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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 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 18 – Know Your Colostomy from your Ileostomy

Day 17 - My DictiOSTOMY! This is something that is commonly confused, especially by the media, so this is basically it in my version of a dictionary - My DictiOSTOMY STOMA Stoma, literally translated, means 'mouth' or opening.  In this case referring to the opening from the colon coming through the abdomen. COLOSTOMY The more common, or [...]

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 [...]

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Day 13

Day 13 - Take Responsibility for Your Own Health If you are unhappy with the direction your GP is taking, do not be nervous to ask for a second opinion or to push for a referral. It is what doctors are there for… to assist you with your health. Unfortunately things do occasionally get overlooked or [...]

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Day 6

Did you know…  Bowel Cancer is the UK's second biggest cancer and the third biggest cancer amongst women. Bowel Cancer is also very treatable if caught early so head to your GP for a referral if you have any of the main symptoms... And remember - DO NOT LET THEM TURN YOU AWAY BECAUSE OF [...]