Finding Me – Living Well Despite Cancer





Finding Me

Living well despite cancer


Being told you have cancer can have a profound effect on your emotions, such as feeling shocked and hard to accept. You may feel frightened, angry and or extremely emotional.  And there are also financial implications…. four in five people are affected by the impact of cancer.  There will be many hospital appointments, maybe surgery, radiotherapy and or chemotherapy.


So our aim is to empower people affected by cancer with a powerful combination of emotional, physical and spiritual support.


A perception of wellbeing empowers people affected by cancer during their treatment and after treatment to conduct as normal and as active life as possible.  It is an essential part of the cancer pathway and based upon the research into Psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), the study of the connections between our mind (psycho), nervous system (neuro) and immune system (immunology). Increasing evidence shows that change in our thoughts; emotions and beliefs can bring about changes in our physical health and wellbeing. PNI demonstrate that emotions such as shock, fear or anger can result in increased levels of the stress hormone cortisol in the body; this, in turn, can stop the immune system from working at its optimal level.  Our holistic approach can lead to an overall positive outcome for a person’s health and wellbeing.

It is imperative for people affected by cancer to “find me” through their sometimes overwhelming cancer diagnosis and treatments. Lifestyle changes such as healthy eating can make a considerable difference to their wellbeing, so a balanced healthy diet is important. Physical activity significantly improves quality of life by way of fitness, energy, and strength. Complementary therapies are used to improve the quality of life as enhancing compassionate care and providing comfort during an extremely difficult time.  In addition, stress reduction techniques, such as meditation, mindfulness, and visualisation has shown to have a positive influence on wellbeing and the way the immune system work


Our vision is to create a facility that acts as a hub for people affected by cancer and their carers – inspiring the means to empower them to take control of their own lives, nourishing their ability to live well. A hub that offers to support people with compassion and bring a renewed sense of belief and control to their lives.

Under our guidance and knowledge, this will be achieved through individual personal therapies and sessions, workshops and group activities. We will support individuals to access the means to be able to discover ways to reduce stress levels and learn relaxation and mindfulness techniques; stay active and motivated; eat well and learn how the gut microbiome controls your physical biochemistry; and the mental biochemistry, which will help to strengthen the body’s immune system and reconnect with a person’s inner self and the things they truly love in life.  All of which is paramount to living well.

There will also be ongoing training for professionals to enhance their expertise and confidence to support people affected by cancer.

Our highly qualified and insured team of complementary therapists/beauty therapists, personal trainers and tutors will give free treatments/sessions to those affected by cancer.  All can be adapted to suit an individual’s current health wants and needs.



Hi, I’m Joe, I am a fully insured personal trainer and Sports Massage Therapist.  I’m all about ‘realistic fitness’, creating a training regime that suits you and your lifestyle.

We’d all love the time to train every day (or maybe not) but life is busy, so I am about coaching you to make gradual and sustainable steps for you to still enjoy life (and food) and to engrain new habits that you can maintain. I want my clients to enjoy exercise, feel comfortable, supported and empowered to reach their goals.

I have always had a desire to help, motivate and teach others, regardless of age or ability.  I work from my own Private Studio based in Stotfold,  Hertfordshire, or I can come to you.  I also run a variety of group fitness classes with more on the horizon.

tel: 07399614534
Studio:  Willowherb Way, Stotfold.



Tessa chiswell
Fun local exercise that works!



Clare is a personal development, emotional wellness trainer and coach
Empowering people is her passion. She has had over 20 years of experience from a wide variety of groups. From ex-offenders to domestic violence. From drugs and alcohol to cancer groups. Teaching self-esteem. Emotional balance. Confidence. Emotional baggage clearing. Stress management, communication plus much more. To staff and volunteers giving emotional support to people in a crisis.
Public speaking to groups of up to 250. People have found her inspiring and motivating with her down to earth and understanding attitude.
Tel:  07776481481


We are very lucky to have Professor Robert Thomas present a FREE presentation for us at the Healthy Hub, Leisure Centre Stevenage.  We are also extremely grateful to Stevenage Leisure for giving us the room free of charge.


A Tranquil and Enlightening Day Retreat for People Affected by Cancer hosted by Holly Mulheron and Debbie Gribben and funded by Finding Me Living Well Despite Cancer



Holly Mulheron Acupuncture and Finding Me – Living Well Despite Cancer invite you to a tranquil and enlightening day retreat to learn new, healthy lifestyle habits, and to continue the learning process after you return home. Achieve a state of perfect relaxation and disconnection in a conducive, beautiful setting. Be able to breathe clear and clean air, take deep breaths and release anxiety, know, understand and control the life-giving breath.


