gratitude, health, holistic health, kindness, motivation, positivity, shamanism

The Path of a Shamanic Storyteller

On Sunday night I returned home after the penultimate five day weekend of my shamanic practitioner training.

I graduate in March.

I’m not sure how to even begin to describe what this training has involved, or what it means to me.

I’ve met, and connected with, 5 incredible women who have become like sisters to me. Soul sisters with whom I’m sharing a spiritual path and, whom I hope to continue to share and grow with for many, many years to come.

They know me at such an intimate level. They have seen and witnessed the depths of my soul in a way that is indescribable. At each training weekend we sit in a sacred circle and share with intimate detail the essence of who we are, without fear of judgement and always in receipt of pure and unconditional love and acceptance.

But the training isn’t just about the sharing. It’s also about learning to work in a shamanic manner. ‘Re-learning’ I should say, as we already know…we have just forgotten.

It’s about connecting with something bigger than ourselves, stepping away from the dramas of every day life, being guided by spirit, allowing ourselves permission to learn, to grow and to step onto the true path of our soul.

And, still it’s more.

It’s a coming home. A reconnection. A remembering. Like parts of my soul are reawakening.

Put simply, it’s indescribable. Because there are no words to describe what this path, or this training, is like. Words don’t do it justice. No, this path has to be felt, to be lived.

During this particular weekend I had the honour, and privilege, of my 5 peers, my mentor and another qualified practitioner working on me as a group for 2.5 hours.

Together they held space while I talked through my healing journey and then I embodied my cancer and, for nearly an hour, I spoke it’s story, it’s voice, it’s essence.

In October when I held a ‘cancer divorce ceremony’ I wrote a letter to my cancer. I guess, you can say, this was cancer’s chance to respond.

It was powerful stuff. Pure magic unfolded as words that didn’t belong to me flowed from my mouth.

The words were soft, protective, nourishing even. It seemed the essence of cancer was not there to punish me but to guide and protect me.

I felt overcome with a deep sense of peace, acceptance and surrender.

All fear left me. I felt held. I felt connected. I felt safe. I felt honoured in my wholeness and vulnerability.

Something had shifted in me. Not just physically, but emotionally and spiritually too.

Many people ask how I ended up on this course. It was pure guidance and coincidence. A friend of mine had bought me a one to one shamanic session with, my now dear friend and retreat colleague, Rhonda McCrimmon. That first session blew my mind. I’d never heard of shamanism, the spirit world or any of the other magic Rhonda talked about.

But that’s not why I started training. A few months later (during which I was reading everything I could about shamanism) I found myself at Trew Fields Festival in Surrey (a holistic healing festival for people with cancer). There I kept meeting shamans. Suddenly, I’d gone from never having heard of shamanism to it being everywhere.

I sat in circle with one of them whom some of you will know as Anne (the founder of Cancerucan) and had a profound experience with a spirit snake. Talking to her she suggested that I was already on the path to shamanism and should seek a tutor or mentor.

So, I found myself googling shamanic training during my train journey back to Scotland, the friend I was travelling with (Claire – The Independent Single Mum) encouraging me to ‘send the email’ when I found a practitioner that resonated.

So I did. Then, during my next session with Rhonda it transpired that the person I had emailed was who she had trained with – it appeared I was being guided, once again.

Not only that but my soon to be mentor, Carol Day, and I had actually crossed paths previously while I was studying my PhD…it seemed I’d missed the path’s previous calls to my soul.

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the course, or even why I was being guided to do it, but, I just ‘knew’ that it was what I had to do. This knowing was deep and unavoidable.

Has the path been easy? No. Without doubt it is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. But, one thing is for sure, it’s the best decision I’ve ever made for my personal and spiritual growth and development.

To date, I’ve held back in what I’ve shared about the training and the growth I’ve experienced through it, but my guidance now is to open up completely.

