The Truth About Why I Haven’t Blogged

by Polly N on July 2, 2012

Many of you may have been wondering why I haven’t updated the blog in over a month and now I finally feel well enough to update you so here it goes.

Everyday I live with cancer and as we all know any disease is to some extent, unpredictable. For the last 2 years since I embarked on a journey to naturally reverse the cancer I have using non-conventional means, I have woken up intent on making the most of everyday and doing as much as I can to reverse this ghastly diagnosis that has now plagued my life for nearly 7 years.

 

I do my utmost to stay positive, eat, think and drink healthily so that I can feel as well as possible. But like I said, disease, and in particular, cancer is unpredictable. 6 months ago, the cancer that returned in my lymph nodes in my neck decided it wanted some attention and what began as a small red rash on the left hand side of my neck turned into some pretty ugly red lumps protruding out from just above my collar bone.  As the lumps grew, I became even more determined to do as much as I could to get rid of them through my own means, continuing on the path that I had already been on and doing extremely well on for 20 months ( a raw vegan diet with a lot of juicing, coffee enemas, meditation, visualization etc). However as the lumps continued to grow fairly aggressively, it became increasingly difficult for me to eat, breathe and at times, even drink water. Consequently, approximately around the end of May I began to lose weight and energy and despite my best efforts, I was forced to give in and agree to have radiotherapy – something I was hoping to avoid purely because having had it 6 years previously I was well-aware of the side-effects and the stress it would put my body under. Well, it certainly did that! Given my difficulty in eating and breathing, I was forced to begin an immediate course of 10 radiotherapy sessions at the end of May which left me feeling extremely weak and exhausted, especially given that my weight had dropped in the weeks prior to the treatment. My body suffered badly from the treatment – my body simply didn’t have the strength to cope with what was happening to it. I was suffering with extreme exhaustion and was left bedbound for over a month, unable to move unaided. My upper torso suddenly became extremely heavy and my breathing very shallow. The emergency doctor was called out to check on me last Sunday morning when my breathing became worryingly short. After performing some tapping tests on my chest, the doctor expressed his concern that I may have a pulmonary embolism on my right lung and urged my family to take me to A&E immediately where I was seen and treated straight away. I was told that I had a considerable amount of fluid on my left lung which was putting an enormous amount of pressure on it causing it to almost collapse. A doctor then carried out a procedure to place a tube through my rib cage into my lung in order to drain the fluid off. (Yes this is as painful as it sounds!) In total, over the course of my 5-day stay in hospital, almost 3 litres of fluid was drained off! (No wonder my torso had been feeling heavy!) So it is a great relief that the fluid has now been drained off and I have been allowed home. I have been told that the fluid is a result of the disease process which can occur in anyone with cancer, heart disease, you name it.

Needless to say, I have been very ill and am now resting at home in order to build my strength back up. Being in bed for so long and incapable of even the simplest of tasks, I must now work to build up my leg muscles which have withered away over the last few weeks of being ill.

In order to rectify the problem with my left lung, I will be going back into hospital in due course for a procedure to help encourage the lung to stick back to the rib cage wall.

I am pleased to report that the lumps that were posing problems for me around my throat area have now gone. I am feeling stronger everyday and am looking forward to getting back to feeling more like myself.

I would like to thank everyone for their love and support through this difficult time and look forward to getting back to work!

Wishing you health and happiness

Polly xxxx

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Rachael July 2, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Polly,
I’ve been checking in on your blog most days and I’m SO pleased you’ve updated your site.
I really don’t know what else to say other than I am sending you lots of positive vibes and love and hope that you continue to feel and be better.
Take care and get lots of rest…
XXX

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Tanya Alekseeva July 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

THIS is where you’ve been? Oh dear. I thought you may have taken off on that meditation course in Spain (Yes we do notice your absence!). Wow Polly girl, what a strong little bunny you are. Keep up that courage, I have no doubt you’ll bounce back ASAP and be even stronger for it. Sending lots of happy healthy vibes your way right now!!!! x

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Julie Ritchie August 16, 2012 at 3:55 am

Polly, you are a tough wee raw cookie, you take your time in getting well, i wish you full recovery, my prayers with you always, you really are a true inspiration, keep strong xxxxxxx

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Katie Lee July 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Sending you much love, light & positive healing thoughts. You are in my prayers Polly, be brave & keep battling courageously. x x x x

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Jo Bowers July 2, 2012 at 5:45 pm

Hello Poly,

Yes, I had been wondering where you were and worrying too for all the reasons you tell us about above. Sending out positive thoughts and love to you in what has been such a terrible and painful time for you. I think you are an inspiration to us all. Keep strong and positive.

My very warmest wishes,

Jo xxx

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Sam Peterson July 2, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Hello Polly,

I had wondered about your radio silence. So lovely to hear from you and to know you’re starting to feel stronger.

I know from personal experience that sometimes we need to accept that we have to a combine the orthodox medical treatment and complementary therapy. I hope you are getting some comfort from your medical side-effects with some complementary therapy.

Sending you lots of healing thoughts and love.

