Mummy’s poorly, let’s get her better

  • The new normal, sharing secrets?

    We’ve all just settled into our routines now. The boys are used to me having no energy and disappearing for a nap, as well as the weekly trips to drop me off for my treatment. I’m so proud at how they have just accepted it as part of thei...
    • 28 Feb 2021
  • I’m no stronger than anyone else?

    It has been a bit of a strange week. I had what should have been an ‘easy’ week this week as I only had the Taxol last week but for some reason (I now think lack of a proper breakfast) I reacted badly and had a really rough few days. &nbs...
    • 19 Feb 2021
  • COVID vaccine and hot flushes - I have all the fun!

    I am feeling very grateful this week to be among the millions of people to have received the COVID vaccine! There have to be some perks to having cancer and going through chemotherapy.  I got the call last week once my GP had updated my records ...
    • 10 Feb 2021
  • Half way through chemo!

    It feels like I should celebrate this milestone I can't quite believe I am already halfway through the scheduled 18 sessions of chemotherapy, that's brilliant! It does feel great to think it is on the count down from here. I'm also relieved to be abl...
    • 31 Jan 2021
  • Accepting the inevitable

    I am nearly half way through my scheduled chemotherapy now.  This Thursday will mark my 9th session out of 18 and until last week and for the most part I have 'gotten away' with some tiredness for a couple of days following my treatment ...
    • 26 Jan 2021
  • The chemo guilt?

    This is a difficult post for me to write. Today has been one of the harder days for me. I’m two days post chemo at the start of a cycle which means all the drugs and therefore typically I’m feeling it! I’m exhausted and have mainly ...
    • 16 Jan 2021
  • Feeling thankful

    Short update this week as I am finding myself with less and less time whilst like so many I am juggling zoom calls for work, endless home schooling for my boys as well as the work piling up from the zoom calls.  All whilst I combat the inescapab...
    • 13 Jan 2021
  • New Year - New Challenges, let's stay positive!

    So thankfully I was still able to have my treatment last week, I am so grateful to my usual cancer team who were able to sort it for me to attend another treatment centre last week so I could continue my weekly treatments, especially as some of them ...
    • 5 Jan 2021
  • Cancer in a time of Covid

    So like so many people up and down the country our plans for Christmas were changed. We were out into tier 4 so no more parents on Christmas Day.  But for my cancer journey the bigger impact is that I got a call on Boxing Day to let me know that...
    • 28 Dec 2020
  • One round complete - positive pants back in place!

    I’ve now completed one full round of treatment which for me is three weeks of chemotherapy. One with all the drugs (Paclitaxel, also known as taxol, Carboplatin, Herceptin and Pertuzumab), then two weeks of just Taxol. I will need to have 6 rou...
    • 19 Dec 2020
  • Reality hits and it hurts

    I pride myself on being a positive person and have tried to be positive so far during this time.  Let's be honest my prognosis is good compared with many others and whilst I have a difficult journey ahead I have hope and that is really good!...
    • 14 Dec 2020
  • Rumours are true, I’m not superwoman

    Today I had my second chemo session (more on that later) but I first wanted to catch you up on the rollercoaster I have felt in this last week.  I think it is fair to say that so far, whilst devastated by the news I have been mostly determined a...
    • 10 Dec 2020
  • Learning to be a patient

    It’s the first weekend following my first chemo. Thankfully I seem to have minimal side effects thus far. But I am obviously not the person I was two weeks ago. I have much less energy, I can’t just run around after the boys, sort all the...
    • 6 Dec 2020
  • First chemo and cold cap done!

    Yesterday was intense.  I arrived at the treatment centre at 10am and was to be there until 4pm it was going to be a long day.  In part I had made it longer by deciding to use the cooling cap.  This is a device which I will wear on my ...
    • 4 Dec 2020
  • First mini chemo session done

    Today I had my first treatment. I’m not going to lie I was very anxious this morning before heading in. I barely had any lunch as it felt like heading into the unknown. I had my port fitted on Monday so I’m sore but intrigued about how it...
    • 2 Dec 2020
  • “So how are you feeling, emotionally?” - how do I answer?

    I have been diagnosed for less than a week now and the question I have been asked the most is “how you feeling” or a variation thereof. People don’t mean physically, luckily at the moment before I start treatment my physical symptom...
    • 1 Dec 2020
  • How did I know to see a doctor?

    A lot of friends, particularly female friends have timidly asked me since I have shared this news “how did I know to get checked out” “what was it that made me see the doctor”? “Did you feel a lump”? The short answ...
    • 30 Nov 2020
  • Treatment, what straight away!?

    So I was diagnosed on Wednesday 25th November and to my shock it moved so quickly from that point, it’s been a mad schedule or appointments and screenings since then with my first treatment already booked in for 2nd December which is only one w...
    • 28 Nov 2020
  • Diagnosis and telling everyone whirlwind

    So Wednesday 25th November my husband and I went to my hospital appointment and heard the news “you have breast cancer”. It’s a huge cliche but you really do just have everything slow down in that moment. Thank heavens they are allo...
    • 28 Nov 2020