With the third member of my immediate family facing cancer treatment, I’ve been thinking a lot about cancer these last few weeks.
My dad is 81 and is just beginning his own cancer journey. He has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will be doing hormone treatment as well as radiotherapy. The diagnosis itself didn’t come as much of a surprise, as three of his brothers have also had prostate cancer, but what did come as a shock to him, was that his treatment plan is going to be more intense than what his brother’s went through.
This got me thinking about something I see time and time again in my work at Roches with people going through cancer. No two cancer journeys are ever the same. Sure, you might have the same type of cancer as someone else and you both might have similarities in treatment plans, etc, but no two cancers are identical when it comes to your own body, your metabolism, your pathology, etc, so it makes sense that no two cancer journeys can ever be identical either. I think it can be quite liberating to recognise this and use it as part of your personal motivation to do your own journey, or, climb your own mountain.
So far my dad is taking things in his stride. Straight after his first hospital appointment, he headed off to Westport and climbed an actual mountain – Croagh Patrick! He is also regularly taking time out in his day to do some positive visualisations.
I have seen so many people over the years who have come in to me looking for hair loss solutions during cancer treatment. I have seen men and women who deal with their cancer journey by saying that they won’t let cancer change them, that they are going to live their lives on, regardless. And I have seen people use their cancer journeys as a life crossroads, a way to reflect and change the things in their lives that they are not happy with. There is no right or wrong, rather I think, what’s right is what’s right for you; what gets you through the night.
Here at Roches when it comes to the services we provide for people going through cancer, we like to give our clients options and information. We hope that this approach helps empower them to follow their own paths, whatever they choose that to be, and learn to trust themselves.
Our renovation work is starting to reach its final phases now, and we’re really looking forward to opening up our new workshop/holistic treatment space to like-minded individuals who would like to be a part of the Roches offering. As well as holding private holistic therapy appointments and group workshops in our new space, we are also thinking about beginning a regular Walking Club. We may be climbing our own mountains, but sometimes it is nice to climb them together, too!
Don’t worry, we won’t ask you to climb Croagh Patrick just yet! We might start with a walk and a chat in Marley Park and see how that goes. If you’d like to join our ‘Walk to Wellness’ group, please let us know in the comments below or on our social media pages. If there’s enough interest we will do our best to make it happen.