Sam x

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Nathalie July 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Dear Polly,
I’m so sorry to hear that you had to go through such a hard time. I’ve been following your blog for quite a while now and started to worry about you already after a few days of no news from your side. You are an extraordinary woman and my heart goes out to you! I wish you all the strength in the world to keep on on fighting for your health and happiness and hope you will lose neither hope nor faith in what you’re doing! You are amazing, strong, smart, beautiful and so much more. An incredible source of inspiration. Please do not give up – this has been a step back but there’s so much more out there waiting for you. Take all the rest and help you need to get better and do get better soon. I believe in your fight! Big hug, Nathalie

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Ellen July 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Stay strong Polly, you are a phenomenal woman, and an inspiration to many.
Sorry to hear about the set back, but I’m sure you’ll be back to top health soon. Much love xxx

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Gemma July 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

Dear Polly,
So sorry to hear that you have been so unwell :( So pleased that you are feeling better.
Kind regards
Gemma x

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Abigail James July 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Beautiful Polly, I wish you all the Love in the world and a speady recovery, I will look forward to seeing you again very soon, Much Love Abigail x

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sam July 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Polly – my thoughts go out to you. I am now 2 years clear from aggressive endiometrial cancer resulting in premature hysterectomy. Despite being a nutrionist I felt I had no option but to have pelvic radiotherapy which made me very ill for a very short time and I bounced back to a degree. I live with the fear of the cancer returning daily – I’ll go weeks without thinking about it, and other times like now, it ‘s constantly in my head. I know positive thinking and stress has a definite impact and I’m working on that. You have been a great inspiration to me – I’m sure you feel defeated being forced into radiotherapy and all the side effects that entails, but I would have done the same. I wish you a really great recovery and hope that life can resume as it was for you.

Sam X

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Missy July 2, 2012 at 5:52 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you Polly as you continue to heal from this next step in your journey. You are an inspiration to so many- we are here cheering you on from the sidelines. Be kind to yourself – you can beat this. Much love xx

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Barbara July 2, 2012 at 5:57 pm

lots of love Polly and good wishes for a speedy recovery from this latest
bout of illness. xxx

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Olivia Righton July 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Polly
I am so sorry to hear that the last six months have been such a challenge for you, I wish you a very speedy recovery and just wanted to say what a true inspiration you are.
Best wishes
Olivia

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Joseph July 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Thank you for the update Polly! Pleased to hear you’re getting stronger by the day – keep it up :)

Love,

Joseph

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Erin July 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Love and prayers to you, Polly xxoo

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Belinda July 2, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Polly, wishing you all the well wishes in the world, you are such an inspiration to everyone, lots of love and hugs xxxx

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Michelle July 2, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Dear Polly

I feel as if I know you even though I don’t. Sorry to hear that you have had a set back, but in true “Polly” style, I know you will fight the fight and bounce back.

Sometime ago, I had the pleasure of hearing you at a conference in London, and you are truly amazing. You are full of light, and most of all I admire your strength, determination and resilience to carry on.

I wish you all the best in your road to recovery. You can do it!!!

Peace and love to you.
Michelle

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Karen July 2, 2012 at 6:10 pm

Hi Polly,
Sorry to hear you’ve been poorly, but very glad that things are on the up and up for you, I guess being stuck in bed just now means you’ve been enjoying wall to wall Jubilee and Sports coverage? – or not right? – Your a huge inspiration to many people, keep smiling though . . . . . . best wishes,

Karen

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Laura July 2, 2012 at 6:11 pm

Polly, you are so brave. Sending you health and healing vibes x

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Gerry July 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Much love and best wishes Polly,

I’ve huge respect for you for using the foods, visualisation and such a positive attitude to deal with this terrible disease, but unfortunately sometimes a little extra help is needed.
You’re a massive inspiration and I love everything you stand for; you’re attitude is quite simoly amazing. Remember to take time for you and allow your body to recover and get strong again. I hope you’re feeling better really soon:)

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Erika Fallon July 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

So sorry to hear about the awful time you’ve been having. You are a truly inspirational lady and I will be sending you positive vibes and thoughts as I know all of the people who follow you will.x

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Laura July 2, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Love and best wishes are winging their way to you from us. xx

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Karen July 2, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Hi Polly,
I follow your blog often and I was so sorry to hear about what you’ve just been through. Sending you lots of good energy and healing thoughts. I’m sure all of the self care and good nutrition you’ve been following for so long will help you get back to the work you love sooner.
Keep positive thoughts and rest when you need to.
Hugs to you, Karen

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Louise Peck July 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm

You are an inspiration to us all and I wish you the very best. Know that even though you are feeling pretty crap, we’re thinking about you. Onwards and upwards x

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Fiona July 2, 2012 at 6:26 pm

Just wanted to wish you a full and speedy rcovery! I have MS, and your research work is more than interesting to me, so thanks!

Keep well,

Fiona x

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Brandon Trean July 2, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Having had 8 lung collapses I have great empathy for the chest tubes, as they are pretty damn rough. I wish you well and as much as I find conventional means of cancer treatment to be deficient in effectiveness, sometimes it is what is needed. Particularly radiotherapy.

It sounds like your going in for mechanical pleurodesis. I would highly advise you demand for mechanical pleurodesis and not chemical pleurodesis. I have had both lungs done via mechanical. The chemical approach is something I researched when I dealt with the lung collapses and you can experience many more side effects from it, some of which result in lung cancer due to the chemicals they use.

I don’t know if it would help or not? But you ought to check into the grounding information within my self-care section of my website as well. Take care of yourself and let me know if you have any questions regarding the surgery or cancer as I research a great deal and have dealt with that surgery and several chest tubes in the past.

Here’s to a fast recovery.

Cheers,
Brandon

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Claire Maguire July 2, 2012 at 6:28 pm

My heart goes out to you Polly. You are an extremely brave lady with a massive dose of courage and determination. I hope you are back on your feet very soon and restored to full strength. Sending you much love. Xxx

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Brett MC July 2, 2012 at 6:29 pm

Hi Polly,
So very great to hear from you and know you are on the mend!
Be kind to yourself:0)

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Shirley Gower July 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Just wanted to send you lots of love Polly. You are a brave and inspirational person. Keep doing what feels right for you xxxx

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Rosa Coelho July 2, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Polly, having only met you once but reading many of your blog entries I just wanted to say how much I appreciate you sharing your journey. I don’t know why some have to suffer so much and others seem to float through life with very few worries. All I know is your strength is special and your writing has really touched me. I’ve had a difficult year and although one persons pain can never be compared to another, we can draw strength from reaching out and sharing. Thinking of you and so happy to hear you are feeling stronger.

