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The LADY and the GREENS: BRINGING THE ΚΑLE ΤΟ ΤΗΕ PEOPLE, ONE FIZZING TABLET AT A TIME

A bottle of green juice has replaced the prepackaged protein bar as the snack du jour, but the stuff is difficult to produce at home and prohibitively expensive to buy, or hard to find, depending on where you live. Dawn Russell, a former model who lives in London and New York City, wanted to change that, “It’s disheartening when you get a barrel of kale and it cooks down to two spoonfuls,” she says. “But then, if you have it in juice form, it comes with 40 grams of sugar.

Since a cancer diagnosis 15 years ago, Russell, who is now 40 and in remission, has been committed to consuming leafy greens in salads, soups, and all-vegetable juices for her overall health for years. It was even part of her treatment. She used to receive 30,000 units of blue-green algae from Lake Klamath in Oregon in a vitamin drip to boost her energy level, among other things. “There's a general knowledge that greens have minerals and vitamins and antioxidants, but what I don't think people know is that they affect your skin so much,” she says. “They detox your body, they oxygenate, and they help with alkalizing your pH level.

Russell decided to experiment with a portable form of greens that would cost little more than a dollar a day. After testing 263 versions over three years, she arrived at a winning format, an effervescent tablet à la Alka-Seltzer with a palatable lemon lime flavor. (The tablet was the favorite of her husband, Lord James Russell, a renewable energy investor, and his best friend, both of whom tried each version. “If they like it,” she promises, "anyone on this planet will like it.") Each green disc is made with eight dehydrated greens (giving it its name, 8G), including kale, spinach, spirulina, aloe vera, and the same nutrient dense algae from Oregon. The point is not for it to be a meal replacement but an immune-building pick-me-up, which is what friends like Keri Russell (no relation) and Helena Christensen have been clamoring for “I know, I know, this is not a salad replacer,” says another friend of Russell's, model Kara Young. “But it's better than the greens I normally eat, which is none.”

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8G GREENS SUPPLEMENT
Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: I'm not always the best at working greens into my diet – so on days when a salad isn't on the menu, these give me peace of mind. Each tablet contains 8 different greens and tastes like lemon lime, so I just drop one into cold water and I'm set for the day – no kale needed.

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Vanity Fair nominates Dawn Russell to the Hall of Fame explaining her work as spokesperson for the new teen fragrance by the Estee Lauder companies, and how her earnings are going into her foundation focused on helping teen girls..

Because she helps girls get comfortable in their own skin. Dawn, Lady Russell—who grew up in Oregon, Mexico, Paris, Massachusetts, and Manhattan—has in her time been a prepster, an aspiring journalist, a model, a motorhead (she’s raced Formula One cars), and the wife of a British aristocrat (her husband, environmental investor, Lord James Russell, is the Duke of Bedford’s younger brother). Yet Russell’s defining identity has been that of cancer patient. Diagnosed at 25 with a potentially fatal case of Stage III skin cancer, Russell, too debilitated to withstand traditional chemo or radiation, dedicated four post-operative years to investigating non-Western treatments.

“Through the process of healing myself, I found my passion in Eastern medicine,” she says. “It gave me my center, my anchor.” After talking at a San Francisco high school about her medical odyssey, Russell chanced upon another calling—inspiring young teenage girls “to become confident young women. For girls today, the whole equation is backwards. They have so much coming at them—reality shows, celebrity weeklies, boys, grades, parents—they end up confusing their self-worth with getting the right bag and the perfect hair.” The demand for Russell’s heart-to-heart speeches became so overwhelming that she decided “to do something on a mass scale, with sponsorship.” Enter Estee Lauder, with whom Russell is collaborating on a trio of teen fragrances called C-Thru, which will debut in January. As the perfume’s spokesperson, Russell, 33, will contribute her earnings to the Dawn Russell Foundation, devoted to helping adolescent girls develop self-respect. “I didn’t go through a really dark path for nothing. I have a responsibility, a lot to share. Who knows where it will go?” In the meantime, don’t expect to see Russell’s elegant face gracing the C-Thru ad campaign. “I don’t want to be famous,” she demurs. More likely, you will find Russell in an Ashtanga-yoga studio quietly practicing her asanas—or maybe, someday, for therapy of a less Zen variety: burning rubber on the M5 in her “dream car, an Aston Martin DB5.”

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Honored as one of Vogue's four power players of the year for her work with integrative medicine. A four page story details Dawn's medical journey.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Consider the amazing journey of Dawn Russell, a young woman profiled this month by Rebecca Johnson, who was afflicted with stage III cancer at age 25. After almost six years of agonizing medicinal voyages (during which she devised a regimen combining Eastern and Western treatments), Russell finds herself healthy, in control, and newly married to a remarkable man.

TALKING BACK: LETTERS FROM READERS

Holistic Healing— I just finished reading the moving story of Dawn Russell ["Model Recovery," by Rebecca Johnson, March]. I, too, experienced melanoma. It has been eight years now, but it is still quite frightening every time I go fora checkup. Russell's story was inspiring, and it shows that when you take things into your own hands, no matter how difficult the situation, you always come out smarter and, if you're lucky, in total control of your destiny. I am a devoted VOGUE reader and would love to read more educational articles on heath and women's issues instead of the trendiest blush and the newest facelift. -Nina Friedman, New York, NY

The LADY and the GREENS: BRINGING THE ΚΑLE ΤΟ ΤΗΕ PEOPLE, ONE FIZZING TABLET AT A TIME

A bottle of green juice has replaced the prepackaged protein bar as the snack du jour, but the stuff is difficult to produce at home and prohibitively expensive to buy, or hard to find, depending on where you live. Dawn Russell, a former model who lives in London and New York City, wanted to change that, “It’s disheartening when you get a barrel of kale and it cooks down to two spoonfuls,” she says. “But then, if you have it in juice form, it comes with 40 grams of sugar.

Since a cancer diagnosis 15 years ago, Russell, who is now 40 and in remission, has been committed to consuming leafy greens in salads, soups, and all-vegetable juices for her overall health for years. It was even part of her treatment. She used to receive 30,000 units of blue-green algae from Lake Klamath in Oregon in a vitamin drip to boost her energy level, among other things. “There's a general knowledge that greens have minerals and vitamins and antioxidants, but what I don't think people know is that they affect your skin so much,” she says. “They detox your body, they oxygenate, and they help with alkalizing your pH level.

Russell decided to experiment with a portable form of greens that would cost little more than a dollar a day. After testing 263 versions over three years, she arrived at a winning format, an effervescent tablet à la Alka-Seltzer with a palatable lemon lime flavor. (The tablet was the favorite of her husband, Lord James Russell, a renewable energy investor, and his best friend, both of whom tried each version. “If they like it,” she promises, "anyone on this planet will like it.") Each green disc is made with eight dehydrated greens (giving it its name, 8G), including kale, spinach, spirulina, aloe vera, and the same nutrient dense algae from Oregon. The point is not for it to be a meal replacement but an immune-building pick-me-up, which is what friends like Keri Russell (no relation) and Helena Christensen have been clamoring for “I know, I know, this is not a salad replacer,” says another friend of Russell's, model Kara Young. “But it's better than the greens I normally eat, which is none.”

8G GREENS SUPPLEMENT

Jillian Ruffo, Associate Beauty Editor: I'm not always the best at working greens into my diet – so on days when a salad isn't on the menu, these give me peace of mind. Each tablet contains 8 different greens and tastes like lemon lime, so I just drop one into cold water and I'm set for the day – no kale needed.

