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  • Blog Post: Going back to work – “It helped me feel normal again”

    Cancer has huge emotional and physical impacts, so it’s not surprising that many people need to take time off from work. Going back to work is a big adjustment, and some people find it difficult to cope. But for some, like Shola Faymoi, a psychiatric nurse from Lewisham, it can also be a really...
  • Blog Post: At first I was afraid, I was petrified...

    Sometimes with this cancer lark, we get so caught up with all the negative aspects we berate ourselves too much for still having bad days when treatment has ended months or even years earlier. Anyway over the weekend, I remembered how I was in the beginning; this young woman who was told she had cancer...
  • Blog Post: Keep your chin up - Can a positive attitude help you beat cancer?

    I was prompted to write this blog post after a discussion with young women who are currently living with cancer and surviving the disease. Should we remain positive and upbeat all of the time? Why do people use the same phrases and clichés when responding to people with cancer? Does staying positive...
  • 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...
  • Forum Post: My First Year

    Just over a year ago at 52 I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer and in early Oct 2012 I had the operation to have the bugger removed. That went according to plan but was left with a temporary stoma and unfortunately 6 out of 12 lymph nodes came back positive. As a result I had to have chemo. I went on...
  • Blog Post: Coping with fatigue

    It can be hard for someone with no experience of it to understand just what an impact fatigue can have on your life. Perhaps they might assume that it’s ‘just’ tiredness, or that it can’t really be that bad. However, I know that many of our Online Community members find fatigue...
  • Blog Post: Life after cancer webchat transcript

    Last week, we held a live webchat about life after cancer. Completing your treatment, or hearing the news that your scans show no sign of cancer is definitely a cause for celebration, but it isn’t always the end of the journey. Many people find that the impact can continue to affect them for some...
  • Blog Post: Life after cancer webchat – Tuesday 10 September

    Join us in the chatroom on Tuesday 10 September from 12-1pm and get your questions answered on life after cancer. Your experts for the webchat will be Heidi Lindenstock, a specialist nurse from the Macmillan Support Line, and Richard Hunt, who is working in vocational rehabilitation. Heidi will be...
  • Blog Post: Living with and beyond cancer – watch The Christie films

    Following our living with the consequences of cancer blog, we’ve seen an amazing group of films created by The Christie Trust , starring patients from The Christie Centre. The With and Beyond Cancer films follow patients’ own personal experiences, and the different issues and challenges...
  • Blog Post: Living with the consequences of cancer

    Do these words strike a chord with any of you? This quote is from one of the many people who have told us that they are struggling with the long-term effects of cancer and its treatment. I think we can all agree that it’s good news that more and more people are surviving cancer, and that people...
  • Blog Post: Surviving and finding my voice

    I found my voice through treatment. I found my voice because it was solicited and respected and valued and deemed important. Because others thought my voice was important I came to believe it to be so. I'm told I had a rough time through treatment but with nothing to compare it to what would I...
  • Blog Post: One in two people will get cancer – what’s behind the headline?

    Last week, we published some research to show that, by 2020, almost half the population will get cancer at some point in their lives – but four in ten will survive it. These figures hit the headlines, and you may well have spotted them in the news. The main reason for the expected increase...
  • Blog Post: Cancer’s hidden price tag

    Cancer is one of the most challenging fights a person can face. What people don’t often realise is that at this difficult time cancer patients can also struggle financially. Macmillan's campaigns team tells us more. We’d like to tell you about Mario. Mario was running an...
  • Blog Post: When treatment ends, the need for support continues

    People coming to the end of cancer treatment need a “recovery package” to help meet their ongoing support needs - according to the Department of Health and Macmillan Cancer Support. When I saw this news story , it was certainly no surprise to me to hear that people’s cancer...
  • Forum Post: Carers Week 2013

    Join us for Carers Week 2013 Carers Week 2013 begins on Monday 10 June and we’re hoping it will be the biggest yet. If you look after someone with cancer, you may not think of yourself as a carer. You may say ‘I’m just being their partner, daughter or friend’. Yet, the support...
  • 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: Stage 3 Bowel Cancer, 3 adjuvant chemotherapy sessions to go

    I'm a newbie to this site, so forgive me if I make any mistakes in my first posting I was diagnosed with bowel cancer in May 2012, joined the "Foxtrot Trial" shortly afterwards and had three sessions of chemotherapy prior to surgery in August 2012. I have now completed six of the nine...
  • Forum Post: Hope, a Shark and a Hangover

    Just before Christmas 2011, I was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer at a point in my career when I was going from strength to strength and I was fitter than I had ever been. It was a big tumour and an MRI confirmed my lymph did not look good either. I had left it late to get diagnosed with bleeding...
  • 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: FINISHED CHEMO AND PICC LINE REMOVED.... HOORAH! NOW THE WAITING GAME..?

    HELLO TO YOU ALL, MY NICK NAME IS DOLLY AND I AM SO IN NEED OF FRIENDS THAT COULD TELL ME WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT? I HAVE NO CHILDREN AFTER 37 YEARS OF BEING WITH HUB I FINALLY THINK THAT WE ARE STRUGGLING THROUGH, OTHER FAMILY HEARTACHE - AND THE LOSS OF OUR 2 OLD BORDER COLLIE DOGS AND HERE WE HAVE THIS...
  • Forum Post: Re: Hello

    Hey- you got there before me B !! heres the link to the event- this is the champagne reception, fashion show and fundraiser held at the mayfair hotel on the 3rd march- tickets are on sale- should be great fun!!! www.wix.com/ovacome/teawithovacome absolutely great to see everyone- once again...
  • Forum Post: advanced bowel cancer in lymph

    Hi all I have dipped in and out of discussions in various discussions. However not been on for many months and the whole set up has changed, cannot find my old postings, and so many people i remember talking to have not been posting recently. To sum up my story, Diagnosed bowel in 2008, treatment...
  • Forum Post: Stage 4 Colorectal cancer with several lung Mets

    Hi Everyone, I had surgery 6 months ago to remove my primary tumour in the colon and then underwent 6 months of FOLFOX chemo, sadly my post chemo scan has revealed several spots on my lungs, conventional surgery is not thought to be an option but I have just had a PET scan to confirm that, not got...
  • Forum Post: Research help needed: Well-being after cancer treatment (months to years after)

    Hi, I have now completed data collection and and would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that took the time to contribute to the study. Best wishes, Kayleigh
  • Forum Post: Re: I am a Newbie!

    Hi, My first post. I was diagnosed May this year (2011) had my laparotomy on 1st June. 1st chemo in 1st of July. After 13 days post chemo #1, no side effects yet. I used a cooling cap so it will be interesting to see what happens to my hair - but like snowmobiler if it gets bad will go for the GI...
  • Forum Post: Re: Young ovarian Cancer

    Gosh, where do I start? Firstly, I have not fallen off the face of the earth since before the Target Ovarian meeting in London in November, I just got tangled up in the day to day life J Things are so hectic, I might not even be able to make the January meet L Saying that, I have been following...
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