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  • Blog Post: Bowel Cancer Awareness Month 2014

    Hi, I’m Emma, a Content Channel Editor at Macmillan. I’m writing this blog to share a little of my own personal experience with you, and to hopefully help people reduce their risk of bowel cancer and be more aware of the symptoms. Since joining Macmillan in December last year I’ve...
  • Blog Post: Bowel cancer webchat 2014 – transcript

    Last week, cancer information nurses Anne and Kate were in the chatroom answering your questions about bowel cancer. Topics included hereditary bowel cancer, coping with changes to bowel habits, advanced bowel cancer, and fertility after bowel cancer treatment. Here are all the questions and answers...
  • Blog Post: Bowel cancer webchat – 8 April

    Questions about bowel (colon and rectum) cancer? Join nurses Jennifer and Anne for a webchat next Tuesday lunchtime. It’s Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, so Jennifer and Anne will be in our chatroom to answer your questions. Topics could include treatment, side effects, surgery or coping with...
  • Blog Post: The long road back to the new normal. (Life after cancer treatment).

    If you have finished treatment there is a belief that you should be jumping for joy. You’re in the clear; you don’t have cancer, why wouldn’t you be the happiest person on earth? It may frustrate you that people don’t understand, and are rushing you to get back to your old self...
  • Blog Post: Hello again

    Hi Everyone, So I haven't written on here for a while. To be honest I haven't written anywhere, I haven't thought and I haven't felt. It feels weird and slightly stilted coming back here and trying to be honest with myself because I've been doing a really good job of shutting everything...
  • Blog Post: Dreams

    Hi everyone, I know that listening to other people's dreams is a total drag - "I had such weird dreams last night" is a comment that stirs an internal sigh, especially when announced in the morning, pre-caffeine. You ask politely, then they go on to ramble about the fact that a their...
  • Blog Post: Why I am here, writing a blog.

    Hello, I just thought that I would introduce myself and tell you why I decided to start a blog on this site. First of all, hi and I'm sorry to see you here too. Consider this me giving you a virtual hug. So my dad died about two months ago and I have been wandering around in a very sad and...
  • Blog Post: Cancer genetics – Helping people understand and manage their risk

    Only 5 to 10% of cancers are thought to be linked to inherited genes. But if there are several people who’ve had cancer in your family, you may be concerned about your own risk. If you’ve had cancer yourself, you may worry about your relatives’ risk. In this blog, we’ll tell...
  • Blog Post: Question everything and ask for copies of letters

    Having had a chance to read my dad's letters from the hospitals, all the answers to the questions are there, just that my parents didn't understand the technical jargon and never asked the consultant to explain them. They expected the consultant to tell them verbally all what they needed to understand...
  • Blog Post: June 2013 update

    Why do parents feel it is for the best NOT to discuss important things with their children? So just a short recap: Dad had his operation, the cancer was worse than what showed on the scans, had to have a stoma which kept leaking and was causing a great deal of hassle and stress. After 3 attempts...