written highly successful non-fiction books that navigated the course of women’s lives, about equality in the workplace, new motherhood, later motherhood (The Terrible Teens), adultery and, conversely, how to get love to last (Couples). Now, as she approached 60, she felt she had found a more personal subject, yet one with a wide potential audience: how in late middle age to make sense of the past to face the future.
Then, suddenly, On Smaller Dogs and Larger Life Questions, which is published this week, became about something else: not midlife, but, very likely, the end of life. Just before her 59th birthday in September 2016, Figes was diagnosed with triple negative breast cancer. Her oncologist — charming and charismatic, but nothing if not direct — told her it was “treatable, not curable”.
Her descent to “Planet Cancer” began with the arrival of a miniature wire-haired dachshund called Zeus. He was the family’s new pet, a squealing bundle, but not, for her, of joy. Instead he brought anxiety and exhaustion. Perhaps there had been an omen, a hint, of something wrong a year earlier, when as a family mediator she was suddenly overwhelmed by memories of her parents’ break-up and her powerlessness as a child to heal it. She realised, in an oncological metaphor, that “divorce had entered every cell of my being”. She needed an urgent break from the work she had always enjoyed as complementary to her journalism.
Her physical symptoms, when they came, were muscle pains round her ribs and back. Although she had had regular mammograms, none of them indicating a lump or change in the breast tissue, a bone-marrow test eventually revealed triple negative breast cancer, its most aggressive variation.
Triple negative cancer is so called because the three most common engines of cancer growth are not present in the tumour. That sounds good, but it means that common treatments such as hormone therapy and drugs are useless. The good news was that there would be no need for surgery and the cancer was not in any of the five vital organs. The bad was that it had entered her bones, the best she could hope for was to keep it there and there was no cure.
“I was in a lot of pain because I had three fractured ribs from the cancer,” she says as we talk in the sitting room of her terraced family house in north London. She is small and, despite all the treatment, a young 60 with hair, familiar from book jackets, that’s dark and shoulder-length.
“It had gone straight to the bones and was just eating away at them. The oncologist said I lit up like a Christmas tree when I was first scanned: cancer all over my ribs and back. So at the beginning it was the combination of the pain, the chemo and the shock. I kept thinking, ‘If I could just not have the pain I might be able to cope with the chemo and with the shock. Or if I didn’t have the chemo, I might be able to . . .’ All three was overwhelming, like being hit by a train.”
It was not only chemotherapy — ten capecitabine pills every day — that she endured. Every three weeks a nurse came to administer a 30-minute drip of Avastin to prevent the cancer from creating its own blood supply. Initially, it sent her blood pressure spiralling, so she took another drug to bring it down. Before the nurse left she jabbed Figes’s stomach with a bone-strengthening drug, Denosumab. Meanwhile, every day she took eight tramadol and eight paracetamol to contain the pain sufficiently so that she could move.
The pharmaceutical onslaught left her curled up on the sofa nursing a death wish not quite strong enough for her to act on (although she had sufficient morphine in the house).
“I was always determined to fight it. I remember thinking, ‘I just want my life back. I don’t need anything else.’ I mean there was a moment with the first cycle with the chemotherapy . . . They tend to give you the highest dose they think you can cope with because you need to really whack the cancer hard to begin with. That first cycle, with the pain, I did think, ‘If this is what it’s going to be like, then actually I would rather die.’ ”
She refers me to a book by an American surgeon called Bernie Siegel called Love, Medicine and Miracles in which he divides cancer patients into three groups. One group, between 10 and 15 per cent, have lives so unhappy that they give up. A large chunk in the middle, 60 to 70 per cent, just follow doctors’ orders. “And then there’s the 10 to 15 per cent he calls exceptional patients, who do their research, who ask questions. He says they’re the ones who do better on the treatments and tend to live the longest.”
Figes, firmly of the exceptional gang, made cancer her new journalistic assignment. A health journalist friend advised her to contact Patricia Peat, a former chemo nurse who believed that chemotherapy and radiotherapy patients who used complimentary methods tended to cope better and live longer. Peat recommended that as soon as she was mobile again Figes should seek out oxygen therapy.
So a year ago her husband, Christopher Wyld, a former BBC journalist and director of the Foreign Press Association, who retired to spend more time with Figes when she became ill, began driving her to outer London where, between a Screwfix and a Photomart, the multiple sclerosis charity MS Action runs an oxygen centre. Here Figes regularly sits in a hyperbaric oxygen chamber, a large metal dome that, complete with portholes, simulates a deep-sea dive. The theory is that with reduced pressure, blood vessels expand and oxygen is more easily absorbed into the body. Her health began to improve. Christoph, as she calls her husband, has become a volunteer at the centre.
