Healing from Cancer, a Harley and Nature with Noel

Could you imagine putting off a medical checkup for three years while trying to support your wife and family? Then finding out you have cancer and it is serious.

Imagine fighting it until you don’t feel that you have anything left to give, surgery, chemo, radiation, an Ostomy, and sickness……… then losing your wife to divorce. Most of us fear cancer, fear the struggle that comes with sickness and for good reason, cancer kills.

Noel shares his story for the first time, the good and the bad, the raw truth. His life today is inspiring, offers hope that healing and happiness are possible. Find out how he healed from cancer and went on to work a full-time job, ride a Harley and find a life of camping and enjoying nature.

Noel lost both his parents and his step-mother of cancer, his childhood friend of 40 years to Leukaemia as well as his friends’ son. He has a lot of wisdom on cancer as well as his own experience with it.

You can hear the entire audio interview on the Podcast: Here 

Noel’s 12-year-old son was hit by an RV and put on life support. They chose as a family not to donate his body parts to others, and he died. Now Noel is helping other people by encouraging them to keep on going.

I asked him if he has a lot of anger, and he said it is more like a depression. He goes in it for a while when someone criticizes him but he is overcoming it victoriously.

He said people tried keeping him down and it was a struggle to keep his positive outlook. He hopes this interview encourages others to fight on in the battle of life as well as if you get an Ostomy.

Faith

The faith of the Lord helped Noel. He was told during chemo that faith helps, they don’t know why they just know it does. Noel loves God.

Noel was asked by his friend that passed away from Leukaemia how he kept his head up and kept going. Noel said God wants him to keep going so he keeps on going.

To this day, Noel worries about his two children. He lost a sibling when he was young and knows how it feels. He has faith God will take care of him.

Noel shoved his appointments off for two years even though he was bleeding from his backside. Had he gone sooner, the Cancer would not have spread to his lymphoids.

He had 36 treatments of Chemotherapy, 36 days of radiation straight and halfway through it dropped him. He prayed to God to help him out and didn’t know if it would get any better.

He found himself crying on the bathroom floor alone. (Second Chancer’s this comes up a lot on the show. The people we thought would support often can’t)

Noel tells us his kids didn’t support him then and although things didn’t work out in his marriage, he encouraged them to be with their Mother. As Noel lost his Mom at 19 he wanted his kids to have their Mom.

He lost contact for 6 years with his kids, but now they are in his life and they accept him as he is.

Biking and Photography

Noel is a biker and he loves to ride.  He rode for 9 hours to sleep under the great starry sky, then drove back 9 hours. He loves to camp, fish and take photos of animals and nature. Here is a beautiful picture he sent us of Gooseberry Falls!

6 Ostomy Tips and Hacks

  1. Education, Noel attends fairs, cancer meetings and reads up on products
  2. Using pouches for work and outings with filters when necessary
  3. Eat nutritiously and keep your weight down
  4. Plan your meals around your activities leaving lots of time after you eat
  5. Learn the foods you can eat and the ones you can blend
  6. Budget for medical expenses

*Noel shared a very vulnerable story to show us that accidents happen. When he was in a gas station washroom his bag spilled on the floor. He offered to clean it up, but the attendant did.

Accidents will happen, and that is ok. Thank God for Grace!!

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No You Cant’cer with Melissa Marshall

Melissa Marshall, of the, No You Cant’cer Foundation,  was diagnosed with stage III Colorectal Cancer and ended up receiving a colostomy bag in 2013. This meant that, for the rest of her life, she would be living with an ostomy bag.

Today she is here to share her journey through this difficult time and the beautiful story of how she defeated Cancer and created the No You Cant’cer Foundation.  She was able to overcome the odds, and return to her singing career.

Melissa Marshal is from North Miami beach in  Florida. She is a singer, dancer, entertainer,   performer and song writer. Melissa has performed for over 30 years now, in most of the casinos in Atlantic City.

Discovering Cancer

Melissa was going to need a hip replacement as the cartilage had worn down, likely from dancing. She had just turned 50 and was about 3 1/2 weeks away from surgery.

She knew she had been rectally bleeding for over a year and had only spoken to her husband about it. They thought it was a hemorrhoids or something metabolic, never did she think it was cancer.

A light bulb went off and she had it checked out by a Colorectal surgeon recommended by her OB. She told the doctor what was going on and then had a test done right then and there.

The next moment, she told Melissa that she had a very large mass very low down leaning against her rectum. With in 10 minutes, she had a prescription to go for 4 tests in 5 days. She left her office and called her husband and told him she thought she thought she had cancer.

Her husband was in disbelief and didn’t think it could be.

Next, she went for a colonoscopy and was under for over two hours. The doctor had to cut away the tumour and had she not, Melissa tells us she wouldn’t be here today.

Melissa urges anyone that has experienced rectal bleeding, goes and gets checked out by a doctor.

The Journey To Treat Cancer

Everything was sent for testing and in 4 days Melissa received the call it was cancer and she would have to have a colostomy bag and would likely never be able to regain control of her Sphincter.

The scariest part, was that Melissa didn’t know if she would be able to sing again. The muscles needed to be cut and this caused a lot of pain and made for a long recovery.

She spent 13 days in the hospital, and opens up to us that she was in a lot of shock.

Listen to the rest of her inspiring story here to hear her journey and path to healing.

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Website       noyoucantcerfoundation.org 
Twitter        @NoYouCantcer
                      

Guest Post by Chloe Pearson: Reducing the Risk of Suicide in People Battling Cancer

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Chloe Pearson shares her personal story about her Uncles battle with cancer. As she tells us about his own struggle she shares some very valuable resources on mental health and how to identify early warning signs.

