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Astrid Brown is an Author and a Professional Medium/Psychic who writes vastly on her experiences, some of which are in her books and others on her blogs and personal web pages. She is an experienced College Lecturer in Holistic Studies and Reiki Master. She currently freelances and writes periodically for an online magazine and works for a large well known international psychic company as a professional psychic medium. She resides in the UK.

TRUE BEAUTY COMES FROM WITHIN




Becoming beautiful inside is what radiates beauty evergreen.


This means looking at ourselves as people and reflecting what makes us who we are. Remember the world does not owe us a living, we are what we ourselves have created. Ask yourself, "Do I like who I am?" "Am I a good person?" When you give "of" yourself and start loving people in a unconditional way, liking them without being judgmental you begin to radiate beauty from within, you radiate it from your soul. It is through this you will achieve "Inner Beauty".

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

TAKE CARE OF BLISTERS



The reason I have posted this today is a warning to please take care of your skin especially blisters. Now I know you may think sepsis from a blister is rare but it is not as rare that it is unlikely to happen to you. I have experienced something similar myself, in my case it was a little crack in the dry skin of my foot and the infection spread from my heel to my thigh in a matter of hours and by that time I was very poorly. I've also come across a couple of students whom I was teaching, and noticed severe inflammation around a broken blister and advised them to visit their doctor straight away, both of whom were very glad I dismissed them from class to do so. 

All too often we neglect our poor feet, they work so hard for us so they do deserve the care you spend on your face.


STORY FROM THE DAILY MAIL BELOW

Schoolboy, 12, six hours from death after blister on his feet becomes infected and sends him into toxic shock - all because he was wearing shoes with no socks 

  • Macenzie Campbell was rushed to hospital as his body began to shut down
  • His mother thought sore was verruca but next day his temperature soared 
  • He was just hours from death when he rung relatives to say his goodbyes
  • After operation on his foot to remove infected tissue he is now recovering

Macenzie Campbell almost died after a blister on his foot became infected and sent him into toxic shock
Macenzie Campbell almost died after a blister on his foot became infected and sent him into toxic shock
A 12-year-old boy was six hours from death when a blister on his foot became infected and sent him into toxic shock after he wore shoes without socks.
Family members prepared to say goodbye to Macenzie Campbell after his organs began to fail and his body shut down.
His mother Joanne, 38, thought the potentially fatal infection started from a verruca and had applied a treatment, but the next day his foot had swollen and a red rash spread all over his body.
She rushed him to a doctor, as his temperature soared, and he was immediately admitted to the Royal Bolton Hospital.
Staff warned him he may not survive and he phoned family members to say his goodbyes after the rash began turning black and his organs started shutting down.
The schoolboy said: ‘It was terrifying. I wasn’t only scared for myself, I was scared for my family. It had seemed like a normal blister, but I gradually started to feel worse and worse.
‘I felt sick, everything was blurry and my heart was racing. I didn’t know what was going on.’
His grandmother, Kate Campbell, said: ‘We thought we were going to lose him. He was ringing all of us in case he didn’t make it.
‘We were told afterwards he was only a few hours from death. The sepsis was gradually shutting his body down. We were distraught.’

HOW TO TREAT BURST BLISTERS 

  • Do not peel off the dead skin on top of the blister - allow the fluid inside to drain and then cover the blister and the area around it with a dry, sterile dressing to protect it from infection until it heals.
  • If the top layer of dead skin has already rubbed off, do not pick at the edges of the remaining skin.
  • If the blister is on your foot, avoid wearing the shoes that caused it until it heals.
 
