Hi, I’m Lauren. Welcome to my blog.
This is where I share with you everything I’ve learned (and continue to learn) about health and wellness – drawing upon my knowledge and experience as a medical doctor, stage IV cancer patient, yoga teacher, meditation student, psychology graduate and general science-geek.
I initially started this blog (back in 2014) as a way for me to share my “cancer journey” with friends and family. I’d slowly progressed from stage II to stage IV over the previous 18 months and things looked pretty bleak – the five year survival rate for stage IV metastatic melanoma patients at that time was around 6%. Fortunately, as timing would have it, I was able to start receiving cutting-edge immunotherapy within a few weeks of becoming a stage IV patient. Initial trials suggested that only 30% of patients responded to this new treatment, but I gratefully found myself in that group just six months later – and I’ve happily had ‘no evidence of disease’ (NED) since 2016.
Alongside receiving conventional cancer treatment, I also went on my own personal journey (focusing on nutrition, gut health, supplements, exercise, yoga, stress management techniques etc) to support my immune system and help my body to beat cancer into remission. Through this blog I now share the lifestyle modifications which I feel helped my body and mind to return to optimal health and wellness. I hope they help you too.
(P>S. If you’re interested in my full story please grab a cuppa and head over to this page)
“It has been one of the greatest and most difficult years of my life. I learned everything is temporary. Moments, feelings, people, flowers. I learned love is about giving. Everything. And letting it hurt. I learned vulnerability is always the right choice because it is easy to be cold in a world that makes it so very difficult to remain soft. I learned all things come in twos. Life and death. Pain and joy. Salt and sugar. Me and you. It is the balance of the universe. It has been the year of hurting so bad but living so good. Making friends out of strangers. Making strangers out of friends. Learning mint chocolate chip ice-cream will fix just about everything. And for the pains it can’t, there will always be my mothers arms. We must learn to focus on warm energy. Always. Soak our limbs in it and become better lovers to the world. For if we can’t learn to be kinder to each other how will we ever learn to be kinder to the most desperate parts of ourselves.” – Rupi Kaur