Vanity Fair nominates Dawn Russell to the Hall of Fame explaining her work as spokesperson for the new teen fragrance by the Estee Lauder companies, and how her earnings are going into her foundation focused on helping teen girls..

Because she helps girls get comfortable in their own skin. Dawn, Lady Russell—who grew up in Oregon, Mexico, Paris, Massachusetts, and Manhattan—has in her time been a prepster, an aspiring journalist, a model, a motorhead (she’s raced Formula One cars), and the wife of a British aristocrat (her husband, environmental investor, Lord James Russell, is the Duke of Bedford’s younger brother). Yet Russell’s defining identity has been that of cancer patient. Diagnosed at 25 with a potentially fatal case of Stage III skin cancer, Russell, too debilitated to withstand traditional chemo or radiation, dedicated four post-operative years to investigating non-Western treatments.

“Through the process of healing myself, I found my passion in Eastern medicine,” she says. “It gave me my center, my anchor.” After talking at a San Francisco high school about her medical odyssey, Russell chanced upon another calling—inspiring young teenage girls “to become confident young women. For girls today, the whole equation is backwards. They have so much coming at them—reality shows, celebrity weeklies, boys, grades, parents—they end up confusing their self-worth with getting the right bag and the perfect hair.” The demand for Russell’s heart-to-heart speeches became so overwhelming that she decided “to do something on a mass scale, with sponsorship.” Enter Estee Lauder, with whom Russell is collaborating on a trio of teen fragrances called C-Thru, which will debut in January. As the perfume’s spokesperson, Russell, 33, will contribute her earnings to the Dawn Russell Foundation, devoted to helping adolescent girls develop self-respect. “I didn’t go through a really dark path for nothing. I have a responsibility, a lot to share. Who knows where it will go?” In the meantime, don’t expect to see Russell’s elegant face gracing the C-Thru ad campaign. “I don’t want to be famous,” she demurs. More likely, you will find Russell in an Ashtanga-yoga studio quietly practicing her asanas—or maybe, someday, for therapy of a less Zen variety: burning rubber on the M5 in her “dream car, an Aston Martin DB5.”

Honored as one of Vogue's four power players of the year for her work with integrative medicine. A four page story details Dawn's medical journey.

LETTER FROM THE EDITOR

Consider the amazing journey of Dawn Russell, a young woman profiled this month by Rebecca Johnson, who was afflicted with stage III cancer at age 25. After almost six years of agonizing medicinal voyages (during which she devised a regimen combining Eastern and Western treatments), Russell finds herself healthy, in control, and newly married to a remarkable man.

TALKING BACK: LETTERS FROM READERS

Holistic Healing— I just finished reading the moving story of Dawn Russell ["Model Recovery," by Rebecca Johnson, March]. I, too, experienced melanoma. It has been eight years now, but it is still quite frightening every time I go fora checkup. Russell's story was inspiring, and it shows that when you take things into your own hands, no matter how difficult the situation, you always come out smarter and, if you're lucky, in total control of your destiny. I am a devoted VOGUE reader and would love to read more educational articles on heath and women's issues instead of the trendiest blush and the newest facelift. -Nina Friedman, New York, NY

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Plop, plop, fizz, fizz: Cancer survivor says “8G” bubbly drink is path to better health.

Cancer survivor and former model Dawn Russell created dietary supplement 8G after finding that eating leafy greens helped her to feel better during her recovery from surgery. Russell, the wife of British aristocrat and environmental investor Lord James Russell appears at Nordstrom at the Westfield San Francisco Centre on Oct. 17. Her product is sold exclusively at Nordstrom’s through January and is also available at www.8greens.com.

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Cancer survivor makes kale tablets that give greens the fizzy Alka Seltzer treatment.

Thirsty for a green fizz?

A West Village cancer survivor is giving kale the Alka Seltzer treatment with an effervescent tablet that distills eight greens into a frothy cocktail.

Each 8G tab combines eight plant extracts, including kale, blue-green algae, spinach, wheat grass, aloe vera, barley grass, as well as spirulina and chlorella (both microalgae) that dissolve in water to make a fizzy, energy-boosting drink.

Creator Dawn Russell spent several years developing the bubbling concoction after relying heavily on greens to recover from Stage III lymphatic cancer when she weas 25, since an infection prevented her from undergoing chemotherapy.

Russell, now 40, credits consuming the super plants with detoxing and oxygenating her blood and balancing her pH levels.

“My experience with greens has been nothing short of life-changing,” said Russell in a statement.

So she founded the Manhattan-based Tasty Greens health and wellness company, and splits her time between New York and London with her English environmental investor husband Lord James Russell.

“Our mission is to simplify the process, to make green consumption as easy as humanly possible. Just drop, fizz and drink, that’s it,” she explained. “It took a long time to get to this point. But we persevered, and my loving husband tried each of more than 263 different versions before we arrived at the perfect one that contained these greens and tasted great.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that just under 9% of Americans eat enough vegetables each day, according to a July 2015 report. The 8G tablets could be a quick fix, as they supposedly pack as much Vitamin C as five oranges, as much Vitamin B6 as 12 cups of peas, as much zinc as 10 cups of asparagus and as much Vitamin B3 as 27 cups of broccoli. They’re available at $12.50 per 10-pack tube in Nordstrom stores and 8greens.com.

The wellness market is already bubbling over with wellness tablets. Endurance athletes such as distance runners have been dissolving Nuun in their water bottles. The brand credits the effervescent technology with boosting the absorption of its electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium) which alleviate muscle cramps. The Myvitamins Performance Effervescent tablets from Myprotein blend energizing zinc, potassium, magnesium, calcium, B1, B2 and B6 vitamins.

And of course, flu season brings on hordes of consumers guzzling down Vitamin C-packed Airborne and Emergen-C tablets faster than you can say, “Achoo!”

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Need More Greens? Former Model Invents Dissolving Vegetable Tablet. Dawn Russell claims greens helped beat Stage 3 cancer in her mid-20s.

When Dawn Russell was suffering from Stage 3 cancer in her mid-20s, she discovered a surprising aid in her recovery: not taking some fancy drug, but eating a ton of green veggies. Now, the former model (and wife to Britain’s Lord James Russell) is debuting a fancy—and perhaps strange—health supplement inspired by her own experience.

Ms. Russell’s creation is 8G, an effervescent tablet chock-full of greens that fizzes and dissolves when dropped in a glass of water. Each dose contains blue-green algae, organic aloe vera, barley grass, spinach, kale, spirulina, chlorella and wheatgrass—ingredients that boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and pack Vitamins A, C, B6, B3 and zinc. “I chose these ingredients because they were very helpful to me, personally, in my recovery from cancer,” Ms. Russell told the Observer. “Blue-green algae, kale—these greens gave me strength when I needed it.

We love the taste of vegetables in, well, vegetable form. But do they reallytaste great dissolved in water? Apparently so. Ms. Russell claims she and her team of chemists went through 263 tries to pick out the perfect taste profile—each of which her husband dutifully tasted. Their final product has “a clean, citric flavor,” she said.

When Dawn Russell was suffering from Stage 3 cancer in her mid-20s, she discovered a surprising aid in her recovery: not taking some fancy drug, but eating a ton of green veggies. Now, the former model (and wife to Britain’s Lord James Russell) is debuting a fancy—and perhaps strange—health supplement inspired by her own experience.

