Gabby's Blog

The Joy of Dancing: The Many Health Benefits of Hitting the Dance Floor

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I’m still basking in the sheer joy of a wonderful night out in Liverpool with some of my girlfriends.

We went to celebrate Carol’s 65th birthday, she is a rock chick, loves her metal and rock music, so I was surprised and delighted when she chose a night out with ‘Disco for Grown Ups’, 70s, 80s and 90s dance music, with a DJ and dancers on stage. I have seen more and more of these events advertised online, Love Train is a favourite of mine too.

My kind of music! I love Nile Rogers and Chic, Siste…

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Less of the judgement please - no prizes for being a 'Trooper'


Cancer patients and survivors have enough to deal with already. What we really don’t need is some hack telling us we need to show up. 

Much controversy here in the UK this week, after Catherine, Princess of Wales attended the Trooping of the Colour parade (no I’m not sure what that’s all about either, lots of horses, Royal family and soldiers in the rain) in London.

After months of chemotherapy, and being away from the public eye, her appearance as always was scrutinised.

Whatever you think of the …

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How to Stop the Fear of Cancer Recurrence

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As a 16 year Inflammatory Breast Cancer survivor and confidence coach, the most frequently asked questions I get are

Do you ever stop living in fear of cancer coming back?

What can you do if you are constantly worried about your cancer recurrence?

How can you have hope when the future seems so uncertain?

Here are my 3 top tips, part of my anti cancer lifestyle and I want to show you how you can eliminate that fear, because I believe that living in fear is not really living. That fear and dre…

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50 Ways to Lift Your Mood

50 ways to lift your mood

Feeling down during the winter months is a common experience for many people and is often associated with a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). For many others it's not so much a condition, more of a feeling that life can be hard, and lacking enjoyment. 

Changing our habits and lifting ourselves up might seem appealing,  but lack of energy and motivation can make that seem difficult. 

When I work with clients who struggle to motivate themselves, I would never tell them what t…

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Lifestyle Choices That Could Lower the Risk of All Cancers

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A recent comprehensive study conducted by Newcastle University, involving over 90,000 British adults, has unveiled seven key lifestyle adjustments that can significantly diminish the risk of cancer. The study, published in BMC Medicine, focused on the correlation between adherence to specific guidelines and cancer risk, utilizing data from participants aged around 56. The subjects were evaluated based on their adherence to the 2018 guidelines from the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) and the Am…

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Post traumatic Growth – Is it Possible?

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In this week’s blog post I’m reflecting on a conversation I had with the fabulous Karin Del Maestro. Like me she is a coach who supports people when cancer treatment ends.

We had so much in common, not just a breast cancer diagnosis, but we both used our time when treatment was over to reflect on how we had been living.

No judgement, no regrets, just accepting and understanding the mistakes that we had made, and curiosity about how we had gone from feeling like we were in control of our busy …

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Resilience Redefined: Women Returning to the Workplace after Cancer

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Life has a way of throwing curveballs at us when we least expect it. For many women, one such curveball is a cancer diagnosis. The journey from diagnosis to recovery is challenging, physically and emotionally. But what happens when the battle is over, and it's time to return to the workplace? This blog explores the aspects to consider for women who have faced cancer head-on and emerged stronger, ready to rejoin the workforce.

  1. The trauma of diagnosis and treatment

A cancer diagno…

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October Triggers for Breast Cancer Survivors - Navigating Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month, observed every October, is a significant time for raising awareness about breast cancer, promoting early detection, and supporting survivors. While it's a vital period for educating the public about this widespread disease, it can also be a triggering and emotionally challenging time for breast cancer survivors. In this blog, we will explore some of the October triggers for breast cancer survivors and offer strategies to help them navigate this month with grace and…

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3 Tips for Stress Management

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Hello there, I hope this finds you well. This week, I'm going to talk about a subject I've posted about before, which is stress management. I've talked before about how for cancer prevention and looking after yourself after a cancer diagnosis, managing your stress is one of the best things that you can do for yourself. If you are a cancer survivor, as most of my readers are, none of us probably know exactly what caused our cancer. But you can bet your life most people I speak to will tell me at …

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Rainy Days Bring You Down? Here's What to Do

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Talkin' to myself and feelin' old
Sometimes I'd like to quit, nothin' ever seems to fit
Hangin' around
Nothin' to do but frown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down
What I've got, they used to call the blues
Nothin' is really wrong, feelin' like I don't belong
Walkin' around
Some kind of lonely clown
Rainy days and Mondays always get me down
The Carpenters

I’m all about learning to dance in the rain, but when it’s wet and gloomy, it can be hard to stay cheerful all the time.  

Living with rainy weat…

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