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Summary 3 Blogs About Self-Hypnosis Streaming Project

Summary 3 Blogs About Self-Hypnosis Streaming Project

This is a Summary Of Three Blog Posts From January 2020 About Our ‘Self-Hypnosis Streaming Membership’.   Get Seven Day Free – No Obligation – Trial Membership

BLOG 1 [ TRIAL For You! ] – Self-Hypnosis Streaming – High Value, Popularly Priced, Mind Resource Vault

 https://wats-on.net/positive-new-year-goals/

  1.  Are Your Goals for 2020 Ambitious? If so, you can join us (me and my gang in private facebook group) and let’s work together to make them happen. I want a community of people who can make working together on this project
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  2. Self-Hypnosis Streaming Membership website. The main purpose of this membership is to offer members access to hypnotherapists and their audios and videos all about Self-hypnosis, cognitive behavioural therapy, NLP and other talk therapies.
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  3. Expanding Content:-  – The main goal is to piggyback more and more content from individual hypnotherapists. In fact, I am already talking to hypnotherapists with exceptional, or unique interests, with a view to adding them to the membership vault of content. (golfers who are members should look out for new hypnosis sessions this month)
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  4. Popular Pricing:- Our deliberate policy is to keep the membership price LOW.  We want YOU to have the hots for, and take a liking to, learning so much more about the whole field of Hypnosis.
    WOW point is that the membership is LOW COST, but high — VERY HIGH VALUE.
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  5. Hypnosis Content For The Changing Needs in Your Life:- The next WOW factor is about the membership area content of audios and videos. Once you start using hypnosis and have learned more about using it effectively you will realise that you can expand your horizons by using the power of your thinking brain.
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  6. Therapy or Self-Help:- The obstacles in our lives arrive suddenly and your psychological needs will also fluctuate. At other times we are keen to develop our resourcefulness. How good will it be to have trained hypnotherapist content and advice available at all times? This help from a potpourri of influential hypnotherapists [Relationships, money problems, work burnout, stress, accidents, death or whatever.]
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  7. Available on Any Device Wherever There is Internet Connection:- Simplicity is the aim –  streamed content is available on any device, at any place in the world that has an internet connection. The content is delivered to you over your phone, tablets or computers in privacy, and never sits around on your devices
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  8. All Content Additions Are Available  :-  The content is updated frequently and is available to all members instantaneously.
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  9. Three Main Content Areas in The Hypnosis for Streaming:- 
  • Educational – Research Based Science of Self-Hypnosis with how the self-hypnosis sessions works and can be used effectively,
  • Therapeutic – self-hypnosis, cognitive behavioural therapy, NLP and other talk therapies.  Mental health, addictions, phobias. anxiety etc.
  • Self Development –  Full programmes – eg  Motivation, Creativity, Wealth Mindset, Self-Esteem  and  Confidence, Running are examples.

BLOG 2  [Specifically For Hypnotherapists and Mental Therapists] – This Blog Points Out How Individual Therapists Can Have An Online International Audience

https://wats-on.net/hypnotherapists-to-stream/

  1. As A Hypnotherapist You May Want To Join Me in This Win-Win Venture:- I want to work with a large range of hypnotherapists and other talk therapists, who already make audios and videos.
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  2. Do You Make Audios and Videos?  Many hypnotherapists record scripts for their one-to-one clients…   BUT…  What is stopping you making therapeutic audios, sharing your knowledge and skills, aimed at all the people (billions of them) seeking help with their mental challenges?
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  3. I Know Some Of You Will Have Reservations – But I Wonder Why?  I have watched hundreds of hypnotherapists train – and I know that your one-to-one approach is the best thing possible.  BUT clients do not have the time. or the money, to get your ongoing direct support, that is not the real world . However sharing your skills and advice with self-hypnosis audio sessions is practical and possible.  I say to you – please make your knowledge and skills available to a massive audience.

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  4. Your Branding and Self Promotion:-  As a participating hypnotherapist you will have space in the membership area to set up your profile.  This is particularly great for you if you are a specialist in some category. I see the membership area as a place where you will be able to arrange on-line appointments and consultations via Skype, Zoom or whatever.
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  5. Recurring Online Income – (See Next Section)   Also, of course, you will be able to promote the membership to your list and clients so that you can get on-going recurring income.

Hypnotherapists - Let's Talk

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BLOG 3  [Exclusive Affiliate Recurring Income] – This Blog Gives You Just An Introduction For VIP Members Who Promote The Hypnosis For Streaming Membership.

https://wats-on.net/affiliates/

Key To Affiliate Success

KNOW YOUR PRODUCT

  1. When You Are a Member You Will Discover The Value and Content:-  Our affiliate programme is exclusively for members.  Look for details in the third blog.
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  2. It All Makes Sense Being Exclusive To Members:- Affiliates often approach me to ask to promote the membership. My view is that is only takes two 50% commissions to make your membership FREE – so if you can’t achieve that how good an affiliate are you? The most important point about being successful is knowing the product you are promoting. Hence the requirement to be a member.
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  3. As a New Member You Have The Option To Make Your Membership FREE:- It is optional for members to become an affiliate. If you do want to make money online this is the first step you should make. The first step is to introduce and get two new members. You will receive information from me about getting your affiliate link. You will get 50% recurring for each new member (which means that after you have introduced two new members, your own membership cost is covered)
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  4. Private Facebook Group:- This month I have set up a Facebook Group where I will be able to advise members about new additions to the membership area. Also I will help you build a mailing list for e-mail campaigns. In other words I want to help you with our Win-Win project to make online income affiliate money and build the membership of Self-Hypnosis Streaming.
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  5. A Secret For All Members:- I have a really important secret that I will share with members in the Private Facebook Group. It is all about how to market effectively and earn extra income.
PART 1: Have You Mindset Changing Positive New Year 2020 Goals

