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A healthier “low toxin” lifestyle is now
easier than ever but you have to make a
commitment. I’m committed to my health
but mostly I’m committed to my mental
health and wellbeing, which in turns creates
a healthier me.
While my oncologist thought I did
amazingly well during treatment I was
surprised no one really talked about diet or
immunity or any changes you should make,
which I found ver y frustrating.
So I did a lot of research myself and
looked at ever ything from an alkaline
diet to Chinese herbal medicines, Reiki,
acupuncture and more.
I learnt a lot about inf lammation and
know what to do to keep my body healthy.
The oncology department had a
dietician chat with me but I wasn’t
impressed with anything she had to say and
felt the information came purely from a
text book that didn’t have any answers to my
Mia Cassin, longtime Media
Manager for True Solutions*, was
diagnosed with breast cancer in
had a lumpectomy within a week of
diagnosis and then started chemo in the
November for five months and had a
month of radiation.
I’m now on Tamoxifen [a generic
pharmaceutical drug that blocks the actions
of oestrogen and is used to treat and prevent
some types of breast cancer] for 10 years.
It was such an emotional rollercoaster. I
was a mum of three young boys – they are
now 11, 16 and 19 – and all I could think
was: “What happens if I die? Kids need
Losing my hair was one thing but then
losing lashes and brows too was devastating. I
felt ugly and looked sick once these dropped
out - you really look unwell once you lose
these little hairs that define your face.
I was bloated from the steroids but I was
surrounded by such a great network that I
rarely broke down about my looks.
I mastered how to draw a brow and the
magic of eyeliner to make it look like I had
lashes. I also had the most fabulous wig.
Prior to my diagnosis I was a busy
working mum and had a fairly normal
lifestyle; exercised, ate relatively healthily
but I would say I was a “stress head”.
It’s just the way life is when you’ve got
young kids and a career and a house to keep.
I thought everything had to be perfect
and we all know that this leads to a very
stressful way of life, so I personally feel
stress had a lot to do with my diagnosis.
From my research, inflammation in the
body can create cell changes. This is just
my personal opinion and something I’ve
worked ver y hard on changing.
My mother was diagnosed two years
prior to me but they don’t see that as being a
‘hereditary cancer’ as there’s only been the
two of us diagnosed – hopefully no one else is!
I think we are exposed to so many toxins
these days that this does contribute to
the inflammation of cells causing change
within the body.
In terms of lowering toxin levels, there’s
lots of natural/organic products and stores
It’s easier for us to find a healthier (low
tox) alternative than ever before. It does
come at a higher price – but what price
good health and life?
stress like I once did. I get out in the fresh
air and keep myself as grounded as I can.
I’m busier than ever with work, life and a
charity I run each year, but somehow I do it
all mostly stress free – I’m a changed woman!
The biggest thing I learnt from cancer/
treatment was to like and love myself - and
also how loved I was.
Post-treatment I was given a number
of media opportunities to talk about my
experience: after watching a video inter view
I did it really changed me.
I now worr y less about the little things
and much more about what makes me happy.
* Over the past 25 years, Australia’s True
Solutions International has become a leading
anti-ageing, wellness and medi spa supplier to
the professional aesthetics market, distributing
cosmeceutical brands, aromatherapy, organic
skincare, suncare products and LED devices.
When Sylvie Hutchings was
diagnosed with Hodgkins
Lymphoma in 2013, she was
juggling her company Scout
Cosmetics* with being a busy
mum of three boys.
We had earlier that year moved back to
Sydney after a short stint living in Melbourne.
About three months prior to my diagnosis
I was experiencing back pain thatgot
progressively worse and was not helped by
medical or physiotherapy treatment.
I started to lose a noticeable amount of
weight and felt slightly tired at times.
For a while I continued to work, exercise
three times a week and look after the boys
and their busy lives.
When I was finally diagnosed and a
treatment plan was devised, I remember
sitting in the doctor’s office and him gently
thing I learnt
to like and love
myself - and also
how loved I was.
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