Cancer Update 20 months on

by Polly N on December 29, 2011

I often get asked how I’m doing and where I am in my healing journey and up until today I haven’t been able to answer with the exact and precise details of where I am as I haven’t had a scan since last November. Instead I have had to answer that question based on how I am feeling at that moment in time. And I am pleased to say that for the last 18 months since my diagnosis, I have been feeling wonderful thanks to my alkaline anti-inflammatory diet.

You may have noticed that I am leading up to tell you that I now have some new results. Yep, I bit the bullet and had a scan last week. If you’ve never heard me speak about my journey, you won’t know that I stopped having scans for a while. Why? Well, just because I felt like it. This time around, I have decided to take my health into my own hands and create the process as I go along (yes another way of describing this is that I am making up my own rules). I never was that keen on following the crowd! (That’s probably why I have never seen a whole episode of Gavin & Stacey – just because everyone else was watching  and raving about it – yes I know that is stubborn and ridiculous but I don’t care!)

Throughout my healing journey, I wanted to avoid being told each time I got scanned “You have cancer” “You have cancer”… “Yes…you still have cancer” because it would feel that the cancer’s existence grew in strength everytime. So I just stopped having scans for a while. A whole year infact. But last week I decided to go and get scanned to see what the little bugger was up to. I was a bit sneaky about it and didn’t tell anyone either. I just wanted to go on my own and not have any pressure about getting the results and having my friends and family focus on it. So off I snuck and got some lovely cancer-promoting glucose injected into my arm that lit me up like a Christmas tree on the CT scan.

One week later and I have the results. The crux of it is: No growth. No spread to organs. Cancer is stable. Everything else is clear – you’re all good. Exact quote from doctor “it is very encouraging”. HELL YEAH IT IS SISTA! No cancer growth is most definitely a good thang.

Dear Me, thank you for trusting in me and my body. Thanks for drinking green juice, eating more plants & less animals, tuning into my body, meditating and experiencing stillness, wordlessness wonder and Oneness, having the balls to go against the crowd, trusting my gut, ignoring the negative fear-spreading psychos, following my heart, living and loving for now and making myself happy. You rock.  Love Me.

So there you have it. I hope that this time next year my results will say, “There is no sign of cancer in your body”, hmm…that is definitely going on my vision board come to think of it. So for now, I’m keeping up with the green goodness, the alkalising, the daily staples that are super important to keeping well and trusting that all is well in my world.

Love you to the moon and back

Polly xxx

p.s. Don’t forget about my group coaching program DETOX JUNKIE –  “create your best life in 2012” launching on 9th Jan!

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Amy @ New Nostalgia December 29, 2011 at 7:04 pm

What a great post, what AWESOME news! You are a beautiful, brave, strong fighter. An inspiration for sure! I too, am a cancer fighter. I did conventional therapy and now am dong everything in my power to keep my body healthy. I had Stage 3b breast cancer, at 35 years old, diagnosed last year.
I love what you have to say about not following the crowd and doing it your way. I am doing the same, trusting my gut, heart and spirit to lead me. It has ended up leading me into a journey of combining traditional medicine with alternative–a road less traveled. It seems like both sides want you on theirs fully, so I too, make my own rules:)
I love your blog, CAN’T WAIT to read your book (is it available on Nook? Will it be?) and just feel so proud to know of a woman like you who fights cancer one her own terms. Awesome. Cheers to YOU (clinking our green juice, of course:))


Toni Moslemi December 29, 2011 at 7:09 pm

Congrats Polly!!!!! Your are inspiring! Now, I have a weird question…. What does your cancer look like on the outside. I mean, when you look at your hand, can you see it? Thank you for sharing, I’m learning so much from you. Toni Moslemi


polly December 29, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Hi Toni,

Thanks ;o) The cancer is in the lymphs, not my hand…think you might be confusing me with jess ainscough, the wellness warrior? xx


Rikke Howard Hansen December 29, 2011 at 7:21 pm

Hey Polly…

Just wanted to wich you congats on the good news……

Incrediable what the a healthy well balanced diet can do….

Love from Denmark…


Ross December 29, 2011 at 7:31 pm

He’s probably confused by the scan pic above!

