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Surviving Cancer with Diana

Back in 1996, when I was diagnosed with the worst case of Hodgkins disease my doctor had seen in his 50 years of practice, I blogged about my cancer adventure — years before blogs existed. I told the good, the bad, and the ugly as I visualized my way back to health.

Blortland’s World of Health remains online, untouched, although I had intentions of updating it. But life took over, cancer became a movie I once saw, but not really. It remains on my mind, and that is why I’m back to help those going through cancer now.

The mind is a powerful thing! I had ten tumors the size of grapefruits, and according to my doctor, any one of them could have killed me. Topping it off, I also had complete bone marrow involvement, and I stopped making blood cells. He thought my first round of chemo might kill me.

I had to survive!

And survive I did! Looking at me now it’s hard to believe I was ever sick and many might say I’m the healthiest person they know.
As a survivor, I see myself standing on top of a mountain with my arms to the sky feeling powerful and free with the wind in my hair! I saw myself this way during treatment, and that feeling never goes away.
My calling is to share how I survived with others stepping into my cancer shoes. So pull up your socks, and follow me on a path to your own survival!

Celebrate Survivor Day with Me!

Message To Steve Jobs

Diana, The Round Lady, during cancer treatment at Stanford in 1996

Dear Steve,

Almost 14 years ago I was in your shoes at Stanford hospital. I was in the last stage of the last stage of Hodgkins disease. I had the worst case my doctor had seen in 50 years of practice.

I survived and I know you can to. Please do not listen to negative people! There is no time for that. You have a job to do and that is to save your life.

Diana at Stanford Hospital

Celebrating my last day of treatment in 1997 at Stanford Hospital where I also roller-skated in and out!

I have always told myself that I would give away how I survived through visualizations, a fighting spirit and a positive attitude. I will be doing just that with an ebook and videos, and since I do not have either ready yet I would be honored to send you the PDF of the ebook.

I want you to know that my survival amazed my doctors and everyone around me, some of who may be helping you now. Visualizations cannot cause any harm and I know that with your advanced imagination you will be able to fly with it. If this is you, Steve, or someone close to you reading this, please contact roundlady@gmail.com and I will  send you the PDF and help you in any way I can!

Here’s two links that illustrate a little more about my healing journey and methods:

This is me today, happy and healthy as I inspire the world to take care of their bodies. And if you are not Steve Jobs, please think positive healing thoughts for him. He changed our world, so let’s inspire him quietly to heal so he can live a very very long life!

Food Thoughts Help You Eat Less

Think FOOD, Eat less

Some of our smartest scientists at Carnegie Mellon University discovered that continuous thinking about eating a particular food, such as candy or cheese, resulted in the study dieters to eat less of those foods they craved when it was offered to them.

This goes along with the already well-known idea that thinking about a food can make your mouth water. These savvy researchers extended this idea to find that you can also think your way into being satisfied without actually eating the food.

The study used M&Ms and cheese cubes and learned that imagining eating a lot of a food caused the mind to subconsciously restrict how much of that food the dieters actually later ate.

In a nutshell, the study conclusion found that people who imagined eating more food ate less of that same food when it was set before them later on.

Hello Chemo on the iPad

Coming Soon!

Diana’s new book, Hello Chemo – A Visualization Survival Guide for anyone going through chemotherapy, will be available on the iPad. Stay Tuned…

Thirteen years ago, Diana was diagnosed with an advanced case of Hodgkin’s disease. She immediately set out to make her experience with cancer as positive as possible. Before long, she was visualizing her Blortland creatures creating doing within her own body.

Few visualization techniques mimic Diana’s fascinating and unique cast of helpers, where they remove unwanted cancer cells and leave the body healthy and strong. Diana’s visualization methods create a positive and comfortable imaginary space where positive visualization and healing can take place.

In Diana’s own words:

“I felt as if I was hired to do a job. I put the melting image to work right away with the chemo I already had in my body. I imagined hot yellow chemo syrup drenching my cells. One image led to another. I began gathering medical information on my disease right down to my cells and how the chemotherapy would help me get rid of my cancer. I could help myself. I felt in control. I felt safe.”