Increasingly I am realising that my background as a researcher for the NHS and Scottish Government enables me to be a translator of spirituality into the realms of the every day and even into the scientific areas of life.

So this is where I will position myself, a shamanic storyteller, bridging the guidance of the spirit world into the everyday world and into the lives of those who read my words.

After all, it’s what my writing and talks have been doing for years already, only now, I’ll be more transparent about it.

With love and gratitude always, Fi xx

gratitude, health, holistic health, kindness, ovarian cancer, positivity

Today I Rise Again

Today is a new day.

I rose today having felt what I was meant to feel, having seen what I was meant to see, having said what I was meant to say.

So many people ‘advised’ that I stop writing and that I focus on me. I know they meant this with the deepest kindness but writing ’is’ me focusing on me. It is my therapy, my release, my way of processing and feeling everything that is there to be felt.

I do not write for anyone else but myself – although, admittedly, it brings me so much joy to realise how my words have helped so many others.

I can’t help but wonder how different our world would be if someone had told Anne Frank to stop writing. I’m not suggesting I am anything like Anne Frank, a courageous young girl whom I have admired since first discovering her words when I myself too was only young, but I am suggesting that our stories are important, healing and essential. We must share our stories. We simply must.

I feel in a good place today, like I am emerging from something, like I am shedding an old version of myself and stepping forward into something new.

I sense change ahead, yes, but change isn’t necessarily bad and I find myself feeling a sense of excitement at this new adventure I find myself on.

I’ve been in worst places in the past four years since my diagnosis than I find myself in just now. There is, of course, one significant difference now. Now I don’t see chemotherapy as an option for me when the trial completely stops working (which it hasn’t, yet).

As I’ve written many times before, chemotherapy (and any treatment) is a very personal choice and I do not advocate for or against any options. But I do know that chemotherapy is not the right option for me. Not again. Not after 4 years ago. This is my inner guidance and I trust it profusely. Nothing and no one will ever change my mind.

So what are my options?

Just now, medically, it is to stay on the trial. It is to keep breathing in the gratitude that this wonderful cocktail of significantly less toxic drugs is doing something to slow down this disease (even if they can’t stop it completely).

But that is just the medical picture and, if I’ve learnt nothing else on this journey it is that the picture is bigger than what can and can’t be done in a hospital. There is so much more that can be done for my mind, body, spirit and soul.

So, yes, it is accurate when I say I am excited because I find myself wondering ‘what if there is another way?’

And that’s exactly what I intend to spend the next 16 weeks finding out.

Why 16 weeks? Because that is the length of time someone with ovarian cancer is on chemotherapy for…AND, more importantly, because 16 weeks today I plan to get my adventurous soul onto a plane to Bali where I plan to spend 4 weeks healing with my gorgeous husband…something that will only be possible if my lungs stay stable…so I’m excited…I have a focus, I have an aim and I have a shit load of passion.

It ain’t over and, as ever, I ain’t dead yet (motherf*ckers)

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Raw Food for Post Cancer Holistic Health – Day One

Hello and happy Tuesday!
I’ve been thinking over my health lately and realised that it’s not quite where I want it to be…it’s been nearly 18months since I was diagnosed with stage four cancer and after months of being sugar free, vegan (except for occasional fish) and not eating processed food (plus 8 years of being gluten free) I still feel my diet isn’t optimal.

This weekend I went away with my family and found myself slipping easily into old habits of sugar and processed food. Not where I want to be at all!

The result? Today I woke feeling sluggish, tired and all in all a bit ‘meh’. And my skin has broken out again too! Eeek!

So what to do?

Well, after months of researching I’ve decided to embrace a raw food diet under the belief that live food is best for our health.

Now, let’s get one things clear, I’m not doing this for weight loss! I am a happy and healthy size 10/12 and I walk/practice yoga/run ever day. This is about achieving optimal health and helping my body to heal from the inside out.

So, today begins my journey with raw food. I’m under no illusions that it will be easy but hey, it can’t be as bad as high dose chemotherapy and major surgery can it?