The oxygenation was only part of her self-medication. There was heat therapy, giving up sugar and taking up vitamin supplements. Her oncologist was uncensorious, but cautious. “B12 is good for neuropathy too,” he told her, but under his breath added: “But it won’t do any good.”
She was caught between extremists. Those who thought chemotherapy a scam promoted by Big Pharma, and a medical establishment that refused to recommend anything not based on peer-reviewed trials. Peat told her that if she stayed off the sugar and kept pummelling her cells with oxygen and heat, the cancer would not come back. The oncologist said it would, eventually. Just once, he conceded to her face that for some people it did not — but no one knew why.
Now a third of Figes’s day is taken up with “anti-cancer activity”, beginning with a 90-minute morning regimen of yoga, meditation, body oils, supplements and juicing. And then it’s dope last thing in the evening? I ask this because I have seen in her kitchen the paraphernalia that (illegally — as if she cares) extracts cannabis oil.
“You may laugh, Andrew, but it is a really powerful medicine. A couple of drops and you’re out. I mean, basically, the policy I’m pursuing is anything that is said to kill cancer cells I do as much as possible. Green tea, broccoli sprouts, heat and oxygen. You see, nobody knows.”
Is it a bit like advertising: 50 per cent of it is useless, but you never know which 50 per cent? “Exactly. What do you give up? So rather than give up, don’t change it.”
And something is working. She has just had her fourth clear scan in a row. She looks well. She is no longer on painkillers, although her ribs and back ache when she does too much. Since the diagnosis she has shrunk from size 14 to size 8, not from the cancer, but because the chemo prevents the gut from absorbing nutrition.
Yet within this tough account of her cancer — reading it made me feel as if I were ill myself — is the book she originally wanted to write, the one about coming to peace with her childhood. Until later in life Kate had a fractured relationship with her mother, Eva Figes, a leading feminist novelist who died six years ago. Eva’s marriage had ended when Kate was five. Kate left the family home when she was 17, after a “blazing row”. Eva was a German-Jewish refugee who lost her grandparents in the Holocaust. “Holocaust damage ran through my family,” she writes and you can almost discern, in invisible ink, the words “like cancer”.
“As I began to get better, I looked back at what I’d written and I realised it was still about midlife because what cancer does is crystallise all the same anxieties and losses and griefs.” I say it seemed to give her an insight into her mother’s unhappiness. “She did a lot of good with her life, but I think she was very unhappy. I do think the Holocaust runs through families and perverts and distorts relationships.”
A year ago she and her brother, the historian Orlando Figes, became German citizens in a ceremony at the German embassy. For Orlando it was because he did not want to be a “Brexit Brit”. For Kate it was another way of “drawing a line under the past”.
She has no praise high enough for Christoph, to whom she has been married for 30 years, nor for her two grown-up daughters, although one, forgivably, broke down just before the first post-diagnosis Christmas, fearing that it might be her mother’s last. Figes wrote the book, she says, mainly because she wanted them to know who their mother really was. Friends have been incredible, but they too needed to weather the shock. One burst into tears before her. “I wanted to tell her to get a grip. ‘I don’t need to see you upset, I need you to be loving and kind.’ ”
She makes only short-term plans, regards every two months free from chemotherapy as a bonus and works on the assumption that it is unlikely to matter much that her pension is weedy. Whereas for years she saw her job as helping others, she is unashamedly putting herself first. What she has learnt, she says, is the power of love. “I never knew I was this loved by so many people around me. It was a very wonderful feeling.”
A gift then, but a costly one, I suggest soapily. She turns on me. “Not a gift! I don’t know why people call cancer a gift. A box of chocolates is a gift. It’s not a gift. It’s more that whatever happens, you have always to go to the good. Only by going to the good, seeing the positive stuff in what has happened to you, can you then cope with the negative.”
On Smaller Dogs and Larger Life Questions is published by Virago; £14.99
The CancerIFA Service
….is an administrative service for individuals who have a terminal illness, or their employers.
Buried in the Finance Act 2004 is a provision that allows undrawn pension funds to be paid out tax-free up to a generous £limit, where life expectancy is 12 months or less. This is the “Serious Ill-health Lump-sum Payment” provision, and is not affected by recent Budget changes.
Provided a doctor confirms the medical situation, the whole fund can be paid out once the paperwork is completed.
But pension paperwork is of little interest to most people at the best of times, so the CancerIFA service has evolved to help with this. With the pension monies paid into their bank account, this allows the person concerned to sort out their own financial affairs now. Sometimes we are approached by other financial advisers to handle this.
We do not provide regulated financial advice – for two reasons.
Firstly, the founder has retired from giving regulated financial advice. Secondly, with less than 12 months to live, most of my clients don’t need it.
Regulated/professional Advice when needed can be given by:
i) Solicitors/will writers – nearly always the case. This might be for writing a will or setting up an appropriate trust where there are young children.
ii) Financial advisers where regulated investment advice is needed.
iii) Both the above where bad advice has been given previously.
