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Challenges

I remember at the age of 19, going with my parents to be interviewed by the principal of Roseworthy Agricultural College, Bob Herriot where I did my winemaking degree. He was a crusty old man with glasses with a dry wit and a bias to football players. I was a hockey player and the conversation went like this. “You’ll be unlikely to succeed here, lad”. He certainly knew more about human behaviour than me at the time and his challenge fired me up to succeed.

Well, my parents were a little dismayed and I took up the challenge and four years later graduated with a winemaking degree and spent the next 33 years working as a professional winemaker around Australia. The lesson here is to decide what you really want and go for it no matter what the resistance might be. My interest in winemaking came from making ginger beer after seeing my grandmother making it on a farm on Eyre Peninsula in South Australia.

I also trained as an NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) life coach in 2009  after being attracted to people like Tony Robbins,  Sharon Pearson and have continued to hone my coaching skills whilst still pursuing an interest in all things wine.

Breakthroughs are possible

So now my mission now is to make a difference in my life and that of others who ask to choose what’s important and work towards making that vision come to reality, one life at a time. If you have challenges and are facing events that you may need help to get through, call me,

0419568043

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One in six

One in Six

What’s one in six mean?

One in six Australian men will be affected by prostate cancer.

It is a life-changing event and it certainly was for me.

At the end of 2013, I discovered by chance that I had an unusually hard prostate, discovered by my then alert doctor in an annual rectal examination. I had these once a year as part of an annual health check. What followed was a visit to a urologist, a biopsy and the news yes, I had cancer and further tests were needed to ascertain status and choice of action to best manage it.

Now telling someone they have cancer is enough to put anybody in a spin. Prompt surgery was recommended and done followed by a waiting period and then subsequent focused radiation to my pelvic area to mop up some errant cells that had “escaped” surgery. This approach was to eliminate them before they could move or attach elsewhere in my body. Results post-radiation were good, however my PSA readings began to climb again which was not (according to my urologist) supposed to happen. To keep this in context my PSA reading were 0.21 or less for nearly four years for which I am grateful.

My urologist assured me that a waiting period was necessary now for PSA to reach >0.5 before a scan could identify where these cells were in my body so they could be “treated ‘ in some way. Over the next three years, a steady rise to 0.53 PSA meant a full body scan could be done now to find those little buggers.

I welcomed these events as progress as it meant some action could follow to tidy up those errant prostate cells.  Well, the scan was done and no detectable cells were found meaning they were not the detectable kind, very rare, however that’s life. So now what?

Research tells me that many men live with prostate cancer and rarely die of it specifically.

I am comforted by Brian Johnson’s articles about Managing Cancer and the challenges he’s having helping his brother manage his cancer. My strategy now is to live as healthy as possible, creating an ideal environment and mindset with appropriate nutrition and lifestyle (read habits) to remove the remaining errant prostate cells before they “settle” elsewhere in my body.

To shorten up this story and get to the point “Cancer is a metabolic, environmental and emotional dis-ease” according to Dr Natasha Winter an Integrative Medicine doctor.

My message to you all through this story is to get good reliable medical information so you can make an informed decision about your health and wellbeing.

Where to from here?

In short,I endeavour to live and be healthy, eat. sleep and move to keep healthy and look after myself and my family in these challenging times.

If you need help managing life’s challenges call me 0419568043 or drop an email to  slater@internode.on.net Zoom meeting can be arranged too.