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  • Blog Post: Last chemo done and dusted! 4th April 2013

    My sixth and last FEC chemo was on the 22nd April. The side effects hit me harder again this time, but here I am nearly two weeks on and I'm slowly recovering and I am feeling better each day. The sun is shining and that always makes you feel better! The hypnotherapy sessions to tackle my needle...
  • Blog Post: 4th March 2013

    Phew, the weeks are still whizzing by! I had chemo number 5 last Friday and thankfully the cannular went in first time, so no tears or shaking from me for a change. I told my youngest daughter, that my appointment was an hour later than it was as I didn't want her to witness the distress I get...
  • Blog Post: 16 February 2013

    I can't believe how fast time is passing! Chemo number 4 came and went on Friday 8th Feb. My veins are not playing ball as they are painful after previous chemo's, so after two attempts a doctor was called and the canular had to go in on the inside of my arm. I'm still trying to find a local...
  • Blog Post: 22 January 2013

    FEC chemo number 3 under my belt, yay! It was touch and go as to whether I would get to the hospital last Friday after a very heavy snowfall in Cardiff. Having had my chemo delayed the week before due to my low blood count, I was determined to get my chemo! I even googled how long it would take me to...
  • Blog Post: 16th January 2013

    Where has the last few weeks gone!! Well I'm glad to report that Cinders did go to the New Years Eve ball in the end! I managed to get a last minute place on the day, so hurriedly packed my posh frock and sparkly bandana and checked in at the hotel with my six friends! I had a couple of glasses of...
  • Blog Post: 30th December, 2012, day 9 of second round of chemo and I'm feeling goooood!

    So, having dreaded being laid up in bed over Christmas, I am so glad to report that I had a great one and ate all my christmas dinner and even managed some Buck's Fizz and mojitos! Despite the disruption of flooding and bugs, all my children managed to travel to me and they wouldn't let me lift...
  • Blog Post: Let’s get physical!

    Christmas went as quickly as it arrived, but may have left some of us with annoying extra pounds (stares at stomach in shame). We all know that any kind of physical activity goes a long way to making a positive change to our lives, but did you know that exercising during and after cancer treatments...
  • Blog Post: exercise and cancer

    In addition to my recent post about Macmillan's report, I'd like to say how difficult I have found it to exercise as much as I would like. When I was going through aggressive treatment for anal cancer (carcinoma of the anal canal) back in 1990 I still tried to walk a little whenever I could and...
  • Blog Post: Macmillan's recent report Move More shows the importance of exercise

    See the Home Page for news of Macmillan's report which shows cancer patients have less recurrence if they exercise and it can also help reduce side effects.The side effects of cancer treatments (radiotherapy, surgery) can damage lymph nodes and patients then have a lifelone risk of developing lymphoedema...