Ms. Russell’s creation is 8G, an effervescent tablet chock-full of greens that fizzes and dissolves when dropped in a glass of water. Each dose contains blue-green algae, organic aloe vera, barley grass, spinach, kale, spirulina, chlorella and wheatgrass—ingredients that boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and pack Vitamins A, C, B6, B3 and zinc. “I chose these ingredients because they were very helpful to me, personally, in my recovery from cancer,” Ms. Russell told the Observer. “Blue-green algae, kale—these greens gave me strength when I needed it.

We love the taste of vegetables in, well, vegetable form. But do they reallytaste great dissolved in water? Apparently so. Ms. Russell claims she and her team of chemists went through 263 tries to pick out the perfect taste profile—each of which her husband dutifully tasted. Their final product has “a clean, citric flavor,” she said.

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Cool! Tablets to throw into your water and drink replete with your daily dose of greens.

Plop, plop, fizz, fizz: Cancer survivor says “8G” bubbly drink is path to better health.

Cancer survivor and former model Dawn Russell created dietary supplement 8G after finding that eating leafy greens helped her to feel better during her recovery from surgery. Russell, the wife of British aristocrat and environmental investor Lord James Russell appears at Nordstrom at the Westfield San Francisco Centre on Oct. 17. Her product is sold exclusively at Nordstrom’s through January and is also available at www.8greens.com.

Cancer survivor makes kale tablets that give greens the fizzy Alka Seltzer treatment.

Thirsty for a green fizz?

A West Village cancer survivor is giving kale the Alka Seltzer treatment with an effervescent tablet that distills eight greens into a frothy cocktail.

Each 8G tab combines eight plant extracts, including kale, blue-green algae, spinach, wheat grass, aloe vera, barley grass, as well as spirulina and chlorella (both microalgae) that dissolve in water to make a fizzy, energy-boosting drink.

Creator Dawn Russell spent several years developing the bubbling concoction after relying heavily on greens to recover from Stage III lymphatic cancer when she weas 25, since an infection prevented her from undergoing chemotherapy.

Russell, now 40, credits consuming the super plants with detoxing and oxygenating her blood and balancing her pH levels.

“My experience with greens has been nothing short of life-changing,” said Russell in a statement.

So she founded the Manhattan-based Tasty Greens health and wellness company, and splits her time between New York and London with her English environmental investor husband Lord James Russell.

“Our mission is to simplify the process, to make green consumption as easy as humanly possible. Just drop, fizz and drink, that’s it,” she explained. “It took a long time to get to this point. But we persevered, and my loving husband tried each of more than 263 different versions before we arrived at the perfect one that contained these greens and tasted great.”

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that just under 9% of Americans eat enough vegetables each day, according to a July 2015 report. The 8G tablets could be a quick fix, as they supposedly pack as much Vitamin C as five oranges, as much Vitamin B6 as 12 cups of peas, as much zinc as 10 cups of asparagus and as much Vitamin B3 as 27 cups of broccoli. They’re available at $12.50 per 10-pack tube in Nordstrom stores and 8greens.com.

The wellness market is already bubbling over with wellness tablets. Endurance athletes such as distance runners have been dissolving Nuun in their water bottles. The brand credits the effervescent technology with boosting the absorption of its electrolytes (sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium) which alleviate muscle cramps. The Myvitamins Performance Effervescent tablets from Myprotein blend energizing zinc, potassium, magnesium, calcium, B1, B2 and B6 vitamins.

And of course, flu season brings on hordes of consumers guzzling down Vitamin C-packed Airborne and Emergen-C tablets faster than you can say, “Achoo!”

Need More Greens? Former Model Invents Dissolving Vegetable Tablet. Dawn Russell claims greens helped beat Stage 3 cancer in her mid-20s.

When Dawn Russell was suffering from Stage 3 cancer in her mid-20s, she discovered a surprising aid in her recovery: not taking some fancy drug, but eating a ton of green veggies. Now, the former model (and wife to Britain’s Lord James Russell) is debuting a fancy—and perhaps strange—health supplement inspired by her own experience.

Ms. Russell’s creation is 8G, an effervescent tablet chock-full of greens that fizzes and dissolves when dropped in a glass of water. Each dose contains blue-green algae, organic aloe vera, barley grass, spinach, kale, spirulina, chlorella and wheatgrass—ingredients that boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and pack Vitamins A, C, B6, B3 and zinc. “I chose these ingredients because they were very helpful to me, personally, in my recovery from cancer,” Ms. Russell told the Observer. “Blue-green algae, kale—these greens gave me strength when I needed it.

We love the taste of vegetables in, well, vegetable form. But do they reallytaste great dissolved in water? Apparently so. Ms. Russell claims she and her team of chemists went through 263 tries to pick out the perfect taste profile—each of which her husband dutifully tasted. Their final product has “a clean, citric flavor,” she said.

Cool! Tablets to throw into your water and drink replete with your daily dose of greens.

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NYFW essentials. @8Greens (great way to get greens when traveling – it’s like having 27 cups of broccoli!), Airborne (cuz everyone gets sick when they go back-to-school), iWatch and the most magical of all foundations from @ctilburymakeup. I’m ready!

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Luxury Gym Bag Essentials. Stock up on this season’s must-have gear.

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Thousands of successful women have joined the drive to kick-start growth by mentoring other women wanting to succeed in business, the Home Secretary announced today.

Other high-profile ambassadors promoting mentoring include Hallett Retail founder Wendy Hallett and digital business entrepreneur Penny Power.

Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Theresa May said: 'Women are vital to Britain's economic future and the support of a mentor will help even more of them fulfil their true potential.

'The Government is working hard to help women make the most of their talents, but we cannot act alone. I'm delighted by these mentors' commitment to helping budding businesswomen succeed - and to making Britain prosper.'

Women in business

Last November the Home Secretary announced funding to recruit and train 5,000 mentors as part of a package of support for women in business. The Department for Business revealed a further 10,000 mentors would be recruited to support both male and female entrepreneurs.

If you would like to share your knowledge and experience with small business owners please click here http://getmentoring.org/. If you want to find a mentor to help you set up or grow your business please click here http://www.mentorsme.co.uk/.

The Home Secretary also announced updates to a range of additional support for women in business:

Think, Act, Report - case studies are being published today showing how adopting the principles behind the Government's voluntary approach to diversity at work has helped leading firms - including BT, Tesco and Ernst & Young - reap business rewards

Women's Business Council - the council is today publishing the work programme for its one-year mission to identify and break down the barriers to female success

Women and banks - the government is revealing the initial findings of its review to ensure women have equal access to the finance they need to start a business

Female entrepreneurs

The Home Office also published today details of a £2m programme to help female entrepreneurs in rural areas start or build their own business.

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said: 'Britain has many talented women who will thrive as these Rural Growth Networks give them the tools they need to launch or develop their own businesses.

'Women are about half as likely as men to become entrepreneurs and we need to harness their untapped skills. Living in a rural area can also present specific challenges that these projects aim to address.'

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Have you had your greens today? Hmm, maybe not. It’s OK. There’s a quick fix for that. 8G is an effervescent tablet (popped by the likes of Keri Russell and Helena Christensen) containing spinach, wheatgrass, kale, blue green algae, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass and aloe vera. Drop one in eight ounces of water, dissolve, drink. Nordstrom; $12.50 for 10.

