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Sarah Clarke – Surviving Me Workbook Review

By | 2018-02-07T10:58:05+00:00 February 7th, 2018|Categories: Review|

This time a year ago I was a healthy young woman. Fast forward 12 months and I have endured relentless scans, tests, hospital admissions. My journey is still not complete and is one that has made me reflect and change as a person. I am yet to know the outcome of recent scans, but I do [...]

Spoonie Living – Surviving Me Review

By | 2018-02-07T10:56:35+00:00 January 26th, 2018|Categories: Review|

Review - Surviving Me: Living with a Life-Changing Diagnosis Editor Diane here; I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of this neat workbook, and I want to tell y’all a little bit about it. Surviving Me is a great starter kit for the new spoonie, with resources on coping, adjusting to changes, reflecting, and [...]

Maria Mead Counselling Service – Surviving Me Review

By | 2018-02-07T10:56:49+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Categories: Review|

Surviving Me is not just a book. It’s a set of guidelines which has been lovingly written for people who are living with a life changing diagnosis and need guidance and support on how to draw on their natural resources to live every day on their own terms and not on their illness’s terms. It’s wonderfully [...]

My Son Lives On Through Me

By | 2018-01-15T11:49:18+00:00 January 15th, 2018|Categories: Articles|

Four years ago, Lorraine George's son Rob died from leukaemia aged just 21. She tells Lucy Banwell how she has managed to carry on, inspirted by her sports-mad boy. Click the image below to read the article. Originally published in Woman's Weekly, December 26, 2017

Maria Antoniou – Surviving Me Review

By | 2018-02-07T10:57:02+00:00 January 14th, 2018|Categories: Review|

This is a wonderful set of guidelines, rather than a book. It’s not just for people who are living with a life changing diagnosis but for anyone who wants to understand themselves better and live their lives more meaningfully. It warmly invites you to tap into your inner resources, to be courageous, to look at who [...]

Vivien Morgan – Surviving Me Review

By | 2018-02-07T10:54:07+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Categories: Review|

Surviving Me is the guardian angel book for anyone with a life-changing illness. Recently diagnosed or having lived with an illness for a long period of time, Surviving Me supports a person in a self-guiding book aiming to maximise positive outcomes in their daily life. The book systematically supports the reader to analyse their everyday life [...]

Dr Kate Exley – Surviving Me Review

By | 2018-02-07T11:01:50+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Categories: Review|

Seeing a very close friend live the journey that begins with that shattering and life changing diagnosis, I was shocked to find out how little psychological and emotional support existed for her. Yes, health professionals provided excellent medical care and family and friends always tried to ‘be there’, but what struck me was that there is [...]

The free prescription that can help you heal emotionally

By | 2017-10-30T16:03:11+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Articles|

When you received your life-changing diagnosis, you probably also received a laundry list of medications and a complicated treatment plan. But was getting out in nature on that list? The Japanese refer to it as ‘forest bathing’ – even the name sounds relaxing – and it has become a common prescription in Japan. Being surrounded by [...]

Is yoga suitable for someone with a chronic or life-changing condition?

By | 2017-10-30T16:03:11+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Articles|

If you’ve been near a gym around lunchtime recently, you’d be forgiven for thinking yoga was only for slender twenty-somethings able to contort themselves into impossible positions. But it’s actually an ancient practice that dates back 5,000 years. Yoga has an excellent reputation as a muscle-strengthening activity and is known to improve flexibility, strength, balance and [...]

How to recognise stress

By | 2017-10-30T16:03:12+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Articles|

Stress is an unfortunate part of most people’s lives. But when your health is under threat from a life-changing condition, it can be hard to keep it under control. What actually is stress?  First things first: stress isn’t always bad. Our bodies naturally create a stress response to any sort of demand or challenge, whether it’s [...]