Much love and Happiness, Rosa.

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Catherine July 2, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Hi Polly, I just wanted to wish you all the best with your recovery, big hugs to you. Recently diagnosed with a potentially fatal illness, I am also battling not only with the illness but with medics who poo-poo dietary factors. Have always thought it strange that everyone accepts that nutrition affects the health of plants and animals, but those who suggest that it could affect human health tend to be branded idiots or charlatans. And the Louise Hay types piss me off with their drivel about how you must have created your illness yourself with your bad thoughts or karma. How do they know that your gout or verruca was created by your unwillingness to stand on your own two feet? What a load of old toss! I love your website and am sure that if everyone followed your tips just 80% of the time, there would be a lot less illness around. Finding it hard to stick to even 20% of the time, but will keep trying as I know it makes sense! x

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Christine Gilchrist July 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm

I was one of those wondering about you and hoping it was just my absence from home that I had missed your e-mails. My sister and I are caring for our brother that has lung cancer. He also has no energy. Praying for you and your return to a healthful and energetic life.
Christine
Ojai, California

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Jo Givens July 2, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Hi Polly,

Sorry to hear that you have had a rough time of it, but so lovely to hear that you are feeling more yourself and that those pesky lumps have retreated!

Since I found your blog, website and ‘Detox Junkie’ life coaching in January, I have found you to be such a constant inspiration. You always seem to touch my soul when I read about your courage and determination and your no nonsense approach to your illness and your amazing outlook on life. I wanted to say THANK YOU – since I had my life coaching and discovered your infectious positivity I haven’t looked back. As I discussed with you, I have now put the wheels in place for my own holistic treatment business, and start my treatment room on a Saturday in two weeks! Logo is being designed this week, and website coming within the next month. Thanks to your words of wisdom I finally gave myself the kick I needed. I also have some bookings!

Thanks again Polly and keep that amazing strength up! Wishing you health, happiness and a speedy recovery.

Sending you love and light,

Jo Givens xx

P.s I will email you once my website is set up as I would love to sponsor yours.

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Thalia July 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Sending you so much love and lots of reiki light x

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Jules July 2, 2012 at 6:58 pm

With tears in my eyes as I read this, I want to thank you for your courage in being pro-active in your health and sharing this with us. You know your body! You are on the road to recovery and look forward to your blogs. Keep positive and know that your efforts to work hard during this process will pay off. Thank you once again.

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Vicki July 2, 2012 at 7:03 pm

Sorry to hear you have had such a rotten time, but delighted that things are looking better. Onward and upward.

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Victoria Lily July 2, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Thank you so much for sharing your journey Polly and thank you for wishing others health and happiness when you are fighting so hard to maintain your own. I send you loads of powerful love to bring you back to full health again. with love Victoria Lily, Suffolk.

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George Shaw July 2, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Hi Polly, I was so sad to read your blog this evening, being the positive, vibrant person you give me the impression you are I want to wish you a very speedy and totally full recovery from your recent illness, be positive, and think positive, take care, love and best wishes to you, xx George

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Dani Mitchell July 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm

Hello there Polly:)) I just wanted to say you are absolutely amazing honey and to send you much love and light for your recovery:))dani:))Xxxx

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Jo (Dexterous Diva) July 2, 2012 at 7:22 pm

Dear Polly,

I had wondered where you were. So sorry to hear things have been so tough, and I am thinking of you. Wishing you love and light, Jo xx

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Beth July 2, 2012 at 7:24 pm

My thoughts are with you, Polly. I wish you well and will be sending you positive thoughts and love.

Beth xxx

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Jules July 2, 2012 at 7:25 pm

Hello my lovely Polly,

I had a hunch but I knew somehow you were dealing with it. I have so much admiration for you, you are such a fabulous role model to not only those living with cancer but the rest of us who dare groan and moan about trivialities. Keep going my strong angel.

xJules

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Charlotte July 2, 2012 at 7:27 pm

You are a very inspirational lady and Im praying for you. I know you will beat this-be strongxxx

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Karen July 2, 2012 at 7:31 pm

Hi Polly

Im really glad your feeling much better.

I think your amazing, and a huge inspiration to many….

I love your work, Im all for new ways..;*) in approaching cancer…having had family members and my best friend..have this illness…the more tools the better…

Sending you lots of love Karen xxx

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Gina July 2, 2012 at 7:39 pm

Dear Polly,

Like many others I’m sure, I have been wondering why you haven’t blogged and have missed your interesting and thoughtful articles, which are always full of attitude.

As well as following your blog for over a year, I have had the pleasure of meeting you and hearing you talk in Oxford. I have read your wonderful book and given a copy to an aunt, who is living with cancer.

Whilst we can never really know exactly where our journey is going to take us, I hope you, on your journey, never lose the ballsy attitude that comes through in your writing and your talks.

Best wishes

Gina

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Tatiana Klimova July 2, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Dear Polly,
wish you all the strength you have it in you to fight the cancer! I know you can do it.. you’re a such an amazing woman and lots of women are inspired by you.. I keep fingers crossed for you :-) good luck!

Tatiana

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William July 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm

I Love you.

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Jennifer Figueroa July 2, 2012 at 8:07 pm

Hello, Polly, I had no idea you were going through this trial right now…I , and my family will be praying for you, and sending you warm get well wishes. I think you are such a wonderful inspiration for so many, and you have a strong spirit as well! Bless you and your family, Jennifer

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margaret July 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm

sending you lots of love and light ,its great to read how positive you have remained after all you have been through,Have you read the book Anatasia its good reading and may help ,love margaretxx

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Lorna July 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm

Thank you Polly, as ever, for your absolute honesty. You continue to be an amazing inspiration. I have thought about you often over the past month and wondered if you are OK. The thing is, I have such belief in you and what you are doing, I wondered but did not worry.
I wish you strength and a speedy recovery and I’m sure we all look forward to having you back at work! Xx

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Maša July 2, 2012 at 8:52 pm

I know it’s weird, but I just want to hug you! Thank you for inspiring us. I wish you all the best.

