About the Authors
Dr Pam Evans
Pam worked in medical research for more than 25 years focusing largely on cancer therapies and adjuncts to cancer therapy. She has a PhD in Medicine from the research work she did in her early career, when she proved the link between folic acid deficiency and neural tube defects. (This discovery virtually eradicated spina bifida and has compelled women everywhere to take folic acid supplements before and during pregnancy).
While employed in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, Pam also trained as a career coach and has since expanded this knowledge and experience into the area of coaching those affected by life threatening illness to find their inner strength and empower them to make the most of every precious moment. She is also a qualified holistic therapist and works as a volunteer complementary therapist for Macmillan Cancer Support.
She herself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006 and has fully recovered following a mastectomy.
By the age of 28, Polly had been diagnosed with cancer, not once but twice. Her first dance with cancer began when she was 24 which sparked a deep desire to do everything she could to help herself. During that time she also became passionate about helping people to take back the reins on their health and happiness.
Having initially been down the conventional route of chemo, radiotherapy and surgery, on her second diagnosis Polly felt that there had to be another way to heal and that if the body created dis-ease then it could “un-create” it. So she embarked on a kick cancer-butt mission to heal herself naturally and it is no coincidence that she feels healthier and happier than ever before.
Polly is a prolific wellness writer, certified Holistic Health Coach, accomplished raw food chef and founder of The Noble Kitchen. For free recipes, health information, coaching and raw food classes, visit www.pollynoble.com where she shares her passion for food and health with thousands of people every day.
Nick was a professional musician before becoming a journalist, therapist and life coach. In 2003, he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL), and following this diagnosis he put his wicked sense of humour to work and added becoming a stand-up comedian to his CV!
He believed passionately in living life to the full despite a second diagnosis of NHL, and even when he was additionally diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease he didn’t slow down, creating a website called Laughing with Cancer www.laughingwithcancer.com to help others affected by the disease. Despite his many talents and his great love for interacting with people, his true joy was in writing. He regularly wrote for various publications including Disability Times and GT magazines as well as the cheerful blogs on his website; many of these reflecting his ongoing love of music as well as delivering his messages of encouragement and inspiration.
In May 2010 Nick received a third diagnosis of cancer and while putting his everything into recovery he also undertook to write this book with Pam and Polly, again driven by his desire to help others. Sadly, despite excellent medical care and incredible fortitude from Nick he passed away in October 2010 while the book was in its final draft stage.