    It is believed the blister actually appeared on his right ankle after he wore shoes without socks on in April and later burst.
    His foot was operated on to remove the infected tissue and he was kept in hospital for just over a week.
    Mrs Campell told The Sun: ‘Doctors said six to 12 hours later, he’d have been dead’.
    Macenzie is now recovering at home.
    Joanne Campbell thought the sore was a verruca at first and applied treatment but by the next day his foot had swollen, his temperature soared and he was covered in a red rash as toxic shock syndrome set in
    Joanne Campbell thought the sore was a verruca at first and applied treatment but by the next day his foot had swollen, his temperature soared and he was covered in a red rash as toxic shock syndrome set in
    Macenzie Campbell with his grandmother Kate who was was terrified she was going to loose her grandson
    Macenzie Campbell with his grandmother Kate who was was terrified she was going to loose her grandson




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    Tuesday, 12 August 2014

    ANOTHER REASON WHY PROCESSED FOOD IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU

    Aside from the saturated fats, too high salt and sugar levels and artificial flavourings and colouring, you might want to read the article below

    Revealed, what’s REALLY inside your ham sandwich and chicken nuggets - and it’s enough to put you off processed food for life

    • Peter Augustus, who lives in Hong Kong, photographed popular dishes alongside the real, raw part of the animal they come from
    • Wanted to raise awareness of what our favourite foods are made from
    • 'Few of us see anything that even closely represents the animal we are eating when we purchase it – it is always pre-packaged and neat'
    • The non-vegetarian says the project has changed his own eating habits 

    THIS ARTICLE IS FROM THE DAILY MAIL

    Indeed, most of us try and push the image of trotter or carcass to the back of our minds when eating processed food.
    Now, one photographer has laid bare the grisly reality of where our favourite foods come from - and it's probably enough to deter you at least temporarily, if not for life.

    Grisly: Texan-born Peter Augustus has taken photos of popular dishes alongside the real, raw part of the animal they come from, in a bid to raise awareness







    Sanitised: 'Most of us seldom see anything that even closely represents what kind of animal we are eating - it is always pre-packaged, nice and neat, showcased in an air-conditioned supermarket,' said Mr Augustus









    Taken by Texan-born Peter Augustus, they show popular dishes alongside the real, raw part of the animal they come from.
    While nuggets are chicken feet, a ham sandwich is a pig's trotter and a hot dog is an unappetising-looking piece of intestine. 
    Mr Augustus says the project - inspired by his move to Hong Kong - 'is not meant to be repulsive, but to raise awareness' of where popular dishes actually come from.
    He said: 'Arriving in Hong Kong for the first time, a city overloaded with visual stimulation, one of the most impactful scenes for me was the meat shops found in my neighbourhood of Sai Ying Pun. 
    'As a foreigner from a major city in the West, most of us seldom see anything that even closely represents what kind of animal we are eating when we purchase it – it is always pre-packaged, nice and neat, showcased in an air-conditioned supermarket. 

    'Being forced to pass by these meat shops on a daily basis with their pig heads, intestines, eyeballs and hearts hung on hooks out in the open lead me to challenge myself to view these shops as a normal place where actual food was being sourced every day, that ended up in my meal at a local restaurant.'
    Mr Augustus - who is not vegetarian - says his work, 'a personal therapeutic process', explores the relationship that most Western societies have with the meat that they eat.
    'It's a disconnect between what it actually is they are eating and what it was before it was prepared for consumption.'
    He added: 'Shot using a white background with lighting meant to evoke an American diner or cafeteria, I take out the clean cuts and replace them with a real representation of the animal the meat comes from.
    'By doing this, I hope to cause the viewer to take into account what the natural form of their food looks like.' 


    xAuthentic: He hopes the project will help diners think about the natural form their food takes





    Transformed: Mr Augustus admits the project has changed his eating habits. 'I now make an effort to know where and how the animal I am eating was raised - and the results do dictate if I end up eating it'









    Mr Augustus believes his work 'highlights a number of important debates' - such as the longstanding debate of the quality of chicken and meat products and 'the use of unnatural fillers and hormones in the animal products we eat daily.'
    The project itself was a labour of love - an involved traipsing around until he found a friendly bucher who could speak sufficient English. 
    'She thought it was funny, as she could tell I was a little bit uncomfortable being surrounded all the raw meat,' he recalls.
    In fact, her main focus was food handling and preparation.
    'She didn't understand why a white person wanted all of these things to photograph and was very concerned if I knew how to handle it properly.
    'She also told me how to cook and eat it, which I did not.'
    However he admits the project has changed his eating habits. 'I now make an effort to know where and how the animal I am eating was raised - and the results do dictate if I end up eating it. 
    'Not to sound preachy, but I think if more meat eaters did that, I think there would be less animosity from overly passionate vegans.'








