It was probably about a year ago that I first heard of Sophie Trew. It was a patient on a Facebook group (Sarcoma Patients Exploring Integrative Medicine) who told me about Trew Fields Festival and recommended I connect with Sophie, and earlier this year I interviewed her for this blog (see our interview in May here).
This weekend past was Trew Fields season #3 and I went along to learn and connect and soak up the atmosphere, but what I wasn’t prepared for was the big shifts I’d have personally. More about that later.
But first, I want to give you a quick rundown of the major highlights for me, along with the key insights and lessons learned.
Keto - fad, fake or breakthrough?
The first speaker on the cancer awareness stage was Rob Verkerk of Alliance for National Health, speaking about keto - not “the ketogenic diet” (although that was part of it), but rather, the notion that we as a society don’t activate ketosis nearly enough these days.
In recent weeks, a number of people have asked me what I think about mindset and cancer, and this has got me thinking about the impact mindset may have on a patient’s prognosis.
I’m not much of a Twitter-er, to be very honest with you. I think it’s a confusing social media platform (IMHO!) and I just find it all a bit overwhelming. But now and again, I receive a notification that someone who I may have previously interacted with has tweeted something.
Sometimes I’m drawn in to take a closer look, and on one occasion very recently this was the case.
Somebody living with terminal cancer had read an article in which the author’s turn of phrase really upset her. The author of the article had written something about having “beautifully navigated” cancer and survived.
The author of the Tweet, however, had felt that the phrase inferred that if you were terminal, you somehow hadn’t “beautifully navigated” your cancer experience....