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  • Breast Cancer Blog - Episode 16 : This Warrior Thing

    I'm fairly new to this cancer business, I’m still learning the jargon and the lingo. I still read posts from others, who have been walking the road longer than me, and they use phrases and acronyms I don’t know yet. But even though I ...
    • 11 Apr 2021
  • Breast Cancer Blog - Episode 15 : Alien

    It hasn’t been the easiest of weeks. It’s been a mixture of ludicrously laughable efforts to get ready for chemotherapy, disastrous attempts to cope with day to day life, and heart stopping, gut wrenching horror. Pretty standard for me, t...
    • 8 Apr 2021
  • Breast Cancer Blog - Episode 14 : He Got An Ology!

    f any of you are old enough to remember that Maureen Lipmann BT advert where the grandson is opening his exams results, then you’ll know what I mean when I say that was me when I found out I was being referred to Oncology. I got an Ology! If yo...
    • 1 Apr 2021
  • Breast Cancer Blog - Episode 13 : Sweary Colouring and Sewage Baths

    Gosh it’s been a while. I’d like to say I’ve had a busy week, it hasn’t, but mentally, I’ve been all over the place. That was my best attempt at a pun, sorry, it’s not up to my usual standard. Actually, I’ve ...
    • 1 Apr 2021
  • Breast Cancer Blog - Episode 12: Rainbow Brows

    Coming Down So the elation of being told that your cancer hasn’t spread lasts about 24 hours. Pretty soon after that, the reality starts to creep back in. You’re never truly free of cancer, even once all the treatment is done it looms lik...
    • 21 Mar 2021
  • Breast Cancer Blog - Episode 11 : Big Girl Boots

    Death Eaters at Dawn   It’s biopsy results day and I’m wide awake at 5am wrestling the life out of a panic attack. I don’t get panic attacks any more, I prefer to kick the living shit out of them. But this one was a powerful on...
    • 21 Mar 2021
  • Breast Cancer Blog - Episode 10 : Deleting The Internet

    It’s been 10 days since surgery and to be honest it feels like about 2. Admittedly I have been asleep for a lot more of those 10 days than I normally would, but it’s amazing how time can drag and speed up at the same time. The boredo...
    • 17 Mar 2021
  • Breast Cancer Blog - Episode 9 : A Shark Called Janet

    Recovery   Recovery isn’t something I’ve ever had to do before, as I’ve never really been ill. Turns out that: A. I’m not very good at it B. it hurts C. it’s boring   I was sent home from the h...
    • 13 Mar 2021
  • Breast Cancer Blog - Episode 8 : The Gruffalo Theory

    I realise, on re-reading episode 7, that I left out a few important parts of the story, and failed to mention some of the supporting actors. Obviously it’s all about me, I’m a total legend, an inspiration, a warrior. This is the story of ...
    • 11 Mar 2021
  • Breast Cancer Blog - Episode 7 : This Way Up

    It’s D Day. Well, surgery day, operation day, lumpectomy day, smurf day, shitting a brick day. Whatever you want to call it, it’s today. And I’m not welcoming the morning with my usual gay frivolity. First off, no tea. I stubbo...
    • 11 Mar 2021
  • Episode 6 : Mad Cows and Smurfs

    I promised you smurfs and now I'm a little worried that the reality of my smurf tale might let you down, but I'll build the suspense anyway and you can decide for yourselves.   Learning the Lingo So where were we? Yes, we have a diagnosis. We k...
    • 4 Mar 2021
  • Episode 5 : The Tree

    Finding Shelter It's been a few days since diagnosis and the reality is starting to settle. After 2 days of being lost in a deep, dark forest of despair and rage, I reach out to someone I know who is a breast cancer survivor, an absolute warrior, and...
    • 4 Mar 2021
  • Episode 4: I am NOT that cancer woman

    We all know the seven stages of grief, right? Well I now know that there are also The Five Stages of Dealing with a Cancer Diagnosis. I'm not sure why there are only 5, not 7. Getting a cancer diagnosis is pretty much full of grief, believe me, but w...
    • 1 Mar 2021
  • Episode 3: Zone C

    Cancer in a Pandemic Getting cancer is really shit. Getting cancer during a global pandemic is really a whole other level of awful. It’s possible the loneliest and scariest thing you’ll ever, hopefully never, have to do. My husband and I...
    • 26 Feb 2021
  • Episode 2: The Prequel

    So I realise I’m ahead of you in the story and I’ve brought you into the plot a good way into the narrative. So let me do that wobbly screen thing that they used to do in 80s TV shows to let you know we’re going back in time. Kind o...
    • 22 Feb 2021
  • Episode 1: The First Step

    I have breast cancer. There, I’ve said it. Out loud on the internet. So it’s out there now and I can’t take it back. I can’t be in denial because there it is, in black and white. I have breast cancer. I said it again, just to ...
    • 20 Feb 2021