Be unafraid to be yourself

As I left Maggie’s Centre a couple of weeks ago I was handed a book to borrow which the team there thought might be interesting and meaningful to me. Its title ‘The Cancer Survivor’s Companion’ (by Dr Frances Goodhart and Lucy Atkins) somehow does not sit right with me; I can’t explain why but perhaps […]

An Open Letter to those going through Chemotherapy

Dear Chemotherapy patients, I’ve made notes about this letter and started it many times but struggled to find the right words to say. I guess it’s because what I really feel I should be starting with is an admission of guilt; that I feel quite fraudulent in your company. There I’ve said it. I feel […]

Guest post: Keeping Mum when cancer comes to visit your family

Was Peter really as pleased with this crying baby as he looks? In January 1962 I gave birth to a much wanted daughter Rosemary, a sister for Peter who was then 3 years old. He was a really good baby, very easy to bring up, what could change with a second one? On that January […]

Just call me a ‘Rad Grad’ or ‘Completely Baked’

It’s done, it’s done, it’s done. My 20 sessions of Radiotherapy are complete and tomorrow we don’t have to take a 3 hour chunk out of our day to drive to Oxford to the Churchill Hospital. That will be a genuinely lovely feeling. It’s a very strange feeling also as you complete an active phase […]