I’m a complete novice so I’ve decided to share my story with you all in a ‘video diary’. If you have any advice or tips please let me know!

Here goes!

Love and light, Fi xx
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⭐️VOTING IS NOW OPEN!⭐️

I’ve been shortlisted for ‘The Health Blogger of the Year’. It would be super awesome if you could head here and vote to help me win.

You don’t need to provide any details (not even your name!), you just have to tick a box!

The winner receives a prize of £600 and if I win then I pledge to use it all for my random act of kindness to help spread more joy and raise awareness for ovarian cancer!
With your help I can reach more people and help to spread awareness of ovarian cancer; living with stage four cancer; invisible disabilities and so much more! 💜💜💜

New to my page? In Jan 2016 , at the age of just 30, I was diagnosed with non-genetic, stage four ovarian cancer. There is no stage five. Since then I’ve been campaigning to raise awareness of ovarian cancer in the hope that my diagnosis will help save lives. I have been handing out random acts of kindness to strangers as envelopes containing £20 and a card with the symptoms of ovarian cancer. I do this in the hope of spreading kindness and joy whilst also helping to get people to take about ovarian cancer! 💜⭐️🌈

In August 2017 I published a book entitled “Love, Light and Mermaid Tails” about my story and how I strive to live an incredible life with ‘terminal’ cancer. Get it here.

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My Book is Now Available to Buy

It’s been an exciting week! I’ve finally achieved my life long dream of becoming an author and published my first book!

It is currently available to buy on Amazon in the UK, USA and Europe!

‘Using her values as a compass Fi shares a message of hope, not fear, about how you can heal your life even if you can’t be cured. A powerful message for us all.’ Lesley Howells, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Centre Head, Maggie’s

I’m giving away a free signed book over the weekend 🌈🦄💕🙏🏻 Please just visit my Facebook page for more info 🦄

Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement. I couldn’t have done this without you!

I hope you enjoy the book!

Love and light, Fi xxx

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“Fi Munro was diagnosed with non-genetic stage four ovarian cancer. In that moment, after months of pain, tests and assurances that it was ‘nothing to worry about’, her instincts were proved right and her worst fears were realised.

In the months that followed, understanding her diagnosis, recovery and health became her full time job.

Using her expertise as a researcher she dedicated her time to understanding everything she could about her diagnosis and subsequent prognosis.

In this honest, open and often tear-jerking account of her journey back to wholeness, Fi openly shares her story from diagnosis with stage four ‘terminal’ cancer to living an incredible, healthy life full of joy and laughter.

This book is a guide for anyone, not just those with cancer, who wants to embrace a happier, healthier and more caring approach to their life.

May it bring you peace, courage and, above all, hope.”

“Fi Munro (PhD) is a multi award winning researcher, author and public speaker recognised internationally for her presentations and articles on her journey and holistic health. She has been featured in two BBC documentaries, in TV and radio shows, and in newspaper and magazine articles across the globe.”

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Love and Light for Katie

It was so lovely to have the opportunity to speak about the importance of an early ovarian cancer diagnosis in Edinburgh tonight on behalf of Target Ovarian Cancer, at an event organised to raise money for this incredible charity.

I was invited to speak at the event by an incredible man named Michael who worked tirelessly to create a spectacular evening so that money could be raised in memory of his dear childhood friend Katie who sadly passed away at the age of 21 following an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Having met several of Katie’s friends this evening, and sharing the same oncologist, I can say with confidence that I believe she was a wonderful young woman full of positivity and love.


It is an honour to be able to raise awareness in her name so that more women can be diagnosed early and increase their chances of survival. How lovely and inspiring it is to see her loved ones create such positivity in her name.

Thank you to everyone involved for letting me be a part of your special evening. I was so deeply moved by your words and hugs and it was my utmost privilege to meet you all.

