This site was inspired by my experiences, and
all the time and effort that I put in researching products and
information that would improve my resistance, and build up my
mental and physical strength.
As soon as I started to research products and
information, and made some real changes to my diet using these
products, I began to feel more empowered and proactive.
I am a survivor!!
I have proved this time and time again, starting from as a
little baby and being diagnosed with blood clots in the brain.
My parents were told by the wonderful doctors at Great Ormond
Street Hospital in London that my survival didn't look hopeful,
and if I did survive the many operations that I would more than
likely be severely brain damaged. Fortunately,
nobody told me! After lots of experimental surgery
I battled through, and here I am bright as a button with an
extremely active brain. My thanks to all the wonderful
people at Great Ormond Street Hospital for all that they did for
me so many years ago. I am the result of an experiment
that went right!
My family moved to Australia as I approached my
teens and I had long forgotten my early battle for life and
continued with joy of living. Extremely independent, I left home at
16 years of age and later went to College and continued my education as an
independent mature age student ... here in Australia that is
only over 18 years of age. I acquired qualifications to teach the
intellectually handicapped and worked happily in that field for
several years. In those days the work was hard, but I took
great joy in the subtle growth of my students. It wasn't
until some time later that I realised that I could have been one
of those students myself if not for the success of my operations
as an infant.
It was just prior to that time that I was diagnosed
with ovarian cancer. The first operation resulted in a
partial hysterectomy and the news that having children might not
be an option for me. The doctors didn't tell you much
about what was going on in those days, they just did what had to
be done, and I found out more much later. Operations followed each year as more
tumours returned, and this cycle continued for several
years. I can't remember how many years, as after each
operation I just went back to the business of living my life and
put that part behind me. It is amazing how when you are
young you always feel bullet-proof, and as you don't have 'years
of wisdom' you don't have the fears that attach. Eventually, any affected body
parts were either removed or treated and I was cancer
free. Again, I just focused on life and forgot all about
it. I didn't even notice the terrible scars all over my
stomach. Life went on and I continued in my adventures!
Over 20 years passed with only little
annoyances, and I was again at the hospital for another health
related problem when they found that I again had cancer.
Being older and wiser, this wisdom brought greater
fear. My life became a roller coaster of feeling good one
minute to feeling frightful the next. I was returning to
hospital each three months to have new tumours removed and all
the specialist appointments and other problems that goes with it
all. Being the survivor that I am, I tend to
everything and try not to focus on my health when I don't have
to. Having had no one around daily to complain to, things
just became a different type of 'normal' and the majority of
people around me had no idea that anything was wrong.
Make-up is a wonderful concealer, and if anything, I just looked
very tired - which of course I was. I only get frustrated when there are things
that I can't do now for one reason or another, or things that I
used to be able to do quickly that now take me days ... (this website
being a perfect example - it took MONTHS and MONTHS to get this
far... days to do just a page!)
Like many of my previous health challenges, I just
tried to busy myself in living, and find ways to overcome any obstacles.
Which is how this website started to form in my
My professional life has been very varied over
the years and I have reinvented myself often. In the later
part I have been a training provider and course author, covering
areas as diverse as corporate, community service and the
disabilities in a vast range of subjects. I was founder of
Hope After A Suicide - Free Support Groups for adolescents who
had lost a parent or sibling to suicide. There was
nothing like this available 15 years ago to support my nephew
when he needed it, so I decided that after time passed and I
could distance myself from my only sister's death, that I would
get the required training necessary to start a free support
group for adolescents who found themselves in the same situation
my nephew had. Years later, and with my nephew's
blessing, I did just that. I also brought this to the
attention of various agencies and now there are several of these
groups available and I was able to move on to other things.
I mention this now only by way of saying that I am used to
tackling the hard issues, and when I see a need for something I
just go ahead and fulfil that void. I am a 'take charge' and
'make it happen' sort of person. By the way, my nephew
Adam is doing very well and two years ago presented me with my
great-nephew, Liam - who of course is the most perfect baby ever
born, since Adam. So we are now three generations: Liam;
Adam; and me. My little family.
As for me ... as I tell everyone "I'm just
fine." and really I am! I do have my 'moments' but fortunately my
Birman Seal Point cat, Toulouse, is always handy for a cuddle and
to make me smile and I am blessed with wonderful, wonderful
friends. It benefits nobody, least of all me, to
focus on what 'might' happen with all of the associated
problems, so I live in the moment; smile often; laugh out loud a
lot; and spend as much quality time as
possible with Adam, Liam and my friends ... and well, LIVE!
There you have a 'snap shot' of my life to
date, leading to the reason for this site. My life has been full
of challenges, adventure, learning, fun, growing, growing and
more growing, evolving into the person typing this. I
have always been a survivor and turned negatives into positives.
I have never believed anyone who has told me that something
'can't be done' and it takes a very brave person to ever tell
me "NO". I think that this website is a
positive step, and hopefully is the right direction
for you too. Through the computer screen we are all
handsome/beautiful, looking fab-u-ous and are in control, feeling
great. I am feeling fine with all of my wheatgrass,
juices etc and I hope that you will too! Report back to me the
positive effects these things have had on your life. Even
if it is just the new routine you have fallen into growing your
of wheatgrass. It had a great effect on me, and led from reading Dr
Walker's books, juicing living
juices ... and so it goes on ... to this website.
With your help I hope that this site will be of
real benefit to many people. With my background in
business, training, writing, research and support I intend to
make this site a living identity that is utilised and enjoyed by
as many people as possible. With your help it will be.
Please share your journey with the rest of us, and the
positive - or witty - stories that you have experienced during
your progress. Let's inspire each other and Rekindle
our Zest 4 Health
and our ... passion 4 life!