Meet the Superheroes of the (cancer) storm

There are heroes and then there are superheroes. Here are 3 of them. When someone receives a cancer diagnosis, it’s not a singular personal thing. It’s a collective blow. A shared shock. A rabbit in the headlights jump start for the patient and their nearest and dearest. Over the last year or so, it’s become […]

10 things not to say to someone battling and fighting their way through their journey with Cancer

Every so often I love Twitter; the art of trying to capture something smart and snappy in 140 characters. It’s not for everyone and not all tweets hit the sweet spot but many do. I love the conversational nature of it; the fact that you can make a statement or ask a question and in […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guest post: A son’s perspective ‘Cancer has changed you’

As we approach a milestone with Mum’s treatment (as I’m writing there are just two further radiotherapy treatments remaining) I can’t help but feel torn; on one hand the end of the radiotherapy signifies the end of a trying and emotional year, on the other there is the realisation that it is not a final […]

#TeamPositive

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 […]