With love and light always to each and every one of you, Fi xxx

#ThinkTeal

T – toilet habit changes

E – energy levels dropping

A – abdominal pain or swelling

L – loss of appetite

If two or more of these symptoms persist for two weeks or longer visit your GP and request a CA125 blood test AND an ultra sound 💜🙏🏻💕

Smear tests DO NOT screen for ovarian cancer and the symptoms whisper xxx

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Macmillan Masquerade Ball

When I was diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancer early this year I told my family that I’d always wanted to go to a Masquerade Ball. 

So, my lovely big sister Pam decided she’d organise one and raise all funds for Macmillan Tayside.

In the following months she was joined by my parents and friends as they began planning the perfect night.

Through the power of social media, local support grew quickly and before they knew it they were having regular committee meetings, dedicating their free time to raising as much money as possible for Macmillan!

Last night it was finally time to party and it was incredible! I was completely blown away by the support of friends and local business owners who had donated their time and services to help with everything including table decorations, chair covers, photography, cakes, goodie bags, auction and raffle prizes and music! Everything for a perfect night was thought of and everything was provided to the best standard!

There were also a few special surprises for me including a signed photograph of Nina Conti, Ewan and I – some of you who have read my blog for a while will know that my Macmillan nurse arranged for me to meet Nina (my fav comedian!!) after my surgery!

And…

A surprise appearance and performance from Cautlyn Vanbeck and Jamie Lee Morly from this year’s xfactor…which was amazing!

Again some of you may know that before Caitlyn appeared on the xfactor she was busking in Edinburgh and I gave her one of my random acts of kindness! Boy did I get a surprise when she appeared on the telly a few weeks later! So when my sister asked for her support last night she was delighted to ‘pay it forward’. She is such a sweet pea! I was in tears I was so shocked!

I feel very blessed!

And!…as if that wasn’t enough…the final fundraising figure has been calculated and they raised on incredible £7777.77!!!

Yes all the 7s!! 💚💚💚

Which, incidentally, is a sign of perseverance, healing, ability to bear hardship, endurance and inner strength! How awesome is that!

I’m sure you will all agree this is an incredible figure from just one event!

Last night my sister asked me what was my favourite part of the night and, after some time thinking this over, I realise that it is simply the knowledge that so many people love me and my hubby so much that they are willing to support an event like this. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart!…I loved every single second and I can honestly say it was the best night of my life!

I’ll remember and cherish it always.

Love and light, Fi xxxx

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This event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the following amazing people and organisations! Thank you so much!