The focus is on mind | body | spirit balance for the entire person.  Clear your mind and spirit through mindfulness | meditation | relaxation and Qigong techniques feeling the stress and anxiety ease, be present for deep relaxation and a peaceful mind.


Nourish the body through good; healthy nutrition and advice. Relish a delicious and freshly cooked lunch. Enjoy restorative complementary therapies and acupuncture to reduce the side effects of cancer treatment and beyond to improve your physical and emotional wellbeing.


This transformative day retreat is for people affected by cancer, and a supporter is welcome to attend.  Most of the cost is being funded by Finding Me – Living Well Despite Cancer through their fundraising events.  The cost of the day is £50.00 per person instead of the usual price of £150.00 per person.


Friday the 18th of October 2019 


The itinerary for the day is as follows: (times may vary)


10.00 am welcome, relax, chat and refreshments


11.00 am  A mindful nutrition talk/demonstration and interactive session by Jacqueline Birtwistle a dietician & sports nutritionist. Jacqueline has worked with the British Olympic Association and the Royal Ballet.


12.15 pm  A demonstration by Anna Davies on the amazing thermamix advanced kitchen appliance. Followed by a delicious lunch prepared by Anna using the thermamix


2.00 pm  Patricia Obregon – Complementary Therapist, Qigong and Tai Chi teacher will guide you through relaxation techniques to quieten the mind from unwanted “noises”.  Increase awareness of mental, emotional and spiritual state and develop techniques to achieve a certain level of relaxation, emotional and mental control as well as qigong and tai chi gentle exercises.


Throughout the day there will be complementary therapies and Acupuncture on offer.


Finish at 4.00 pm.


To book please email Debbie on Places are limited


A Little Bit of History…… THE TITHE BARN – Little Hormead c.1900

A Tithe Barn is a barn that was used to hold ‘tithes’ paid in kind to the church during the Middle Ages. This picture depicts the Glebe Barn (originally called The Tithe Barn) when no longer a chapel but showing the ecclesiastical type windows installed during its conversion.

The Glebe Barn is located in Little Hormead, an enchanting East Hertfordshire hamlet surrounded by gently undulating and unspoilt countryside. The original tithe barn originates back to the 15 Century and was converted to become a catholic chapel by the London architect, Charles Spooner in the early 1900s. The character of the old building was preserved as far as possible with the thatch, roof posts and timbers strengthened and some new windows added.

The building was divided into two fairly equal parts, the chapel and the presbytery, separated by a sacristy. The presbytery provided accommodation for the resident priest, Father A N Morgan, who was the designated incumbent for the newly created Catholic parish of Buntingford. The entire cost was borne by Lady Gifford who had purchased the Glebe House, and who also financed Father Morgan as her Chaplain. The first Mass was said there on August 27th 1914. After serving the local population as a place of worship the Glebe Barn then served the local community as a place of education by becoming a village school.

The Glebe Barn has since been sensitively converted and is now a loving family home occupied by Holly Mulheron and her family. It is a special place with a spiritual atmosphere and ideally suited to social and retreat style gatherings where others too can benefit from this wonderful character-filled building that has served so many for hundreds of years.


Why not extend your stay……  Accommodation options available:

Vicky and Chris Saynor – Luxury Rural Retreats

Located in Cottered

Quirky Dove House. SG9 0NZ
(1.5 miles away) Great Hormead

The Old Swan tea shop. Hay Street. SG9 0DZ (1.5 mile)

Pelham Grove B&B, Stocking Pelham – B&B (4 miles)
077669 908 854

Anstey Grove Barn SG9 0BJ (4 miles)

The Sword in hand. Westmill SG9 0LQ
(5 miles)

Yew Tree Inn, Manuden – a pub with rooms (6 miles)

The Cricketers, Clavering – Jamie Oliver’s Dad’s pub (7 miles)

The Tudor Cottage, Middle Street, Clavering CB11 4QL (6 miles)
Juliet Eisdell, 07964 219967
Better to book with Juliet direct rather than via bookings website

The Cricketers Arms, Rickling Green – a pub with rooms (9 miles)

Linden House, Silver St, Stansted Mountfitchet – a restaurant with rooms (8 miles)

Also near the airport are Premier Inn, Hilton, Radisson Blu & Holiday Inn (13 miles)