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    Wednesday, 16 July 2014

    DIVINE TIMING




    Recently I had a client, in fact she's been asking for a reading every week with the same question. I don't keep notes as I prefer to rely on my guides to tell me what's happening around a client, anyway as I use tarot cards to begin a reading I began laying them out and every time the same cards turn up and of course I have to give her the same answer, the situation is just the same and the answer is just the same that she will have to be patient for she will get her wish but we are bound by divine timing.
    Time and time I hear from clients, when will it happen? can you give me a time? Sometimes I am lucky and I am given dates and timings but more often that not I am just told Divine Timing. It's not a cop out to give to the impatient but firstly there are no clocks nor is there a sense of time as we know it in the spirit realms and secondly it takes time to manifest the optimal times for the best result.

    If you want to experience more harmony, happiness and effortless manifestation of your desires in life, you have to let go of all resistance towards whatever that comes your way. The reason why we fight against what comes is because we think that we are being kept from having our way. But the truth is whatever that happens is exactly what is meant to be, and it is all part of the process of the manifestation of our desires. Everything is happening in divine timing and we can flow if we do not limit ourselves.

    Sometimes you were expecting to meet someone on a certain day but when that day comes, the person cannot meet you for some valid reason. Flow with it and meet that person on another day. The reason why you might be resisting change of events is because you have been anticipating it and thinking a lot about it. But when it doesn’t happen at the expected time, you don’t know what to do in place of it because you don’t feel like doing anything else other than that which you already had in mind.

    If something doesn’t happen at the expect time in the expected way, it means it’s going to happen at a better timing in a better way. Don’t resist what is happening but instead focus on doing something else. You will discover things gone a much better way after the whole event has passed. You did something important which enhanced the meeting with the person that would not have happened otherwise. Hence it is better not to resist what is happening when it isn’t necessary, but to just go with  the flow.

    Just know everything happens at the RIGHT TIME AND THE BEST POSSIBLE TIME and only spirit knows this and we have to learn to trust, they do know what is best for us because spirit love us. Spirit have the ability to know what is ahead and any complications so they decide what is the best time to manifest our wishes. If we were to rush things before the optimum conditions were reached it could prevent our wishes manifesting, this is why we need to trust and believe in Divine timing.







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    Thursday, 3 July 2014

    JUST WHAT WE LIKE TO HEAR "ANOTHER REASON WHY CHOCOLATE IS GOOD FOR US"


    The story from the "DAILY MAIL" below is about another good excuse to eat chocolate of course we are referring to dark chocolate which contains a good supply of iron and rich in those beneficial antioxidants Flavonoids


    Dark chocolate could make walking easier for the elderly: Eating a bar can help patients with artery problems in their legs.
    Patients with Peripheral artery disease, which affects leg arteries, tested twenty people aged 60 to 78 could walk better after eating dark chocolate


