I am on Ovacome not because I have OC, but my mum does, and the site has been amazing at helping me understand it and cope with the situation. I wanted to share something I've found whilst doing bits of research in any effort to help mum - you don't half feel helpless when someone you love the most in the world is going through something so frightening that you're not a part of.
Anyway, whilst trying to think of ways to help, I did some reading on nutrition and lifestyle. I came across a wonderful book and I would urge everyone to read it: Anticancer: A New Way of Life by David Servan-Schreiber.
To be honest, I was daunted at reading a book that would remind me every time I looked at it that mum had cancer. But it had completely the opposite effect! It doesn't offer any miracles, or give any false hopes, but it explains why and how certain foods - and interestingly, certain combinations of foods - can be SO beneficial in helping your body to naturally fight cancer cells, and help to prevent recurrence. It also explains why medical professionals don't or can't extol the virtues of the various findings, and it's not any form of crazy diet plan or anything like that, it's just normal everyday foods - some to avoid and some to include. It also talks a lot about the scientific research done into the links between cancer and stress, feelings of isolation and desperation / helplessness - the findings of which are incredible. It's been so categorically proven that a positive / happy state of mind is so important in fighting this beast that it's spurred my husband and I to move 6 hours north to be nearer to my parents which will bring them a lot of happiness (and our baby-on-the-way is something positive to focus on too hurray!).
So, I hope I haven't bored you all! But I really would recommend this book - not just for people with cancer, but it's all about prevention too - I certainly have made some simple changes in our lifestyle now that I'm more aware of the fascinating facts of the impact what you put in your body can have on your health.
All my best wishes to all of you incredible ladies