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  • Blog Post: Hit By The Chemo Train

    Well, the chemo train eventually hit me on Tuesday. I've been suffering with pain and a little bleeding due to hemorrhoids, although I don't have constipation. I think it's more inflammation as Ibuprofen seems to help a little. I didn't take any for a couple of days as back pain was more...
  • Blog Post: Putting things into perspective

    12 days post tax, looking forward to going back onto FEC (am I mad?). Feel more normal today, I can eat and it doesn't hurt. Went shopping at Asda and had one of their breakfasts (a small one). I forgot to buy a new thermometer. I already have three, and none of them are very reliable!! Yesterday...
  • Blog Post: Keeping A Secret

    Keeping A Secret When I first found my lump, I didn't think it was serious, so ignored it for about five weeks, I didn't even mention it to my husband. Then I decided it had to be dealt with eventually, so told him. He packed me straight off to my GP. She initially agreed with me, as the...
  • Blog Post: My cancer and my children

    Being told you have cancer is tough. But then you need to tell everybody else. The thing is there is no manual out there on how you tell your children, and once you’ve left the hospital after being diagnosed you’re pretty much on your own. No one else can really break the news to your children...
  • Blog Post: Listen up! Chemotherapy audio clips

    You can now listen to some of our information on chemotherapy as an audio recording. It’s important to Macmillan to make sure that our information is easy to access for as many people as possible. We’re testing out making some audio clips available on our website. If you or someone...
  • Blog Post: Make-up and beauty advice during cancer treatment

    One of cancer’s cruellest blows for many people is the impact that treatment can have on looks. At a time when you’re already feeling really low, changes to your appearance can seem like the last straw. Hair loss, brittle nails and dry skin are just some of the unpleasant side effects people...
  • Blog Post: Pneumothorax and chemotherapy

    I have had a rough ride, my surgeon really struggled to put my port in, he told me he almost gave up, then I became a little out of breath, after an x ray it was apparent he had nipped my lung and it had deflated like a balloon, I had a drain fitted, to drain away all the escaped air from the lung, it...
  • Blog Post: When is 12 worse than 9?

    When it's the amount of weeks you are about to endure under chemotherapy. For the second time! I, like many before me am facing the upheaval, worry and uncertainty of my cancer coming back. There has been a good amount of resolve settle over the last few days. Throughout my experience with...
  • Blog Post: Chemotherapy Facebook Q&A - transcript

    Last week, our information nurses Ellen, Kate and Hilary were over on the Macmillan Facebook page answering questions about chemotherapy. To anyone who was expecting to come along to the chemotherapy webchat here on the Online Community - we’re so sorry that unforeseen technical problems meant...
  • Blog Post: Chemotherapy webchat – Wednesday 14 August

    On Wednesday lunchtime, specialist nurses Hilary Weaver and Ellen McPake will be joining us in the chatroom to answer your questions about chemotherapy . Chemotherapy uses drugs to destroy cancer cells, but it also affects normal cells, which can lead to side effects. Many of you on the Online...
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