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 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.
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
A letter dropped through our postbox this morning. From the NHS. Addressed to me. I presumed it would be about my impending appointment to pop along and see my surgeon and have my new medical photographs taken (as weird and as funny as it sounds). Alas, it wasn't an appointment about my boobs this time. … Continue reading Tumour Has It
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
OH HI THERE. Yes, I'm back. I've been going through a bit of time my counsellor and I have been calling my "restoration" period, so I decided to take a step back from blogging while I did that, but I'm here now and I'm keen to get my finger out and start writing for you … Continue reading So. What next?
Survive: - To remain alive or in existence. - To carry on despite hardships or trauma; persevere: families that were surviving in tents after the flood. - To remain functional or usable: I dropped the toaster, but it survived. I almost don't want to speak too soon, because it's impossible to know what the coming … Continue reading “Survivor”
So here we are. After almost 9 months of being cut, poisoned, burnt, prodded, poked and stabbed, I've finally reached the end of my active treatment. Good Friday this year really was a Good Friday. I've made it. We've made it. All of my emotions are on full volume right now - extra loud and … Continue reading The End of Active Treatment