Going through Christmas and New Year when you have cancer can be a strange thing. It becomes more poignant, more emotional, more lovely, more sad, more everything… I know from first hand that heightened emotions that come from big occasions and family get-together can therefore become a little stressful and require a lot more planning. [...]
Fun, emotional, heartbreaking and inspiring - just your standard Thursday night! I was so excited a few weeks ago to receive an invitation to Bowel Cancer UK's Summer Reception and the event was finally held on Thursday evening. Held at the Royal College of General Practitioners on an amazing roof-terrace in London there was a [...]
Well that was NOT part of the plan when my family and I decided to go on a dream family holiday to Mauritius! My husband and I worked, saved and planned for months. We were so excited to finally be going and once there, it was as close to paradise as I could have hoped. We [...]
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…
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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Hello all, I just had to recommend this book to you all... RomCom isn't usually my genre of choice, favouring literature, drama and thrillers but as I was going on holiday I thought I go for something more uplifting and I'm so pleased I did. Most importantly, it was still very well written, very important [...]
There is a time in every cancer survivors year when a dreaded day (or two...) comes around. They are of course the dreaded check-ups! I remember the first time I had to go back for a check up, pushing back the tears as I arrived the hospital. The familiar sights and smells… immediately I felt like [...]
An article that I wrote a year ago today, which can still sometimes seem very relevant…
A lady wrote to me recently praising my positive attitude to having cancer. This lady also went on to say that her son had cancer and that he was in a very negative place and she had tried encouraging him to read my blog to gain a different perspective but that he wasn’t interested and so fearful for the future and asked if I ever felt like that?
I wrote back saying YES!
But her question made me think how important it is to discuss the lowest lows that you go through when dealing with cancer. I have a wonderful friend who stayed so positive throughout her whole treatment. She had breast cancer and has been all clear for years but looking back she says she never allowed herself to think the worst. She felt remaining positive was integral to her getting better and she never allowed negativity to creep in.
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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]