PART 1: Have You Mindset Changing Positive New Year 2020 Goals

‘I Have Two Actions You Can Take Today Which I Hope Will Excite You…  But PLEASE Read Through This Blog Because I am Looking For ‘Go-For-It’ Venture Partners!!

Let me first of all wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year with the New Years greetings I sent to my friends with pictures of me and my family on Christmas Day.

I Mainly Want To Talk About YOU … BUT Let Me Briefly Explain What and Why I Am On This Retirement Project

The main reason that I wanted to start with that recent picture is that I am keen for you understand my current health situation. 

I want to work with some of you that are reading this so you should know all about me.

That is me up front, hopefully looking ok for a 72 year old guy,  with my daughter Zoe (Art Curator and University Lecturer), my son Tom (teacher – computer science) and my better half, Babs (Health Visitor) 

 So all is good…

Mmm – well not totally

We all have issues, be them health, relationships, money etc and I have my own specific personal challenge at the moment BUT it is not being allowed to get in my way.   I have to say that the family you see with me in the photo are the most supportive and caring family I could possibly have and are as positive as I am about my current health problem.

I have cancer and am having clinical trial immunotherapy treatment which I have been having at the Royal Free Hospital in London every two weeks for treatment. 

Many of you will NOT know me but it is easy to find out whatever you like in my blog where I write, hopefully with some humour about my life travels and travails. 

Try for instance this blog about dealing with some side effects of my cancer treatment.   
‘Explosion and Shock in My Cancer Treatment’

 I hope if you read that article, you will understand the ‘WHAT and WHY’ section below.

****[I had a scan on New Years eve and I will find out when I return for treatment on the 14th January, exactly what is the progress of my treatment and the cancer.]

The WHAT and WHY

I spent my main career working life as a registered nurse [physical and psychology and mental health]

When I retired from from general nursing in 1996 I set up a business developing websites. 

One of the websites I developed was for a Clinical Hypnotherapist Adam Eason [self-hypnosis, cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and so on]

And now I am getting the best training of all, about the link between mental and physical interaction, AS A PATIENT.

I now have accumulated knowledge about the incredibly intimate relationship between the physical and mental aspects of health.  The knowledge I have now I so wish that I had in my early nursing days.

BUT what I want is for you to have the same access to all the therapeutic resources that I have, to  to ‘on-the-shoulder’  support, advice and hypnosis sessions from top hypnotherapists. 

I am passionate about holistic care and want to get as much help as I have from trained talk therapists. 

‘Self-Hypnosis Streaming’ is the Membership website I am really pleased to introduce to as many people as possible. 

In other blog articles you will find why I think that this membership area can offer self-development and mental behavioural support. 

My 2020 Goal -To Be Bought With Online Income Only

Yes that is quite an ask – BUT the preparation has been done and I am ready to fly with this.   

I have set up a streaming service of Self-Hypnosis audios and videos which I want to promote with a team of Affiliates and Joint Venture partners.

YES – I am on the recruit!!  This blog is the start of my streaming project.

There is no way on earth that I could do this on my own, and every message I put out there, will be to find people with ambition and determination to overcome whatever is holding them back.

This is a Win-Win situation and I want to be paying YOU well

The reason – I will be getting closer to my motorhome.

There is no excuse – as you can see I am not letting health issues slow me down.  Just use whatever is available in the membership website to motivate you, make you more creativity, overcome any behaviour problems etc.  No excuses – just take action and things can change.

I told you about my health challenge so that you can see I am not letting anything get in the way of what I want to achieve this year.

My blog in two days time will tell you more about becoming an affiliate and working with me for 50% or higher commissions.

 

So What Is Your Goal?  Maybe …  Positive Mindset AND…

I nearly did a second image with a female on it.  He/She is only a cartoon though.

I really would love to hear from you. 

If one of your resolutions is to earn an online income.  Well do I need to say it? – Just keep tuned.

Start The Year With TWO Actions – Take Some Action Today – No Obligation

 Hypnosis is a word that is so misunderstood. 

You can find plenty of blogs where I rant on about this.  The subject is misunderstood .  Talk Therapies are great and help so many people get amazing support from talk therapy’s.   

Anyway I am not going to go into that further here.  

Let’s get back on Positive Ground…

What I would love you to do, is to go to our Hypnosis For Download website, where we have been selling hundreds of audios and videos. 

You will see some FREEBIES to download

Just go and fill in your e-mail address to get instant access.

ACTION ONE

Go to Hypnosis For Download website  for some free downloads and a pdf all about Hypnosis For Streaming and what you will get in the membership website. 

I will also send you a couple of offer voucher codes the next day.

 

ACTION TWO

I have set things up so that you can have a SEVEN DAY FREE (no obligation) trial membership of ‘Self-Hypnosis Streaming’.

