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Well-Being During Treatment and Beyond

Oh, what a lot of conflicting advice - can you have a massage or can't you? Some yoga is good - or is it? How many types of yoga are there and what is the difference? How can positive thinking, indian head massage and reflexology help? Does physio help with post-operative recovery and should your hospital refer you to physio? We hope to guide you through the masses of information and give you the best bits to share with your medical team. Our writers are experts in their field and they have done the research so you don't have to. You will find information on well-being and complementary therapies and their safe use during treatment for cancer and beyond in these pages. 

Andrea Hemingway

Andrea Hemingway MSc MCSP HCPC is a Chartered Physiotherapist who has been qualified since 1996. She trained at Manchester University and then went on to study for a MSc at MMU. She has a wide and varied CV having trained and initially worked in the NHS. She has since worked with the English Institute of Sport, The Lawn Tennis Association and Burnley Football Club. She teaches physiotherapy at Masters Level and currently runs a private practice. She treats patients with a wide range of conditions and from many age groups. 

Andrea writes for well-being and runs regular 'Ask the Physio' sessions here. Her aim is to help you reagin posture, poise and dignity as you recover from treatment.

Gloria Halim

Gloria Halim is the author of Healing Foods Healthy Foods and a holistic health coach. She trained at Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York and is certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners (AADP). Gloria is a member of the International Association for Health Coaches (IAHC). She supports and coaches women healing from treatment and those who want to improve their health. Gloria writes for us on subjects as diverse as making sure you get a good night's sleep to her favourite smoothie recipes. She is determined to help all get well and stay well. 

Maggie Brown

Maggie is a registered Acupuncturist and member of the British Acupuncture Council. She grew up in Somerset, in a home immersed in everything natural; food from the garden, medicines from her mother’s herb garden.  As much as she can, Maggie aims to create the same for her daughters. Maggie has a thriving facial acupuncture practice in Primrose Hill and works to make women beautiful through the use of acupuncture, facial oils and therapeutic teas.

Maggie writes for Beauty Despite Cancer on matters beauty and well-being, often adding a few well-chosen herbs to the mix.

Beverley Sarstedt

Beverley has a varied background including nutritional therapy, dance and pharmaceuticals. Beverley hopes to uncover and unravel some up to date and life changing information from the Pharmaceutical, Natural, Definitely Nutritional and even the Dance Arts in the hope of supporting women who despite their illness just want to remain healthy, happy and beautiful!