The Silent Cancer Side Effect – Fatigue

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Anti-Bucket List 2015

If you have been following me for a while you will probably be aware of my Anti-Bucket Lists but if you haven't or need reminding you can read all about it here but basically, when I was having treatment for advanced Colorectal Cancer I decided that when I got better I would flip the traditional [...]

When Nicola Met Cancer Research UK – How Research Helped Save Me

Last week I was asked to speak at a couple of Cancer Research UK events about my experience, which I was thrilled to do.  The benefit of research is something I've experienced first hand, I am passionate about it and it's why I am a massive fan of Cancer Research - and pretty much everyone I know who works [...]

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 [...]

Is The Sun Setting on Hiding Your Colostomy?

As I said in my Nicola B and the Two Big C's blog post, I have never hidden the fact I have a colostomy, traditionally I have never made a massive point of it either.  This has changed slightly in the last few months.  Talking about it more openly through the fabulous Cancer Research UK and [...]

When Nicola Met Glaxo Smith Kline

I did the most fantastic thing this week.  Glaxo Smith Kline approached Cancer Research UK as they wanted a guest speaker at an in-company seminar to give a patients perspective on Cancer to their oncology scientists and CRUK asked me!  The thought was slightly scary but I figured, when I am I ever going to be given [...]

The Anti-Bucket List

I think everyone is now familiar with the term Bucket List as a list of things you want to do before you kick the bucket.  When I was having treatment for advanced Colorectal Cancer  I decided that when I got better I would flip the idea and came up with The Anti-Bucket List… these were [...]