Category Archives: Health Awareness

Bringing more Joy to ourselves and our world

After many years of sadness in my life, I finally broke through the cloud of fear and doubt and discovered that there was a better way to live. Over the past 15 years I have learned how to raise and sustain a higher vibration and have been living with much more joy and happiness. It’s wonderful to know that, whatever is going on around me in life – whether I am wobbling because of grief, fear or doubt – I always know how to bring myself back to love and joy.

We are all vibrating energy. As I am sure you can understand, Joy and Love vibrate on a high and wonderful level, whereas the emotions of grief, fear and doubt are very low vibrations and can cause us sickness and unhappiness.

I am thrilled to announce that I am now a recommended practitioner of the iiofJoy (International Instituere of Joy). They are a wonderful team of amazing people, dedicated to helping others to raise and sustain a joyful vibration. They do this through the provision of information on events, courses and services to their mailing list and members.

Think of them as the ‘Internet of Joyful People, Services and Things.’

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Photo from the iiofjoy website

Each person has a frequency, a personal note or sound and a colour. This is known as an energy signature. A unique fingerprint in this wonderful universe.

 

 

Claim your free taster session on the pre-course worth £350! 

In 2016, iiofJoy are giving away 1000’s of free taster sessions on their Holistic Life Success Skills pre-course, which is worth £350!

You can get a place on the whole 6-module course when you become a JOY, JOYFUL or BLISS member. Use the Launch Discount CodeJOY2016J to get half price membership until March 2016. Alternatively you can claim one FREE taster session by signing up to their FREE mailing list. There is no limit to how many places will be offered, so share the JOY and tell your friends and family!

Go to the iiofJoy website to Find our more here

 

Help to change the law on Assisted Dying

Mum’s story on Youtube

I have just sent a letter to the politicians via http://www.yesuntiltheend.co.uk/ . This is an important issue and the law NEEDS TO CHANGE.
Please click on the link, watch the short video and then click YES to send the letter.
This is my letter, personalised.

Dear leader,

I am writing to let you know I support the Assisted Dying Bill and I want this government, and any future government, to allow time for this issue to be fully debated in the House of Commons.

Parliament needs to act on assisted dying to ensure that fewer dying adults – and their families – face unnecessary suffering at the end of their lives.

Assisted dying, limited to terminally ill, mentally competent adults, should be an option alongside access to good quality end-of-life care. We need a compassionate, strictly safeguarded and clear approach to suffering at the end of life.

It cannot be right that individuals have to take their plight to the courts, or into their own hands without the advice and support of healthcare professionals. A change in the law would bring clarity to the law and provide safety and security for the terminally ill and healthcare professionals.

Above all it will give dying adults peace of mind that the choice of assisted dying is available if their suffering becomes too great for them in their final months of life.

Without a change in the law, terminally ill patients will continue to take decisions without adequate safeguards, whether by travelling to Dignitas to die, ending their lives themselves, or being illegally helped to die by doctors.

The state of Oregon passed an assisted dying law in 1997. There have been no cases of abuse and no calls to extend the law beyond terminal illness. According to Ann Jackson, Executive Director of Oregon Hospice Association from 1988 to 2008, assisted dying “. . .has been responsibly implemented with none of the predicted dire consequences.”

My view is that there is no reason a similar law cannot work safely in the UK.

Two of my brothers had Huntington’s disease (as well as my father and my aunt). One of my brothers lived until this terrible disease finally killed him; not being able to walk, talk, feed himself or even swallow. He was doubly incontinent and had no quality of life. My other brother, Nigel Goodman, did not want to live to become so trapped in his body and suffering in this way. He begged his family and friends to be with him at his death and to help to end his suffering. My Mum assisted his suicide and was initially charged with murder and then aiding and abetting a suicide. She was very alone and she broke the law because Nigel was suffering and he did not want to die alone. The Assisted Dying bill would not have helped her but because of my story I have had many, many people express their views to me of how their hands were tied when their suffering loved ones begged them to help them end their suffering at the end of their lives. How can we be so cruel as to just say, “I’m sorry, I can’t help  you.”

 I am a holistic therapist and I work in various care-homes. I work with people with locked in syndrome and with MS patients, dementia and other conditions. I see how much love is around these people and that some of them have some sort of quality of life. But this is about CHOICE at the END OF LIFE. The law in Oregon is not abused. With proper safeguards in place we can move forward to be loving people who care as much about a good death as a good life.

Who are we to tell individual people, suffering from a terminal illness, that they have to live and get on with it? We are not God. Each individual case is different. It’s about choice. It’s about human love, kindness and empathy. Please listen to the people.

My view is shared by the overwhelming majority of the British public: “The statistically robust British Social Attitudes survey suggests that a substantial majority of people agree the law should be changed so that terminally ill, if not other people can be assisted to end their own lives.

There have been several other surveys of varied statistical merit but none of these has reported a majority opposed to change” (Ministry of Justice, May 2014)

I believe it is time for Parliament to act, and for the main political parties to show leadership. I would be very interested in hearing your views on a much needed change in the law.

