The Reality of Getting Ill After Cancer

The Reality of Getting Ill After Cancer

What do you do, when your favourite place is also your absolute worst?  When I remember having cancer I am always in one of two places.  One (as you would expect) is the hospital, the other is in bed at home.  Both were accompanied by dark emotions of fear, anxiety and discomfort -- physical and [...]

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Stars don't die quietly they scream light into the blazing sky with Ares’ sword pointed towards themselves   spitting and burning the truth they splatter blinding supernovas into the black padding of the night   dying stars don’t wink at the moon but take pride in their indifference to Death and their Love of the [...]

Come with me to Los Angeles!

Virtual Book Tour Love Gosh I wish I really could feel that LA heat BUT let's Virtually head over there and visit Esme Winterflood at her LA Lash Studio on Venice Beach. Esme is sharing her excerpt from The Fabulous Woman's Guide Through Cancer where she gives all the tips and tricks for lashes when [...]

What’s On Your 2017 Anti-Bucket List?

If you have been following me for a while you will probably be aware of my Anti-Bucket Lists.  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 ‘things-to-do-before-I-die-Bucket-List’ [...]

5 TOP TIPS FOR CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR WITH CANCER

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. [...]

Summer Reception with Bowel Cancer UK

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 [...]

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 [...]

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…

Nicola Bourne

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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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 [...]