You will be asked to set up for payment and membership after seven days – but in fact if you do not want to join you will be able to cancel before the first payment.

I will be adding further clarification and tell you about further advantages of being a Self-Hypnosis Streaming

FREE SEVEN Day Trial Membership of Self-Hypnosis Streaming.

 

Follow Up…

Do keep an eye to this blog as I will be writing next an open letter to Hypnotherapists.  

 

 

Obesity – Hypnotic Gastric Band Surgery – Over The Top But Why NOT!

Obesity – Hypnotic Gastric Band Surgery – Over The Top But Why NOT!

I feel a little strange at the moment writing about obesity and being overweight, because I now have my weight under control.

Is that control easy?

The answer is YES and the reason is that my behaviours and mindset are learned as a result of using self-hypnosis. My new weight mindset has given me new behaviours that are totally learned and permanent.

BUT let me first of all Offer Some Caution.

Self-Hypnosis WILL work AS LONG AS YOU WANT THE CHANGE.

My MOMENT Of Wanting To Change

Until I was forty I was basically TOO slim. After that, the middle age ballooning gradually crept upon me. I ignored most of the visible clues like having to use different holes on my belt, and the large numbers on the scales.

My own self image was that I was ok. In fact I thought that I looked right for many in his middle years.

Then came the awakening.

Babs (my better half) put some pictures (snaps!!) together in a frame and it was on our dining room wall.

I was shocked – yes really shocked when I saw this picture below. It was the moment that was decisive. My self image fantasy was exposed! I realised my justification about middle age rounding was rather self deluding!

Overweight picture

What To Do?

Diets, surgery, hypnotherapy or what – I wanted a permanent change.

Diets:
I looked into diets – but what restrictions, and there is so much evidence of yo yo results. A ‘no go’ area for permanent change.

Surgery:
Surgery did not appeal – besides which I wasn’t massively obese.

Hypnosis:
However Virtual Surgery with Hypnosis did appeal. You can go over the top with self-hypnosis and let the focused imagination get you to your desired results – permanently if done well.

Operating Table Bariatric Surgery or Virtual Hypnotic Gastric Band For Obesity

In the last couple of weeks obesity has been in the headlines. In fact the outgoing chief medical officer for England Prof Dame Sally Davies says children are “drowning in a flood of unhealthy food and drink options”. She has opened a public debate about adverts and banning eating food on local buses and trains.

Obesity is a growing problem throughout the developed world and is strongly correlated with ill health with a serious risk of ill health and then early death.

There was also another headline that caught my eye.

Obesity surgery can harm mental health.

A study has found that mental health problems including self harming, can increase after weight loss surgery. Researchers in Australia discovered that self harm was five times more common after gastric surgery operation than before.

Gastric Band Surgery – The Good News

In fact we are not talking about small numbers here in this study reported in the JAMA Psychiatric Journal. The Gastric Band surgery (Bariatric Surgery for Obesity) was carried out more than 6500 times in England in 2017 and 2018, that is an increase of almost 250% in a decade.

Weight loss is achieved by reducing the size of the stomach with a gastric band or through removal of a portion of the stomach, or by re-routing the small intestine to a small stomach pouch

The surgery, can lead to dramatic weight loss. And even better there were also improvements in diabetes, and high blood pressure.

Gastric Band Surgery – The Not So Good Bits!

But there seems to be a downside with this physical surgery as There is concern that the surgery can exacerbate existing or underlying mental health problems.

Explanations range from

  • disappointment, not losing as much weight as expected through to a surgery altering levels of hormones, and gut bacteria that might affect the brain.
  • Obese patients are a vulnerable population when it comes to mental health, with as many as 40% having a pre-existing issues.
  • While bariatric surgery is the most reliable form of sustained weight loss. However there is still a high number of patients who who fail to lose the expected weight and or develop complications. Such a failure to meet original weight loss expectations could lead to increased anxiety and depression.
  • Tam Fry chairman of the National obesity forum said it was vital that patients receive psychiatric backup both before and after their operation.

However Surgery is Surgery and there can be all sorts of Side Effects – Physical as well as Mental.

The operation is now very safe.

Nonetheless, every single surgical operation carries some risks, in particular the risk of blood clots which can be increased with seriously overweight patients.

The other major disadvantage of physical surgery is cost which can be several thousand pounds to have the operation.

Both of these disadvantages are eliminated with a hypnotic gastric band.

Virtual Hypnotic Gastric Band – An Alternative Approach

Hypnotic suggestion works best with those with the right mindset and if you want the change!

HYPNOTIC GASTRIC BAND is a non-surgical ‘mind simulation surgery’

Gastric Hypnotherapy is a non-invasive form of weight loss hypnotherapy using suggestion and cognitive behavioural therapy to achieve the desired results.

There is no need to visit a hospital, doctor or nurse, ideal if you have a fear of any of these.

No form of hypnotherapy will work if you are not 100% committed.

Hypnotic Gastric band Is a scientific procedure. Also it can be used by people (a bit like me) who are overweight but not as obese as many that need surgical intervention. In other words without the risk you can go for this without the fear of surgical side effects

Imagine this:-

  • You listen to an audible programme, you can be as sceptical as you like.
  • You follow and focus on the audible instructions
  • And suddenly, your eating habits start to change.
  • You eat less.
  • You leave food on your plate, and you don’t feel like you’re missing out.
  • If you try to eat more, your body won’t let you
  • It makes you feel full. If you try to over ride it.
  • The weight drops off,
  • You feel an overwhelming sense of liberation. And best of all it almost seems too good to be true.

