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…

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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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Book Review – The Fabulous Woman’s Guide Through Cancer, Nicola Bourne

Another wonderful review of my book….

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I jumped at the chance to review this book by Nicola Bourne as I’m always interested in an alternative perspective to cancer, especially those of other women who are/have been on a similar journey. Myself and Nicola have had similar experiences in having bowel cancer that has resulted in a colostomy, so I was extra interested in this read!

The book that Nicola has written is less about her personal cancer battle and more of an uplifting book full of useful tips on how to make your cancer journey a less negative experience. It’s a great little reminder that you may be ill, but it doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun and live your life whilst you’re undergoing treatment. I loved the tips on how your can (safely) pamper yourself, on how to party without the stress and the mess and most importantly of all that you don’t have…

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Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Day 5

Another common misconception about Bowel Cancer… If you experience rectal bleeding and then it goes away, that doesn't mean it was nothing. This is something I was told by a GP and was something a lady I recently spoke to had also heard the same statement from her GP. I was told that if the bleeding [...]

Know Your Chemo from your Radio

One of my lovely readers emailed asking if I could explain the difference between chemo and radiotherapy.  So here we are… Chemotherapy Chemotherapy is traditionally given via intravenous drip administered in hospital but you can now get chemotherapy tablets that can be taken at home.  Once in your blood stream, chemo can be taken the [...]

5 Tips When Going for a CT Scan

Now I have had a few over the years, I have learnt a few things that are well worth remembering when going for a CT scan... Unless are rather partial to the 'property of the NHS, do not remove' printed gown, don't wear anything with metal on, by that I mean zips, buttons, wires. like a track [...]

Life – but not as you knew it: Tired of being tired?

Oh my gosh, this is exactly how I feel. In a way I am relieved it’s an actual thing & not me going mad. I have said so many times this is more than ‘being tired’ and it’s not to do with being a busy mum. It is all encompassing & mental as well as physical.

It is also true that rest doesn’t usually help but your not able to do anything either, even think clearly, so your left in a very strange & uncomfortable place.

Fantastic article….

Shine Cancer Support Blog

Fatigue is one of those issues that many people living with cancer experience, but that few discuss and even fewer understand.  At Shine, we know that fatigue often lasts far longer than the period when everyone expects you to be ill – if you’ve finished your treatment, friends and family often expect you to be back to normal relatively soon. And if you’re living with a chronic cancer, you might not look ill or tired, making it even more tricky to explain to people exactly why you feel so wiped out.

In this week’s blog, Sam shares her experiences of coping with fatigue, the impact is has, and how she is coping. Please share this if you can – the more people understand how tiring cancer is the better!


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Guest blogger: Sam Reynolds

The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
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Sky News, Social Media, Selfies, Colostomy’s and People Who Don’t Want To Know

I was so excited when I got a phone call asking if I would be interviewed for Sky News.  The chance to talk about Cancer and Colostomy's on actual real-life national news, yes please! The premiss behind the segment was looking at how social media gives people a chance to express what they are going through and [...]