Guest Post: Reducing the Risk of Suicide in People Battling Cancer

When my uncle was diagnosed with cancer, a few years ago, I watched one of my favorite family members slip away. Not just because he lost weight from the chemotherapy, but because he seemed to have lost much of his spirit, too. He’d always taught me how to find the little joys in life, but it was clear to me that he was unable to do that for himself anymore. I encouraged him to try meditation and yoga, but ultimately it was the guidance of a licensed therapist who helped my uncle sort through his feelings of devastation and powerlessness. I’m forever grateful to his therapist for giving my uncle the strength to keep fighting, and for helping him find his way back to happiness.

The risk of suicide among people battling cancer is very real. From pain to unpleasant side effects from chemotherapy and other treatments, as well as the impacts of cancer on a person’s mental health, battling cancer is an all-encompassing effort. While it’s common for people fighting cancer to become depressed and anxious, treating the whole person is the key to reducing the risk of suicide.

Mental Health Counseling Aids Long-Term Recovery

Mental health counseling is a valuable component of a cancer treatment plan. While treating the disease that afflicts the body improves survival rates, the toll that cancer can take on a person’s mental health can have damaging impacts on both short and long-term survival. In cases of aggressive disease with minimal long-term survival rates, patients suffering from cancer sometimes consider suicide as a way to end their suffering. They may also contemplate suicide if they feel as though their disease makes them a burden on the people they care about.

It’s a common belief that a positive attitude and optimistic outlook helps people battle cancer successfully. Yet fighting for one’s life against an aggressive disease makes it difficult to maintain a positive attitude, particularly when enduring treatments with unpleasant side effects. Mental health counseling helps people battling cancer cope with the unpleasant aspects of treatment and cultivates the mental well-being that provides resilience in the worst of circumstances.

Avoiding Addiction to Reduce Suicide Risk

When addiction rears its ugly head while you’re already in the midst of the fight of your life, your reliance on pain medication or other substances may seem inconsequential. But a healthy body and mind is one of the best weapons in your arsenal in your battle against cancer. Addiction increases the risk of suicide particularly for people who are also suffering from another illness, be it a mental illness such as depression or anxiety or a disease such as cancer.

Managing pain is an important facet of treating cancer, but clinicians must be mindful of the potential for addiction in their patients. Careful prescribing habits, patient compliance, and open communication between physician, patient, and therapists is the best approach for effective pain management while minimizing the risk of addiction.

Support Systems Can Help Identify Warning Signs and Boost Mental Health

In addition to having a positive mental attitude, people suffering from cancer benefit greatly from strong support systems consisting of family and friends as well as healthcare providers. These support systems not only help to boost the patient’s self-esteem and help them to maintain a positive outlook, but they can also help to identify potential warning signs of depression and suicidal thoughts that may not be obvious to clinicians.

Paying attention to the psychological elements of battling cancer such as anxiety, depression, and stress is important, yet surprisingly many people battling cancer who have had suicidal thoughts don’t show any other obvious signs of depression. That’s why the family support system is so valuable; physicians see their patients in shorter durations and different settings in which the warning signs may not be easily identified. Family members who notice even subtle changes can be a lifesaver when they take action to ensure that their loved one’s health providers are aware of subtle changes in mood and personality that may indicate depression or suicidal ideation.

Battling a life-threatening disease is often the biggest challenge anyone may face in their lifetime. As people battling cancer become acutely aware of their own mortality while suffering tremendous pain and other symptoms, it’s not uncommon for them to contemplate suicide. By treating the whole person and ensuring that a strong support system is in place, the risk of suicide can be reduced among people battling cancer.

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You can find Chloe at http://consumerhealthlabs.com/

After Cancer What’s Next? with Louise Ennis

“After the rollercoaster ride of Chemotherapy, you’re told that you are healed. What’s Next?”

Her Second Chance Story

 Louise had just completed 4 years of university and began her dream job as a Dental Hygienist when she was given a cancer diagnosis and only 4 years to live without life-changing surgery.

In this interview, she courageously shares her story for the first time. Thank you for spending your time with us today, if this story brings you hope or inspiration please connect with Louise through the links below or share her story so it may reach many others.

Louise Ennis is a Self Discovery Coach and Solution Focused Hypnotherapist based in Llandudno, a seaside town in North Wales in the UK.

Her Worst Moment

She was tired and having stomach pain quite a lot and her Mom told her to go and get it checked out.

She was put on medical treatment for IBS and then it was found out on the follow-up, she had polyps in her stomach that were cancerous.

Her Dad told her not to worry, that everything was fine and going to be ok. She was Daddy’s little girl and believed him, and he was right, everything was really ok.

It was stage 3 Cancer and her large bowel was removed. It took 5 years after, for the surgeon to tell her that the concern for it spreading to her liver was over. This was a real celebration point!!

Having Chemotherapy and Surgery was the worst point. She was not going to allow it to defeat her and she worked up until the last couple of treatments. Louise learned that it was all about having a positive mindset to get through.

You can listen to the entire interview on the Podcast: Here 

The Turnaround Point

As a stubborn child when she was young, she turned it into survivor mode. This helped her to get through. Tragically, her Mom suddenly passed away and she had to work through a lot of grief.

She began to run, starting one night while waiting for the bus. She signed up for the London Marathon and stuck to the training plan and completed it, raising money for charity along the way.

She speaks about the powerful healing running had to help her get through all the emotion from losing her Mom.  

A Closer Look

What about you changed the most from this experience?

Louise found a love of yoga, running and living a life that is fulfilling. She began helping others that have physically healed from Cancer yet need support for the, What Now? Question.

What wisdom would you share you gained?

Helping others is very healing. It has made a huge difference in her life and she feels happy and blessed to share in being able to help them.

Hear the whole story by listening to the audio interview below!

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