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Jill July 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Sending love, hugs and prayers Polly. You are such an inspiration to so many and I am sad you have had to go through the last few weeks. I wish you well and trust that you will be kind to yourself and slowly build yourself up again, just doing what you keep doing as I am sure it is the best way : ) xx

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Amelia Freer July 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Dear Polly,
I don’t know you but have been reading your blogs/following your tweets since I became a tweeter and I just chanced upon your recent post – I wanted to say how sorry I am and how impressed I am with your courage and determination. I meet people all of the time who just don’t want to take charge of their health & fear taking the steps the that you have (which is understandable, making you all the more braver). I wish you well with your recovery and I hope that your body returns your efforts and heals swiftly, I hope you soon feel well enough to share your stuff with us all again but for now, preserve your energy purely for you in order to restore your health, you are allowed to do that no matter what social media, colleagues or work expects. With warmest wishes, Amelia.

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Emma Disney July 2, 2012 at 8:56 pm

Dearest Polly,
I am full of the greatest respect & inspiration for your courage,
belief and strength of character.. I have kept abreast of
All that you blog & all I want to say is THANK YOU FOR MAKING
A DIFFERENCE ~ FOR SHARING YOUR JOURNEY…
The world needs more people of your calibre.
Thank you Polly.
Take care, get well & I will continue to hold your intention for well being.

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Hannah July 2, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Polly I am so sorry to hear of the awful time you have had recently. You are such an inspiration to so many and I was concerned to not hear from you as much after the brilliant course I attended with you. Thank you for inspiring me to work on my health and happiness. Sending positive vibes your way that you will feel stronger and healthier from now on as you deserve to for all the effort and care you put into yourself and others. I look forward to reading all your tweets and blogs when you are back up to speed soon xx

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TinaLatham July 2, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Get well soon Polly. Take care of your self; sending you lots of positive energy and thoughts
Tina :-))xx

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Carmen July 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Dear Polly,

Please, please contact Fiona Shakeela Burns in Bristol. She recovered two times from terminal cancer, second time from metastatic cervical cancer. You can read her story at http://www.cancerucan.co.uk/ or http://www.natureworx.com/

Sending you healing blessings and waves of love,
Carmen

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Kathryn Mattson July 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm

Sending you thoughts of well wishes and speedy recovery. You are an inspiration to us all.

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Claire Thompson July 2, 2012 at 9:10 pm

Sending you love and strength x

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Neriman Kashouli July 2, 2012 at 9:14 pm

Hi Polly, sorry to hear you’ve been so unwell. It is always so lovely to read your blogs. You’re an inspiration, you always follow your truth. Honesty and integrity you hold first and foremost. You spend so much of your energy giving to others. You’re an incredible human being, your presence is a beautiful gift for the world. Thanks for sharing your story so intimately and trusting us. I wish upon you recovery to excellent health and a long and wonderful life. Take it easy, relax your mind and look after yourself, your body is an amazing tool and can heal itself. I wish for you the best in life. Love Neriman xxxxx

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Kelly July 2, 2012 at 9:16 pm

I think you are such a brave and inspiring woman, and am pleased to hear that you are feeling stronger. Keep up the positive thinking. xx

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Chris Melbourne July 2, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Thinking of you Polly, from across the water xxx

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kathy kohl July 2, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Thank you for your honest update. I know how annoying it is when your naturopathic efforts don’t always work (I’ve got MS) but I love your practical optimism, honesty and lovely website.
It sounds like you’ve been through a really tough time recently but I wish you all the very best, – hopefully you can still be as much of an inspiration to yourself as you are to others.
Love and life
Kathy xx

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Sarah July 2, 2012 at 9:36 pm

So inspired by you Polly. Sending you love and positive energy. xx

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Anna July 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm

Dear Polly,
I wish you all the best! Please get well! I will pray for you tonight.

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Destination Wellness Wellbeing July 2, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Oh Polly I am so sorry to hear about your health. Sending you so much love, health & happiness hun while you rest up & heal. Take care of yourself honey! Much love xx

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Tina Nichols July 2, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Hi Polly,

I am sorry to hear that you have been so ill. You are so brave, I admire you tremendously. Keep fighting, you have come so far already with your positive attitude and amazing courage, and I wish you strength and vitality each and every day of your recovery.

Lots of love & hugs,

Tina xx

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Karen July 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm

You are an absolute inspiration and I wish you all the health and love in the world. You are in my prayers daily! X

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Eileen Thrower July 2, 2012 at 11:02 pm

Dear Polly, just read about your resent stay in hospital.I pray you get better soon.Your a fighter I know. My husband is starting Radiotherapy on Wednesday for the next 8 weeks Monday to Friday, you have given us help with the raw food etc, he to will fight this. Good luck Polly and God bless you x

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Gaby July 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm

You are so brave and deserve the very best. You are a strong woman and I’m sure you will over come this battle!! Stay strong and positive!! :)

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Lee July 2, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Hi Polly, wishing you health and strength on your recovery. Like you said, living with cancer or any chronic dis-ease is a bumpy road, you have hit a rough patch but you are now restoring your health and wellbeing. All the best on your journey, Lee

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Carol O July 2, 2012 at 11:40 pm

Hi Polly,
I’m truly sorry to hear all that you’ve just had to go through and fully understand and agree with you that the ‘conventional therapies’ are a last resort. I hope it was just a minor hiccup and that things go much more smoothly (and comfortably) for you now.

