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  • Blog Post: My story...

    My father was diagnosed with renal cancer last year, and has since has an operation to remove the infected kidney (left). At first we didn't believe the diagnosis because he didn't seem 'sick'. But knowing the risks we (the family) vocalised the risks of not having the surgery to my father...
  • Forum Post: It'll be 7 years since I lost my mum this summer.

    I've been lingering around this blog for a while but have never really got involved. Although i have been reading lots of posts and have been very touched by people's responses. My mum died in 2007 from over a decade fighting breast cancer, I was only 15. I got diagnosed with depression three...
  • Forum Post: Abnormal Results

    Hello, My name is Lindsey. I am new to this forum. I was just wondering if anyone could help. So I had an endoscopy and colonoscopy done today, and I received abnormal results. My stomach lining is red and swollen, so they did some biopsies. Also I have a tortuous colon, meaning that it is longer...
  • 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: 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: The early days.... going back to school Part 1

    The years following the end of my chemotherapy were a strange mix of trying to be a ‘normal’ teenager, dealing with the onslaught of puberty and dealing with the trauma my body and mind had previously experienced. Coupled with this, I had deep family issues that weren’t going to be...
  • Blog Post: It's your personal achievement and there is so much to be learnt from it

    In this blog I want to address what it is like to live with the fear of cancer, post remission and post being told you may be cured. In 1999 I was diagnosed with an Osteosarcoma in my right fibula bone. I was 12 years old and had never even heard of cancer before. The only person in my family to have...
  • Forum Post: Dad Diagnosed 26-3-13

    Hi All My Dad was diagnosed with 'stomach cancer' in March this year. I have been with him to hospital and GP appointments, been there when the community nurse and hospice nurse have been to see him. Since his initial endoscopy and CT scan which were taken in the 2 weeks before the consultant...
  • Blog Post: It's hit me bad

    First of all I would like to say a massive thank you to everybody who commented and helped me in my last blog post. I have been talking to a few of you and I appreciate so very much. I visited my mums grave about 3 weeks ago by myself, this has always been very hard for me to do, but after not visiting...
  • Forum Post: Just because I'm young doesn't mean its not possible: 18yr old v. NHS. help??

    Today i spent the most of the day crying and crying (i can be such a big baby but ooh well), I'm sorry if anyone reads this and finds this disrespectful to those with cancer, I'm just genuinely worried. basically since September iv been experiencing the symptoms of cervical cancer....
  • Forum Post: Childhood cancers

    At the age of 15 I was diagnosed as having Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia and had 3 years of chemotherapy and radiotherapy and made a full recovery. Despite being told I would be infertile I have 2 beautiful daughters. I married my then boyfriend and we have been together for 29 years and married for...
  • Forum Post: Skin Cancer - LATEST TREATMENTS / RESEARCH

    Hi I would like to know of any type of treatments or research to do with skin cancer. I am supporting my son aged 16 who has a rare disorder that means he gets skin cancer by being exposed to any amount of UV rays... this means effectively he has to stay in during daylight hours, avoid low energy...
  • Blog Post: Doing well and brightening up... post op report

    It is day 3 after the operation... Matt is now more awake and busily texting and facebooking his friends. He has to keep his skin graft area free from infection and as it is not covered he is being really careful [good decision Matt] he isn't planning on meeting his mates or having visitors at the...
  • Blog Post: Completed - one operation 14 June 2010

    Matt had his operation at 8.30am this morning, well that is when he went down to be prepared and he came back on the ward just before 1pm [ a long time to be gone and in the care of others] We were told they had removed the 4 lesions as planned and taken skin for graft from behind his ear, also a...
  • Blog Post: Don't want to go back to work...

    I dont want to be at work today, I have so little left to give to non family / friends and my job is all about giving to others... sometimes those that don't appreciate it... being bright and cheerful and listeing to them moan and bitch... what do I do? Matt has his operation in a week so I have...
  • Blog Post: 14 June 2010 Skin Cancer Operation

    Just taken the call today regarding Matt's operation date... He will be in hospital overnight and allowed home following day. He is having basal cell lesions removed, and two other as yet undefined lesions removed. They will be biopsied to confirm type. These two are the nastier of the two...
  • Forum Post: Teenagers and Cancer - Advice for parents

    Hi My son has skin cancer he is 15 years old. I wanted to know if there are any other parents facing supporting a teenager through cancer. Also any teenagers out there with time to support him should he need it [he isn't at the talking about things stage yet - we found out a week ago] His...
  • Forum Post: Skin cancer / skin graft advice

    Hi Has anyone had skin cancer lesions removed from their face and had skin grafts? My son aged 15 needs to have 4 lesions removed three on his face two minor and one major on his nose and one from inside his ear. The latter two we have been told will include plastic surgery and skin grafts....
  • Forum Post: Re: Stomach Cancer

    Thank you Leisha. Joe had his op as planned on tuesday, all went very well until yesterday then he developed a collapsed lung and had to go back down to theatre for a bronchoscopy. Thankfully they managed to drain the fluid from his left lung and hes now back on track. He will have a swallow test and...
  • Forum Post: Re: signet cell, treated as stomach cancer

    Hi Jayne, I posted a message on your wall before I noticed this. Please get in touch if you would like, my son has same cancer and I would be happy to help if I can. Best wishes, Zoe
  • Blog Post: My hair is falling out

    Well this is a very strange feeling. The last couple of weeks have thrown my life around, i'm even in a wheelchair now. i'm 19 years old, not particularly unfit, very sociable and now full of chemotherapy. I can cope with the hair loss it's just everyone else. People don't look at you...
  • Forum Post: Teenager dealing with depression 2 years after treatment

    Hi there I am looking for some help and advice for my friend and my god-daughter. My god-daughter was diagnosed with Ewings Sarcoma in January 2006. She had chemotherapy for almost a year and a bone transplant. Physically everything is going quite well. All her check ups are good and she has good...
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