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    Researchers found elderly people with artery problems in their legs could walk a little longer after eating dark chocolate
    Researchers found elderly people with artery problems in their legs could walk a little longer after eating dark chocolate
    For most of us dark chocolate is just a tasty treat – but for the elderly it could also help them to walk, according to a study.
    Researchers found elderly people with artery problems in their legs could walk a little longer after eating dark chocolate.
    Peripheral artery disease, or PAD, is a cardiovascular disease most commonly affecting the arteries of the legs and is strongly associated with age, with high rates in over-70s.
    Reduced blood flow can cause pain, cramping or fatigue in the legs or hips while walking.
    In a pilot study of patients with PAD, 14 men and six women aged from 60 to 78 increased their ability to walk unassisted after eating dark chocolate. 
    On separate days, they were tested on a treadmill once in the morning and again after eating a 40g bar of dark or milk chocolate.
    After the dark chocolate they walked on average 39 feet further and 17 seconds longer than earlier in the day. There was no improvement after eating milk chocolate.
    The researchers, whose findings were published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, suggest that compounds found in cocoa – polyphenols – may reduce oxidative stress and improve blood flow in peripheral arteries.improve arteries’ blood flow.
    The dark chocolate in the study had 85 per cent cocoa so was rich in polyphenols. The milk chocolate had less than 30 per cent cocoa.
    The researchers said that a larger study with long-term consumption is now needed to confirm the improvements.
     
      The improvements were modest. However, the benefit of dark chocolate polyphenols is 'of potential relevance for the quality of life of these patients,' according to the study’s co-author Doctor Lorenzo Loffredo, assistant professor at the Sapienza University of Rome in Italy.
      Levels of nitric oxide - a gas linked to improved blood flow - were higher when participants ate dark chocolate. Other biochemical signs of oxidative stress were also lower. 
      Based on these observations and other laboratory experiments, the researchers suggest that the higher nitric oxide levels may be responsible for dilating peripheral arteries and improving walking independence. 
      Doctor Francesco Violi, study senior author and professor of internal medicine at the Sapienza University of Rome, said: 'Polyphenol-rich nutrients could represent a new therapeutic strategy to counteract cardiovascular complications.'
      In the pilot study of those with Peripheral artery disease, 14 men and six women aged 60 to 78 increased their ability to walk unassisted after eating dark chocolate
      In the pilot study of those with Peripheral artery disease, 14 men and six women aged 60 to 78 increased their ability to walk unassisted after eating dark chocolate

      The researchers said the improvements linked to these compounds in dark chocolate need to be confirmed in a larger study involving long-term consumption. 
      American Heart Association spokesman Dr Mark Creager said that it’s far too early to recommend polyphenols or dark chocolate for cardiovascular health.
      He said: “Other investigations have shown that polyphenols including those in dark chocolate may improve blood vessel function. 
      “But this study is extremely preliminary and I think everyone needs to be cautious when interpreting the findings. 
      “We know from other studies of antioxidants - vitamin C and vitamin E for example - that these interventions have not gone on to show improvement in cardiovascular health.”
      Other polyphenol-rich foods include cloves, dried peppermint, celery seed, capers and hazelnuts.








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      ONCE AND A WHILE



      ONCE AND A WHILE


      Think of me once and a while
      When you feel down, hopefully I’ll make you smile
      I’d like to think you are doing just fine
      Even though it’s been such a long time

      When you’re sad and you’re all alone
      You’re always thought of you’re never on your own
      For promises I make I don’t break
      My loyalty is forever for the promises I make

      Unconditional love means loyalty guaranteed
      It’s based on giving irrespective of one’s need
      It’s selfless and non judgemental
      Forgiving and truly eternal

      It matters not what you’ve done 
      And the past is long but gone
      But what dwells in your heart now is important
      Let mistakes heal and live in the moment

      I hope I touched your soul
      And I know time has taken it’s toll
      All I ask is once in a while think of me
      For I loved you unconditionally, enough to let you fly free


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      Tuesday, 24 June 2014

      SMOKING IS MORE DEADLY AND ADDICTIVE THAN IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO


      The article below is from the Daily Mail below. We should all know by now that smoking is bad for us, however the charity "The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids" has discovered the lengths tobacco companies are going to make sure smoking is highly addictive

      Why smoking is more deadly and addictive  than it was 50 years ago: Charity reveals the underhand tactics tobacco companies now use to make sure we’re hooked

      • Chemicals added to cigarettes to ensure addiction, make smoke easier to inhale, reduce harshness and increase the speed nicotine hits the brain
      • Today's smokers have a higher risk of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than in 1964 despite smoking fewer cigarettes


      Cigarettes are more dangerous than ever due to a wealth of tactics adopted by tobacco companies over the last 50 years, a charity has warned. 
      The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has produced a revealing infographic which lays out exactly how cigarettes have changed in the last five decades. 
      Doctors at the charity say that cigarettes today pose an even greater risk of disease than those sold in 1964 when the first warning about the health dangers came from the Surgeon General in the U.S.

