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WORLD CANCER DAY – 4 Feb – how can we help you?

General Health & Wellbeing Posted on Thu, January 26, 2023 10:26AM

By Eileen Strong 25/1/23

The  “Hidden Costs of Cancer”

I’m very pleased to be able to be able to offer what I refer to as “cancer wellness” and “cancer support” services to those who are on their cancer journey.  I refer to it as “Cancer Journey” because even if a person experienced surgery or cancer treatment in the past, and is now living and enjoying life to the max while in remission from cancer, the treatment process itself can leave a person with many after-effects that leave them feeling very different from “who I was before Cancer”. 

I was really interested to find that this is the theme MacMillan Cancer Support is using this year in recognition of World Cancer Day on Feb 4.  

If this resonates with you, you may like to find out more about that from MacMillan direct.  Here is an extract and link to their website . 

MacMillan Cancer Support
For World Cancer Day on 4 February, we’re talking about the hidden costs of cancer. Alan, Helen and Judith share their stories about going through cancer and some of the challenges people may not be aware of”. Click here to visit MacMillan World Cancer Day

Using this as  a timely theme for this year’s World Cancer Day, I would really like to reach out to you if you are one of those people  on their “Cancer Journey” and invite your feedback .. because here at Acorn, we’d like to be able to do more to help you too.

Our “Cancer Wellness” Initiative at Acorn

We’ve got a team of Practitioners here who want to hear how we can do that.  This is an exciting initiative  for us, because whilst we are already providing a number of cancer wellness services, it helps us to raise awareness of the some of the lesser known challenges of living with the effects – and after-effects – of cancer treatment.  

Let’s just have a quick chat about some of those very same challenges  that my own cancer-journey clients, family members, friends and colleagues have discussed with me.  You might find some of them quite surprising .. and this really is just scratching the surface: 

  • Ooh ssshhhh don’t use that C World! ?!  Some of us really feel very very uncomfortable about using that “C” word. I mean C as in Cancer of course.  Nobody is denying that a cancer diagnosis IS a serious thing and something we don’t like to have shoved in our faces.  But then, 30 years ago, we had the same issue with Mental Health.  Oooh, don’t talk about it; just bung folks in a mental health hospital and give them electric shock treatment; that should sort the job out. Shouldn’t it? Well no,  but it seems that there was a real stigma about mental health issues at that time; when only now are we being more open about it, with celebrities and even royalty openly discussing their mental health needs.  Is it the same for the “C” word now?  Take a deep breath. Just say it. It’s cancer.  It’s not necessarily terminal.  The more we find out about cancer with the advancement of technology and science, the more people are surviving it and living longer.  There are more cancer survivors than ever before.
  • Social Needs – Following diagnosis, you notice that some friends or colleagues “go quiet” when you walk in the  room, or even cross the road, when they see you (or your immediate family) coming. “They just don’t know what to say to me”.  Imagine how this might  feel if it happened to you, whether in good health or otherwise.
  • Victor V Victim Mindset  – Close family, or members of your immediate “social support” circle keep telling you how sorry they are to hear about your terrible diagnosis .. when what you want to hear is less Doom and Gloom and a more pragmatic approach, because you don’t want to feel like a helpless victim; you want to feel optimistic and positive, not negative and disempowered.
  • Not Walking On Eggshells – Your brave ever-smiley face is actually .. just a brave, ever-smiley face.  You’re feeling a lot more inner turmoil than you care to admit.  But you haven’t found a way to let yourself be your authentic self, and just let your mind-body-emotions connect. It’s more important to be the strong one who holds it all together, just like you always have done.   Does that sound like you?
  • Rebuilding Body Strength and Resilience – Following treatment, your digestive tract has been damaged; sexual intercourse is uncomfortable (even if you feel  like doing it), you are constantly managing fluid retention and risk of oedema; not to mention wrestling with your new false teeth and lack of salivary glands.  You didn’t find out about all that till later.
  • Hormones have gone haywire and you feel a bit like an emotional omelette. Your fuse is short, and your sense of humour seems to have done a complete by-pass.  Your energy levels also dip and dive leaving you slightly manic or low and depressed in a heartbeat. Where did that “old you” ever go? 
  • Mental health; recurrent ruminating that affects your sleep patterns .. The memory of the day you got your diagnosis still haunts you; the look on your doctor’s face, the tone of voice, the words .. even after years in remission. Ugh.
  • Loss of Confidence , Self Esteem, and Poor Body Image … we get that don’t we even when we feel relatively healthy.   When you’re trying to find a way to come to terms with the now you, these are just some of the challenges you may experience. 

And the list goes ever on.  This really is – as I said before – just scratching the surface.  Everyone’s experience is different, and unique to them.

 Thing is, you’ve survived it all, and you are still here .. and you want to stay here too and live as full and active a life as you possibly can.  

Tell us how we can help you?