When Diana had cancer, she learned that constantly picturing being strong and surviving cancer activated areas of her shaved-headed brain and she actually became strong and cancer-free.

Thirteen years ago, Diana was diagnosed with an advanced case of Hodgkin’s Disease. She immediately set out to make her experience with cancer as positive as possible. Before long, she was visualizing her Blortland creatures creating doing within her own body.
Few visualization techniques mimic Diana’s fascinating and unique cast of helpers, where they remove unwanted cancer cells and leave the body healthy and strong. Diana’s visualization methods create a positive and comfortable imaginary space where positive visualization and healing can take place.
In Diana’s own words:
“I felt as if I was hired to do a job. I put the melting image to work right away with the chemo I already had in my body. I imagined hot yellow chemo syrup drenching my cells.”
“One image led to another. I began gathering medical information on my disease right down to my cells and how the chemotherapy would help me get rid of my cancer.”
“I could help myself. I felt in control. I felt safe.”
When Diana had cancer, she learned that constantly picturing being strong and surviving cancer activated areas of her shaved-headed brain and she actually became strong and cancer-free.

Diana's Visualizing Story

How Visualizing saved my life

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DIANA_BALDThirteen years ago, before I ate Round most of the time, I was told I had enough cancer in me to kill three elephants. My doctor said I had the worst case of Hodgkin’s disease he had seen in fifty years of practice. The cancer was everywhere–it was time to save my life.

VISUALIZATION_HAND_MONTAGEI had a clear choice. I could either see my cancer as an ordeal or an adventure. I found myself fascinated by the whirlwind of activity swirling around me in the hospital. I decided that this could be the most fascinating adventure of my life.

As scary as chemo felt to me, I couldn’t wait to get started. I was sick and misdiagnosed for so long and now chemo was going to end my pain. Nothing could take away the joy I felt knowing that my growing collection of symptoms was finally going to go away. My first chemo day was like a big party just for me.

VISUALIZATION_CHEMOTEAEI felt numb when the doctor told me, “I’ve never seen anything like it before. The disease is everywhere.” It was the worst news I could hear, but at least I was going all out. It was like winning the lottery with the prize being a disease. I felt kind of special.

My body was on a death bed, but my mind felt energized. I remember the night that put me on the path that saved my life. The nurse assigned to me told me she was one year out from Hodgkin’s herself. She was proof that I could survive.

I will never forget her magic words “Chemo melts Hodgkin’s away.”


VISUALIZATION_CHEMOEATERThose words were the catalyst for my first visualization. The melting image became so clear in my mind. It was powerful. My frame of mind changed in a snap.

I felt as if I’d been hired to do a job, and I put the melting image to work right away with the chemo I already had in my body. I imagined hot yellow chemo syrup drenching my cells.

MAGICWORDSI was helping myself. I felt I was finally in control. I felt safe.

One image led to another. I began gathering medical information on my disease, drilling all the way down until I understood what was happening in my cells and how the chemotherapy would help me get rid of my cancer. I even called upon a cast of characters I created when I was 14 and created my own unique world of positive visualizations.

VISUALIZATION_PURPLEHANDI imagined “Chemo Eaters” devouring chemo-covered cells, “Blorts” dancing with my bone marrow to make blood cells, “Slurpants” escorting cancer cells out of my body, “Phuntfish” gobbling up leftover chemo-covered debris, and “Phunts” standing guard over my good cells to protect them from, radiation.

I poured my energy into recreating this positive healing virtual world on the Web, reaching out to others at the most isolating time in my life. I shared my progress in a blow-by-blow account of my cancer experience. These illustrated visualizations took on a life of their own. Thousands of people from around the world responded, cheering for me and telling me I had helped them think better about their cancer.

Once my body was doused with chemo, I moved on to radiation. I did not get upset when my chest got burned and treatment was delayed a week, or when abdominal radiation made me feel so nauseated that I had to medicate myself into a zombie-like state. But when my platelets plummeted out of control during pelvic radiation and my treatment was delayed indefinitely, I lost hope.