NYFW essentials. @8Greens (great way to get greens when traveling – it’s like having 27 cups of broccoli!), Airborne (cuz everyone gets sick when they go back-to-school), iWatch and the most magical of all foundations from @ctilburymakeup. I’m ready!

Thousands of successful women have joined the drive to kick-start growth by mentoring other women wanting to succeed in business, the Home Secretary announced today.

Other high-profile ambassadors promoting mentoring include Hallett Retail founder Wendy Hallett and digital business entrepreneur Penny Power.

Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equalities Theresa May said: 'Women are vital to Britain's economic future and the support of a mentor will help even more of them fulfil their true potential.

'The Government is working hard to help women make the most of their talents, but we cannot act alone. I'm delighted by these mentors' commitment to helping budding businesswomen succeed - and to making Britain prosper.'

Women in business

Last November the Home Secretary announced funding to recruit and train 5,000 mentors as part of a package of support for women in business. The Department for Business revealed a further 10,000 mentors would be recruited to support both male and female entrepreneurs.

If you would like to share your knowledge and experience with small business owners please click here http://getmentoring.org/. If you want to find a mentor to help you set up or grow your business please click here http://www.mentorsme.co.uk/.

The Home Secretary also announced updates to a range of additional support for women in business:

Think, Act, Report - case studies are being published today showing how adopting the principles behind the Government's voluntary approach to diversity at work has helped leading firms - including BT, Tesco and Ernst & Young - reap business rewards

Women's Business Council - the council is today publishing the work programme for its one-year mission to identify and break down the barriers to female success

Women and banks - the government is revealing the initial findings of its review to ensure women have equal access to the finance they need to start a business

Female entrepreneurs

The Home Office also published today details of a £2m programme to help female entrepreneurs in rural areas start or build their own business.

Equalities Minister Lynne Featherstone said: 'Britain has many talented women who will thrive as these Rural Growth Networks give them the tools they need to launch or develop their own businesses.

'Women are about half as likely as men to become entrepreneurs and we need to harness their untapped skills. Living in a rural area can also present specific challenges that these projects aim to address.'

Luxury Gym Bag Essentials. Stock up on this season’s must-have gear.

Have you had your greens today? Hmm, maybe not. It’s OK. There’s a quick fix for that. 8G is an effervescent tablet (popped by the likes of Keri Russell and Helena Christensen) containing spinach, wheatgrass, kale, blue green algae, spirulina, chlorella, barley grass and aloe vera. Drop one in eight ounces of water, dissolve, drink. Nordstrom; $12.50 for 10.

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When Dawn Russell, a spokeswoman for The Estée Lauder Companies and former model, was diagnosed with stage 3 skin cancer in her 20s, she was forced to quickly deal with many difficult life challenges. Now, several years into her recovery, Dawn is using the skills she learned as a cancer survivor to empower young women—especially teenagers—who are struggling with the everyday pressures of their own lives. Dawn offers advice parents can use to mentor their daughter, improve her self-esteem and help her cope with the ups and downs of being a teen.

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Hear your heart, heart your health. Dawn Russell knows the importance of good health. Diagnosed with stage III cancer in her mid twenties, Dawn used eastern therapies and alternative medicine to help conquer the disease.

Dawn Russell is a wash and go kind of woman. She gave birth in four hours. She's married to a Lord. Her figure is Amazonian. Her complexion 'maybe she's born with it' and her hair 'because you're worth it'. She could have been placed on earth to make normal people feel short with big noses. But exactly the opposite is true. Dawn was diagnosed with stage III metastatic melanoma at the age of 25, changing her life forever. Now fighting fit, Dawn has spent the last ten years helping girls and young women through the growing pains of adolescence with her foundation, The Dawn Russell Foundation. The picture, if not the poster girl, of good health, what unravels over an hour-long conversation is a heartwarming and inspiring story about making the very, very best out of a terrible situation.

Using acupuncture, yoga, Chinese concoctions, meditation, vitamin C injections and Omega oils, Dawn helped her body revitalize from the inside out. And soon after she received the good news she had been waiting for. The cancer was finally in retreat.

Today Dawn is determined to use her experiences to help others. She regularly travels to high schools and colleges across Europe and America to tell her story, hoping that students will be motivated to discover what means the most to them. "For me it was cancer, but for other girls it could be divorcing parents, a broken heart, bad grades, drugs, or sex issues," she explains. "There's so much coming at these girls that there's no time for them to step back and think about what they want or need, or who they want to be. If girls can connect inwardly rather than seek outside validation then confidence will follow."

As well as doing regular talks, Dawn is a board member in a top US hospital where she pushes for meditation, yoga, and acupuncture to be available "as part of a patient's possibility." She has also just finished a term as spokesperson for C-Thru, a trio of Estée Lauder teen fragrances developed around the notion of transparency. "C-Thru was launched to remind girls and young women to see through life's pressures and reconnect with who they are," she explains. Dawn donated her entire salary from the project to her Foundation, meeting up with major children's charities like Save The Children and using the money to help micro situations, such as a girl needing money for surgery or a computer for college, helping the individual not the statistic.

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Women deal with issues on a micro level,' agrees Dawn Russell, who runs her own foundation aimed to empower young teenage girls. 'Men macro-manage, focusing on reaching a target, but women have a more holistic approach and excel at achieving one-on-one relationships and managing from a grass-roots level.

This collective philanthropic effort has been fueled by women sharing and connecting over their personal experiences. Twelve years ago, Manhattanite Russell, then a 25-year-old model for Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan, was diagnosed with stage-three metastatic melanoma. Too debilitated to withstand traditional chemotherapy or radiation, she underwent four years of alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, yoga, vitamin-C injections and omega oils, to cure herself. The decision to treat her illness in her own way equipped her with a profound sense of confidence and self-respect, which modeling had never provided. In 2002, a family friend asked if she would speak at his teenage daughter's high school in San Francisco. 'I was very hesitant, as I didn't want to sound narcissistic,' she recalls. 'I gave a five-minute speech to the entire student body and concluded by mentioning I was going to hang out for a while after, and that's when the magic really happened. I ended up spending the entire day there in one-on-one conversations with the girls. They were initially drawn in by the external glamour of my life, but then I was able to switch it and go internal. I saw my experience resonated with these girls. I saw it worked and thought, "How can I not do this? It is my responsibility."'

Three years after moving to London, she set up the Dawn Russell Foundation in 2005 with the aim of sharing the lessons she had learned through her illness with teenage girls. 'Throughout my illness I felt very alone, in total chaos, trying to get some sense of control in an out-of-control situation,' she says. 'This is exactly what teenage girls feel, just with a different struggle... boys, grades, parents, girlfriends, fashion. When I was sick, I acquired clarity, strength and the ability to be my own leader—qualities that young girls really benefit from.'

Preserving that personal touch is just as important for those involved as being able to see results, whether locally or further afield. Modern philanthropy is no longer about giving glamorously; it is about giving strategically and meaningfully.

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Honored as one of Vogue's four power players of the year for her work with integrative medicine. A four page story details Dawn's medical journey. Among a group of cancer survivors such as Kylie Minogue and Sam Taylor-Wood, Dawn discusses what she learned and is now doing because of her cancer experience.