25 Airdneiskich

2plus10 Clothing

AliBob at Cairn O’Mohr

Amanda Thomson Independent Phoenix Trader

Amy Annand Flowers

Angie B Photography

Anne Russell

B Designed Design & Print

Bears and Buddies Workshop

Blair Athol Distillery

Bodle Landscape

Boots UK

British Military Fitness Perth

Bruadar

Café Kisa

Café Tabou

Caitlyn Van Beck

Cath Kidston

Charlene’s Bespoke Bows and Cakes

Clarins

Clark Thomson Chartered Insurance Brokers

Copperfields Hairdressing & Beauty

Covers & Candelabras

Craic N’ Hair 

David Annand

Delightful events

Delivino Auchterarder

Dewar’s Aberfeldy Distillery

Direct Shine

Discover Beauty

Dundee Science Centre

Dunfermline Athletic Football Club

Fairy and Clean Treats

Fiona Whittet Make up Artist

Foxlake Adventures

Freedom Fitness Dundee

Gavin Clark

Glamazon

Greenleaf Creative

Heart of Scotland Tours

Ian Emmett Photography

Itison Dundee

James Grant Group

Jamie Lee Morly

John Gillespie Hairdressing

Killin Thyme

Lainey Mac’s Garret

Ledyatt Trout Fishery

Lloyds Banking Group

Lodge on the Caley

Macmillan Nurses Pam and Erica

Macmillan Perth Committee

Make Believe Events 

McLeod Glaziers

Miles-Moore Ceramics

Morris & Young

Nicole Catterall

Paper Heart Gifts

Perfect Endings

Rangers Football Club

Rosa’s Thai Cafe

Soaperstars

Stagecoach Group

Struan Toyota

Taypark House

Tesco

The Barber Lounge

The Bathroom Company

The Beauty Room

The Body Shop

The Flame Tree Cafe

The Hideaway Experience

The Salutation Hotel

The ugly duckling

Thorntons

Tropic Skin Care by Gill McIntosh

United for All

Urban Disco Perth

Viva B

Waterstones Dundee

Wicked Chocolate Company

Wishy Washy Cleaning Services

You Dirty Scrub

Zenith Fitness Training

Also a huge thank you to all of the individuals who have supported this incredible event (of which there are too many to mention individually), your support means the world to me and millions of people like me who, thanks to you, won’t have to face cancer alone 💚💚💚

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Bungee Jump -Videos

Today I met the two amazing women who received my first random act of kindness and watched them both do their bungee jump for Macmillan Cancer Support 💚💚💚

If you are new to my blog – When my loved ones raised £500 for my husband and I to treat ourselves following my operation we made the decision to use the money to do random acts of kindness for complete strangers…

We didn’t want to profit from my diagnosis and the idea of sharing the love and kindness given to us filled me with so much more happiness than spending it on something ever could.

The recipients of my first envelope decided to pay it forward by doing a bungee jump to raise money for Macmillan. In doing so they have raised over £3000! Incredible or what?! 💙💚💙

This incredibly brave and generous gesture has since been featured in a number of press articles.

It was so heartwarming to finally meet them and their supporters! I haven’t laughed so much in ages! They are both truely wonderful women and had even had awesome tshirts made stating:

I wear teal for Fiona. Love and light!

How gorgeous is that! 💙💙💙


It’s crazy to think that, despite having chatted to them loads over messages since they got in touch a month ago, we have never actually officially met before. I feel like I’ve known them for ages! Their names have certainly become infamous with my friends and family! I feel blessed that our paths have crossed and that they have been so incredible in raising money for Macmillan – another reason to be thankful for my diagnosis.

I watched them jump with my parents and husband alongside their supporters and there was such a great energy with everyone laughing and cheering them on. I felt extremely honoured to have been made to feel such a welcome part of their day.

Watching the jump was extremely nerve wracking! Here were two women throwing themselves off a bridge because of me! I can’t begin to tell you how anxious I was hoping that everything would go smoothly! Thankfully, of course, everything was amazing and they both had a great time…or so they tell me 💚

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​I still can’t believe they actually did a bungee jump! It’s just such utter beautiful madness! 

I think these ladies are wonderful and I can never express how grateful I am for their awesome ‘leap of faith’. I think they are both incredibly brave and selfless and I never could have dreamt that so much good would come from handing out a simple envelope with £20 in it!

If you would like to support either of them in their fundraising for Macmillan you can do so by using the following links:-

The world needs more people in it like these two incredible ladies 💙💚💙

Love and light, Fi xxx 

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Press – Courier Article

Today I’m featured in The Courier talking about life, random acts of kindness and cancer.

I also talk about the Mascarade Ball my sister is organising to raise money for Macmillan Tayside.

If you own a business and would like to contribute with donations for the silent auction or raffle, please get in touch. Thank you 💖💕  All contributors will be thanked publicaly by Macmillan.
Love and light, Fi xxx

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RAK Number One – what happened next

It’s been less than a week since my first Random Act of Kindness and it’s amazing how much has happened off the back of one little envelope.

To start with, one of the ladies managed to find me on Facebook and sent me a friend request. She had posted about receiving the envelope publically on her profile and so I knew who this ‘random request’ was from straight away! I was excited – how lovely that she had connected!


