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 [...]
Hello all! I am so excited to be able to tell you that we have a very exciting time coming up in March. This Virtual Book Tour is going to be FULL of events, interviews, giveaways, guest posts, blog visits, hangouts, vlogs - both on this site and on some other awesome blogs and websites including [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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…
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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There is a time in every cancer survivors year when a dreaded day (or two...) comes around. They are of course the dreaded check-ups! I remember the first time I had to go back for a check up, pushing back the tears as I arrived the hospital. The familiar sights and smells… immediately I felt like [...]
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 [...]
What can you achieve in 7 minutes? A LOT! One of the best things about New Year is all the new fitness DVD's that come onto the market - including yet another beauty from my old favourite Davina McCall. Each section is 7 minutes plus the warm up. I honestly can't tell you how much I [...]
Day 26 - Dog Walking I don't actually have a dog, but my friend does so I was able to take advantage of the surprisingly wonderful weather today and go dog walking with all the children. Even managed to fit in a touch of tree climbing! I have had some awesome 'challenges' to keep me [...]
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.
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!
Guest blogger: Sam Reynolds
The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue.
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