Dawn Russell, a 33-year-old former model who lives in New York and London, and who developed Grade III melanoma that had metastasized to her lymph nodes at the age of 25, is among the cancer survivors who want to spread the message that life is short and special and comes with problems. She now works with a children's charity, going into schools across the US and talking to teenagers about their concerns. 'While I had all the external ornamentation of growing up in New York and the West Coast with periods abroad, private boarding schools and university, the twenty-something life in Manhattan, it is our inside core that must be our identity, not the external dressings,' she says. 'My scars of cancer are a constant reminder that life is about simplicity and grace, not quantity, the race to win in our capitalist society or the abyss of consumerism.'

There were several moments in the course of her treatment when it wasn't clear that she would survive. But looking back, there are things for which she is grateful. 'I met my husband [Lord Jamie Russell, brother of the Duke of Bedford] when I was at my sickest, so I'm grateful for that. When you get to the point where you can't contain your bowel movements on the street, perfection and approval hardly matter. When you get sick, you get a beautiful permission card that lets you revisit life. I spoke to some Lebanese friends who lived through the war, and talked about the warmth, camaraderie and laughter that the horrible periods brought. Look at 9/11? Why is it, that to get somewhere good, you have to have such a negative experience?' Unable to have either chemotherapy or radiotherapy, Russell dived headfirst into integrative medicine. 'It gave me a full experience of how cancer patients are poorly served by many aspects of our current medical system; this knowledge has driven me to the work I am doing now on the board of the Beth Israel Medical Center, and beyond,' she says.

When Dawn Russell, a spokeswoman for The Estée Lauder Companies and former model, was diagnosed with stage 3 skin cancer in her 20s, she was forced to quickly deal with many difficult life challenges. Now, several years into her recovery, Dawn is using the skills she learned as a cancer survivor to empower young women—especially teenagers—who are struggling with the everyday pressures of their own lives. Dawn offers advice parents can use to mentor their daughter, improve her self-esteem and help her cope with the ups and downs of being a teen.

Hear your heart, heart your health. Dawn Russell knows the importance of good health. Diagnosed with stage III cancer in her mid twenties, Dawn used eastern therapies and alternative medicine to help conquer the disease.

Dawn Russell is a wash and go kind of woman. She gave birth in four hours. She's married to a Lord. Her figure is Amazonian. Her complexion 'maybe she's born with it' and her hair 'because you're worth it'. She could have been placed on earth to make normal people feel short with big noses. But exactly the opposite is true. Dawn was diagnosed with stage III metastatic melanoma at the age of 25, changing her life forever. Now fighting fit, Dawn has spent the last ten years helping girls and young women through the growing pains of adolescence with her foundation, The Dawn Russell Foundation. The picture, if not the poster girl, of good health, what unravels over an hour-long conversation is a heartwarming and inspiring story about making the very, very best out of a terrible situation.

Using acupuncture, yoga, Chinese concoctions, meditation, vitamin C injections and Omega oils, Dawn helped her body revitalize from the inside out. And soon after she received the good news she had been waiting for. The cancer was finally in retreat.

Today Dawn is determined to use her experiences to help others. She regularly travels to high schools and colleges across Europe and America to tell her story, hoping that students will be motivated to discover what means the most to them. "For me it was cancer, but for other girls it could be divorcing parents, a broken heart, bad grades, drugs, or sex issues," she explains. "There's so much coming at these girls that there's no time for them to step back and think about what they want or need, or who they want to be. If girls can connect inwardly rather than seek outside validation then confidence will follow."

As well as doing regular talks, Dawn is a board member in a top US hospital where she pushes for meditation, yoga, and acupuncture to be available "as part of a patient's possibility." She has also just finished a term as spokesperson for C-Thru, a trio of Estée Lauder teen fragrances developed around the notion of transparency. "C-Thru was launched to remind girls and young women to see through life's pressures and reconnect with who they are," she explains. Dawn donated her entire salary from the project to her Foundation, meeting up with major children's charities like Save The Children and using the money to help micro situations, such as a girl needing money for surgery or a computer for college, helping the individual not the statistic.

Women deal with issues on a micro level,' agrees Dawn Russell, who runs her own foundation aimed to empower young teenage girls. 'Men macro-manage, focusing on reaching a target, but women have a more holistic approach and excel at achieving one-on-one relationships and managing from a grass-roots level.

This collective philanthropic effort has been fueled by women sharing and connecting over their personal experiences. Twelve years ago, Manhattanite Russell, then a 25-year-old model for Ralph Lauren an Donna Karen, was diagnosed with stage-three metastatic melanoma. Too debilitated to withstand traditional chemotherapy or radiation, she underwent four years of alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, yoga, vitamin-C injections and omega oils, to cure herself. The decision to treat her illness in her own way equipped her with a profound sense of confidence and self-respect, which modeling had never provided. In 2002, a family friend asked if she would speak at his teenage daughter's high school in San Francisco. 'I was very hesitant, as I didn't want to sound narcissistic,' she recalls. 'I gave a five-minute speech to the entire student body and concluded by mentioning I was going to hang out for a while after, and that's when the magic really happened. I ended up spending the entire day there in one-on-one conversations with the girls. They were initially drawn in by the external glamour of my life, but then I was able to switch it and go internal. I saw my experience resonated with these girls. I saw it worked and thought, "How can I not do this? It is my responsibility."'

Three years after moving to London, she set up the Dawn Russell Foundation in 2005 with the aim of sharing the lessons she had learned through her illness with teenage girls. 'Throughout my illness I felt very alone, in total chaos, trying to get some sense of control in an out-of-control situation,' she says. 'This is exactly what teenage girls feel, just with a different struggle... boys, grades, parents, girlfriends, fashion. When I was sick, I acquired clarity, strength and the ability to be my own leader—qualities that young girls really benefit from.'

Preserving that personal touch is just as important for those involved as being able to see results, whether locally or further afield. Modern philanthropy is no longer about giving glamorously; it is about giving strategically and meaningfully.

Honored as one of Vogue's four power players of the year for her work with integrative medicine. A four page story details Dawn's medical journey. Among a group of cancer survivors such as Kylie Minogue and Sam Taylor-Wood, Dawn discusses what she learned and is now doing because of her cancer experience.

Dawn Russell, a 33-year-old former model who lives in New York and London, and who developed Grade III melanoma that had metastasized to her lymph nodes at the age of 25, is among the cancer survivors who want to spread the message that life is short and special and comes with problems. She now works with a children's charity, going into schools across the US and talking to teenagers about their concerns. 'While I had all the external ornamentation of growing up in New York and the West Coast with periods abroad, private boarding schools and university, the twenty-something life in Manhattan, it is our inside core that must be our identity, not the external dressings,' she says. 'My scars of cancer are a constant reminder that life is about simplicity and grace, not quantity, the race to win in our capitalist society or the abyss of consumerism.'

There were several moments in the course of her treatment when it wasn't clear that she would survive. But looking back, there are things for which she is grateful. 'I met my husband [Lord Jamie Russell, brother of the Duke of Bedford] when I was at my sickest, so I'm grateful for that. When you get to the point where you can't contain your bowel movements on the street, perfection and approval hardly matter. When you get sick, you get a beautiful permission card that lets you revisit life. I spoke to some Lebanese friends who lived through the war, and talked about the warmth, camaraderie and laughter that the horrible periods brought. Look at 9/11? Why is it, that to get somewhere good, you have to have such a negative experience?' Unable to have either chemotherapy or radiotherapy, Russell dived headfirst into integrative medicine. 'It gave me a full experience of how cancer patients are poorly served by many aspects of our current medical system; this knowledge has driven me to the work I am doing now on the board of the Beth Israel Medical Center, and beyond,' she says.