Kind Regards

Deborah Goodman

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Landmark Lecture at Bromley College, Orpington Campus

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I was thrilled to be invited by the principal of Bromley College, Sam Parrett, to speak to their students about my experience with Huntington’s disease and to have a Question and Answer session on dying with dignity.

WP_002862Bromley College launched their Landmark Lecture programme on 18th October 2012 and I feel honored to have been invited to speak at the Orpington campus recently, on 30th January 2014.

Psychology lecturer, Stephen Elworthy gave a presentation on the origins of Huntington’s disease and showed a video of Nancy Wexler’s amazing work in Venezuela. Mrs Parrett then introduced me with what I can only describe as a ‘big up’! She praised me for my charity work, my treks and my book, which she has read and enjoyed. I must admit, I got quite emotional as I listened to her kind words about me.
WP_002852My lecture was well received and I managed to get through it without too much of a problem. I did get a bit choked up a couple of times and a student in the front row was very emotional too. Thankfully Mr Elworthy was on hand with the tissues! I almost managed to break the microphone as I forgot the battery pack was resting on the lectern. As I walked away from it to pick up a book, the pack flew off of its resting place and fell on the floor, splitting open and throwing the batterys across the room. Oh dear, and the whole lecture was being videoed.

We had a short break and returned for a Q & A on Dying with Dignity. I spoke about Lord Falconer’s assisted dying bill and explained whDeborah Goodman photo2 low resat it would and would not cover. Many of the concerns from the audience were about people who have been diagnosed with a terminal illness who want to die before the illness gets too difficult for them to cope with. The questions were also about people who were no longer competent to make that choice for themselves. There seemed to be a strong view that these people should be allowed to end their lives.

I totally understand and agree with their concerns and Lord Falconer’s assisted dying bill does not cover this. But the bill is a step in the right direction and I hope and pray that the law is changed.

The assisted dying bill WOULD

  • Provide safeguarded choice and control to terminally ill adults and prevent prolonged suffering among these dying adults who want to have choice over how and when they die.
  • Ensure that terminally ill adults who have assistance to die do so having met clear pre-determined criteria and have explored all their alternatives; rather than as at present, in secret, when checks are only made after someone dies (as set out in the prosecuting policy on assisted suicide).

 The assisted dying bill WOULD NOT

  • Legalise assisted suicide for people who are not dying (for example disabled people or older people).
  • Legalise voluntary euthanasia where a doctor administers the life-ending medication. Under the Assisted Dying Bill the person choosing an assistance to die would take the final action to end their life, by taking a prescribed life-ending medication.
  • Legalise a system where the person being directly helped to die is no longer competent to make that choice for themselves. This Assisted Dying Bill would only apply to adults with mental capacity both at the time of their request and at the time of their death.

I am a member of Dignity in Dying, a national campaign and membership organisation with over 25,000 active supporters campaigning to legalise assisted dying, within upfront safeguards, for terminally ill, mentally competent adults.
Please join the campaign – go to http://www.dignityindying.org.uk

WP_002857The session ended with the signing of some books and a couple of photos for a press release. I was presented with the most gorgeous paperweight by the college as a mark of their gratitude, which I love and will display with pride. A couple of the students came up to me with a big hug to share, which was lovely, and two of the colleges professors (I think that’s what they call college teachers, or is it Lecturers?) congratulated me on my talk and suggested that they would like me to speak to their students, so watch this space, I hope to be invited back again 🙂

The college has purchased a few copies of my book, Hummingbird, for its library.

Hummingbird book is available on Amazon. http://amzn.to/17egMgv Bromley college 2The college is writing a press release and below are comments from two of the students who are both studying on the Level 3 Health & Social Care course.

“Deborah’s story was eye opening, heart-warming and emotional – I hung on her every word! I want to work in nursing and I’ve learnt so much from Deborah today about Huntington’s Disease.” Siobhan
“It made me realise the ins and outs of Huntington’s Disease and how it is passed on through families. I hope to use this knowledge in my work placement with people with disabilities.” Jade

 

 

Fighting a winning war against cancer

Fighting a winning war against cancer

Two weeks ago I attended the funeral of my mums cousin, aunty Dod. At the funeral, I met with another cousin of my Mums and his wife, Janet. Eleven years ago Janet was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Yes, that’s right, I did say ELEVEN YEARS AGO! Meeting her two weeks ago she says she is on medication but honestly, she looked and sounded perfectly fine to me!

This is what Janet said about her cancer on a chat site in 2009.

‘2003 “I have bad news for you” were the words that introduced me to the world of cancer. I was expecting to be told I had a gallstone. I felt cheated in fact I felt like asking for my national insurance contributions back. The first scan read Pancreatic Cancer with multiple secondary: including numerous large tumours taking up most of the right lobe of my liver, and adrenal gland.
Breaking the bitter news was hard.
Further tests revealed I had a rare form of cancer called Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer, with multiple secondaries to liver, both adrenal glands (one so large it was displacing my kidney) and in two lobes of my right lung including my windpipe.