We provide a sympathetic ear for anyone diagnosed with a terminal illness based on my own direct experience of cancer in 2007. And indirectly, from family members, friends and clients who have had to face this – not to mention my 20 years as a financial advisor.
Dealing with the pension paperwork lifts a huge burden from someone diagnosed with a serious illness and their families. This allows them to spend more time giving comfort and support.
A large lump of money from a pension scheme usually alleviates any immediate money worries.
George Emsden ACIB, DipPFS
To find out more please visit :
In October and November 2015 Heather began to suffer from headaches, blocked sinuses, a swelling on her forehead and short, frequent nosebleeds. This led to her being diagnosed with a heavy bout of Sinusitis at the GP’s and prescribed several different Antibiotics.
Heather was taken into hospital on Christmas Day 2015 with a nose bleed that wouldn’t stop and to her shock and horror she was diagnosed with a substantial nasal and sinus tumour that had already cracked through her skull and was pushing against her brain. Five weeks later it was confirmed as malignant and inoperable. There was nothing they could do they said, with the expectation being that it could not be cured …. The following is an account of Heather’s journey in her own words….
After accepting the palliative radiotherapy on offer I, along with my husband, began to research alternative and supplemental treatments.
It quickly became clear that here are two approaches to treating Cancer, firstly the conventional ‘destroy’ approach – radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery, and also the ‘body healing’ approach through complementary and alternative elements. Without a doubt a combination of both is the best approach, providing the greatest chance of successful overall treatment. However the amount of information available to us on the internet through blogs, documents, videos, and social media was literally overwhelming. What to do … where to go …
Through a very fortunate turn of events we were introduced to Cancer Options and Patricia Peat. It was to turn out to be one of a few key introductions for us that ultimately influenced my fate.
When receiving a prognosis as desperate as the one I received, a lifespan of three to twelve months, two key things get lost in the emotion that follows; control and hope. These were the things that we needed to get back and Cancer Options was instrumental in helping us to do just that.
So, following our initial consultation with Patricia, and the production of an Integrative Care Plan, a substantial bespoke plan of action just for me, the first thing that Patricia advised was to have further tests to look into what might have caused the tumour. Wow, looking at what caused this thing with the accompanying logical extent of stopping its growth and potentially reducing it, made such sense. But we had only been talked to previously at the hospital about how best to ‘attack’ the tumour. Patricia made it so clear that a healthy, functioning immune system is equally, if not more important, than conventional ‘treatments’ when it comes to cancer.
These tests were very revealing. We were able to determine that my body contained too high a quantity of certain metals and toxins but more significantly a key gene that helps to detoxify the body was not apparent at all! The good news was that all of these deficiencies could be ‘supplemented’ out. So, along with positive changes to my diet and exercise regimes I started on an extensive programme of supplements and ‘alternative’ treatments to support the radiotherapy that I had already received. This programme was designed to;
- Repair any damaged tissues following radiotherapy
- Heal and optimise the immune system
- Continue to kill the malignant cells – particularly stem cells that are often the cause of recurring secondary cancers
After a few months of being on the Cancer Options programme it was D-Day! It was time for a rescan, and to see what happens next from a conventional treatment perspective.
The scan showed reduction in the tumour causing the hospital to declare the disease as stable. This was in itself great news but the surgeons local to us said that it remained inoperable, which left us feeling that we still needed to continue with our journey. So now we reviewed the supplements, added some, stopped a few and then we took my case to London for a full second opinion. We went to see a professor of Oncology on Harley Street. He was a wonderful man, immediately identifying treatment options that hadn’t been discussed before with us, but more importantly introducing us to a surgeon, who said he could operate and remove 100 percent of the tumour. We could hardly believe it!
So at the end of September I went into Hospital, and underwent a five hour operation to have the entire tumour taken out. It was successful and three subsequent scans post operation have shown me as being clear of all tumours!
So, whilst we are still very much on the ‘cancer journey’ we can look forward with far greater hope and a comforting feeling of control.
Patricia is now working with me to realign the supplements to focus even more on optimising my immune system in a programme designed to minimise the chance of anything untoward returning!
As a final word from me I would like to leave a few key pointers for anyone diagnosed with cancer;
- Take control of your own treatment plan.
- Always, have a Complimentary and Alternative Medical Practitioner (CAM) on your ‘team’ – this is what Cancer Option does so well.
- Look at what could have caused the cancer – tumours do not appear at random. There will always be an underlying reason.
- Do not be afraid to seek a second opinion.
- Take back hope and control because with these you can do what I suggest in the next, final and most important bullet ;
- Think positively all the time! A positive outcome can be as much a self-fulfilling prophecy as a negative one.
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