We exchanged some messages and I thought that was it – I’d made a new Facebook friend and she was happy. Success! However very quickly I realised it was much more than that…

By the following morning her original post had been shared over 500 times. It appears people love a happy story! 💕🦄  My blog was getting a lot of views – in fact over 16000 people have now visited the site – and I was being flooded by Twitter and Facebook messages from people telling me how touched they were by my act and my story. It was so much fun reading all of the messages – the kind of stuff that gives you a lovely warm fuzzy feeling.

During this all I connected with the other recipient and the three of us started talking. The ladies decided they wanted to raise money for Macmillan after seeing how much the chairs means to me. I assured them that they didn’t have to but they insisted. To my great surprise they then decided to do a bungee jump! Crazy and amazing in equal measures I know! They are doing this in just a few weeks to raise money for Macmillan Nurses. If you are able, please show them your support.

Now you would think that was more than enough, right? Well not for these ladies! They then went on to make three Random Act of Kindness envelopes of their own to pass on. This was far exceeding my greatest expectations! I’d just wanted to make them smile.

They have already delivered one of their envelopes and their chosen recipient decided to pay it forward too and donated the gift to Mary’s Meals, a local charity. Amazing!


Now, as if this wasn’t all  wonderful enough, it doesn’t stop there.

The three of us were then interviewed by a journalist for an online article and a full page article in a local newspaper about the act of kindness and my blog.


And it doesn’t stop there either! I’ve also been invited to talk on two radio stations AND to be featured in a national magazine. Wow! All this from giving two ladies a £20 random act of kindness.

Finally, a man I’ve never met who runs a local charity called United for All has donated hospitality for 8 at a Dundee United game as an auction prize for the charity ball my sister is organising. His reason? He was so touched by the random act of kindness he wanted to pay it forward too! So so wonderful!

Aren’t the ripples beautiful! I do love the butterfly effect.

I’m so excited that I get to keep giving out envelopes…I’ve got 22 left! Although there is, of course, no pressure on future recipients to do as these ladies have done – I’m just happy if I make someone smile and they maybe share my blog to help raise more awareness.

Love and light, Fi xxx

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Random Acts of Kindness – Number One

When my loved ones raised £500 for my husband and I to treat ourselves following my operation we made the decision to use the money to do random acts of kindness for complete strangers…

We didn’t want to profit from my diagnosis and the idea of sharing the love and kindness given to us filled me with so much more happiness than spending it on something ever could.


So today I did my first random act of kindness and it was every bit as wonderful as I hoped it would be!

Let me tell you about it…

I ventured out of the house on my own for the first time since my operation. First time driving and everything! Whoop whoop!

I went and got my nails done because I wanted a pick me up and to feel a bit more ‘me’ – look how sparkly they are! 

Feeling completely liberated by the notion of being out and about doing normal stuff I phoned my husband and asked if he wanted to meet for lunch in town during his work break. Something we’ve not done for ages(!) and a nice change from ‘picnics’ in the hospital!

We went to a local burger place who amazingly do gluten free. It was lovely sitting there doing normal couple stuff, not talking about cancer and treatment or how I’m feeling – that shit gets old and boring pretty quick when you live with it every day.

I became aware of two ladies sitting near us. They had so much joy and laughter. Everyone else in the place was eating relatively quietly, not really talking much to the person they were with and sometime just looking at their phone instead (Why do people do that?! It’s so annoying!)

But these two ladies were really happy and enjoying life and bouncing off of each other in good spirits and I thought to myself ‘you know what, why not make there day even better’.

So I put £20 in an envelope and wrote ‘Random Act of Kindness’ on it and as we were leaving I went to their table, excused myself and gave them the enevelop. Then I left.

And you know what?

It was the most amazing feeling ever! I have never had such instant gratification and pleasure from passing over £20 before. Ever!

Joy really is found in giving.

It’s made me buzz with happiness.

I can’t wait to share more love in this way.

Love and light, Fi xxx