I was experiencing a lot of migraines, fatigue and an overall feeling that my system was very sluggish. I filled out a pre-consultation questionnaire for Patricia which she received before meeting with me. I feel that as a result Patricia gave me comprehensive insight into what areas of my diet and lifestyle may have been impacting on me. Patricia helped explain and develop a plan to help alleviate the symptoms I was experiencing in way that didn’t feel overwhelming but manageable. I found the meal plans, recipes, website links and lifestyle tips which Patricia gave me really helpful to make the changes that have helped me so much. After two months, I feel my energy levels are much higher, I have had no migraines and my system feels in harmony. I would thoroughly recommend nutrition choices!
I’m a registered Nutritional Therapist, international speaker and co-author of the best-selling book “The Ketogenic Kitchen”.
About My Health Journey
Let’s face it, cancer can be scary. When you hear the ‘C’ word, fear is often the first feeling to well up from deep inside. You wonder if you’ll ever be okay again.
This was my experience when at 28, I was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma of the eye in 2008. I was almost overwhelmed by thoughts of the future, my future.
I say ‘almost’ because after I spent three days researching my cancer online, my husband wisely locked away my laptop and gently suggested I take a deep breath and think about what I really needed.
And what I needed was perspective; it felt as if nothing was in my control any more, like my cancer had a life of its own, one that was now bigger than mine.
Listen to yourself
But I did regain control. And here’s how I did it.
I listened to my intuition. Returning to my usual lifestyle made no sense. I realised, too, that while there was no way of knowing whether my consultant was making the right decisions, I could have some control over what I put in my mouth – the fuel that feeds my body, my brain and yes, even (back then) my cancer.
Call it what you like – my logical Swiss genes, my ‘inner voice’ – but I understood instinctively that whatever the conventional medical approach, combining it with targeted nutrition and lifestyle changes based on reliable scientific evidence would result in me being as well as I could ever hope to be, cancer or no cancer. And so one month after completing radiotherapy, I started studying nutritional therapy.
I’ve been on a steep learning curve ever since – in so many ways (and, by the way, so has the scientific community when it comes to cancer and metabolism)! I experienced a relapse shortly after the birth of my first baby, nearly lost my eyesight (but got it back) and have since been witness to many health miracles in both myself and my dear clients.
Combining the Orthodox and the Alternative
Today I’m no longer a banker with an eye tumour, but a practising nutritional therapist (and busy mother) and bestselling author of the book “The Ketogenic Kitchen” who helps others and shares her cancer story. By integrating the best elements of both complementary and orthodox medicine, I have achieved amazing results and “beaten the statistics”. I know that this isn’t just down to coincidence or hard work. A growing body of evidence demonstrates how well cancer patients do when they complement their treatments with the natural yet evidence-based approaches I use.
Keeping it Real
My support programmes are realistic, too. With any illness, life is too short to be feeling guilt about ‘not doing enough’. I understand the constraints that daily life inevitably imposes – work, family, friends. Those constraints vary from person to person. And no matter how good it is, if a nutritional programme isn’t integrated into your life, it won’t succeed as well as it should. So, no guilt, just a gradual but steady process of putting science into practice.
These days, by the way, I’m healthier than ever. I now know for certain that when you take some, even if in small steps at first, the feeling of being ‘on the case’ when it comes to your health, well… let’s just say that unlike cancer, it’s unbeatable.
Interested in reading more details about my journey? I invite you to start here. Thank you for reading!
About Patricia Daly
Patricia Daly is an experienced and internationally recognized nutritional therapist (MSc (Advanced Nutrition), dipNT, mBANT, rCNHC), author and educator in the area of integrative cancer support. Following her cancer diagnosis in 2008, she started studying nutrition science and left her corporate career. She is completing her MSc degree in “Advanced Nutrition in Research and Practice” at Middlesex University in London in 2021. As a Swiss native, she regularly attends training courses in Switzerland/Germany, including at the renowned Tumor Biology Center in Freiburg, Germany. Patricia is also one of the founding and advisory board members of the Association for Ketogenic Metabolic Therapies based in Germany.
Over the past 10 years, Patricia has worked with hundreds of clients worldwide that are affected by cancer and that are looking to improve their quality of life with nutrition and lifestyle changes. In 2016, she co-wrote the book “The Ketogenic Kitchen” with Domini Kemp. It quickly became a bestseller in Ireland and subsequently also on Amazon US. Patricia is a guest lecturer and regularly receives invitations to speak at international medical conferences.