On This Day – I was Diagnosed with Cancer

It was the 4th January 2012 that I was diagnosed with bowel cancer.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  My dad coming over to watch my 3-month-old daughter and 2-year-old son whilst my husband took me to the hospital for my long-awaited colonoscopy. I knew instantly that there was a problem, as soon as [...]

The Silent Cancer Side Effect – Fatigue

Just to be extremely clear, fatigue is not the same as being really, really, really, tired. It is more than that, and takes hold of your whole being, physically and mentally. Anyone who has had children will probably know what I am talking about, right?  But it's permanent. Fatigue takes a toll both physically and [...]

The Truth About Premature Menopause

Being 32 + the menopause = a whole lotta physical and emotional drama! Premature menopause is a common side effect of cancer treatment. Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy (when the radiation beam is aimed within the pelvis) often stop your ovaries from working and a whole host of variants means function may or may not return. In my [...]

Top 5 Things To Do When a Loved One Has Cancer

I know that finding out someone has cancer can be just as daunting for a friend or family member as it can be for he person who has just been diagnosed.  Suddenly you are on the side-lines desperate to help and not alway sure what to do, so here are my top ideas... Listen… This is definitely [...]

Swishing Up Your Post-Op Wardrobe

Published on MyOstomy I think one thing that most women can safely say they have in common when finding out they will need an ostomy, is a collective worry over how they are going to dress.   I am a big fan of the #GetYourBellyOut campaign, but you don’t necessarily want my ostomy out on display all day, [...]

Coping Strategies – Cancer When You Have Children

I was recently emailed by a lady asking if I had any specific coping strategies that I could share for attempting to fight cancer and be a present parent for your child, that you want to be the best mum ever for? It really got me thinking.  I don't know if you can fight cancer [...]

Does Cancer Ever End?

If you break your leg, it's annoying but it's cast, it heals, then it's over.  Becomes nothing more than a dinner party story about your teachers not believing you broke your leg playing football at break time and having to hobble about on it in huge amounts of pain all day (my husband, not me). But [...]

The Problem with NOT Losing Your Hair When You Have Cancer

The Problem with NOT Losing Your Hair When You Have Cancer

Cancer, chemotherapy, hair loss.  Standard.  These three things appear to be inextricably linked which is strange because it's not actually true. There are hundreds of types of chemotherapy, all with different side-effects and hair loss is not always one of them.  Some chemotherapy's cause heat in the body, which causes the hair follicles to open [...]