Welcome and thank you for visiting my website! My name is Mairead McDermott and I obnoxiously adopted the name Mairead McWellness when I was catapulted into a do or die health condition in 2016. I chose to do. To do well, to become well, to live and breathe wellness. I chose to step into those shoes and fill them to the best of my ability. I am here to tell the tale… It’s been quite a whirlwind… back to the start…
I was diagnosed with aggressive, stage 4 breast cancer in August 2016. It had spread to my liver. The prognosis wasn’t good, a year or two with treatment, a few months without. I chose not to accept that. I knew I could heal my body. I had a strong belief that I would be OK, that I would get through it. I didn’t know how at the time but my gut instinct was not to accept the palliative chemotherapy being offered to me. I didn’t make a bucket list or plan my funeral. Instead, I gave myself a goal of regaining a healthy body within a year. 13 months later in September 2017, a PET scan showed no evidence of disease. I had healed my body. I had achieved the impossible. I knew it could be done!
I used a combination of conventional medicine, supporting alternative methods and a lot of inner work. I realised that treating the symptom would not be enough to ensure it didn’t return, I had to get to the root and fix it from there. It took a lot of digging and at times was dark and overwhelming but I have come through to the other side intact and healthier, happier and more grounded than before. I was a product of my past, my conditioning and my environment and I wasn’t very nice to myself. I experienced anger and rage, impatience and judgement. I was a difficult teenager and an obnoxious 20 something year old. I had an inner critic who shouted loud and swallowed up the confident little girl who was once told by her teacher she could be president of Ireland. Of course I didn’t realise any of this until I started to dig. Through various therapies and study of quantum physics and the subconscious mind, I found that the person I had become held toxic thoughts and behavioural patterns that would manifest in a serious illness.
Stage 4 cancer forced me to change. I had the choice to live or die. I chose to live and change came in the form of releasing these toxic thoughts and behavioural patterns which have given me not only freedom from my loud inner critic and self-destructive behaviour, but it has given me my health back. I truly believe that I would not be here today had I accepted palliative chemotherapy and ignored the wakeup call cancer gave me. That wakeup call allowed me to explore the inner workings of my body and mind, to find what went wrong and to heal it at the root. It has given me a chance to be a better person, to do better for my family and to contribute to my community. I started blogging about my journey under almost two years ago. I write about my own health, share photos and videos about health and wellness related topics on my blog and social media pages, I run a monthly Soundbath event in my home town of Strokestown, Co. Roscommon which has become hugely popular and I also offer Thermography and personal development services.
I started my business in March 2018 with a view to providing services to help people in a similar situation to myself. I had a serious health condition which needed monitoring and I knew that conventional scanning devices could be harmful when overused. I knew that exposing my already fragile body to regular bouts of radiation from CT scans and mammograms was not a good idea. I came across Thermography as a scanning method and decided it would be a good alternative for me to keep an eye on my body. Thermal image body scanning is non-invasive, 100% safe and painless and allows me to see if there is any abnormal thermal activity happening in my body. Breast cancer can create inflammation and increased blood flow to the breasts in a process known as angiogenesis. Angiogenesis is the creating of blood vessels by tumours in order to supply them with fuel. Angiogenesis creates a unique thermal pattern which can be easily identified with thermal imaging. Regular thermography scans allow me to keep an eye on my body as well as MRI, CT and 6 monthly PET scans. I trained as a Thermographer last year and have many clients from all over the country who use the service to keep an eye on their bodies.
I was hugely interested in training in the mind-body connection with the understanding that our bodies respond to what our minds feed it with. In my case, toxic thoughts and behaviours led to disharmony in the body leaving it vulnerable to disease. Without healing the mind, the body would not be able to follow suit. The problem with the medical system we use and engage in, is that it treats the symptoms and not the cause. If you present with a health condition, more often than not, the symptoms will be treated with a variety of medication or surgical procedures… how often is there an investigation into the root cause of the illness or condition? This is not the fault of your GP, they are under immense pressure to see you in a short amount of time as their waiting rooms are full of others who need them too. Hospitals are overcrowded, nurses and doctors are overworked and waiting lists are years long in some cases. Our healthcare system is broken. It’s clear it doesn’t work. Cancer rates are higher than ever before and are predicted to keep growing to 1 in 2 people by 2020. We are treating the symptoms and not the cause. I truly believe that if we work on getting our bodies in harmony, being kinder to ourselves, connecting to others, to nature, to ourselves… a lot of the health conditions we see in our wider communities can be prevented.
I gained another qualification in January of this year which would add to my desire to help people through my work. My past experience as a secondary school guidance counsellor and degree in psychology would lay the foundation for this new area of work. Over the past year, I trained as a Quantum Thinking Technologies Practitioner (QTT). A mouthful eh? And what the hell is it? It’s rooted in the mind-body connection and in quantum physics and allows me to work with people who are stuck, overwhelmed, live in fear want to feel better. I use various techniques which allow people to ‘Let Shit Go’. Permanently. I attended a QTT practitioner several times on my healing journey and I found it to be the most profound method of healing the inner processes of my mind which were causing toxic thoughts and behaviours. The work has been transformative and has filtered through all aspects of my life. My positive outlook is unshakable, a vital aspect of my survival! I knew I had to train as a QTT practitioner and offer the service to others to want to improve their lives.
The healing journey doesn’t end there. I continue to work on my health daily. Maintaining good health has become a full time job and it is my main priority in life. I have regained a healthy body and keeping it that way is vital. I use both conventional medicine and holistic healing methods including sound healing, kinesiology, bio-energy, acupuncture, healthy eating, psychotherapy, hyperbaric oxygen, homeopathy and shamanic healing. I have mentors, teachers and practitioners who have helped me get to where I am today and help me to stay healthy. It is a truly holistic approach to health care. Working on my mental wellbeing as well as physical health has been the key to my success and it is so important to me to maintain both aspects. I keep my feet rooted in both the alternative and conventional healing worlds. I am under the care of oncology teams in both Ireland and Turkey and this integrative approach is what I have found to work for me. I initially rejected chemotherapy as it was offered as a palliative treatment. Palliative care wasn’t for me. I was 32 with a 1.5 year old at home. It wasn’t an option. I’m glad I rejected it at the time. If I had gone down that path, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be here to tell you my story. I used low dose chemotherapy as part of my healing process in a wonderful integrative clinic in Turkey where both conventional and complimentary medicine are used.
I have had ‘no evidence of disease’ since September 2017. I put this down to the integrative, holistic approach I took. I became my own health boss. I took my care into my own hands. I researched, took risks, tried, failed, tried again, found what works for me and continue to thrive in a healthy body with a positive outlook and a sense of inner peace. I want to help you achieve the same. The inner work and ‘letting shit go’ was the most profound healing tool for me and is the reason I trained as a QTT practitioner. I know any health condition can be overcome or at least managed if a person is given the right tools to do so. I know humans are able to live long lives with what are known as terminal illnesses. I know what I have achieved and I want to share that with the world. It’s too good not to! I know some people reading this might think it’s too good to be true but I have lived this journey, I have blogged about it every step of the way and I have been open and honest about my choices, even though at times my family thought I was crazy. But I’m still here, 100% of me, a better version than before cancer!
Thank you for reading!