One good thing is that, after reading what you’ve just gone through, I’m feeling slightly less sorry for myself now. I was feeling supremely depressed and negative and not feeling like posting on my blog either lately. The reason has been that my osteoporosis has been playing me up badly and 2 very simple accidents within a few weeks of each other have left me with serious breaks (had to be operated on, wired up etc.) to my left wrist and big toe. Compared to what’s been happening to you, I shouldn’t be feeling so sorry for myself! I just wish I could get out for a walk though…

Best wishes for a good recovery soon,
Carol

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Amber July 2, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Hi Polly, I am so sorry to hear about this terrible time you’re going through. You’ve been a source of inspiration and motivation to so many others, and now I hope the love, light, well wishes and positive energy from all those you’ve touched in some way will transcend their way over to you. Keep up your remarkable strength and look forward to reading an update from you soon where you tell us how well you are. Wishing you abundant health and a speedy recovery.

Amber x

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Stephanie Caiger-Watson July 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm

Hello Polly,

I hope you are as well as you can be in your given circumstances. My father died of lung cancer three years ago and he too had to have his lungs drained so know only too well the discomfort you must be experiencing. I just wanted to drop by and give you some inspiration as you have done quite possibly unknowingly to me…keep up your fight and all you believe in Polly. I’m sure half the battle is mental and the visualisations I know will help. I will keep you in my prayers in each healing session I undertake & I wish you all the luck & love in the world. I look forward to your next post…x

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Kate July 3, 2012 at 12:41 am

Keeping you in my thoughts Polly.
Wishing you good health and a speedy recovery!
Kate xxx

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Tink July 3, 2012 at 12:42 am

You’re amazingly inspiring Polly:) Sending all my love for your healing<3 Stay strong beautiful. We've got your backxxx

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Nicole Kropp July 3, 2012 at 1:17 am

I just wanted to wish you all the best in your recovery and I’m steering all my positive thoughts and energy your way
NK xx

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Jeri July 3, 2012 at 1:49 am

Polly,
I am so very sorry to hear of your recent battles and the most recent battle that has arisen. It is individuals such as yourself & Jess Ainscough that give me hope that cancer can be beaten with a healthy & mindful lifestyle. I will pray for your recovery and the strength to fight this new battle of yours with grace….
With loving thoughts & prayers,
Jeri

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Tavia Khaine July 3, 2012 at 2:10 am

Oh Polly, if there has been something I haven’t been able to understand all my life, is why the most awful things happen to the most beautiful people. It’s never made sense to me.. Thank you for being brave enough to post, I was wondering how you were after the John Of God intervention. You’re a lovely inspiration, and I wish you all the love and healing light the world can give you – bless!

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Jessica July 3, 2012 at 2:43 am

Polly, dear heart. You have been through a lot. May God be your strength in this time of healing and recovery. Some things are just out of our control no matter how hard we’ve tried to do it all just perfect. Some times our efforts fall short even when we did our absolute best and there’s no more we could have done. I am so sorry for all you have been through but glad to hear your strength is returning. Call on Jesus, His love is for you. In this tender time you are most certainly loved. I am praying for you tonight. Jessica, USA

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Rachael from Dubai July 3, 2012 at 2:56 am

Hello Polly, sorry to hear you’ve had such a tough time of it lately. I’m so glad you continued to do the best for your body, even if in this case it was radiotherapy which must have been a very hard decision for you. You sound as focused, strong and wonderful as ever, and I will be sending you lots of positive vibes whilst you get back on your feet over the coming weeks. Best, Rachael.

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michelle July 3, 2012 at 3:14 am

I came across your blog via the Wellness Warrior blog and I wish you all the very best. Sending positive thoughts your way. Stay well.

Michelle.

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sidsel July 3, 2012 at 3:21 am

you are an impressive, strong, courageous, inspiration! thank you for sharing this as hard as it may be. You are on such an impressive path and you have my deepest admiration for all that you are doing and sharing. much love and sunshine

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frankie July 3, 2012 at 3:25 am

Dear Polly
I’m almost at a loss for words. Reading your blog touched me so deeply, your courage and authenticity shine through. The positivity you show in the face of such adversity is a shining example to us all, it almost makes saying I’m so sorry you have this pain to bear seem irrelevant because of course they are part of your journey (but I am!).
Thank you for sharing.
Wishing you peace and shining health.

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Domenico July 3, 2012 at 3:33 am

Hello Polly, I have enjoyed your blog and everything in it. I thought that you have gone on holiday as in your part of the world is summer and very warm. Here in Sydney, Australia is winter and cold. Today beautiful sunny day blue sky but cold. Anyway, it seems that you have embarked on another journey that will make you stronger and wanting to do more. I am very glad that you and your body have succeeded. Keep happy and strong, do what you do best for your cells and all will be healthier and well. Thank you for your blogs and amazing info.
“Never tell me the sky’s is the limit, when there are foot print on the moon”

Buona salute e si felice…
Ciao
Domenico

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Amanda July 3, 2012 at 3:48 am

Oh Polly,

You have been through so much and my prayers are with you. It’s great to hear that you are already on the mend again from this set-back.

Love & Blessings,

Amanda

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Tara July 3, 2012 at 3:58 am

Oh Polly;
I’m so sorry to learn that you’re having a difficult go of things! Damn cancer sucks so much! :( You’ve been doing fab though for so long, and radiotherapy can be quite an effective treatment even combined with diet and alternatives.
You’ve already outdone so much of the doctor’s predictions and I hope you can get back to your cheery self soon! :)
Look at it this way; you’re not missing much of the Summer with the rubbish weather lately! 😉
Take care! (hugs!) :)

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Rebecca July 3, 2012 at 4:52 am

Dear Polly,

I am so sorry to hear your unfortunate news, although so inspired at your unwavering courage and determination. You are in my thoughts and prayers and I hope you make a super quick recovery and get back to your healthy self again! You are truely an inspiration, don’t ever give up! xxx

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Laura de Torres Lopez July 3, 2012 at 5:18 am

Keep strong, Polly. You are so inspiring! We are all sending you positive energy. Lots and lots of love. Lxx

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Helga July 3, 2012 at 6:59 am

Darling Polly,
Your words leave me speechless and with a lump in my throat. Shall light a candle for you right away.
Sending you Blessings, Courage and much Love!