Glad all is going well. You’ll beat it yet!


Tavia December 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Yay!! Congrats on acheiving the results you so definitely deserve! You are amazing, I just wanted to say I love ya!!


Heather Thorkelson December 29, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Awesome new Polly! Way to go!


nicola December 29, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Fantastic news. Well done you. That news has made me very happy! I’ve given up on scans for a bit too – I found it so energy-depleting. I’m going for a minimal residual disease test in January and hoping that I’m stable …my intuition has guided me beautifully so far. Stable is good. We can live a beautifully long and wonderful pain-free life with stable. Happy New Year to you. xxxx


Denise December 29, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Awsome, keep healing yourself, you’re amazing! xx


Sarah Benning December 29, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Dear Polly,

I knew from the first time I met you that you were amazing and I’m so happy that you on your way to becoming Cancer free!!! Thank you for teaching me a different way of life that truly makes me feel so much better!!! Lots of Love Sarah xxxx Happy New Year!!!! Xxx


eileen December 29, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Hi Polly,well done with the scan i am still giving my hubby the green smoothies he is going to the hospital on the 3rd jan to see when he starts his radiotherapy.Keep at it Polly!!!!!!1


Tara December 30, 2011 at 12:13 am

Hiya Polly;
That is fab!! 😀 I understand the ‘not going for regular scans’ thing too as that is what I do; I refuse to live by the ‘rules’ too ;).
It seems to work best anyway!
Cheers!! :)


Carol O December 30, 2011 at 1:07 am

Hi Polly,
I’m so glad to read your good news – but, even before I opened it, I knew it would be good news. I too have gone through the same journey (albeit much shorter) and know the power of diet changes and positivity so I knew you’d have cracked it. I also don’t have that much faith in conventional medicine (nor their dodgy research methods) either. Also, even more like you, I’ve also always been a contrary beggar and had to go the opposite way to everyone else. You sound like a younger version of myself :-)

Good luck with your journey and hope you continue to improve – I have faith you will.


Suzanne Reynolds December 30, 2011 at 1:17 am

Wow Polly, amazing news, so happy for you!
You are an inspiration to all of us.
Small steps, big differences.
I went to your talk in London in November and am now the proud owner of a vitamix…..Thank you for showing me the way!
I am telling all of my friends about you and sending them to polly!
All the best of health and happiness for 2012,
Sue xxxx


Jessica December 30, 2011 at 2:48 am

What a beautiful gift for you to have such happy news this time of year. It’s amazing that our bodies–being designed by God–respond to the nourishing foods & natural goodness He created for us to enjoy and THRIVE on?! Makes perfect sense to me, and it’s a miracle that you’ve tapped into that. Whoo Hoo! to you for an awesome healthy report! You’re an inspiration.


Anne Thorn December 30, 2011 at 8:34 am

Polly, that’s such great news. You look so healthy I am not surprised it is good news. Your energy is amazing and you radiate good health and positivity. Keep up the great work and have a fantastic 2012



Ray Scott December 30, 2011 at 9:25 am

Congratulations Polly!

I’m having scans soon too after a year of not having any. Perhaps I should have gone after 6 months but time flies so fast, it would have just seemed like I’d only just healed from surgery.

Have you ever been offered scans on the NHS? I’m not even sure how to have it done privately as I don’t have BUPA, and can’t imagine I’d ever get cover post-diagnosis.



alison December 30, 2011 at 12:26 pm

hooray!! well done dear Polly! great news to go into 2012!
huge hugs and love Alison xxxx


Stephanie Quilao December 30, 2011 at 6:07 pm

That is wonderful news! Thank you for sharing your healthiness journey. No doubt your experiences are helping so many others. Keep up the good work!


julia strawford December 30, 2011 at 9:10 pm

Hi there,
please send me info on alkaline diet. I have recently finished treatment for stage 2 breast cancer. I am 48, the tomour was oestrogen positive so i am on a dairy free and chicken free diet and have been for 15 months.
Kind regards



polly December 30, 2011 at 9:29 pm

Hi Julia.
My book – The Cancer Journey – Positive Steps To help Yourself Heal is the best place for you to start… There is a whole chapter on anti-inflammatory foods, diet recommendations and lifestyle tips. x


Rachael Hunt December 31, 2011 at 9:57 am

Hi Polly

What a truly inspirational woman you are! Your words have truly touched my soul, I think you’re incredible! I love that you have taken control of your own fate and decided your own destiny. You’ve found the courage to stick your fingers up to the crowd and you’ve carved your own path to recovery – I have NO doubts you will make a full and complete recovery.