At that time the World was a very lonely place, with no other person, with personal experience, to discuss the disease with.
On the day of diagnosis I declared war on cancer.
I told it “you have picked on the wrong girl this time, you think that am scared of you: you had better be scared of me. I will not come alone. I will bring with me all my love of this universe, this planet, its people, its animals, plants and the beauty of it. The strength and bonds of those who love me. I will find brilliant courageous doctors and surgeons. I will cut you out, poison you, nuke you, until every last one of you has been eradicated!”
That was my first threat and challenge to the disease.
Boy did I feel better.
Then I set about making this happen.
I changed my diet, prayed, meditated, exercised, read and investigated everything possible about this new and alien world of cancer.
I used my mind.
I used my imagination.
Many diverse metaphors and visualizations filled my head, they pushed out fear.
Fear is not good.
I saw cancer as a cowardly enemy hiding away in my body.
A thief stealing ones health, mobility, peace of mind and often those you love.
I detest cowards and do not like thieves much either!
One chapter in my book is tilted ‘ No Terms Of Engagement’.
In my war against cancer there is no Geneva Convention.
I would take no prisoners: that includes myself.’

Just goes to show is all I’m saying….

Time to Talk day – Thursday 6th February

Mental health problems might actually be more common than you think. One in four of us will be affected by mental illness in any year. That’s why starting a conversation about mental health is important. It helps people to know they’re not alone, it can strengthen relationships between friends, family and colleagues. And it starts to take the taboo out of something that affects us all.

Time to Change [LINK: http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/talkday], England’s biggest mental health anti-stigma programme, run by the charities Mind and Rethink Mental Illness, aims to get more people talking about mental health than ever before with their ‘Time to Talk Day’ on Thursday 6 February.

Time to Change’s latest advertising campaign aims to show that “It’s the little things which make a big difference” when it comes to mental health – such as having a cup of tea and a chat. And on Time to Talk Day they’re encouraging people to do just that.

I’m supporting Time to Talk Day, which aims to inspire a million conversations – to show that mental health problems are common and having those conversations needn’t be as hard as people sometimes fear.

Can you be part of it too?

Visit the website [LINK http://www.time-to-change.org.uk/talkday] to find out how you can order conversation starting tools (including Time to Talk teabags), follow Time to Change on social media and get inspiration from other organisations and individuals who will be taking part in the big conversation on 6 February.

Introducing the new and innovative treatment programme: Free From…SMOKING

This is a special deal to only the first five clients. Offer ends on the 15th October 2013 so please book asap
Usual cost £195, special offer available to only 5 clients. Cost £95. (The average 20 a day smoker will spend at least £200 per month on cigarettes)
For further information or to book, please contact Steph on 07734 525888
or email freefromprogrammes@gmail.com

free from smoking
We are pleased to introduce a new team of three complementary therapists who offer a new enhanced treatment by mixing different therapies together to offer one single effective programme.

Their aim is to make the process of becoming a non-smoker easier. It is often thought that stopping smoking is difficult because of the nicotine addiction. Surprisingly it is actually more to do with the mental thought processes which are associated with smoking and this is where these therapists can help.

NICOTINE IS NOT ADDICTIVE, SMOKING IS…

The subconscious mind can be trained by habitual repetition and this is how smoking becomes addictive. Although we recognise that nicotine gives smokers an initial “rush”, the nicotine itself is not actually addictive. It’s just the habit of smoking that the brain has become addicted.

Hypnotherapy on its own has always had an excellent reputation for helping smokers give up. Success rates are well over 90%! Now these combination of therapies aims to make it a 100% success rate, and ease the process by adding Energy Clearing and Homeopathy to the blend!

Stephane Burton, Alison Endenburg and Jo Constantinou have combined their skills and knowledge to create a highly successful combination programme. This process is thorough and tailor-made to each client allowing understanding of the root cause behind their smoking pattern/habit/addiction. Treatment includes clearing blocks and resistance, one single hypnotherapy session and a kit of homeopathic remedies to support you during the following month.

They are launching this treatment TODAY with a promotional price to the first five people who are serious about giving up smoking. All that they ask is a that candidates have made the personal decision to want to stop smoking and are willing to proffer feedback and a testimonial after completion.

 

Everybody Matters: A tribute to a very special man.

Yesterday I attended the funeral of a client of mine. Geoff was a wonderful man who had Multiple Sclerosis and each week I went to the care home where he lived and massagewhite featherd his feet for him. The thing that most struck me with Geoff is that I never once heard him complain and that he always enquired about my wellbeing when I was there. He would never let a visit go by without telling me a joke or two and he would tell me constantly that ‘everybody matters’. How true that is. Everybody DOES matter and in this busy fast-paced world that we live in, it’s good to be reminded of that.

As I massaged Geoff’s feet, he would close his eyes and go to a place of peace and calm and a wonderful smile would appear on his face. Before I left him, relaxed in his bed, I would touch his hand and say goodbye and he would always say to me ‘God bless you’. Those were our last words to each other.

As I left my house for the funeral yesterday I saw a white feather. God Bless you Geoffrey…. everybody matters.