‘Spotting the Signs of Anxiety’ #Kalms @spinkhealth #RaisingAwareness #livelifeready

I’m doing something a little different today. As most of you know I am fighting Leiomyosarcoma which in itself is an uphill battle, add to that having to deal with stress, anxiety and depression it makes life quite difficult some days. 

It does beg the question whether the reality of cancer causes the anxiety etc or whether having mental health issues has made me susceptible to cancer? It’s a real chicken and egg scenario.

I do know my oncologists and medical team always state that a positive attitude can be beneficial and my mantra is one day at a time, stay positive, believe in miracles but how can I maintain that frame of mind when I’m in pain, facing the stress of scan results, accepting my prognosis and generally deteriorating in mobility?

Obviously I am on a strict drug regime that needs tweaking frequently but if I can possibly do anything else to boost my immune system then I will. So apart from a healthy diet and plenty of water which is a given I did wonder if there are any natural or herbal substances that might help relieve some of the anxiety symptoms.

So when I spotted Kalms Lavender  I figured they would be worth a try. Lavender is a well known relaxant and sleep aid (my grandma swore by it) .. I will be seeing my oncologist tomorrow so I will make sure I can safely take it in conjunction with everything else and will let you know how I get on.

I’m all for raising awareness and getting people to talk about their mental health … have you tried Kalms Lavendar and if so did they help?

Stress and anxiety – Do you know the difference?

The terms stress and anxiety are often used interchangeably, but can you recognise the differences? The term stress usually describes feelings experienced when the demands made on an individual are greater than their ability to manage, and we often know precisely what it is we are feeling stressed about, e.g. starting a new job, sitting an exam or attending an interview.

But, anxiety is an unease about something with an uncertain outcome – and that unease can exist even when the cause of the worry is gone. Symptoms of anxiety include feelings of worry, apprehension and uncertainty. Sufferers might find they are worrying all the time, perhaps about things that are a regular part of everyday life or things that are unlikely to happen – or even worrying about worrying! Anxiety can also affect the body, causing issues such as a racing heartbeat, nausea, headaches, and muscle tension.

Anxiety can become problematic when it is excessive or present over a long period of time. Long term, anxiety can impact on quality of life and wellbeing.

So, what can be done to relieve periods of anxiety?


For the first time in the UK, there is now a new option to relieve the symptoms of mild anxiety with uniquely prepared, pharmaceutical quality lavender oil – in a one-a-day capsule.

The results of over 15 clinical trials have shown that a daily capsule of the uniquely prepared lavender oil can relieve the symptoms of anxiety, with benefits notable in just one to two weeks [i] , and the benefits are comparable to commonly used anti-anxiety medications [ii][iii]. One study found that symptoms in 70% of those taking the lavender oil capsules were rated as ‘much’ or ‘very much’ improved when reassessed by researchers at the end of treatment iii.

The anxiety relieving effects of this uniquely prepared, pharmaceutical quality lavender oil are now available for the first time in the UK, only in new Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules RRP £6.49.

Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules is a traditional herbal medicinal product used for the temporary relief of the symptoms of mild anxiety such as stress and nervousness, exclusively based on long standing use as a traditional herbal remedy. Always read the label.

Kalms Lavender One-A-Day capsules are available in Boots, Asda and online at

RRP £6.49


The Anxiety Imbalance

Anxiety symptoms can occur when nerve cells in the brain become over stimulated, due to the excessive release of neurotransmitters – the brains chemical messengers – such as dopamine and adrenaline. This leads to hyperactive nerves which are excessively ‘switched on’ – an imbalance which can result in symptoms of anxiety.

Research into the uniquely prepared, pharmaceutical quality lavender oil – which is the active ingredient found only in Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules in the UK- suggests that it can reduce the over stimulation of nerve cells leading to an improvement in symptoms of anxiety.

Thanks to Catherine Major at Spink Health for all the information/graphics

[i] Kasper S, et al. Silexan, an orally administered Lavandula oil preparation, is effective in the treatment of ‘subsyndromal’ anxiety disorder: a randomized, double-blind, placebo controlled trial. Int Clin Psychopharmacol 25:277–287 _c 2010 Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.DOI: 10.1097/YIC.0b013e32833b3242

[ii] Kasper et al, Lavender oil preparation Silexan is effective in generalized anxiety disorder – a randomized, double-blind comparison to placebo and paroxetine. International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology, Page 1 of 11. © CINP 2014 doi:10.1017/S1461145714000017

[iii] H. Woelk a, S. Schlafke. A multi-center, double-blind, randomised study of the Lavender oil preparation Silexan in comparison to Lorazepam for generalized anxiety disorder.  Phytomedicine 17 (2010) 94–99 doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2009.10.006

London Marathon … Donations Appreciated – Macmillan Cancer Support

No, I’m not the one running! I can barely walk but my dear friend Michelle Brownlow has been offered a place & is running to support me & Macmillan Cancer Support to raise awareness for Leiomyosarcoma.

We have 6 months to publicise it & raise as much as possible. I will never be able to thank Michelle enough but I know she is doing it out of love & friendship .. I am so very proud of her. She suffers from her own health issues so this makes it doubly special that she would even consider attempting it.

I will update progress as we go along!

Just Giving Linky 🙂 Please Donate xx

She has already done the Race for Life this year 🙂


A Day in the Life of LMS!

Some days are better than others .. I always have the ‘Dragon’ hanging over me but if I feel ok in myself I can pretend it’s not there.

Today has been one of the ‘crap’ days. Constant pain, nausea, diarrhoea & fatigue so dreadful that my eyes won’t stay open to eat at times. So begins the vicious circle of taking extra pain relief & becoming like a zombie, depression sets in & I lose all sense of positivity & fight.

At times like this I am so thankful for the family & friends who stick by me with unswerving support, a kind word, just letting me know I’m in their thoughts etc it really does help.

I will be at the hospital again this week & next .. more tests & procedures, it’s a never-ending battle but one I have to endure just in case a miracle happens! Tomorrow is another day & the journey continues…