My name is Nikki Bednall. I'm a Systems Analyst in the UK and have a first class BSc (Hons) degree in Computer Information Systems. I like applying a systemic approach to everything (no kidding - just look at my blog, for example!). Maybe it's my way of coping, understanding or just the way I'm wired.
In 2018 I gained a Stage 3 FHT Diploma in Anatomy and Physiology and a Professional Certificate in Nutrition and Disease (cancer, heart disease & type 2 diabetes) from Wageningen University & Research. I've always been interested in nutrition, I mean we all have a body so it's good to take an interest; like having a car and working out how to check the oil and water. I've become much more interested since my diagnosis. I think this is quite common.
In 2019 I studied a Certificate in Complimentary Therapies and an MHFA Certificate in Mental Health First Aid.
I've taken part in breast cancer research projects and campaigns at every opportunity:
WCRF website have featured my story: Why Support Us
Artwork contributions feature at the Breast Cancer Art Project
I've written articles for:
Breast Cancer Care: How writing helped
Ticking off breast cancer:
Mission Remission: Making Research Papers work for patients
100 Stories: Promotional Video
In March 2018 I was interviewed by BBC health news as part of a medicinal cannabis campaign to raise public awareness.
I worked as a bit-part actress in television for 8 years which I feel prepared me nicely for taking on a new character during chemotherapy and moving on as a new "me" and adopting the "All the world's a stage....." approach --William Shakespeare--
You can find me here tweeting and stuff:
Twitter: @lifeafterlola (bc community)
@nikkibednall (research and nutrition)
Instagram: @nikkibednall (photography/art blog)
I don't believe in fate: I believe in being proactive and grabbing what you want out of life rather than waiting for fate.
I don't believe things happen for a reason: I believe sometimes bad things happen and we find ways to give them meaning.
I don't believe cancer is a gift: I believe we find something positive out of a bad situation and cherish and enjoy what we have now.
I don't know if my adjuvant strategy will work: I believe it's better to try and do something with available evidence than not.
If my strategy works, I won't know which bit worked: Who cares. Something worked and I'm alive!