What My Father Meant To Me

This week I was invited to record a podcast to discuss, amongst other things, how my outlook on life has changed since my cancer diagnosis. Over the course of the interview my words strayed to my father. As many of you know, he lost his own cancer battle just one month ago. Thirty seconds later I had to stop the…

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Recipe: Breakfast Berry-Bonanza Smoothie

The worst thing about cancer is the loss of control over your body – that’s pure hell for a control freak like me! One way I’m striking back is through diet and exercise. These are the small things that I DO have a say in… With chemo imminent I’ve adopted a strict veggie diet (plus fresh fish for the good…

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My Biggest Regret In Life? Regret Itself …

An old friend and I were chatting nonsense the other day, asking each other silly questions as we tried to stop our feral offspring posting crisps into DVD players and taunting the goldfish. It’s the sort of conversation that springs from a comfortable familiarity. Two friends who have known each other since the heyday of fake IDs, underage nightclubbing and…

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Living With Cancer: To My Husband This Father’s Day

I met you when I was seventeen. I think I loved you even then. Eleven years later we were married. Two years later I was pregnant with Emily. Two years after that we had Jessica. Our life is full of numbers. The good ones are the birthdays we’ve shared, the wedding anniversaries, all eight of them, and the parenting milestones,…

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Having a Breast Biopsy: My Experience

I feel like I’m on a medical juggernaut at the moment, one that’s driven by that crazy truck driver from the movie, ‘Duel’. It’s careering all over the road and that’s me, over by the back bumper, hanging onto the edges of the number plate by my fingernails. That’s the real kicker with ‘The Big C’… suddenly your whole body…

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I’m A Mum. I Don’t Have Time For Cancer

When a small mass was discovered in my sigmoid colon I found myself staring into an abyss of uncertainty. Biopsies were taken. A CT scan was scheduled to see if it had spread. I was left with an interminable 10-day wait until my fate was to be sealed in a colorectal surgeon’s office at 11:40am the following Wednesday. If cancer…

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Colon Cancer: Are Mums Suffering A Delay In Diagnosis?

Colon Cancer is tricky to diagnose, especially in mums. The vast majority of cases appear in the over 50s and routine screening by the NHS doesn’t kick in until you’re over 60. What’s more, piles (haemorrhoids) are common amongst us post-pregnancy ladies – the symptoms of which often mimic the early stages of Colon Cancer. If I had £1 for every…

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