      Deadlier than ever: The report  illustrates how cigarettes have changed over the last 50 years
      Deadlier than ever: The report illustrates how cigarettes have changed over the last 50 years

      The charity's research is based on a review of scientific studies and tobacco industry documents, as well as the Surgeon General's report.
      It found that today's smokers have a much higher risk of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease than in 1964  - despite smoking fewer cigarettes.


      This is due to 'changes in the design and composition of cigarettes'.
      The charity claims that over the past 50 years, tobacco manufacturers have designed and marketed ever more sophisticated products that are 'effective in creating and sustaining addiction to nicotine,' more appealing to new young smokers and much more harmful. 
      'They took a deadly and addictive product and made it worse, putting smokers at even greater risk of addiction, disease and death,' the report, Designed for Addiction, says. 

      The addictiveness of cigarettes has also been increased by raising nicotine levels.
      The report claims that manufacturers also add ammonia, which increases the speed which nicotine is delivered to the brain .
      Another tactic is to add sugars, which increase the addictive effects of nicotine and make it easier to inhale tobacco smoke.
      Cigarettes today deliver nicotine more quickly from the lungs to the heart and brain. 
      And by altering the taste and smell of cigarettes, tobacco manufacturers have made it easier for people to start and continue smokin.
      They have also made tobacco smoke less harsh by adding levulinic acid. This makes the smoke feel smoother and less irritating.
      The report states: '[It is] clear that tobacco products – and cigarettes in particular
      – are highly engineered to expand the appeal of these products and facilitate
      the consumption of and addiction to nicotine, a highly addictive drug. 
      'Tobacco companies also know that almost all new smokers begin their addiction as
      children and that smoking is distasteful for new smokers, so they carefully
      design the product to appeal to this important market. 
      'The companies have spent huge sums to research the design of their products and ensure they
      achieve these goals, even if the impact of these changes also makes the product more dangerous.'






      Monday, 23 June 2014

      Understanding Pain: What to do about it in less than five minutes?

      I came across this helpful video by way of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association, being that I am a TN sufferer myself. It does apply to all chronic pain however. Reiki works well with me as being a reiki master, I can reiki myself when necessary and that helps me through the worst attacks by helping me relax as when you are tense pain is felt much more.



       









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      Tuesday, 17 June 2014

      TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA






      Trigeminal neuralgia is sudden, severe facial nerve pain. It's often referred as the "suicide disease" because of the significant numbers of people taking their own lives before effective treatments were discovered.  Trigeminal Neuralgia has been known now for centuries. It is probably one of the worst kinds of pains known to man. An estimated one in 15,000 people suffers from trigeminal neuralgia, although numbers may be significantly higher due to frequent misdiagnoses. Trigeminal neuralgia is relatively rare an estimated one million people worldwide suffer from trigeminal neuralgia. It usually develops after the age of 40 and affects women in a 2:1 ratio. 

      The pain in the face has been described as stabbing, piercing or like an electric shock. The intense pain can last from just a few seconds to two minutes each time and can last continuously for a couple of hours or so and random times during the day. 

      In most cases it only affects one side of the face (unilateral), more commonly the right side. Rarely, people with trigeminal neuralgia have pain on both sides of their face (bilateral).

      In 80-90% of cases the pain is caused by pressure on the trigeminal nerve, the largest nerve inside the skull.


      For more information on this debilitating ailment please follow the link here TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA or the tab at the top of the page it will take you to THE TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA ASSOCIATION UK WEBSITE.  