I know this because I have used our Hypnotic Gastric Band set of self-hypnosis audios which is in our Hypnosis For Download store and our Self-Hypnosis Membership website.

Your hypnotic gastric band is a psychological procedure that convinces your mind that you’ve had a gastric band fitted, so your body behaves exactly as if you’ve had the gastric band

The Satisfaction.

  • Feeling happy with smaller portions and your stomach saying that’s enough
  • Losing weight and enjoying your food.
  • A hypnotic operation also resets and natural signalling system for your body so your brain knows when you’ve had enough to eat.
  • You will simply find smaller portions completely satisfying
  • You will naturally seek out the healthy nourishment your body
  • You will discover that often you do not want to finish all that is on your plate.
  • On the contrary, your body will give you a very clear undeniable signal that you’ve had plenty to eat long before the plate is cleared.
  • When you reach your natural healthy body weight, the same hypnotic process will adjust your gastric band so that you continue to get all the nourishment your body requires.

I have now got a mindset where all of the behaviours that I took on board when following the Hypnotic Band process are now in place. The behaviours are working six years after going through the Hypnotic Gastric Band programme.

The snacking, second portions, eating too fast and all of the other stuff are gone.

BUT the best thing is that this Christmas – I will eat my food slowly and fully enjoy every mouthful – but in a controlled way.

Oh and Enjoy Your NEW body and the comments from friends and family.

Take your weight off of your mind – for good. Yes PERMANENTLY


Seven Days Trial Membership – Self-Hypnosis Streaming

Seven Days Trial Membership – Self-Hypnosis Streaming

For years I have been selling self-hypnosis audios online, which have been MP3 downloads;  BUT now I have set up a streaming service of all of the products in our store AND you get access to 100s of products TODAY.

On this page you will also see a Self-Hypnosis Streaming pdf file showing the products that are currently in the membership.

There are advantages for you in this approach.

Self-Hypnosis Streaming Membership –
Benefits For YOU

  • you can choose programmes and self-hypnosis sessions that are ideal for you.
  • you have behaviour, attitude, phobias, addictions and self-development content.
  • you have cognitive behaviour therapy, NLP, mindfulness and other therapies.
  • you have nothing to download – all streamed and available for any number of uses.
  • you can access anywhere in the world.
  • you can login on any internet connected mobile phone, tablet, pcs or macs, smart TVs etc.
  • you can use privately with nothing visible on your device.
  • you will always get new updates and additions to the content.
  • you can’t lose your audios or videos.
  • you will get new messages from us telling you about new additions and updates.

[THERE ARE OTHER BENEFITS WHICH i WILL HOLD BACK ON JUST NOW!]

Let’s take things a step at a time!

Let’s get to know each other.

Free, Seven Days Trial Membership

I would like to start by offering you FREE 7 DAYS access to the membership – No obligation

During that week I will send you further information, when you have had a good chance to check things out.

Membership Content

Educational Audios and Videos

Included is the online version of Adam Eason’s book ‘The Science Of Hypnosis’.  Also there are several audios and videos about how to use Self-Hypnosis effectively.

Programmes and Courses

There are many full programmes and courses covering specific self-development

Clinical Therapy Self-Hypnosis Sessions

There is a growing catalogue of self-hypnosis sessions for specific conditions, addictions, phobias and mental health issues.  At the moment we have recordings by three hypnotherapists – but I have some new audios to add shortly from several new practitioners.

Taking Action

It is really simple to join our demonstration Self-Hypnosis Streaming membership website. 

When you have had a couple of days to look at the content and see some videos I will be in touch to tell you more about how you can really benefit from becoming a member. 

I look forward to getting to know you

 

Explosion and Shock in my Cancer Treatment

Explosion and Shock in my Cancer Treatment

It is three months since I wrote my last blog post which was about taking up cancer screening.

Since then, I have been having my cancer treatment at the Royal Free Hospital in London. I have had lots of travel, lots of examinations, lots of side effects. BUT I still have a positive message for you!!

One in two of us will get cancer sometime in our life and this blog is aimed at those of you who are newly diagnosed or if you are caring for somebody who has is having cancer treatment.

The treatment will take time and it does affect your life …. No getting away from that!

 

Cancer Discovered

The story so far…

Six years ago I had a kidney removed when cancer of that kidney was diagnosed.

It was about this February last year that I went to my surgeon who removed my kidney six years ago.

I was well and he was expecting to discharge me from his care, but he said I had better have a scan first.

I was called back very quickly after that scan and was told that a tumour had grown in that area and that it needed more than surgery – I needed to be referred to Oncology.

It was a surprising and sobering moment !!

It was pointed out to me that my cancer cells were non clear cells (not good!!) which meant that current cancer treatments had only a 20% of slowing down the tumour growth and spread.

But God moves in mysterious ways.

That local Oncologist Consultant had an Oncologist friend about to start a Clinical Trial at the Royal Free Hospital, London in combination with a German University and a large Pharmaceutical company.