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Suzanne July 3, 2012 at 7:30 am

Dear Polly,
So sorry to hear all this crap has been happening to you, I had missed you writing . Hopefully you will go from strength to strength and get back better than you were before this. Thinking of you. Suzanne.x

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Jo Smith July 3, 2012 at 7:47 am

Hi Polly – so sorry to hear your news hope you soon get your strengh returns soon and you can get to a normal life again you are so inspirational. You were going to take this summer out anyway but possibly not in this way!
I am praying for your quick return to health and happiness
Jo

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Philippa Pickering July 3, 2012 at 8:23 am

Hi Polly,
I’ve just read your recent blog and felt i wanted to say how sad i am to read your recent news.
I have also had cancer twice now at the grand age of 33. I had breast cancer at 30 (bilateral mastectomy, chemotherapy, medication etc) then cervical cancer 6 months ago. After the breast cancer treatment i also started looking into alternative therapies and refused all treatment for cervical cancer this time around. I did accept a biopsy but since then i am only being monitored.

I am also on a raw, vegan diet and use daily naturopathic techniques. Importantly i also work on emotional issues and have been working with an amazing EFT practitioner who studies German New medicine. I’m not sure if you have ever heard of German New medicine but it looks at cancer in a TOTALLY different way than the medical view and it has helped me to fear it no longer. In fact it has changed my view so much that i feel unstoppable.

Since i became aware of your website last year i often mentioned to my husband that i would tell you about it but thought that you are probably inundated with advice from people who have been through cancer, and didn’t want to add my name to the list of ‘do-gooders’ that have good intentions but (as i am well aware) can be slightly irritating when you, yourself are in the middle of an unpleasant experience and nobody but you knows how you feel.

Anyway i have done what i said i would not do and added my name to the list of ‘do-gooders’ :) but after reading your recent blog i felt i should at least give you the chance to decide for yourself what you do with my information.

If you would like the number for the EFT practitioner let me know. He really, really knows his stuff and as i mentioned i feel very reassured by what i now know.

Keep strong. You know how lovely it will be in the near future to look back on this time and be amazed at what you have been through.

Love from
Philippa Pickering xxx

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Penny July 3, 2012 at 8:28 am

Hi Polly

Hope you are getting over all this now. You have been a shining light and I so want you back there in vibrant health.

what do I know about anything, you probably have all this.
but here goes . Medecinal mushrooms can be potent at regenerating health, fighting cancer and de toxing the heavy metals of radiation.
(www.Purehealth.cc, http://www.mushroomsforlife ), and there are some strong herbs too.
Acai berries are very powerful.

with love and blessings

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Alexandra July 3, 2012 at 8:30 am

Sending you lots of love, strength and well wishes.

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Bill July 3, 2012 at 10:10 am

Don’t give up what you are doing, and don’t feel bad about taking radiotherapy. I have/had lymphatic cancer and had RT. It sounds like they have given you the minimum dose possible which is also very effective, and the long-term risks are actually very low. Yes, it would be nice to do it totally intervention-free, but the balance of probability is that RT will do more good than harm. Sorry you had the strong side-effects, and I hope you recover soon. You remain an inspiration to us all. Bill xx

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laura July 3, 2012 at 10:16 am

sending you big big hugs xxxx

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Sky July 3, 2012 at 10:29 am

Hi Polly,
Thank you for finding the energy to share your journey and your recent painful setback with us. You are so wonderfully supportive and inspirational to us all, – even in your times of trial!

You can see how much you mean to us all by the many wonderful letters of love and support above this one, and I am certain there will be many more below!

We are all radiating love and healing support to you Polly. Wow, wouldn’t that look beautiful if it was visible?! Make sure you ‘feel’ it as you realise how much you are loved.

Wishing you a full recovery to vibrant health.
In love and gratitude from Sky X

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Tonia July 3, 2012 at 10:32 am

Hi Polly,

You have such courage and commitment and even through all this you still manage to think of others…sending you hugs and healing wishes for your journey to recovery x

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Jess Ainscough July 3, 2012 at 10:51 am

Sending you so much love beautiful Polly! You are amazing and so resilient. It’s awesome to hear you are feeling stronger. Keep loving yourself and being kind to yourself. Love you!!! xx

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Marg July 3, 2012 at 11:56 am

You’re amazing. Having just been through the big ‘C’ situation I really feel for you. Stay strong, you’re one hell of lady!

Sending you a big hug xx

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Lilia July 3, 2012 at 11:58 am

Dear Polly,
Take care and keep strong!
With love

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Jeannie July 3, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Polly hope you feel better soon
Love hugs xxx

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kate July 3, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Dearest Polly
So sorry to hear about your recent setback, and so glad that you are on the road to recovery. Keep fighting. You are a brave, inspirational woman and a beacon of light to everyone dealing with the daily challenge of chronic illness.
Much love and hopes for a speedy recovery to you.
Kate

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Clare July 3, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Hi Polly, you are truly an inspiration and also brave and courageous! I’ll be praying for you that you will continue to become stronger every day and be blessed with a full recovery to your beautiful self
Clare xx

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Sue July 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Hi Polly
Sorry to hear what you’ve gone through recently.
Sending you lots of love and healing.
Chin up – onwards and upwards – as my mum would say.
Sue xx

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Carly July 3, 2012 at 2:50 pm

Hi Polly
Hope you feel better soon. Wishing you all the very best. Carly x

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Susan July 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Sending you loads of love and healing thoughts, Polly. Do take good care of yourself. Shine on!