      The aim of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Association UK is to offer support and encouragement to TN patients, their families and friends, and to provide information on treatments currently available as well as details of any advances being made in the management of this excruciatingly painful and debilitating condition. Another vital part of our work is to raise awareness amongst medical professionals, particularly GPs and dentists, regarding the diagnosis and treatment.





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      Monday, 16 June 2014

      THE DANGERS OF ULTRA VIOLET LIGHT


      The following article is from the Daily Mail and I'm posting this as its the time of year when people throw caution to the wind and at the first sign of sunshine lie out in it and toast themselves often without sun protection, which is crucial if you happen to have very fair skin. I've written many times about the dangers of UV light on this site follow the link below for more information on the dangers of UV light.




      Teacher, 30, told the mole on his back was nothing to worry about is dying from more than 50 tumours which have now spread to his brain and heart

      Series of failures by medics leaves father-of-one with terminal cancer
      Father Jordi Akhurst spotted mole on his back in 2007 and went to GP
      But hospital dermatologist twice told him there was nothing wrong
      After doctor removed it 'as a favour' Mr Akhurst was found to have cancer
      Following scans, experts then missed disease when it spread to his heart
      He is now on 'last resort' drug and hoping to be given access to trials

      Jordi Akhurst, 30, has been left with more than 50 tumours around his body after doctors dismissed his concerns about a mole on his back
      Jordi Akhurst, 30, has been left with more than 50 tumours around his body after doctors dismissed his concerns about a mole on his back
      A teacher has been left with terminal cancer after doctors refused to remove a suspicious mole from his back for nine months.
      Jordi Akhurst, 30, sought medical help after spotting the worrying blemish on his skin - but was repeatedly told there was nothing wrong.
      Over the next six months, the spot started to bleed and crack but a dermatologist insisted it was benign.
      His GP finally agreed to remove the mole because of Mr Akhurst's worries and sent off samples for routine analysis.
      Within days the father-of-one's worst fears were confirmed when hospital staff broke the news that he had skin cancer.
      The cancer has since spread to his brain, heart, adrenal glands and lymph nodes, leaving him with more than 50 tumours around his body.
      Experts say spotting the disease as early as possible is key to surviving cancer but Mr Akhurst, dad to a five-year-old son, Luca, says experts repeatedly botched his diagnosis.
      The maths teacher, from Plymouth, Devon, said: 'I started going to the doctor about a mole on my back in 2007.
      'My GP said they don't remove them anymore and I was referred to a dermatologist at Derriford Hospital [in Plymouth] who said there was nothing wrong with it and he would leave it and see how it went.
      'Three months later all the original problems were still there. It kept bleeding and it was bleeding so often it wouldn't be long before there was a blood mark on my shirt and I would have to change.
      'This was happening every day. I wasn't too worried - it was more annoying than anything else.

        'Six months later the dermatologist said it seemed unchanged and it was all fine.'
        Mr Akhurst wasn't happy with the diagnosis and went back to his doctor, who once more referred him to a dermatologist.
        Mr Akhurst shows the scar left from the removal of the original mole which doctors dismissed
        Mr Akhurst shows the scar left from the removal of the original mole which doctors dismissed

        He said: 'I went back to my GP after nine months because I wasn't happy and I wanted it taking off.
        'She referred me to the dermatologist again and he was quite insistent he wasn't going to remove it.
        'It was black, raised, cracked and bleeding - you don't have to be an expert in skin cancer to know something wasn't right.
        'I wasn't panicked at all. I just thought it was a case of getting rid of it.

        'I'm 30 and have a terminal illness - it's all very well if you're 70 but I was hoping for another 40 years of life ahead of me.'

