THEN MY BIG 'C'
At 36, a year after Heidi's diagnosis, my husband and I decided to try for a third child. Excited, I went for a routine ovary scan at my gynae. My doctor told me that my scan was abnormal and that he needed to investigative further. I was rushed in for surgery first thing the next day and I woke up having had an full hysterectomy. Pathology results had shown that I had ovarian cancer. Again, we were both stunned. I was thrust into surgical menopause overnight at the age of 36.
I felt angry that my body had let me down.
I CAN KNOW MORE
In the year after Heidi's diagnosis, she read all she could about how nutrition, environment and lifestyle choices can affect your body and contribute to cancer. She immersed herself in the study of nutrigenomics, epigenetics and signed up to study the Functional Medicine practitioners course.
Heidi learnt about her 'health timeline' and how all the choices that she had made up until our cancer diagnoses had very likely contributed to the development of her cancer. Determined to find the cause, and in the absence of a family history, Heidi did a DNA test. It showed that her body doesn't detox well, including estrogen.
TURNING POINT | DNA
I still clearly remember the moment I opened my DNA report: I too had wonky estrogen detox genes! I called Heidi immediately, half crying, and said: "Until now, I've believed that my body had let me down but actually I've let my body down with all the choices I've made." All of a sudden it became personal. I was ready to change. Suddenly surgery seemed like the easy part. The hard part was going to be making better nutrition, environment and lifestyle choices all day, every day!
We decided we needed to share what we had learnt. Because we had both been patients, we knew how disempowering it had been to not have access to our medical data. We wanted to change that.
After you're done with the doctors and surgery, you have to go home and make better choices every day on your own - your medical data helps to personalise your choices. We wanted to create a place where you had access to DNA and advanced biochemistry tests online that you could order without a doctors request, and do yourself at home.
We also knew how challenging it was to piece together better choices and a personalised protocol, so we set about pulling better choices into one place to make it easier for you.
I wish that had known at 18 what I know now. If I had, I believe I may have been able to prevent my cancer.
In 2015, we started JOINCIRCLES. We set about pulling together in everything we had experienced, learnt, studied and wished we could find in one place.
We started curating ranges of products with specific criteria in mind. We chose many of the products in our 'Nutrition' category because they've been designed around nutrigenomic principles and are used therapeutically in Functional and Integrative Medicine. We personally checked every product and ingredient in our 'Environment' category to ensure they are free from xenoestrogens, endocrine disruptors, DNA mutators and carcinogens. And, we've chosen products for our 'Lifestyle' category based on the latest research.
You can shop in our shop knowing that our products will work towards 'turning off' your potential risk for certain lifestyle-related chronic diseases, and help to 'turn on' optimal wellness.