They are using two immuno-therapy drugs (they have long names but I call them Ippi and Nimmi) together for my particular situation and my screening (many tests) showed I would have a better chance of control of the cancer with this new treatment. No guarantees of course – BUT an option that I accepted even though the daunting 28 page consent form had pages of information about possible side effects. 

Oncology Department

This is the moment – you realise this is all real and life changing.

I remember thinking as I walked into the Oncology Department, that I had always hoped, that I would never have to be referred to this department.  But what can you do?

BUT I was quickly surprised...

I want to take you behind the scenes a bit in this blog post and offer as much assurance as I can that you quickly realise everybody is totally on your side.   The staff are very aware of the emotional pressures that show in so many different ways depending on the patient.

And I must say, I’ve been so incredibly surprised with the Oncology Department care viewed from a professional background in nursing.

My background is nursing (it was my career).

My own nursing career was very technical – typical male thing.  I worked in intensive care, accident and emergency, operating theatres and urological surgical wards

All very good stuff…

Great work which I incredibly enjoyed and it gave me great satisfaction.

When we had an unconscious patient with tubes everywhere who was not able to recognise us or talk to us – there was something missing for me.   Knowing the person!

The medical and nursing teams absolutely wanted in every way for that patient to survive and they did everything possible, however long was needed.

However – the moment that patients recovered from that intense work of course they moved to the rehabilitation areas of the hospital for personal care where the patients personal needs could be met.

So I got a technical impression of what nursing was all about.  How wrong was I. On the whole I missed that more personal approach to caring.

 

What a Difference with Medical and Nursing Teams in Oncology.

As I’ve been watching in the oncology clinics and ward, I’ve seen really great care. More importantly great personalized care.

As I have sat in the waiting rooms and watched I have found myself thinking I wish I had spent some time doing this sort of nursing, solving everyday problems.

The cancer is the bug bear the nasty, nasty piece of work and the treatment unfortunately has to be aggressive to attack it.

There are different treatments, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and now the new man in the block – immuno-therapy.

This modern treatment is systematic, it’s not like the old chemotherapy which were drugs trying to kill the invading cells.

Immuno-therapy – which works inside the body to build the body’s defenses to stop the growth and spread of the tumour.

As the immuno-therapy treatment is systemic you can get side effects in all parts of your body and it is those side effects that need monitoring and solutions applied when they appear.

The problem is that – time wise – they are very random and patients need to observe and note any body changes and work with the oncology team to resolve each problem as they occur.

 

 

 

Some Of My Side Effects

Just a few – but typical examples.

Itchy Rash

After my first cycle of treatment I quite quickly got an itchy rash. The rashes were spread out on arms, legs, and worse, my back. Of course that meant sorting out creams, emollients etc.

Great fun getting your clothes on properly afterward with shirt sticking to your back. However – various creams gave total relief from the itching.

Easily solved – just tick it off – that was a challenge now under control.

Unbelievably – Loss Of Appetite

I love my food and yet I couldn’t – WHAT! . Nutrition is essential to assist recovery.

You know how it feels when you have eaten too much – that Christmas afternoon feel. For a couple of weeks I felt like that from day to day. My wife got me fruit in jelly, omelettes etc. But of course there is advice around and the MacMillan Cancer Support website and leaflets of volunteer staff advice at the clinic offer the answers.

 They have seen them all before!

Here in the UK we have a major charity MacMillan Cancer Support and I got a nutrition leaflet from them.

In fact MacMillan is a must for all cancer issues including financial support.

My wife Babs and I also had advice from a hospital dietitian who suggested adding supplement up juices – Fortijuices and also using anti emetic for a few days.

Oh and there was lots of other good advice.

Just ask – there are answers out there for all of the challenges – get it sorted and just tick it off.

My Worst Challenge To Date – Painful and an EXPLOSION

 [This should be X Rated – Constipation the subject]

Let’s lighten up and have a smile at my expense – as there are times we are pushed into abnormal situations which we would rather not be happening – but you are there – and there is no way out but to take extra measures. You will smile about it all later.

Probably because I had an issue with my nutrition I went several days without being able to go to the loo.

I will spare you the details but it got to the stage where everything was so hard and impacted and very uncomfortable.

The only way to avoid having to go to the hospital (some embarrassment for me a former nurse) to get sorted out  was to go to the pharmacy and get glycerin suppositories.

The instructions on the pack were to wet and insert suppository. Lay on the bed for 15 minutes while the suppository melts.

Easy! NOT! !!

Every minute felt like five. I put the TV on to try to block out the crampy painful moments.

Five minutes… The thoughts were there – this must be like baby delivery.

Nine minutes… Wow – that was bad!!

Ten minutes… How far is is to the loo – 15 metres – why didn’t I put paper down on the carpet?

Thirteen minutes... Where is the cat – he is always laying in the corridor? Don’t fall over the cat.

Fourteen minutes and 30 secsthat will DO!!!

There is no other word to describe it – EXPLOSION!

The relief was immediate.

Sore – very sore. But utter, utter Relief.

Hmmm!!

The lesson of course had been learned. I had to sort out what laxative regime I needed to prevent a further episode like that.

The doctor’s take on it was amusing. “There are three approaches – laxatives are softeners, shovers or soft AND shove”

Anyway I have it sorted the prevention out for my next cycle of treatment – you can bet!

