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Feeding the fire
There are some advertisements on TV at the moment, and I understand kind of what they are getting at, however, I feel they have gotten it wrong, very wrong indeed.
One is an attack – a verbal assault on Cancer, anthropomorphising it as a separate being and the various venting of spleens comes from all different walks of life and age brackets and sexes.
I was about to write that being aggressive about something that has no agenda, no beef with its host is futile. I say I was about to write…I caught myself because of course it’s the wording – the Doctors use the word ‘aggressive’ to describe certain types of malignancy. It is a metaphor, used to make understanding clearer for the patient who from the utterance of the word cancer or tumour has totally switched off and their flight or fight mode is on red alert so of course they understand at the most basic level the word ‘aggressive’ and all that it conveys.
If we insist to ‘hate’ cancer and to be fighting it – be in constant battle with it, we are really fighting ourselves. Cancer cells are our own cells that have for some reason mutated and become fast growing elements within our own bodies. These cells feed on hormonal imbalances such as the dumping of adrenaline into the system when we are fighting or angry, the biochemistry of our bodies becomes a maelstrom of chemicals and we act as if we are in a war zone waiting for the bombs to drop, this feeds the fire, it is in this nutrient soup that the cells feed and grow. They feed on hate, anger, fear and they gorge on despair.
That is why I am wary of advertisements such as these it does not help the way it is intended to and that is scary.
One of the others is about heart disease, a laudable attempt at making the general population understand the wide scope of this disease but do tell me if you were to go into hospital having a heart attack and you were to see a man who has announced to all and sundry that he ‘hates’ his job…would you be filled with confidence at your prospects of survival?
I would prefer someone who LOVES their job, a person who gets up everyday to come into work to find a way of dealing with something that is a natural defect or a situation exacerbated by lack of education.
I don’t want to HATE my body, the cells in my body are all mine, some of them changed – I have my own belief as to why it happened but I know how it happened and I don’t HATE because that is a waste of energy and it produces hormones that really don’t help the situation. When the anger and fear is gone the exhaustion takes its place and truly when you need to heal you need ALL of your energy to be calm.
It’s not easy, no, not at all but you can make it more manageable by not feeding the cells that have become cancerous. Find foods that help you to remain healthy, listen to your body, really listen to it and talk to it – sounds daft you think?
If you like try a little experiment…look at yourself in a mirror and tell yourself something nice first thing in the morning. Give yourself a smile and as you do it see yourself smiling back and remember a time when someone smiled at you and turned your day around. Realise you just did it for yourself and then keep going. Make yourself smile and laugh – read funny things and when you want to cry let it out yes LET IT OUT then let it go. Surround yourself with friends who are positive and strong who will not be picking out their outfit for the wake before you have finished telling them what is going on.
It is something that worked for me, continues to work for me, some days it is hard work others it’s a breeze, but I will not hate and I will not get angry at my own body, it is after all mine, warts and all so to speak.



  1. Even when the going gets tough you still manage to keep your head above the water and laugh in the face of your problems ….. your amazing Leslie but then I’ve known that for a long time ! Love and strength to you both. xxx wee sis mags

  2. In our deepest knowing is the keenest and most powerful yet-to-be-known muscle of all. You’ve trained it your whole life..you’ll probably only have to use it once. USE IT NOW. Jxx

  3. You’ve always been a very “mind over matter” person Leslie and this time your going to crush that nasty “C” matter with your very strong mind !! xxx

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