Status: Prickly

Many cancer patients will tell you that much of their time during active treatment is actually spent waiting. Waiting for appointments, then tests, treatments, then results, then new treatments, waiting lists and decisions. We become expert if not excellent waiters. So this current waiting game that we’re in should be old hat, I should be […]

1st Year #Cancerversary

So exactly one year ago today I received my cancer diagnosis. 1 year, 12 months, 52 weeks, 365 days, 8760 hours, 525,600 minutes and 31,536,000 seconds worth of cancer. I’m not who I was this time last year and my family are forever changed too. But, as the saying goes ‘Life goes on’. There’s only […]

If we were having coffee………

…..…I’d tell you that today is exactly one year since I had a routine mammogram that flagged up that something was amiss. I’d mention when you asked that no, the mammogram didn’t spot the cancer that was growing inside me but it did pick up a cyst and that was enough to raise the red […]

Mothering Sunday Musings

I quite like the word musing and I particularly like the definition that offers ‘wool-gathering’ as a potential alternative because wool-gathering is exactly what I feel my brain is currently only capable of. musing ˈmjuːzɪŋ/ noun plural noun: musings a period of reflection or thought. “his musings were interrupted by the sound of the telephone” […]

Z is for Zometa and Zonked

I can hardly believe that it’s the end of January already, the end of the first month of 2016. Time flies when you’re having fun doesn’t it and it would seem it flies also when you’re not. January has been full of the ubiquitous highs and lows of life much like my body temperature. Typically […]

Mind the Gap

Mind the gap; that ubiquitous phrase that we hear on the London Tube reminds us that the space between where we are and where we are intending to be holds an element of challenge and a need to be mindful. This is so relevant once you have a cancer diagnosis because your intended destination is […]

Forgive us when we switch tribes

Warning: you definitely need a cuppa to accompany you as you read this longer post from me. It’s an essay I wrote in response to a request for submissions for a publication regarding helping people who have received a cancer diagnosis. I suspect that many people made practical suggestions (make dinner, walk the dog, change […]