When I was a kid and we first got the Internet at home, I was transfixed by looking at the BBC's On This Day website. This was, of course, in the years before MySpace came into existence and I found myself wasting time choosing apt song lyrics to express the depths of my emotion and deciding which … Continue reading On This Day. And This One. And This One
I got a couple of bits of news this week that shook me up. Neither are my news to tell, so I won't go into specifics but, as you can probably guess from the title of this blog, they're both related to loss, and unsurprisingly, cancer. Two people who I know, mostly through my writing … Continue reading Life and Loss
I never expected to look to a NYFW catwalk and see myself looking back at me. I'm not disillusioned, despite my recent rendez vous on the catwalk for Breast Cancer Care - I know I am far from model material. I do not see myself in Gigi Hadid or Karlie Kloss
I mean. I'm not sure there's much more to say on this topic other than the headline, but I'm going to expand anyway. You might have heard the news last week that crispy potatoes, over browned bread and other overcooked starchy foods pose a cancer risk. Add these to the ever growing list of other foods that cause cancer - … Continue reading If crispy potatoes are wrong, I don’t wanna be right
As I moved towards the ice, I was completely and entirely stricken by fear. I suddenly realised that, since being diagnosed with cancer, I no longer felt invincible.
We have to really force ourselves to take the time we need and really, truly relax. I'm as guilty of this as anyone, so when I was offered the chance to go and hang out at Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa for 24 hours, I practically had my bags packed before we'd even set a date.
I couldn't decide whether to quote Usher or the Foo Fighters to start this post. But in the words of my beloved Dave Grohl, I've got another confession to make. As open as I have been with you about my experience of breast cancer, I haven't been entirely honest with you about certain other aspects … Continue reading Confession Time
I've been trying very hard to concentrate on moving forwards recently. I've been distracting myself with work and a wedding and love and all of the great things that have been going on in my life, but sometimes the darkest bits of cancer creep in when I don't want them to, and it's a case … Continue reading Aftermath
I read a really great article not so long ago by Caroline Crampton, a journalist who had cancer when she was younger. She said she had made a conscious decision not to become a cancer writer, because cancer was part of her past, not part of her present. She said she felt that there we so … Continue reading Writing About Cancer
Up until a few months ago, I never even realised a "cancerversary" was a thing. But that was before I found myself immersed in the cancer community. People mark different days for their cancerversary - the day they had surgery, the day they had the first biopsies and scans, the day they started chemo, the day … Continue reading Cancerversary – One Year On