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Russell sits on the Board of the Beth Israel Hospital Integrative Health Center and has had an Eastern influence in her life from an early age. Her mother was involved in the Tibetan Movement in America and had the Dali Lama's monks stay at her house.

Dawn Russell (USA) A 25 anni le viene diagnosicato un melanoma in metastasi. Lei non si arrende e gira il mondo per trovare una cura alternativa alla medicina ufficiale. Vice la sua battaglia, e oggi dedica il suo tempo ad aiutare ragazze colpite dal cancro, e membro del consiglio di amministrazione del Beth Israel Hospital, e dedita al volontariato, ja una rubrica su Ellegirl.com e sta scrivendo un libro per adolescenti.

"Mia madre e sempre stata impegnata a favore del popolo tibetano, il Dali Lama veniva spesso in visita da noi. Sono cresciuta seguendo la forza della quiete, anche se la mia adolescenza e stata come un cocktail: un mix di East Coast, West Coast ed Europa. Un periodo di crescita, indipendenza e fiducia in me stessa"

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Yoga Spirit Issue: Russell gave her personal yoga tips.

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Dawn vice chaired the week long medical conference and sat on a medical panel with leading doctors and Michael J. Fox discussing the role doctors play in bridging the gap between alternative and traditional forms of medicine.

Lady Dawn Russell- Holistic Heath Educator, Metastatic Melanoma Cancer Survivor

Lady Dawn Russell is healthy, married to British Aristocracy and living a life most young girls dream about; but just six years ago, at age 25, Dawn was making out a will because she had stage III cancer. Cancer was not just a physical disease for her. Due to a dangerous infection she got during her third surgery, Dawn could not undergo chemo or radiation so (she) set out on a three year journey researching and using Eastern medicines to cure herself. She discovered her mind and body were intimately connected by studying methods of observing the mind, yoga, using herbal remedies, etc. Dawn Russell was honored as one of Vogue’s four women of empowerment this year. She has been in Self, Rolling Stone, Tatler, German Glamour, interviewed on “CBS News” sharing her story and is now using the information and tools she learned to help troubled girls with their individual struggles ranging from cutting, divorcing parents, addictions, low self esteem, etc.

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Dawn Russell, nee Alexander, wrote this article about cancer being her wake up call and now knows how to listen to her body mostly thanks to yoga.

The journey started when I got cancer. Until that moment, I was living my own version of the New York twentysomething circuit, a kind of psychotic, urban life in which car horns and screaming fire engines eased me to sleep. I was almost unable to sleep without them. I was in overdrive and, I thought, in control. I felt fulfilled because I was allegedly setting the foundation for a complete life. I had equated productivity with contentment. The problem was that I was looking at my life in pieces, trying to make each piece as bright as possible, rather than looking at the whole and questioning whether it really was whole

The cancer was located in the lymph nodes in my groin. For most people, the onset of the disease would be a seriously dark moment; for me, it heralded the start of an important evolution in my life. I was in and out of the hospital for three months and underwent multiple surgeries. A quarter of the lymph nodes in my body were removed

The doctor ushered me into his office and described the cancer in morose detail. Unexpectedly, instead of fear, I immediately knew that this event was the trigger I needed for a fuller, more balanced way of life. The prospect of death made little sense to me. I had to stop and go inward. I had to edit out all the unquestioned standards and unspoken pressures that society puts on the young, the thriving newcomers in the workforce. I realized that all the pressure was doing was killing me; it was not beneficial, it was not productive, it was not getting me anywhere.

Illness is the language through which the body communicates its needs. At first it whispers; then, failing to be heard, it screams. An eastern healer once told me to look at how I lived yesterday in order to understand how I feel today. Yesterday, I was all brain. I lived an overly masculine existence, relying on logic and crowding out the feminine way of letting life take its own course. With the cancer, the body had spoken. It needed a rest. As my journey got under way, I realized that in order to restore my health I had to remain open to all types of treatment, including happiness.

In the waiting-room, I noticed how easy it is for patients to descend. Some were grey. Some never looked up. Some could barely stand. Some were painfully thin. Some sat alone. Some lashed out at their spouse through fear. Some looked invisible. Some were hollow. Some continued their lives on their mobiles as though nothing was different.

As I spent my days in the hospital, I became friends with the nurses, receptionists, cleaners and doctors. It was amazing to see how they had become immune to emotion and operated on autopilot. I watched my best friend, who is a doctor, harden. I realized it had to happen to her; it is the only way one can survive in such a world. But the moment I smiled or made light of something, everything changed in the room. The others were brought back to life. We would laugh and have conversations about books or movies.

Rather than submit to the relative inflexibility of conventional healthcare, alternative therapy was my preferred path. I worked with a centre that devises a programme for each patient based on analysis of their blood. Most of its patients are on a combination of herbal and conventional medicines.

I was surprised to discover how much I needed to rely on my capacity to heal my self. We often think we should leave everything to the doctors because we are the ill ones and they are they trained ones. Doctors provide statistical analysis and standard medical procedures, and do their best within their professional parameters. But it is up to us, the patients, to examine our eating habits, sleeping patterns and inner dialogue.

The cancer in my body originated from a mole. As part of a research study, my moles are examined every three months by an expensive skin-grafting machine. I have irregular melanoma moles, making my results very intriguing to cancer specialists. One would think a cancer specialist would immediately excise a cancerous mole, but the advice given to e was not to. I took the decision to remove them anyway, against professional advice. Two out of three turned out to be malignant.

The removal of the tumours is the beginning of the healing process. I developed a dangerous infection from a drain that was put in my left leg after surgery, and it will take about seven years for the excess liquid to dissipate so that I can regain sensation in the upper leg. I could not undergo chemo because o the severity of the infection, so I had to find alternative methods.

I turned to yoga, eastern healers and herbal remedies, and they have become part of my daily routine. Each yoga pose helps open certain parts of the body, providing oxygen, stretching muscles, stimulating circulation and detoxing the system. Since the body and mind are intertwined, the more I cleanse my body, the more I cleanse my mind. My practice on the mat mirrors my practice in life—the better I am on the mat, the better I am in life. These methods have helped me regain sensation in my leg, while also bringing my whole body back to long-term health.

During my illness, every external aspect of my life began to remould itself in more positive form. I met my fiancé while I was ill; I walked away from an unstimulating career in the fashion industry; many of my relationships with my family and friends matured and deepened. The experience brings clarity to how you live your life, and also to every relationship. Without word or action, all your relationships come into focus. Some disappear, some become part of your being. An aunt I rarely used to see slept on the cold tiled hospital floor next to my bed for 11 days; a friend in the film industry kept sending me movies; another friend, a musician, would sing on my voicemail daily; another called hourly, as though I was going to keel over any moment. All reactions were unique and unexpected. What was clear was who was in it for the long haul.

As I look back on the journey that I am now, at 28, a few years into, I feel blessed to have had an experience that most of us dread. Each of us experiences this journey indifferent forms, but the destination is the same. The destination is freedom. Freedom to let go, freedom to be imperfect, freedom to walk away, freedom to say no, freedom to risk, freedom to dare, freedom to feel or say anything. Just as the old wisely become children again, we start and end at the same destination. The body communicates with us through health and illness; if we listen to it and follow our intuition, we remain free.

