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On behalf of my husband, David, thank you for all of the lovely comments about his guest blog, it has made my job twice as hard coming up to anywhere near his standards of prose, but I do try and write this post every week, he took several doing his post!!

So these are my observations on how to get good veins!
Every four weeks I have some conventional treatment as part of my Wholistic approach to my cancer.
As anyone who has had any type of intravenous drug treatment/chemo/long term injections will know this can get rather frustrating after a while EVEN IF IT DOES YOU GOOD!

My biggest issues so far has not been the treatment itself but the state of my veins!
Really, its not great when nurses tell you you’ve got small/thin/scarred etc etc veins, lets face it we have enough to contend with having the cancer in the first place let alone anyone telling us our veins might not be the best.
I do occasionally think (oh and have actually said to nurses) “what do you expect me to do about it? get some new ones?” yes, having cancer can make you even more sarcastic than you might have been before.
I must say at this point that I have met some lovely nurses throughout my journey, I think that sometimes these comments just “slip out”
However not one to be beaten down, I thought, I need to come up with some way of dealing with this using the strategies I have in my “complementary” toolbox.

So, what did I do?

I experimented with visualisation on the days before treatment, this included picturing my veins “having a Spa session” eg getting a massage, rest, aromatherapy – you get the picture?? read on….
I learnt how to visualise when I was at Penny Brohn Cancer Care earlier this year, then at a workshop by Dr David Hamilton I learnt even more (If you want to find out more about the power of the mind have a look at the video by Dr David Hamilton at the end)
This strategy had a good effect but I felt I could do even better.

So, last week I set about my visualisations again several days before the treatment, then on the morning of the treatment I did several rounds of EFT tapping (have a look at The Tapping Treatment) which enabled me to go through the process of being worried my veins might not be good enough and then out of the other side with perfect veins!
I then also drank loads of green juice after breakfast – even more than normal! and made sure I was active around the house until the nurse arrived.
As usual she asked me what my veins are like, my reply? “We’ll see!”
I am pleased to report that my veins are GREAT and the needle went in fine, my infusion for the Bone strengthening drug went super smooth and I felt more than a bit pleased!

I am in no doubt personally that all of these strategies I employed above gave such great results.

If you fancy:
Having a go at EFT go to The Tapping Treatment
Getting into juicing then go to my Shop page and click on the 5% off at Juicemaster
Exploring visualisation and why it works view the video below

The book I have found really helpful on my healing journey on this subject is available in printed and kindle :

Do you have a favourite book etc that has helped you overcome the “side effects” of treatment? If so, email me at Verityslifestyle

My recipe this week is PIZZA! yes you read it right – PIZZA!

This is my kind of “junk food” (ha ha) I do swap the ingredients around depending on whats in the fridge, but these ingredients are ones I believe are truly “Anti-cancer”
The bases are not made with yeast so are easy to make, but do need eating with a knife and fork rather than fingers!

Serves 2 good appetites!
For the “dough”
6oz organic Spelt Flour
1/3 cup of freshly ground organic linseed
1 tablespoon of finely grated organic Parmesan
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
Freshly ground Black Pepper
Approx 100 ml warm water
1 tablespoon Olive Oil
For the tomato sauce:
1 bottle of organic Passata or at the moment we are using our glut of cherry tomatoes slow roasted with garlic, then liquidised
3 cloves of garlic – smashed 10 minutes before use then finely chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 dessertspoon Olive Oil
1 dessertspoon organic tomato puree
For the toppings:
1 handful of shitake/oyster/portobello mushrooms sliced
6 organic sundried tomatoes sliced
4 handfuls of organic spinach (wilted in a steamer then chopped)
Organic Buffalo Mozzarella, sliced
Freshly Ground Black Pepper
Chopped fresh Sage and torn fresh Basil
A little Olive oil to drizzle on top.
Pre-heat oven to 160 degrees
Gently pan fry the onions in the olive oil until translucent, add the smashed and chopped garlic, passata and simmer for approx 15mins, add the tomato puree and cook for a further 5 minutes or until the sauce has thickened.
Grease a baking sheet (approx size 40cm x 25cm) with a little olive oil
In a mixing bowl add all of the dry ingredients for the base, then make a well in the centre and pour in the olive oil and half of the water, mix well with a knife adding more water as necessary to create the “dough”, the consistency should be only slightly sticky. Divide the mixture into two portions then either roll out with a rolling pin to approx 5mm thickness or as I do put it straight onto the baking sheet and simply push out into ovals with my fingers! (less washing up!) then prick the bases about 10 times with a fork. Put in oven for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile chop the topping ingredients and wilt the spinach – allowing it to cool before chopping.
When the bases are cooked remove from oven and spread the tomato sauce over leaving 1 cm gap all the way around, layer up the toppings finishing with a drizzle of olive oil and plenty of black pepper before popping back into the oven for 10 minutes.
I usually find that there is more than enough tomato sauce than is required so I simply keep in the fridge until the following day and use with another meal (look out for my Vegetable “Spaghetti” with tomato sauce coming soon!)
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