I was mad at my platelets! I knew I had to visualize!

VIEW_SLURPANTS_PLATELETSAfter several dozen disappointing blood tests and delayed treatment, during a last ditch effort, one of my characters, a Slurpant, came to my rescue. I closed my eyes as I watched the Slurpant pull platelets through my bone marrow, creating a current that loosened the platelets off the mother cell. It was easy to do, and I knew it was working. My very next blood test showed an increase in platelets! Never have I been so proud of my blood.

DIANA_RAD_ROOM_SKATESMy Last Day

When it came to my last day of radiation, I wanted to make it memorable – so I roller skated into treatment. When I rolled into the radiation room, there were balloons streaming up the back of the machine. Everyone in the radiation unit congratulated me as if I was a celebrity. I skated away a survivor.

And now that I look back, I know my mind played a big part in saving my life!

The Highest Form of Prayer

When I had cancer, I not know much about visualizations. With my life on the line, I believe that I intuitively tapped into the power of visualizations as a survival mechanism – after all our body and mind’s prime directive is to save our life. It makes sense that this power would reveal itself to me at a time when I had an urgent need to survive.

Soon after coming back from Texas, I went to a seminar my sister used imagery when she had cancer, but other than that I was clueless. I had no idea there was a science behind the art of visualizations.

diana2My first year as a survivor, I spoke to anyone and everyone about how I survived my cancer. I recall one speaking engagement in Texas, where one of the other speakers, a Pasteur who spoke about the power of prayer and healing, told me that my visualizations were the highest form of prayer. I was surprised to hear that since I did not consider myself to be a religious person. He went on to tell me that a prayer is asking for something you want and that my in my visualizations I had asked for my life.

That is why I suggest doing Round Diet visualizations — I know the power they hold and the power they give back to the person with the vision! That can be you!

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Printable Affirmations

Print these affirmations and place them on your mirror, fridge or any other place you frequent.

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Create Your Own Diet Visualizations

Visualizations are most effective when they come from your own mind.

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These tips will help you discover your own brand of lean and fit imagery.

  • Know that fat cells are weak and that exercise is their enemy. Never trust a fat cell who lures you with sugary treats!
  • See your fat cells as greedy creatures who enjoy tricking you into eating more food than you need.
  • Remember that your body wants to be lean and fit.
  • Create imagery that leaves your body with smaller fat cells.
  • Determine your reason to Round Down, and remind yourself of that reason often.
  • See yourself as slim and fit, as if you are already slim and fit.
  • Be specific about your expectations. If you say you want to lose weight, the universe will think a pound is enough. But if you say, “On November 1, 2009, I am a size 5,” that is the exact goal you will reach.
  • Draw your own imagery to bring your visualizations to life and make them real to your body and mind.
  • Use positive affirmations, and know that the universe does not understand negative words. If you tell yourself that you do not want to be fat, all the universe hears is FAT–and that is what you will get. Instead say, “I am lean and fit.” Speaking positive words reinforces your expectation to be lean and fit.
  • Visualize every day and note it in your Round Diet Diary with words and pictures.
  • See visualizing as part of your job to be less Round.

“The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.” Mary Pickford

Visualize Your Slim & Fit Self

You can help yourself become slim and fit:

  • Imagine how you will look and feel when you are the fit weight you want to be.
  • Know exactly how you want to look and hold that picture in your mind–and think about it often.
  • See yourself slipping into your smallest jeans and how you will feel wearing them out in the world.
  • Let yourself feel fancy-free and able to handle anything in your beautiful lean body.
  • Know you deserve it–you do!

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Put photos of how you want to look on your fridge and mirrors.

Look at them and think about them often.

When you want to eat the wrong foods, think about this picture!

Shrink Your Fat Cells

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Imagine your fat cells as over-filled balloons that you can shrink by letting out the air.

Each day that you follow the Round Diet, you are letting air out of each fat cell in your body.

Picture air seeping out of your fat cells as you exercise–inhale health and fitness, exhale unwanted fat.

See your fat cells as helpless, weak, greedy creatures that you can easily control.