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 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 [...]

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month – Day 2

What is Bowel Cancer? Cancer in the large or small intestines right down to the rectum is commonly referred to as Bowel Cancer - so that includes colon cancer, colorectal cancer and rectal cancer. Most Bowel Cancer tumours develop from polyps in the intestines.  If polyps are caught early they are usually non-cancerous and they [...]

Bowel Cancer Awareness Month!

HAPPY BOWEL CANCER AWARENESS MONTH EVERYONE! Yes April is Bowel Cancer Awareness month.  A chance to talk about all things Bowel Cancer related.  Yay! To help raise awareness, everyday this month I will be posting information, articles, what to look for, facts and how tops…  So stay tuned to find out all the information you [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Inside Harpenden Cancer Research Shop!

The beginning of launching the Cancer Research UK Christmas campaign we are excited to be part of. I'm not going to lie, very strange seeing a picture of yourself on a shop wall. Clearly my daughter was not impressed! I believe you can see one yourself in your local CRUK shop and you can pick [...]