I have ticked it off .

 

 

 

 

Some Side Effects Will Only Found From Blood Tests

Whatever therapy treatment you are having I can assure you will be having regular blood tests which will show up other bodily changes. AND – yes they need treating.

My thyroid, renal function and liver have been affected by the immuno-therapy . I have had to empty a cupboard to get all of my medications acquired into order.

I have had to double my intake of water – which is ok except it is a bit of a problem overnight.

BUT WORSE THAN THAT!!

There can be some sacrifices and changes you may have to make.

My big one IS – what am I going to drink with my mates down the pub on a Friday evening?

I am now sampling non alcoholic beers, lager and cider.

 

 

 

My Cancer Treatment Also Had a Positive Side Effect on my General Health in Fact – a Pleasant Shock 

 

 I have had high blood pressure for or nearly all of my adult life a genetic gift from both of my parents I have had treatment for it as far back as I can remember.

In fact…

There was a chance I would not get on to this clinical trial if my blood pressure had been so high during my screening.

Two weeks into my treatment my blood pressure dropped quite dramatically over two days – so much so that I found myself looking out for signs of internal bleeding. 

My local GP  has taken me off of my regular blood pressure medication and and as he had my health history he was also surprised.

Currently I have lost my florid looking face and for about four weeks the blood pressure remains low – will it last?

Very pleasant SHOCK!!!

Family, Friends and But More Importantly YOU

One of the first things you have to do when you are diagnosed with some cancer is to decide who you are going to tell.  Prognoses of different cancers can vary tremendously and it all depends on your support network and your personal  emotional response to your news.

Here is a good article to help you decide what is right for you. Telling Friends and Family That You’ve Been Diagnosed With Cancer’

I will tell you about my own decision and the reason for my approach.

I was clear that I needed to be totally open about my cancer and was totally easy with accepting that.

After all my blog is all about physical and mental health. Well equipped as I have was a nurse for a career, have studied mental health as I have worked with Adam Eason a clinical hypnotherapist with all his teaching in a college of hypnosis AND I have been the other side of the sheets as a patient.

The patient bit I have to say is the most revealing as I fully understand that even with all my previous knowledge it is totally different to treat yourself and I found I needed as much help sorting out my side effect issues as any other patient.

My support has been exceptional and has been good for a number of reasons.

My wife and grown up children are open about whatever any of us is having to care for. I won’t go on telling you how good they are – it is just said by saying they are lovingly there.

I have told all our friends (in fact I have told the world on my blog). It makes life easier. I have tried to carry on with whatever domestically and socially.  But one evening I was not feeling well, and a quick call to cancel a dinner party we had organised was not misunderstood in anyway. We have met friends whenever for walks or NOT.

Of incredibly great importance to me is my faith. My God gives me strength and hope. Friends at church pray and in fact I mentioned that I was having problems eating to a couple at Sunday morning service and on Monday they turned up with basket of fruit and a Blessing Card. Touched – YES!

I have also learned over the years of working with Hypnotherapist Adam skills to turn off that chatter in the brain. Most of that brain chatter is so negative. I have learned how to concentrate and reinforce the positive emotions. I know from working with patients all of my nursing career that those that were positive got well faster than those that worried negatively about everything.  I can put on a mindfulness audio and totally relax and still the mind.   What a tonic!!

What About You?

You may have a equally good set up and support OR you may NOT.

The treatments take time and you may need temporary help.

I plead with you to seek and ask for help.

Your medical practice and Macmillan’s is the place to start. They can recommend groups of people who meet with other people with long term care. Everybody and every type of cancer is different and your difficulties will need personal tailoring of care. This is what I have found the Oncology Departments are exceptionally good at.

Also – many people who are alone will worry more about the challenges at every stage. You will be more likely to see any new side effect as something awful instead of something new to get a grip off and ticked off.  You will get a special phone number to use whenever necessary to talk to someone in the Oncology Department if you are needing advice.

Your Mental State

What you will find me going on and on about in my blogs is your mental health.  What is going on in your head is so personal and crucial to how you accept and take on board all that important to a successful outcome to your treatment.

If you look through all of my blogs you will see that I am enthusiastic about the mental health help that can be achieved with talk therapies. Anxiety, stress, panic attacks, low self esteem, lack of confidence, insomnia, motivation etc etc  can be so helped with self-hypnosis sessions recorded by clinical hypnotherapists

 

IN FACT I HAVE A COUPLE OF AUDIOS TO SEND YOU

I am offering anyone a couple of audios to listen to.

 

One is a relaxation hypnosis session and the other is a self-hypnosis for stress recording.   Just contact me and I will happily send them on to you. 

 

DO ASK – get all the help you can! 

Personal Difficulties

My problem was transportation. I live 150 miles from the hospital that I am getting my day care treatment in.

Going into London by car is a congestion lottery and time lottery, finding a parking space lottery.

Public transport coach – cheap but same congestion problems as car.

Train expensive because I had to travel at peak times. £115 for a hospital appointment  and double that cost when Babs my wife was with me.

  • To get the train I had to get up at 4:30 to get to the hospital early because the day consisted of getting bloods taken early,
  • ECG then
  • Doctors examination appointment later in the morning.
  • All before the therapeutic drugs can be manufactured by the pharmacy department (preparation time approx two hours).
  • The drugs are then delivered to the day care ward for afternoon infusion.
  • My treatment infusions took about two half hours to administer.
  • Then the 115 mile trip home.

