Sun, Sand & Septicaemia! (part one)

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 [...]

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 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 [...]

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Day 14 – When I Knew Something Was Wrong and My Symptoms

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Day 14 – When I Knew Something Was Wrong and My Symptoms

Day 14 - When I Knew Something Was Wrong and My Symptoms I will always remember the look on the colonoscopy consultant's face when he told me he had found a tumour he believed to be cancerous.  Pure shock.  The nurse looked like she was going to cry and my husband's jaw was somewhere near [...]

The Stupid Things People Say When You Have Cancer!

When You Find Out You Have Cancer... I would prepare yourself for when people say (what I think) are very stupid things. The most common comment being “I knew someone who had cancer and died”, seriously, who are you helping when you say that? There is also my personal favourite, “just think positively and you’ll [...]

The Last 36 Hours! Good Morning Britain, ITV News and World Cancer Day

The last 36 hours have been unexpected, bizarre and awesome. I knew that to coincide with World Cancer Day the lovely Cancer Research UK were going release the latest shocking statistic that 1 in 2 of us will now be effected by cancer, which I have written about here.  I also knew CRUK were going to [...]

Cancer, the Benefit of Hindsight and the Lowest of the Low

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 [...]

Let’s Begin at the Beginning – Why I Have a Colostomy Bag

MY LATEST POST ON WWW.MYOSTOMY.CO.UK When I was pregnant with my second child, I knew that I had bowel cancer. You know your body, you know if something is wrong, and I knew. This feeling combined with textbook symptoms and a basic knowledge of bowel cancer due to a strong family history (my mother, grandmother [...]