The Bourne Diagnosis – Nicola B & the Big C

I posted this article 2 years ago today and it is still one of my most read… My experience getting diagnosed with colorectal cancer and beyond…

Nicola Bourne

I knew that I had cancer.  I had a strong inner feeling and I knew.  I was experiencing textbook symptoms and had a basic knowledge based on a strong family history – my mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandfather all died from Bowel Cancer at ‘young’ ages.  Even so, getting diagnosed was not as easy as it should have been.

I had been getting rectal bleeding on and off, probably since 2006.  Over the years I had visited various GPs but they always said the same, that I was too young to have  Bowel Cancer, it was probably a small internal cut and if the bleeding went,  there was nothing to worry about.  The bleeding would stop so as far as the GPs were concerned, that was that.  I now know that the bleeding was probably polyps in the colon, which can bleed intermittently and it is these polyps that grow into cancerous…

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1st Birthday of The Fabulous Woman’s Guide Through Cancer

I cannot believe that my book was published a year ago today!  Happy Birthday to my book!  The Fabulous Woman's Guide Through Cancer was a labour of love and nothing compares to the getting wonderful, heartfelt messages from ladies who have been touched or helped in some way by reading it.  I have written honestly about the parts of writing [...]

What it’s Really Like to Write a Book about Cancer

It wasn’t easy writing a book about one of the worst experiences I’ve had to encounter. I remember when writing the section about chemotherapy, I swear I could feel the cannula in my hand and the chemo seeping up my arm. Similarly when writing about the emotional side of cancer, reliving the rollercoaster once again [...]

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 [...]

Quick Lowdown on Why I Wrote My Book

I had cancer when I was 31, I was a wife, mother to a two-year-old and three-month-old, a writer, I had friends, family, liked to travel, do and experience things… I was so much more than just a cancer patient. It was actually this fact exactly that inspired me to write 'The Fabulous Woman’s Guide [...]

First Vlog – Answering Your Questions on my Cancer Book Experience

So I have done my first vlog - I think it has come out OK, but I know that you will all be the judge of that so please let me know what you think. I know that I didn't answer all of the questions, I didn't want to bore everyone to tears going on [...]

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 [...]