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Not Quite Logical Yet 
I am just amazed at your emails and comments! With so much positive feedback and well wishes it is impossible for me to be miserable. Thank you all so much. Yesterday was a very special day for me. Since Bannatynes opened, Lorna and I have always had a quarterly launch for the latest BodyPump release. We have had such fun in the past as we usually make it a real celebration of fitness and get dressed up, often with balloons etc. Yesterday was the launch of BodyPump 64 and poor Lorna had to do the launch by herself BUT we decided I could at least do the cooldown. I still have limited mobility in my arm due to the op and am not allowed to lift weights because of the risk of lymphoedema (can’t even risk getting a mosquito bite or scratch because of infection leading to lymphoedema). So after the ab track, Lorna announced a surprise guest and I was delighted to reclaim the mic and take the class through a stretch. What a privilege it was to be where I love being the most – in front of some of the nicest people I know, talking to them about the most fulfilling of all topics. Worse than dealing with a horrible disease, for me, is being taken away from the best job in the world. Hopefully, it won’t be for too long….

And today I had a wonderful surprise. Gary and Jan came to my door with what can only be described as the ultimate chocolate lover’s gift – a huge Lindt chocolate reindeer! He is so big this reindeer that I do not know how I am going to bite his ears off! I will put a photo of him on the blog – you have to see him. I may even have a naming competition. No, forget about Rudolph… that’s far too obvious.

I am off to the Breast Cancer Haven in London tomorrow for a day of advice and ideas on dealing with BC and various alternative therapies which may help. I met with a counsellor there last week and it was very interesting. Her personal area of expertise was nutrition and I have been doing a lot of reading about this, in particular, ‘living food’. I will add more about this tomorrow as some things are becoming glaringly obvious and I think you will all relate to some of the theories about the increase of cancer and the food we eat. I have to say that I still puzzle over certain things to do with my diagnosis. I have always eaten very healthily (at least one apple and tuna salad to every chocolate reindeer!) and have always maintained an active lifestyle.

Whilst I admit some things in the past ten years of my life have been a little challenging, there are many who have been under far greater pressure who live in perfect health. I may have underestimated the physical toll on my body – three pregnancies, two miscarriages, one baby with early developmental problems and the continual paediatrician and hospital visits associated with this, a move to a new country, a physical job that sometimes required 18 hours of exertion a week, emotional and part-time physical presence in Jonathan’s business, etc. However, some families live with far greater challenges, eat nutritionally void food every day, drink and smoke to excess and STILL LIVE TO A RIPE OLD AGE! Some things still don’t make any sense……

My nutritionist did shed some light on the matter. She said that cancer starts with one cell – one cell that is slightly out of kilter, turns abnormal and sets off a chain reaction of events if the body’s immune system does not do what it should do, which is to ‘delete’ the abnormal cell. It seems to be a matter of simple maths – if the immune system is continually under strain and is not getting the correct nutrition to replenish each and every cell, where is the energy going to come from? It would appear that serious physical exertion can be damaging to the immune system if the correct nutrition is not there to replace energy and help support each cell in our body. Now, here’s the bit that I knew about but did not put into practice. With our nutrient depleted soils and our 21st century methods of harvesting and storing our crops, my 5 a day was not even coming close to replenishing the energy I was using up. There is a whole lot more to the story than this I am sure. And still so many unanswered questions, but I have to believe that I can do something to rectify this obvious imbalance. So, nutrition will be a critical part of my recovery. I will, therefore, be eating my reindeers with fresh carrot and beetroot juice! Yum!

Anyway, enough for now…but I will tell you to leave that sticky bun alone and choose a nice organic apple instead. I am just off to water my mini greenhouse sprout maker now. See you later, love Deb x

PS Several people have asked for the details of my nutritionist:

Amanda Whitewood Tel: 01424 774958 Fax: 01424 774958
Mob: 07990 525115

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Naughty Boy Jacob! 
I had a ‘first’ yesterday. After having three children in school for quite a while now, I have never been called in to discuss their behaviour at any time. Generally, all three have obligingly got on with the rules and regulations of the school environment very well. Unfortunately, my five year old was up to no good yesterday and a few cross words were exchanged. Apparently, Jacob decided to sing spontaneously in class during story time. Well, I reasoned, he is a happy little chap, there’s nothing really wrong with that. In addition, however, Jacob decided to laugh loudly and raucously when he was being ‘reprimanded’; the teacher failed to see the funny side but Jacob failed to see what the matter was! Oh well, he’s just asserting his sense of humour and it could be far worse…..I thought.

One other little thing Mrs Winchester……”Jacob is a little pre-occupied with the female staff members, in particular their breasts. He continues to look down their shirts saying ‘Have you got a new booby?’ We understand that this is obviously a repercussion of your situation, but it really is wearing a bit thin…..”

I don’t think it has anything to do with my situation. I think you better speak to his father…..

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Nutritional Content Of A Reindeer 
Hello all,
I have not posted for a couple of days because I have been busy.....shopping and eating chocolate reindeers! Have now done all my Xmas shopping and it was Ali's birthday yesterday - I can't believe she is 11!

I went to see a nutritionist this morning. Her name is Amanda and I saw her about 18months ago when I had not long moved here and was doing about 18 classes a week. I was feeling quite tired - actually bloody exhausted - and she helped me to improve my diet and add some supplements to support my lifestyle. She really made a difference. She used to work with cancer patients and has an amazing knowledge of correct nutrition for the body. She talked about correct nutrition throughout chemo etc and really made sense when she said that cancer is just an abnormal cell multiplying more quickly than others due to various factors. I feel really positive now as she made me feel that this disease is all treatable. All I have to do is make sure my body is getting correct nutrition, let the chemo and rads do their thing then help my body to heal by resting and recovering. She also talked about alternative therapies and a positive mental attitude. To my complete horror she said I have to put on some weight - store it up because I will probably lose during chemo! I needed to quantify this so I asked if I should go for two chocolate reindeers a day, or three.

After a brief discussion about the nutritional content of a reindeer, we decided it may be more appropriate to focus on healthy carbs, lean protein and vegetables. Has anyone seen a green reindeer? Of course, dark chocolate is high in anti-oxidants so I may have to write to Lindt and request that they make a dark chocolate reindeer! So all in all it was a positive morning - it's not often that you get told you need to REST, EAT MORE and have a weekly MASSAGE! See you later, Deb x

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