Here’s a New Year toast to strength, courage, perserverance and belief!

You’re in my prayers – you’re an amazing woman.

Rachael xx


Leigh Taylor January 1, 2012 at 9:22 pm


Having met you in 2011 I am in no doubt that your single minded attitude to life has helped you to be where you are today.

Fantastic news, and I look forward to hearing from you into 2012.



Julia January 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Hi Polly
What wonderful news you are an inspiration to us all. Reading your up dates makes me feel much more positive my mum can beat this.
Hugs and love Julia xxxx


Annette January 16, 2012 at 11:59 am

While searching for teapigs “matcha” reviews, I came across your blog and would like to offer my heartfelt congrats at your progress healthwise, but also for offering such a positive example of triumph over adversity. Truly inspirational (and quite frankly, stunning!) All the very best, Annette.


polly January 16, 2012 at 7:02 pm

thanks annette, your wishes are much appreciated. xx


seo January 31, 2012 at 5:52 pm

I am extremely impressed with your writing skills and also with the layout on your blog. Is this a paid theme or did you modify it yourself? Either way keep up the excellent quality writing, it’s rare to see a great blog like this one today..


Cortney March 15, 2012 at 8:46 pm

This. Is. Radical. And MORE than an amazing testament to our body’s incredible SUPERHERO ability to HEAL ITSELF! So impressed. So happy for you. Keep on trucking lady!


Robert Dodd April 26, 2012 at 7:58 am

Am really pleased for you!

Its lovely to read (well especially when it comes to what the doctor said and everything after!!)

Well done,

Wishing you all the best for 2012 x


Gwen April 27, 2012 at 4:48 pm

I am so glad I found your blog!! So inspiring! I have adapted so many of the same things and am not following the crowd. so many people try to scare the crap out of me but I am going with my gut! thanks for the encouragement to go with your gut and take care of yourself no matter what others say. I really need to find more people like you, No one understands!! (:
love Gwen


polly April 27, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Hey Gwen, Im so glad you found me too! I know sometimes it can be lonely going against the grain but there are more of us out there! Have faith and keep on going! xx


Dianne June 28, 2012 at 3:36 am

Hello Gwen,
It is not easy going against what everyone else expects you to do. I too, am finding this out for myself, & quite frankly it can be more exhausting explaining it our loved ones than having the darn chemo or radio. My gut feeling is strongly telling me to do the natural way. The doctor scares me into thinking if I don’t go ahead with chemo & stop it from going to my other organs. Its in my lung. I just had another scan after 6 months & it has mildly progressed, after following the Gerson Therapy, with “coffee breaks”, green juices, apple cider vinegar baths, castor oil orally & rectally, hydrogen peroxide rubbed over my body. I say follow your gut instints, we do not do this enough. All the best, Dianne T xxxx Hello Polly, love your blog, you go girl!!! xx


Ray April 27, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Life can be lonely full stop, much less while going against the grain.


Ray Scott April 27, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Please tell Kath that the thought of her still makes my heart skip a few beats 😉


polly April 27, 2012 at 5:53 pm

I’m not your personal messenger you know!!!! ;o)


Ray Scott April 27, 2012 at 6:02 pm

You don’t have to tell Kath. But of course you will 😉 Sorry, it’s just really difficult never getting anything back, plus I don’t like bearing my soul in public (the thought of actually being publicly known, horrifies me). I’ll try to refrain from messaging you Polly. But we both know that I’m pretty lousy at refraining from Kath!

Have a great weekend, and tell Kath (if you want) I hope she has a great rest of DWTS.

Thanks Polly, you’re a star!!


Matt D June 2, 2012 at 12:56 pm

You are an inspiration. I love your mindset.



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