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Stars don't die quietly they scream light into the blazing sky with Ares’ sword pointed towards themselves   spitting and burning the truth they splatter blinding supernovas into the black padding of the night   dying stars don’t wink at the moon but take pride in their indifference to Death and their Love of the [...]

On This Day – I was Diagnosed with Cancer

From the archives… I posted this last year but the message remains as true as ever…

Nicola Bourne

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 consultant began the procedure – the weird looks and awkward silences when I asked what was wrong.  The nurse wouldn’t tell me what was happening, saying only that I should wait for the consultant to come and see me.  When the consultant finally did come, he said that he wanted my husband present.  All of this combined with the feeling in my heart and stomach meant I knew, before the consultant told me.  I knew that I had bowel cancer.  You can read all about my diagnosis here if you want to know more…

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Non-Fiction November Recommendations

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