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  • Forum Post: Want your thoughts - 10min online survey

    My name is Natalie Seebeck and I am a student at the Lo ndon Metropolitan University studying Psychology. As part of this course, I am conducting a research project on people’s beliefs towards their illness/health condition and related treatment. You have been invited to take part in this study...
  • Forum Post: Cancer patients and the feeling of 'Otherness'

    My name is Alex Reitemeier, I'm a psychology student at Nottingham Trent University doing some research into cancer. I want to find out if other people's reactions to a person's cancer shapes and changes their self-perception. I have emailed and received permission form the Macmillan...
  • Forum Post: RE: Capability Sickness hearing and no Union rep

    Thank you Laura. I've already done that and, although the information is useful, is quite general.
  • Forum Post: RE: Capability Sickness hearing and no Union rep

    Dear all, I am in a terrible mess. HR is sending me to a Capability Sickness Hearing; this is because I had a 10 months sickness absence from work. The reason was related to the BC I had some years ago. I had to be investigated for mets and I just couldn't take it. Although the test came...
  • Forum Post: Mum diagnosed with ductal carcinoma

    The past few weeks have been a total whirlwind, mum went for her mammogram and it came back that there was something there. She went for a biopsy and that lead onto a lumpectomy and removal of lymph nodes. From this they discovered that mum had ductal carcinoma (grade 3) so it was very aggressive. But...
  • Forum Post: Please sign my petition to ask the Government to fund Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiotherapy treatment for all, and not just those who live in the right postcode.

    Please sign my petition to ask the Government to fund Cyberknife Stereotactic Radiotherapy treatment for all, and not just those who live in the right postcode (see link below) Last year the Government set up an Expert Committee (the National Radiotherapy Implementation Group), to consider the efficacy...
  • Forum Post: Breast Cancer Support Day in Swansea 3rd October

    Please visit http://www.thehaven.org.uk/how-we-can-help-you/whats-calendar/2012-10/breast-cancer-support-day-swansea-0 for more information.
  • Forum Post: Re: Is the cold cap worth it and chemo questions

    Hi Jo, I am glad you found my post helpful. My hair is still looking good and is about shoulder length now! I am planning on having it cut and coloured soon at Tony & Guy as they have staff trained in hair care for cancer patients. I know it will be mega expensive, but your hair can be totally...
  • Forum Post: Started losing hair 2 days ago :(

    Day 15 after first lot of FEC and I've noticed I'm losing my hair. I didn't expect it to start so soon. I thought I'd have another week until I started my second treatment. I'm prepared for it, but not emotionally. On the whole I've been ok, but it doesn't stop it upsetting...
  • Forum Post: RE: thinking of resigning

    Hi lovelies, I was dx 6 years ago. On remission since then but remission is a bumpy road. This 6 years have been filled with uncertainties; scares of recurrences, test, chronic fatigue, PTSD, chemo brain and so on .... I don't think these are uncommon experience to any of us. I've been...
  • Forum Post: Breast Cancer Support Day in Whitchurch, Shropshire 3rd July 2012

    If you would like to find out more about what we can do for you, please come to our Haven Breast Cancer Support day at the Dodington Lodge Hotel, Whitchurch on 3rd July 2012. During the day, there will be a chance to talk with others in a similar position and to learn about approaches that may be...
  • Forum Post: Breast Cancer Research

    Hi everyone, My name is Prema Nirgude, and I am a PhD student at the Institute of Work, Health and Organisations, based at the University of Nottingham. As part of my research, I am conducting interviews with individuals who have been affected by breast cancer (whether you've been a patient yourself...
  • Blog Post: new post

    Just to let you know I have a new post on my blog about secondary breast cancer. You can read it at... www.writtenoff.net Thanks for reading.
  • Blog Post: Secondary Breast Cancer Blog...

    After my recent secondary diagnosis, at 28, I decided to write a blog about my experience. I hope it can give an insight into living with cancer and also help those who are suffering from the disease by sharing my experience. Thanks for reading. http://writtenoff.net/
  • Blog Post: Last Day Of Radiotherapy :-))

    Well thats another hurdel over and done with :-)) I have been lucky, I've not really had any trouble with this treatment and what the nurses told me turned out to be true.... " If you've delt with chemo then this will be a breeze " The nurses were all fantastic once again and I didn't...
  • Blog Post: 50% survival statistic

    It's been a hard week; I found out that I have a 50 % chance of surviving over 5 years... a difficult one to get my head round, especially when everyone at the hospital talks in positive talk, preventative treatments aiming to cure.... ha.... I feel just a tad fobbed off really, although what they...
  • Blog Post: beaten up by chemicals.

    Wow, I had my 4th chemo and first Herceptin last week... and have felt like I've been beaten up since saturday. What a complete change in side effects .. I've gone from metal tasting and nausea to crawling up the stairs and shuffling about like an old age pensioner. My understanding of the phase...
  • Blog Post: Just thinking...

    Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. We should not judge people by their peak of excellence; but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started. I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think...
  • Blog Post: lessons

    The difference between school and life? In school, you're taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you're given a test that teaches you a lesson
  • Blog Post: what will be, will be

    Having got over the hectic xmas prep, I had my second chemo Dec 22nd so xmas was as good as it could be although I did feel quite rough. Straingley though, this didn't bother me as much as I thought it would, I was confident that I would be starting to feel better by the new year and my daughters...
  • Blog Post: out of the mouths of babes

    I thought I'd share a moment with you all as my little girl made me belly laugh so much. We always make a wish if we see a single bright star in the sky and so when one appeared a couple of weeks ago I called her through. I wish I may , I wish I might, wish on the star I see tonight..... ...
  • Blog Post: Life is a rollercoaster ...

    You know ... I used to say “ if only I could have a pound for every compliment I receive for them red shoes.” However, over the last few weeks it would be for each time someone has said to me “Go sh ... doesn't time fly ... where did that year go ...? ” These comments have...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year wishes

    This is my new years wish for evertone touched by cancer : Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss our lips, sunsets to warm our hearts, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten our being, faith so that...
  • Blog Post: Simply red ...

    My mother died 14 years ago, aged 53, of ovarian cancer. She had been diagnosed five years before ... but to be truthful the cancer had probably been there since her early forties, when she was a similar age to me. For a year or two they had said she was peri-menopausal and by the time they realised...
  • Blog Post: You are one in a million ...

    Well, actually I am not one in a million ... I am one in 28 million. What I am not sure about is whether that makes me more or less special ....? Last weekend saw the end of the Tour de France. Yes, I know what you are saying. “ Tour de France?! What is she on? " That it is up there with my...
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