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Carolyn Wood July 3, 2012 at 3:13 pm

Hi Polly,
I am so sorry to hear your news. do what ever you have to do to get better.
stay positive, your strong, good luck with your recovery.
lots of love and best wishes,

Carolyn x

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lou q July 3, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Hi, I am so proud of you! that is the most detailed information on how it is to go through cancer and radiotherapy that I have heard to date and it fills me with inspiration, if you can get through that, then ANYTHING is possible, for you, me, and the rest of the world! Thankyou very much and Im sure you will be back ‘reporting for duty’ very soon, I enjoy reading your story and will keep up to date, lots of love and healthy, happy wishes (will ascend with you in mind, that always helps lol) from Louise

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Anne-Marie July 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm

Dear Polly,

I was sorry to read about what you have been through in the last few months, I know it must have been difficult to have radiotherapy after following the natural path, but at least you gave your body a much better fighting chance with all the goodness you have put in before and now after.

Wishing you lots of luck on your path to recovery and lots of love too.

Anne-Marie xxx

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Flo-jo July 3, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Dear Polly

Sorry to hear your news, but I know you are a fighter and will bounce back, all you need to concentrate on is PMA ( Positive Mental Attitude) I find this helps me a lot. I also have a few friends with this disease and have lost a couple to it, but they fought to the end, as we all must do. Did the Doctors give you a prognosis.
Keep up the fight Polly and the diet, it’s got you this far and we are all routing for you to go further.

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Caroline July 3, 2012 at 6:43 pm

Dear Polly,

I am so very very sorry to hear you have not been doing so well….I am shocked. It is upsetting to read about your recent troubles…
I thought that you were up a mountain, not this….
My message is the same as everyone else’s but quite simply:
You really are a true inspiration, to so many
in fact since the day I met you; 09 Feb 2011 at the WCC doing that wonderful raw food demonstration; you have become my hero and I hope you don’t mind but I can’t help telling everyone about you! I would never have dreamt that I would be typing this to someone I had only met about 4 times but it is true: you are my hero and inspiration and so many others inspiration, I hope that reading all these good wishes from us all, gives you even more warmth, hope, happiness and determination to get over this ‘glitch’. You don’t need me nor anyone else to tell you, because you have such a fighting spirit, but I’ll say it anyway;
MAKE SURE YOU FIGHT IT
We are all routing for you.

God Bless you
Love and light Polly
All the very best to you and for you

Caroline
x

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Holly July 3, 2012 at 8:42 pm

I am very sorry to hear all that you are and have been going thru. I will be praying for you and your family. Thank you for all of the positivity that you send thru out the world…

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Jennifer July 4, 2012 at 12:18 am

God bless you. Stay strong!

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Sunni July 4, 2012 at 12:54 am

Hi Polly!

Thank you so much for the update! You have been on my mind and in my heart! I am so happy to hear you have turned the corner and are improving! You are unequivocally the most courageous and positive person I have ever had the pleasure of knowing in my life! Thank you for teaching me to be a better person! Lots of love!

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Elisa July 4, 2012 at 7:31 am

Dear Polly,

i want to thank you for sharing so much with us and even now in difficult times. I am sending healing vibes your way and also vibes of comfort.

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Linda Buckley July 4, 2012 at 8:48 am

Hi Polly,
I too, have been so inspired by your blog and your positivity for a long time. Your post has prompted me to make a comment and send my love and prayers for you. You have touched so many and sent out so much wonderful energy it’s time for us to send it back with force!
Love Linda
:)

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Charlotte July 4, 2012 at 10:31 am

Hi Polly
I am so sorry to hear you have had such a rough time of it recently. I went to hear you talk in Henley a few months ago and thought you were very inspiring…I am now a proud owner of an Oscar Vitalmax juicer! Possibly the love of my life!! 😉 It is fantatsic and I am addicted to making alkalising green juices every day :)
I also suffered from cancer (breast) at the age of 28 and had rigorous treatment and lots of surgery etc lasting a few years. It is so draining, frustrating and downright ****! but I agree with you 100% that trying to maintain a positive attitude and learning to love yourself is vital. Keep up all your wonderful work and looking after yourself. You’re doing amazingly I am sure.
Sending you lots of get well wishes and positive energy. Take care.
Love, Charlotte
PS I am sure you have heard about them but rebounders are great for helping lymph circulation for when you are feeling stronger. (apparently even if you sit on it and someone else gently bounces it for you it can help! wow!)

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nikolas July 4, 2012 at 10:59 am

HEY PRETTY LADY ,
You will be OK
You will HEAL
You will be STRONGER

With lots of Luv and Strength to you xxx

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Philip Helliars July 4, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Hi polly ,
so pleased you are feeling better lots of love from all at the salon xxxx

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Alison July 4, 2012 at 10:21 pm

Hi Polly,

Good to hear from you, sending you lots and lots of love xxxxx

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Cler July 4, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Hi Polly,
I am 100% sure your diet and lifestyle gave your body the strength to withstand the radiotherapy and its side-effects. Now that your body is cancer free again I am sure the green juice, broccoli and positive thoughts will keep you that way forever. You are a great inspiration. I hope you feel better soon. Sending you lots of positive thoughts and love. xx

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Zoë July 5, 2012 at 5:45 am

Sending my very best wishes Polly, you are a true inspiration! x

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kate July 5, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Hi Polly
I am so sorry that you have been so ill. I so admire you for your courage, honesty and continually positive outlook in the face of adversity. Beaming you vibes for a speedy return to health. Take care of yourself.
Kate

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Mary @ Fit and Fed July 5, 2012 at 8:07 pm

What an ordeal. I hate cancer! I hope you are on a mending, healing path from here forward.

