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 completed a level 2 Certificate in Complementary Therapies and an MHFA Certificate in Mental Health First Aid.

In 2020 I qualified as a Sports Massage Therapist (level 3)

In 2021 I completed a Certificate in Plant Based Nutrition for Human and Planetary Health, and a Certificate in Nutrition and Human Microbiome at Wageningen University & Research

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:  

100 Stories: Promotional Video

100 Stories podcast interview

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 (cancer community)
@nikkibednall (mostly research and nutrition)

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nikkibednall (photography/art blog)

I don’t believe in fate:  I believe in being proactive 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!