Do any of those specific challenges above resonate with you? Some of the key resources we can help support you with are:

  1. Safe, specialist, massage & comfort-touch based relaxational therapy
  2. Nutritional advice to specifically address minimization of symptoms during treatment and promoting after-treatment recovery
  3. Counselling to help strengthen body image, rebuilding self-esteem and confidence, dealing with loss and grief
  4. Expert Relationship Advice to help navigate the stress, strain, and even breakdown of relationships – our nearest and dearest can worry inconsolably about us, and they feel some stress and strain too. 
  5. Guided visualization and meditation techniques to help creative a positive mindset and induce the proven power of your own inner mind-brain-body medicine.
  6. Gain insights into your body’s energetic (bio-resonant) frequencies and overall energy image, to highlight which areas might need some extra TLC as you move forward on the next part of your health and wellbeing journey. 

The beauty of this offering can be that it helps to significantly reduce the overwhelm of knowing where to exert your energy and resources at a time when you need it most.

Help us to help others – complete our Survey

Please take just 2 minutes out of your busy day to  click below to complete this very short, concise Survey – it will help us to plan and select our Top 3 most  important services that we’ll offer to our clients on the Wellness Day.

Click to Complete Cancer Wellness Day Survey

Just fill in the survey, then click SUBMIT.  You’ll receive a confirmation from JOTFORM to let you know it’s been sent.   Thank you so much for taking the time!  We really appreciate your help.  (Feel free to remain anonymous on the form if you prefer to do so, but if you do share your name and email address, we’re happy to get back to you personally)

Alternatively, please email me direct at eileen@eileenstrongcoaching.com to register your interest and receive the survey direct to your inbox.

For  more  about Eileen, visit EileenStrongCoaching.com



How we can support you on your Cancer journey

Therapies Posted on Tue, January 28, 2020 11:25AM

Feb 4th is the World Cancer Day

Hydrotherm Tranquil Sea Massage and Spa-Ritual Mind-Body Connect treatments

“An out-of-the-blue cancer diagnosis has to be right up there in the top five of life’s not so pleasant little surprises. You’re feeling good, maybe a little more tired than usual, which you might just put down to your age, and a busy lifestyle.  Then a routine test, another test, and then you get the result.  And life is never going to be quite the same again….”

Two weeks later, Victoria had undergone 2 rounds of surgery for early stage breast cancer, and was about to undergo 6 weeks of radiotherapy.  She described feeling “bruised and beaten up” and her emotions were on the proverbial roller coaster, however hard she tried to “carry on as normal.” She just didn’t feel “normal” at a time when she needed to feel normal the most.

Here at Acorn, we want to make sure our clients feel reassured, cared for, and not judged in any way.  We want to help them feel safe and nurtured.

If you are currently in treatment for cancer, recovering from surgery, or have past experience of cancer and are now in remission, we can help you experience a wonderful relaxing and supportive treatment with our unique offering that combines  Hydrotherm Massage techniques and Cancer Touch® therapy, adapted and personalised just for you.

There are some enormous physical, mental and emotional benefits that gentle massage and touch therapy can bring.   Here are just a few:

  • Moisturises the skin, particularly after radiotherapy damage (using 100% organic preparations)
  • Can help relieve muscle wastage and soreness due to inactivity, and improve range of motion
  • Decreases oedema and improves circulation
  • Stimulates endorphine secretion that can help pain relief and reduce the need for pain medication
  • May help decrease symptoms related to chemo and radiation, such as fatigue, diarrhoea, loss of appetite, nausea
  • Can help improve elasticity in scarred areas
  • Increase relaxation and decrease stress
  • Helps mental clarity and mindfulness
  • Improves sleep and relaxation
  • Decreases anxiety and depression
  • Provides relief from isolation
  • Re-establishes a positive body image
  • Helps to give the client a sense of participation in the healing process

In recognition of World Cancer Day on 4th February,  book your cancer support consultation with Eileen anytime during the month of February and you will get 20% off the price of your subsequent first Hydrotherm Tranquil Sea Massage or Spa-Ritual Mind-Body Connect Wellbeing treatment (inc organic facial).  (Offer applies to 60 and 90 minute treatments only)

Just a note on why we invite you to book your consultation first:

  • A meet and greet with your therapist before your first treatment is essential. We will need to know what type of cancer you have/had, the cancer site, if it is still present and what treatment you are receiving so we can work around hospital appointments
  • We’ll ask about medications, because some may have side effects such as hair loss, feeling cold, dry or sensitive skin, nausea, sensitivity to smells. 
  • We’ll still need to ask about your medical history, including heart conditions, DVT or anything that is normally contra-indicated for massage that requires GP permission first
  • We’ll need to know if you had any operations (e.g. stoma, lymph node removal) so we can adapt for recent scar tissue, pain, discomfort, flexibility and positioning for your treatment
  • Any equipment that may be fitted, such as PICC lines, or if a cool cap has been worn so we know to avoid stimulating the scalp.
  • If any lymph nodes have ever been removed or could have been compromised by radiotherapy so that we can adapt your treatment due to the increased risk of lymphoedema.

Once all these details are taken into consideration, we can then give a clear explanation of what we recommend for you, and can even demonstrate the type of massage or touch that will be used.  Remember, we will never turn you away because of cancer, and we are fully insured and highly trained to safely adapt treatments for you according to your unique needs.  We look forward to meeting you before 29 Feb 2020 so you can make the most of our special 20% discount offer.