Russell sits on the Board of the Beth Israel Hospital Integrative Health Center and has had an Eastern influence in her life from an early age. Her mother was involved in the Tibetan Movement in America and had the Dali Lama's monks stay at her house.

Dawn Russell (USA) A 25 anni le viene diagnosicato un melanoma in metastasi. Lei non si arrende e gira il mondo per trovare una cura alternativa alla medicina ufficiale. Vice la sua battaglia, e oggi dedica il suo tempo ad aiutare ragazze colpite dal cancro, e membro del consiglio di amministrazione del Beth Israel Hospital, e dedita al volontariato, ja una rubrica su Ellegirl.com e sta scrivendo un libro per adolescenti.

"Mia madre e sempre stata impegnata a favore del popolo tibetano, il Dali Lama veniva spesso in visita da noi. Sono cresciuta seguendo la forza della quiete, anche se la mia adolescenza e stata come un cocktail: un mix di East Coast, West Coast ed Europa. Un periodo di crescita, indipendenza e fiducia in me stessa"

Yoga Spirit Issue: Russell gave her personal yoga tips.

Dawn vice chaired the week long medical conference and sat on a medical panel with leading doctors and Michael J. Fox discussing the role doctors play in bridging the gap between alternative and traditional forms of medicine.

Lady Dawn Russell- Holistic Heath Educator, Metastatic Melanoma Cancer Survivor

Lady Dawn Russell is healthy, married to British Aristocracy and living a life most young girls dream about; but just six years ago, at age 25, Dawn was making out a will because she had stage III cancer. Cancer was not just a physical disease for her. Due to a dangerous infection she got during her third surgery, Dawn could not undergo chemo or radiation so (she) set out on a three year journey researching and using Eastern medicines to cure herself. She discovered her mind and body were intimately connected by studying methods of observing the mind, yoga, using herbal remedies, etc. Dawn Russell was honored as one of Vogue’s four women of empowerment this year. She has been in Self, Rolling Stone, Tatler, German Glamour, interviewed on “CBS News” sharing her story and is now using the information and tools she learned to help troubled girls with their individual struggles ranging from cutting, divorcing parents, addictions, low self esteem, etc.

Dawn Russell, nee Alexander, wrote this article about cancer being her wake up call and now knows how to listen to her body mostly thanks to yoga.

The journey started when I got cancer. Until that moment, I was living my own version of the New York twentysomething circuit, a kind of psychotic, urban life in which car horns and screaming fire engines eased me to sleep. I was almost unable to sleep without them. I was in overdrive and, I thought, in control. I felt fulfilled because I was allegedly setting the foundation for a complete life. I had equated productivity with contentment. The problem was that I was looking at my life in pieces, trying to make each piece as bright as possible, rather than looking at the whole and questioning whether it really was whole

The cancer was located in the lymph nodes in my groin. For most people, the onset of the disease would be a seriously dark moment; for me, it heralded the start of an important evolution in my life. I was in and out of the hospital for three months and underwent multiple surgeries. A quarter of the lymph nodes in my body were removed

The doctor ushered me into his office and described the cancer in morose detail. Unexpectedly, instead of fear, I immediately knew that this event was the trigger I needed for a fuller, more balanced way of life. The prospect of death made little sense to me. I had to stop and go inward. I had to edit out all the unquestioned standards and unspoken pressures that society puts on the young, the thriving newcomers in the workforce. I realized that all the pressure was doing was killing me; it was not beneficial, it was not productive, it was not getting me anywhere.

Illness is the language through which the body communicates its needs. At first it whispers; then, failing to be heard, it screams. An eastern healer once told me to look at how I lived yesterday in order to understand how I feel today. Yesterday, I was all brain. I lived an overly masculine existence, relying on logic and crowding out the feminine way of letting life take its own course. With the cancer, the body had spoken. It needed a rest. As my journey got under way, I realized that in order to restore my health I had to remain open to all types of treatment, including happiness.

In the waiting-room, I noticed how easy it is for patients to descend. Some were grey. Some never looked up. Some could barely stand. Some were painfully thin. Some sat alone. Some lashed out at their spouse through fear. Some looked invisible. Some were hollow. Some continued their lives on their mobiles as though nothing was different.

As I spent my days in the hospital, I became friends with the nurses, receptionists, cleaners and doctors. It was amazing to see how they had become immune to emotion and operated on autopilot. I watched my best friend, who is a doctor, harden. I realized it had to happen to her; it is the only way one can survive in such a world. But the moment I smiled or made light of something, everything changed in the room. The others were brought back to life. We would laugh and have conversations about books or movies.

Rather than submit to the relative inflexibility of conventional healthcare, alternative therapy was my preferred path. I worked with a centre that devises a programme for each patient based on analysis of their blood. Most of its patients are on a combination of herbal and conventional medicines.

I was surprised to discover how much I needed to rely on my capacity to heal my self. We often think we should leave everything to the doctors because we are the ill ones and they are they trained ones. Doctors provide statistical analysis and standard medical procedures, and do their best within their professional parameters. But it is up to us, the patients, to examine our eating habits, sleeping patterns and inner dialogue.

The cancer in my body originated from a mole. As part of a research study, my moles are examined every three months by an expensive skin-grafting machine. I have irregular melanoma moles, making my results very intriguing to cancer specialists. One would think a cancer specialist would immediately excise a cancerous mole, but the advice given to e was not to. I took the decision to remove them anyway, against professional advice. Two out of three turned out to be malignant.

The removal of the tumours is the beginning of the healing process. I developed a dangerous infection from a drain that was put in my left leg after surgery, and it will take about seven years for the excess liquid to dissipate so that I can regain sensation in the upper leg. I could not undergo chemo because o the severity of the infection, so I had to find alternative methods.

I turned to yoga, eastern healers and herbal remedies, and they have become part of my daily routine. Each yoga pose helps open certain parts of the body, providing oxygen, stretching muscles, stimulating circulation and detoxing the system. Since the body and mind are intertwined, the more I cleanse my body, the more I cleanse my mind. My practice on the mat mirrors my practice in life—the better I am on the mat, the better I am in life. These methods have helped me regain sensation in my leg, while also bringing my whole body back to long-term health.

During my illness, every external aspect of my life began to remould itself in more positive form. I met my fiancé while I was ill; I walked away from an unstimulating career in the fashion industry; many of my relationships with my family and friends matured and deepened. The experience brings clarity to how you live your life, and also to every relationship. Without word or action, all your relationships come into focus. Some disappear, some become part of your being. An aunt I rarely used to see slept on the cold tiled hospital floor next to my bed for 11 days; a friend in the film industry kept sending me movies; another friend, a musician, would sing on my voicemail daily; another called hourly, as though I was going to keel over any moment. All reactions were unique and unexpected. What was clear was who was in it for the long haul.

As I look back on the journey that I am now, at 28, a few years into, I feel blessed to have had an experience that most of us dread. Each of us experiences this journey indifferent forms, but the destination is the same. The destination is freedom. Freedom to let go, freedom to be imperfect, freedom to walk away, freedom to say no, freedom to risk, freedom to dare, freedom to feel or say anything. Just as the old wisely become children again, we start and end at the same destination. The body communicates with us through health and illness; if we listen to it and follow our intuition, we remain free.

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Russell gives girls a new way of thinking, encouraging them to connect with themselves rather than rely on outside validation by sending them weekly mantras by text message.

