Hospital!

Hospital.  noun.  An institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for sick or injured people. For my recent surgery I had to have a stay in Dunedin Public Hospital.  Here I will document my thoughts and experiences related to this stay.  My...

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A CT Scan: What happens at your appointment!

  This is my take on a CT Scan.  What happens to me.  My experiences.   On 11th April, exactly one year since my original bowel surgery, I was due to meet with my Surgeon for our yearly check up.  I couldn’t believe it.  One whole year.  Anyway, a week before our...

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Chemotherapy – my experiences.

Chemotherapy – my experiences.

When it was first suggested to me that a course (8 rounds) of chemotherapy would be beneficial to my health I was horrified.  Actually, I didn't really comprehend what this was all about, as it still hadn't sunk in that I might have cancer. Chemotherapy!  How horrible...

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Food Review: Nice and Natural Whole Seed Bars

As most of you know I am on a journey to improve my health and wellbeing after a diagnosis of bowel cancer in 2016.  I had a pretty rough year with surgery and chemotherapy treatment, but I have come out the other end (oh, the times I thought I never would) and am now...

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Life In General.  Ups and Downs.

Life In General. Ups and Downs.

So, I thought I might start writing a wee bit of the past and bringing it to light.  This might be a bit jumbled up for a while, as I go through a few subjects I want to embrace and let you all know about.  Certain medical procedures I've been though, the mind games...

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Music.  My Daily Therapy.

Music. My Daily Therapy.

Music. Music is such a powerful healer. It can help to turn around depression. It can help heal the soul. It can lighten your mood. It can motivate you. Music is such a wonderful healer.   And along with music comes singing. Daily singing, whether you are good or bad,...

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Banana Pancakes – 3 ingredients – easy

Banana Pancakes – 3 ingredients – easy

I discovered these banana pancakes one day while watching a Facebook Live with Luke Hines. They looked so easy, and a great way to have some good protein and fruit for breakfast, without overloading with all that flour and sugar. So, tweaking the recipe a bit to suit...

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Brazil Nuts: Are they good for you?

Brazil Nuts: Are they good for you?

Brazil nuts contain high levels of the mineral selenium.  Selenium is a micronutrient essential to a number of processes in your body.  Most NZ soils are deficient in selenium so supplementation is needed.  The best way to supplement is with a whole food rather than a...

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Recipe: Renee’s Green Smoothie

Everyone tells you how good green smoothies are for you.  You know, packed full of greens, healthy vitamins and minerals......you know how it goes. Well, I had listened to all this for years but it wasn't until I came through the other end of chemotherapy that I...

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Welcome to Renee Writes…..2017 edition

Welcome to Renee Writes…..2017 edition

  Welcome to the 2017 edition of Renee Writes.  I'm Renee and I love to write.  My favourite topics are food and travel, and about changing my lifestyle for health reasons. In 2016 I spent my year fighting bowel cancer.  It consumed my whole year, starting in...

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