At the time to travel London tubes are packed to capacity with head home commuters and so are the trains. One trip I had to travel half of the journey standing. Not ideal.

So that was not good but there was worse to come!

After my third cycle of treatment I had a set back in that the ongoing treatment had to stop as the bloods went squew whiff!

One of the treatment drugs had caused my liver to become inflammed and not functioning correctly and that need steroid treatment. The dose of steroids has to be varied depending on response and that needed bloods taken frequently – 3-4 days apart.

Travelling up to London every four days when not at my best was the prospect.

BUT guess what – as no specialist immuno-therapy treatment was to be administered the Oncology team in London organised an Oncology department in Bournemouth (a small 10 mile drive from my home) to organise those blood tests and liaise with the research team in London.

What can I say again!

Totally focused appropriate care.

I could add other personal help given but I HOPE I have made my point.

I can’t of course speak for Oncology Departments elsewhere but I expect they are similar in approach.

The story continues of course – but there are two final points I would like to make.

 

‘THE’ Scan

The treatment for my cancer started in November and as you have seen above I had a few things to get ticked off and sorted.   

Big QUESTION – especially as I am on a clinical trial – IS IT WORKING

Last week I had a scan which is the only way to find out.  

It is very early days but the report from the scan was really encouraging – no tumour growth or spread!  We are not looking for cure of the tumour that is there – the objective is to get it under control.

Of course all cancer patients – no matter what treatment they are receiving all have the same wait and expecatation for good results.    Not EASY !

We just all have to be very patient in waiting for those results

 

 

A Final Comment – Kindness

I have been to Poole Oncology Unit,   Bournemouth Oncology Unit and of course my main treatment Oncology Department at the Royal Free Hospital in London with my medical team led by Dr Boletti. 

In all cases they were professional and positive with hard working staff.   Somehow they always made time for all of the patients – never seeming to tire from their questions.

I could go on and on, BUT I won’t.

They were always professional – giving caring attention – and giving more than can be expected. 

The cancer treatment cycles in the Oncology units I have used are full of staff showing TRUE KINDNESS.  That is amazing if you can imagine that this is in very busy and demanding clinics and day care wards.  I appreciate all of this support with my thanks to them all.   I really must add personal thank you.

My special thanks to my research nurse Anna Pejnovic who has been my real link and kept me incredibly well informed.  Thanks Anna!!

 

Cancer Screening Not Keeping Track With Cures

Cancer Screening Not Keeping Track With Cures

Cancer Screening Take Up Rates Are Falling.

I am feeling well.   YES – I AM FEELING WELL – VERY WELL AND I have cancer!

It has been strange for me this year as I learned in February that I have a tumour with some smaller deposits in my abdomen and in my lungs.

Why Strange?

Well because here we are in November and I still have not got any symptoms and YES I am still feeling well – even though my treatment has now started.

No symptoms – but a secret, silent, hidden cancer.

I will tell you my story below – but first of all let me explain why I am writing this blog.

[The figures I quote in this blog are from UK studies]

50% of Briton’s will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes.  So this is an issue which will affect every family.

But even with this alarming statistic I read this in the paper this week: levels for breast cancer screening are at their lowest for a decade according to NHS digital data.  NHS figures showed uptake of screening checks for cervical cancer fell for the fourth year to hit 71.4% in 2017-18.

What a crying shame as early cancer diagnosis makes all the difference to treatment outcome.

In fact – UK cancer survival rates have fallen to the bottom half of world league tables for seven cancers and only come in the top 10 for two.

This is really disturbing when you look at what is possible with early detection and screening.

A pilot program in Manchester recently scanned more than 2500 people in three deprived areas of the city where lung cancer is more prevalent and discovered 46 cases of cancer. Of these 80% were early stage one, the scheme funded by the Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups and Macmillan Cancer Support has quadrupled the early diagnosis rates for lung cancer in Manchester

https://www.raconteur.net/healthcare/early-diagnosis-cancer

The difficulty is that the majority of cancers present with vague symptoms and are much more likely to be something else.

  • headaches are rarely brain tumors,
  • abdominal pains, rarely bowel cancer,
  • lower back pain and tightness, rarely, kidney cancer

GPs (doctors) are gatekeepers and have to decide which merit urgent investigation. Money and politics get in the way!  Why the GP practices are not working well to achieve good fast referrals will be for another blog.

This week, the former National Director of cancer Professor Sir Mike Richardson published a report on how NHS treatment could be transformed and speeded up. It is driven by the new understanding that delays of a few months really matter.   It requires a radical rethink, including investment in many more machines and staff so that diagnostic tests can be done far more rapidly alerting people to the importance of having their symptoms seen at the earliest point, more screening and specialist cancer centers and pushing GPs to refer anyone whose chance of cancer is higher than 3%.

Let Me Tell You My Story Which Has a Quirky Twist and a Touch of Romance.

I had cancer of the kidney five years ago, which I discovered through finding blood in my urine. So I had a clear symptom and followed up right away. I had that kidney removed and have been for yearly follow up since.

This year was the fifth anniversary, and in February I went along to see my consultant surgeon, Mr Wedderburn at Bournemouth hospital.