Your Moment of Zen, Courtesy of Dawn Russell This former model beat cancer and in the process, discovered her own courage by Melissa Walker

When you first see Lady Dawn Russell, you could write her off as a pretty, tan blonde with a 1000-watt white smile and a killer wardrobe. Someone who’s never had a care in the world—let alone faced any adversity.

Ok, it’s true that Dawn spent some time in her 20s modeling for Donna Karan, she has some famous friends and she travels around the world. But if all you see is glamour when you look at her, you’re missing some things. Like how Dawn grew up without a father around and with a mother who suffered a breakdown. Like how she always tried hard to be the perfect daughter, the perfect friend, and to be the “still, quiet” one in a family that fed on drama. And how, at 25, she was diagnosed with stage III skin cancer and told to write a will. Um, scary!

That last experience really made her think about her life. “When I learned how sick I was, I responded by going to a place of calm,” says Dawn. “It was a beautiful self-absorption.” That may sound weird, but sometimes you really do have to put yourself first (it’s not always essential to return every single facebook message if you have other things on your mind).

Dawn decided to make herself her priority, and with the help of Eastern medicines, she is cancer-free today. She also met and married a member of the British Aristocracy, Lord Jamie Russell. So yeah, that’s why she’s a “Lady.”

And yes, she’s totally lucky and she goes to very fabulous parties and meets celebrities and generally has this life that lots of us dream about having. But the coolest thing about Dawn is that she’s fully herself. She consciously tends to her own self-esteem—and she wants other people to live that way too. That’s why she’s been speaking to schools around the country, hoping to reach girls and help them re-focus on the things that are really important (hint: These things cannot be found in US Weekly).

“I talk to girls who think I have the most amazing life,” says Dawn. “And I do feel lucky. But my life in the fashion industry, and as Lady Russell, is just like theirs. I’m at a fancy dinner where someone might be whispering about me—just like how girls sometimes feel at lunch in the cafeteria—and I have self-doubt. I have to talk myself through it, to tell myself that I’m good enough.” Dawn’s point is this: We all live with insecurities, no matter what our situation. And the sooner we find ways shift the things that make us feel bad, the sooner we can start being happy.

So how does Dawn build herself up? “For me, it’s meditation and yoga and mantras,” she says. “For you it may be jogging like you’ve never jogged before, or boxing, or writing, or keeping a journal.” If you’re wondering how working on your self-esteem by exploring your passions can help you land the guy you like or make you popular, Dawn says, “Have faith. Seeing a girl who’s laughing, feeling happy to be alive, letting go—that’s what attracts good people into your life.” (Including your crush… if he’s worth it.)

And if your questions are bigger—“How do I deal with my mom not being around?” or “I hate my body—how can I fix it?”—it still comes back to this core truth: Your problem has to do with self-esteem. Of course you’ll feel sad if your mom’s gone, or if you hate looking in the mirror, but it will help to change your focus. Build up the good things in your life, zone in on the things you enjoy doing, on the people you truly love. Then reach out to others, and joy will spread around you.

So here’s the deal: We dig this Dawn chick. She’s got some good things to say. And yes, some of this self-esteem stuff is a little out there and abstract, but it’s also totally important. Dawn is going to be sending out a mobile mantra each week—one that, if you take it to heart, can help you deal with anything that’s going on in your life. “My purpose is to help girls in the moment,” says Dawn. Whether it’s the moment you’re feeling insecure around a guy or when a mean girl says something totally bitchy to you or even when you’re dealing with a family issue, that’s when you can remember these mantras. Want to get them via text message? Of course you do. Text DAWN to 74625 get a little cell* pick-me-up every Friday, courtesy of Dawn.

*The club is free, but standard text message charges apply per your carrier plan.

Russell gives girls a new way of thinking, encouraging them to connect with themselves rather than rely on outside validation by sending them weekly mantras by text message.

Your Moment of Zen, Courtesy of Dawn Russell This former model beat cancer and in the process, discovered her own courage by Melissa Walker

When you first see Lady Dawn Russell, you could write her off as a pretty, tan blonde with a 1000-watt white smile and a killer wardrobe. Someone who’s never had a care in the world—let alone faced any adversity.

Ok, it’s true that Dawn spent some time in her 20s modeling for Donna Karan, she has some famous friends and she travels around the world. But if all you see is glamour when you look at her, you’re missing some things. Like how Dawn grew up without a father around and with a mother who suffered a breakdown. Like how she always tried hard to be the perfect daughter, the perfect friend, and to be the “still, quiet” one in a family that fed on drama. And how, at 25, she was diagnosed with stage III skin cancer and told to write a will. Um, scary!

That last experience really made her think about her life. “When I learned how sick I was, I responded by going to a place of calm,” says Dawn. “It was a beautiful self-absorption.” That may sound weird, but sometimes you really do have to put yourself first (it’s not always essential to return every single facebook message if you have other things on your mind).

Dawn decided to make herself her priority, and with the help of Eastern medicines, she is cancer-free today. She also met and married a member of the British Aristocracy, Lord Jamie Russell. So yeah, that’s why she’s a “Lady.”

And yes, she’s totally lucky and she goes to very fabulous parties and meets celebrities and generally has this life that lots of us dream about having. But the coolest thing about Dawn is that she’s fully herself. She consciously tends to her own self-esteem—and she wants other people to live that way too. That’s why she’s been speaking to schools around the country, hoping to reach girls and help them re-focus on the things that are really important (hint: These things cannot be found in US Weekly).

“I talk to girls who think I have the most amazing life,” says Dawn. “And I do feel lucky. But my life in the fashion industry, and as Lady Russell, is just like theirs. I’m at a fancy dinner where someone might be whispering about me—just like how girls sometimes feel at lunch in the cafeteria—and I have self-doubt. I have to talk myself through it, to tell myself that I’m good enough.” Dawn’s point is this: We all live with insecurities, no matter what our situation. And the sooner we find ways shift the things that make us feel bad, the sooner we can start being happy.

So how does Dawn build herself up? “For me, it’s meditation and yoga and mantras,” she says. “For you it may be jogging like you’ve never jogged before, or boxing, or writing, or keeping a journal.” If you’re wondering how working on your self-esteem by exploring your passions can help you land the guy you like or make you popular, Dawn says, “Have faith. Seeing a girl who’s laughing, feeling happy to be alive, letting go—that’s what attracts good people into your life.” (Including your crush… if he’s worth it.)

And if your questions are bigger—“How do I deal with my mom not being around?” or “I hate my body—how can I fix it?”—it still comes back to this core truth: Your problem has to do with self-esteem. Of course you’ll feel sad if your mom’s gone, or if you hate looking in the mirror, but it will help to change your focus. Build up the good things in your life, zone in on the things you enjoy doing, on the people you truly love. Then reach out to others, and joy will spread around you.

So here’s the deal: We dig this Dawn chick. She’s got some good things to say. And yes, some of this self-esteem stuff is a little out there and abstract, but it’s also totally important. Dawn is going to be sending out a mobile mantra each week—one that, if you take it to heart, can help you deal with anything that’s going on in your life. “My purpose is to help girls in the moment,” says Dawn. Whether it’s the moment you’re feeling insecure around a guy or when a mean girl says something totally bitchy to you or even when you’re dealing with a family issue, that’s when you can remember these mantras. Want to get them via text message? Of course you do. Text DAWN to 74625 get a little cell* pick-me-up every Friday, courtesy of Dawn.

*The club is free, but standard text message charges apply per your carrier plan.