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Cara July 5, 2012 at 8:35 pm

Love, light, and strength to you, Polly!

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Nadia July 6, 2012 at 7:19 am

Wishing you the best

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Jo July 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Hi Polly,
Sorry to hear about your latest troubles. I’ve been following your admirable journey with interest.
I study nutrition and wonder if you had ever looked into the low carb way of eating. It helps reduce insulin levels which can make cancer grow. Maybe adding more protein and fats into your diet such as eggs and oily fish may help and avoiding high carb foods such as grains. This article explains a little about how it works:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1323758/Can-cutting-Carbohydrates-diet-make-live-longer.html

Wishing you all the best in your recovery.

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gwen July 6, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Hi Polly, So sorry to hear how things have been. Thankful things are looking better and I pray you will recover and continue to be an inspiration. Take care, Gwen

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Caroline July 7, 2012 at 9:14 am

You’re such a strong lady!I always look at your site and was wondering where you had been! Sorry to hear about what your body has and is going through, hope you are onto recovery road and may your energy return with vigour. Love and light to you x

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Jessica Nazarali July 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

Hi Polly, so glad you are posting again! I tweeted you before I saw this post, I was hoping everything was okay :) Sending you lots of love and light from Australia! xox

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Lesley (Raphael - Dr G) July 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

Hi Polly, It’s actually Lesley’s husband Vaughan leaving this message.
We were both concerned as to how you were getting on, so pleased your still fighting as is Lesley despite set backs for both of you.
God bless and in our prayers you surely are.
Kindest regards

Vaughan

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susan July 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Hats Off to you Polly~ I’m seeing you wholly refreshed and healed :)

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Tracy July 9, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Polly- I am sending you positive energy and love.

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sally July 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Dear Polly, l hope you feel better soon. Lots of love and wishes to you. Xx

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Anne July 17, 2012 at 7:08 am

Hi Polly
Thanks for the update, so many people missed your inspirational blogs. Sending you lots of love and healing. I am sure you are continuing to feel grateful and valuing what is truly important which is love, friends and family.

The fact that you have given so much hope and inspiration to others will send waves of loving healing energy back your way, can you feel it?

Stay safe and happy

Lots of love. Anne

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Mel July 20, 2012 at 7:59 pm

I wish you all the healing all the best and plenty of love and light!

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Ari Idan July 23, 2012 at 4:15 am

Hello, my name is Ari, I am a survivor (so far…) of two cancers, a widower of a cancer victim (now re-married..) and is dedicated to fighting cancer, and helping others do so.
I lived in Toronto, Canada (my family is in southern California), and last year, after marriage, I moved to the Philippines. I am majority owner of a Dialysis clinic, and built a unique cancer clinic, the one I dreamt of having when my first wife was struggling. I took her to Mexico clinics twice, for treatments (which were very successful!), talked to dozens of physicians, and always found lack of properly equipped clinics, which could do a lot better if they were.
Along the way, I have gained insight of how proper Hyperthermia should be applied. This is a method which doubles the success rate of conventional therapies, and alternative ones as well, provided it is done properly. I have purchased the most powerful device for this, and added two other types of devices, which when applied in the right order, prevent a process of DE-sensitizing of cancer cells to the effects of specific frequency hyperthermia. We also do mild whole body hyperthermia in order to strengthen the immune system (with no side effects),and help reach the right thermo-therapeutic levels within the tumour.(the right temperature simply destroys the tumour…). There are also other aspects to this, biological ones, which for lack of commercial incentive (UN-patentable..) is not pursued by multinational pharmaceutical corporations which control all medical research in the field.
I also introduced other forms of immunotherapy, and alternative cytotoxic elements, such as Helixor, a mistletoe extract, which has three times better success rate then most chemo agents, without the side effects.
I can give information about many clinics I learned about, (mainly in Mexico ang Germany)
If you are interested in getting free advice, please feel free to contact me, @ advancedcancertherapies@yahoo.com
Thanks,
Ari Idan

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Susie September 4, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Dear Polly
Sending you love and energy to help give you support and strength to boost your physical and emotional well being.

It’s a family, you share with us we share with you, together we can make a difference

Susie x

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Louise September 25, 2012 at 5:59 pm

Polly,
I have only just started reading your blog – you are such an inspiration and I really hope you start to feel stronger soon.

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Kathyn October 9, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Polly,
You have been my inspiration throught my father’s cancer battle. I wish there were more people out there who could be as open about their illness as you, so many people have to face cancer but still we (society) cannot speak about it. I believe you and people like you hold the key to finding a more natural cure to / prevention of, this illness – it can’t come soon enough. There is no reason to me why conventional medicine cannot live happily side by side with more natural approaches – both are so important. Looking forward also to Stand up to Cancer, Channel 4’s upcoming event, wouldn’t it be nice if it does not solely focus on conventional medicine – I live in hope. I wish you all the best.

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Shirley November 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Hey Perfect Polly! I’m visualizing you totally and utterly 100% vibrant, healthy and at “ease” and doing your wildest favourite stuff! With much love Shirley x

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Fio Shakeela Burns November 14, 2012 at 11:41 pm

Hey Polly
I was wondering how you were getting on. I had to have my lung drained also when I had cancer – sooo uncomfortable! xxxxxxxx
I send you healing wishes and love – as far as remedies i would recommend; MMS (or the newer version CDS) – very useful for reversing cancers. Also Cannabis oil and Black seed oil all having very interesting results with cancer.
Also it would be worth trying a Ketogenic diet as you have been raw food vegan for a while. There is no such thing as the right diet for cancer – see my most recent post on http://www.cancerucan.co.uk for more info via an interview.
Please get in touch if you feel to, my thoughts are so with you right now,

Love Fiona XXXXX

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