Cancer in a Pandemic. Shitting Nora

  • Cancer Blog - Episode 28 : My First Chemos

    For those of you who have been following my story, you’ll know that chemo has been a long time coming. I was due to start chemo back in May for breast cancer, but 2 days before the first treatment I received the news that I also had cervical ca...
    • 7 Jul 2021
  • Cancer Blog - Episode 27 : A Tale of Two Piggies

    Remember Peter the Picc line? That utter waste of time IV line that was supposed to be a fuss free way of getting chemo and other stuff into me without the need for canulars? The one that then never got used, got infected, gave me 6 unnecessary, pain...
    • 28 Jun 2021
  • Cancer Blog - Episode 26 : The Enema Within

    Five days of Radiotherapy was totally do-able. Leaving aside my dignity, which is currently in a hazardous waste bin somewhere in Eastbourne, I came away with a slightly pink left boob, a few days of fatigue, a new appreciation for radiologists and a...
    • 19 Jun 2021
  • Cancer Blog - Episode 25 : Radiotherapy Gaga

    By the time you’re reading this, I will be almost finished my week of breast cancer radiotherapy. I have another 28 day bout coming up later for the cervix cancer, but let’s ignore that for now and focus on the positives. When you only ha...
    • 10 Jun 2021
  • Cancer Blog - Episode 24 : Talking About the C Word

    How you doing? It’s been a while, sorry, I’ve been doing stuff and haven't felt the urge to write. You know how it is, Some days you do, some days you don’t. Today is cold and rainy, so a pot of tea and a quick blog is very much...
    • 4 Jun 2021
  • Cancer Blog - Episode 23 : Picc Lines, CT Scans and Free Tattoos

    So, where were we? I think when we last spoke I was re-writing the NHS patient charter to be a bit more about the patient and less about the charter, but I realise that may be a longer-term project and so I don't have nay updates just yet! Of cou...
    • 25 May 2021
  • Cancer Blog - Episode 22 : Treating Me, Not Just My Cancer

    Earlier today I was was thinking that I really need to update my blog, but I really didn't have that much to say - a lot of having cancer is sitting around waiting for someone in a hospital to tell you what some anonymous other people have deci...
    • 16 May 2021
  • Cancer Blog - Episode 21: Wigs and Hair Loss

    A couple of days ago I decided to post a picture of myself, digitally enhanced, admittedly, wearing my official ‘posh’ wig, on social media. Here’s why.   Ask most people what cancer treatment means and they’ll tell you ...
    • 9 May 2021
  • Breast Cancer Blog - Episode 20: Buy One Get One Free

    So I have now been diagnosed with cervical cancer as well as breast cancer. Why have one cancer when you can have two, right? Sorry for the brash intro, but I’m so utterly wall-punchingly pissed off with this now. I'm a medical miracle, whoopdi...
    • 6 May 2021
  • Breast Cancer Blog - Episode 19: The Fight Back

    It’s been 11 days since the phone call, the one where I found out I probably have another cancer on top of the one I already have. And although it feels like the longest 11 days of my life, it also feels like time has stood still. Things have h...
    • 4 May 2021
  • Breast Cancer Blog - Episode 18: Dark Landscape

    Lost I’m not sure where I am. It’s somewhere quite dark and bleak, and barren. It’s like a desert but cold and grey. I’m stuck there. It’s hard and rocky, and everywhere is shrouded with a veil of darkness. I try to look...
    • 25 Apr 2021
  • Breast Cancer Blog - Episode 17: Affairs of the Heart

    To you lot, the build up to chemo may well seem like the build up to an end-of-season sale at a really shit pound shop. Some over-zealous newbie with a diploma in social media has been hyping the ad campaign up to the point where even you, a discerni...
    • 17 Apr 2021
  • 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