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  • Blog Post: A tough ride...

    Well Mum had her 2nd lot of chemo yesterday, at least she knows what to expect this time and she's not looking forward to it. It's been tough watching her suffer with the pain and sickness but I'm guessing a million times harder to go through it so I just keep smiling and telling her it'll...
  • 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: Hello, a small introduction.

    Hello, I lost my dad to cancer when I was 12. His illness was kept from me insomuch nobody spoke to me about his diagnosis, and when he died (three months after diagnosis) we didn’t speak about it. My mum and I shortly afterwards moved to another part of the UK. My coping mechanism was to bury...
  • Blog Post: Fertility and cancer - a new phase

    A couple of months ago I began writing this blog post, it’s been put off because of not really knowing how to approach this topic. It’s been difficult to write, but thankfully with the right information I’m in control again. I had cancer 13 years ago now, at 14 years old I was told...
  • Blog Post: Talking to children about cancer

    Telling their children they have cancer is one of the things that our Community members often dread the most. I know that many of you worry about how to break the news, and how the children will react. You may well be worried about upsetting them, and you might also be unsure about what level of information...
  • Blog Post: The early days part 2 .... Lucy and Over the Wall

    When I was told that I was going to a summer camp to be with other children who had also gone through cancer and other serious illnesses, I was embarrassed and fought back at it for about three months. If you have had childhood / teenage cancer there are a multitude of organisations, initiatives and...
  • 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: Talking helps

    ‘I found it an enormous relief to be able to talk to someone about my feelings.’ Talking about your cancer may be one of the most helpful and rewarding things you choose to do. Putting fears and feelings into words helps us understand them better and leaves us feeling more in control...
  • 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: 21st December - week 3 and chemo number 2 under my belt, yay me!!!

    I have rested completely over the last couple of days and thankfully my blood count had gone up this morning when I had a blood test. I was so nervous about having a cannular put in, but the PICC line specialist that saw me on Monday, came and did it herself and although I found it stressful, it was...
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