        Cancer sufferer Jordi Akhurst

        'My GP ended up removing it as a favour. They're obliged to send it away for tests and a week later I had a phone call from the hospital in a complete state of panic.
        'I went in and was put in a room with a few people who were extremely apologetic, including a specialist cancer nurse and the dermatologist, who I haven't seen since.
        'At the time my son was being born so I just wanted anything that needed to happen to happen so I could get on with my life.'
        Nine months after his original visit to the GP, Mr Akhurst was finally admitted for surgery on his back.
        He said: 'They did the first operation and they weren't happy with the lesions and felt there was more they could have chopped out.
        'I had a second and then third operation. They kept having to open up the scar and search for more and more.
        'I went from being told there was nothing wrong to having this giant scar. In the following months I went for check ups but I felt they were quite brief and a bit useless.'
        A dermatologist at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital said there was nothing wrong with the original mole
        A dermatologist at Plymouth's Derriford Hospital said there was nothing wrong with the original mole

        After the three operations in 2007 to remove the infected tissue, Mr Akhurst hoped he had beaten the disease, but in January last year he noticed some new lumps.
        By the time the results came back on April 15 last year it had reached his adrenal glands, which are at the top of the kidneys and his lymph nodes.

        REGIONAL THREAT - SKIN CANCER RISKS IN THE SOUTH WEST

        Figures show there are around 10,000 new cases of skin cancer every year and it's the fastest growing cancer for 18 to 30-year-olds.
        One in four diagnosed with melanoma, the most serious form of the disease, do not survive beyond five years.
        Mr Akhurst's plight emerged after shock figures revealed that the number of new cases in Devon and Cornwall is double the UK average.
        According to a new campaign from Public Health England (PHE) you are twice as likely to fall prey to the disease if you live in the two counties.
        But the heath group is urging anyone who spots anything strange on their skin to see their GP.
        PHE centre director, Professor Debra Lapthorne, said: 'The campaign message is clear, if you notice any unusual or persistent changes to your skin, you should visit your doctor.'
        He was diagnosed as being Stage 4 - which is terminal.
        Mr Akhurst was given pneumotherapy, which he said was hailed as a 'wonder drug', but didn't well respond to the treatment.
        The Bristol University classics graduate added: 'I was going up to the hospital every three weeks for four months and being put on a drip.
        'Even though it didn't work I felt well enough to carry on with my job and my day to day life.
        'They left me for two to three months to see how I was and after a scan they found the cancer had spread to my heart.
        'Doctors told me it was untreatable and any treatment would leave a hole in my heart. They said the tumour was new and it had grown quickly.
        'I had a specialist heart scan and it found the tumour wasn't new - it had been missed on previous scans and was actually treatable.
        'Despite all this I was still well, but I became ill in February this year. I was behaving quite strangely and couldn't do simple things like use my phone.
        'I found out I had 10 new brain tumours so the disease had progressed quite severely.'
        Mr Akhurst is now taking Zelboraf - the last of the licensed drugs he is able to take.
        If he doesn't respond after six months he will try to take part in clinical trials to be able to use unlicensed treatments.
        He said: 'It is very toxic and doesn't make you feel great. After this six months there is no more treatment. The best case scenario is that by the time I stop responding I would be put on a drug trial.'
        Mr Akhurst is now urging anyone who sees something unusual on their skin to see their doctor. File photo
        Mr Akhurst is now urging anyone who sees something unusual on their skin to see their doctor. 
        He added: 'I would be very happy to take part in trials. They said I have between one and five years when I was diagnosed in April last year.
        'I'm 30 and have a terminal illness - it's all very well if you're 70 but I was hoping for another 40 years of life ahead of me.
        'I didn't realise it would spread to where it has or so aggressively and quickly.
        'I was quite resentful to be honest - there's a slight injustice in it. I know people are dying of cancer all over the world but when you're 30 you think you have lots of time left.
        'There's nothing I did to contribute to it. I didn't sun worship or get burnt.
        'I want people to know that skin cancer exists. I had a mole and I had it removed and I really thought that was as far as it would go.
        'I don't want to be an anti-sun bed person and they're not part of my story but if people could think twice about using them and use sun cream - whether it's factor five or 50 - just think about it and use some protection.' 



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