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 […]

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 […]


Telling family members that you have Cancer, however contained and operable it may be is a task that I’d rather not repeat. The emotional stress of holding this information, or the potential of knowing that this might be something that needs to be done in the near future is ghastly. I know that many of […]