All was looking good – bloods were fine, my renal function from the remaining kidney was good. I felt well. So Mr Wedderburn said that he would get a scan done and if that was ok I could be discharged from his care.

Three days after I had the scan a letter arrived with an appointment (I nearly wrote invitation :-)) to see the consultant. It had been two years since my previous scan and a tumour had not been apparent at all then. However now two years later there was a growth near to where the kidney was originally – but also there were some new small deposits including in my lungs.

The thing to stress is that from that day in February right through to this day in November – I have had no indication or symptoms that anything is wrong. Everything normal, pilates classes, badminton and daily walks all carried on as usual. A strange situation really – knowing you have cancer but totally well. A fortunate scan giving earlier warning and earlier treatment.

Isn’t Life Strange – Location – Randomisation – ROMANCE thrown in.

Bournemouth – 5 miles from home

My starting point was locally. I was referred to Dr Delgart an Oncologist at Bournemouth.

In a nutshell – the cancer cells that I have are papillary. Now that apparently is not good as clear cancer cells respond more easily to the standard treatment currently available. Trust me to have the wrong sort!

However the doctors world being very research based meant that Dr Geldart had colleagues working elsewhere that were doing clinical research into the papillary cells that I have.

Southampton – 30 miles from home

So from Bournemouth – I was referred to Dr Wheater in Southampton  where they were hoping to start the new clinical trial in September.

The study has a great name SUNNIFORECAST which is a European randomised phase 2 study of Sunitinub/Ipilumumab immunitherapy. Basically attacking the tumours with two antibodies at the same time.

I had another scan arranged for September and with a bit of luck I would meet all the right criteria (checking other things medically such as my heart background – heart attack and stroke in the past!) That scan showed that the tumour was growing slowly.

However a disappointment. In September it became clear that the clinical trial was not going to start till next year.

BUT here was the big surprise for me!

Dr Wheater also had a colleague who was going to start the Clinical Study in London at the Royal Free Hospital and that had the go ahead to start in November.

Royal Free Hospital – Hampstead, London – 120 miles from home

The Royal Free is a 120 mile journey from my home in Poole – but the thing that made it attractive was because I had worked there for four years as a Charge Nurse on a Surgical Ward in the 1970s.
AND
I had also met my wife Barbara there as she was a student nurse when I first got to know her. She came to work on my ward as a staff nurse when she finished her training and – well – I was her boss then. (Guess she is the boss now).  Love her.

Anyway it is an area of London we both love. I was due to start my treatment at the Royal Free on Monday and so we made a weekend of it.  We spent last weekend around Hampstead and the picture is me and Babs with our daughter Zoe and a friend of hers.

My Clinical Trial For a New Combination Of Immunotherapy Infusions.

Doctor Boleti is my new Oncologist and she has a terrific team at the Royal Free. My real champion has been the renal cancer research nurse Anna Pejovik who has arranged tight schedules for investigations and frankly everything!!

I had one concern because there is a slight lottery about all of this.

It is a randomised trial and there is a chance that you will be selected for the old treatment rather than the new therapy. I prayed that the computer would pull my name out and it did. A week ago Anna rang me to say that I would be getting the new combination immunotherapy and it would start on Monday.

After the treatment on Monday all has been well. No side effects to date!  AND Yes I am Feeling Well!

I Am Telling My Story Here For a Couple of Reasons.

1. Cancer Treatment is changing fast and Immunotherapy is the name of the game.

My journey over just a few months show how much is changing and new treatments are emerging all of the time. Dr Boleti told me that dealing with cancer is like control of any chronic condition, and that most people will die from some other cause.

In last weekends Times Supplement there was an article about James Allison who was one of the first research scientists looking into Immunotherapy.

The long article was entitled (which I can’t give you the URL link because it is a paid subscription)

‘Immunotherapy could revolutionise care for cancer patients. So is this the end of chemotherapy as we know it?’

Quote from Times Article:

Cut, burn, poison, aka surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, were the options for cancer sufferers. But one man had other ideas. James Allison pursued his belief in immunotherapy for years when the medical world was doubtful. No longer. Last month he won the Nobel prize for medicine (with help from his brilliant colleagues and brainy wife – Dr Sharma). Now his research is changing everything we know about treating cancer.

What do I owe this man and his team?

And yes, it is quite amazing that treatments like the chemotherapy treatments (which I was involved with at times in my nursing days)  that we hear about from the past, which were pretty onerous and very toxic drugs – have now been replaced by much better treatments.

2. Cancer Screening

I was lucky because my original cancer was obvious because of the bleeding. The cancer this time was not obvious but post surgery after care highlighted the problem.

So I got my scan 9 months ago and the secret, silent, hidden cancer was revealed.   If my cancer had got to the stage where I was showing symptoms  … need I say more.

The answer is to really improve our screening rates. Get those take up figures rising.

Depending on your age, sex, occupation – there are various screening checks available.   PLEASE seek them out and give yourself a better chance of picking up any issues early.

Cancer Screening picks up the problems before symptoms occur and at an early stage where the treatment and control will have a better chance to work.  The solutions and treatments are improving daily.

Big Letters to Shout Again – KEEP YOUR SCREENING UP TO DATE!

Please share this blog message – it is so important to emphasise the need for early access.

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