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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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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My Response To The Daily Mail’s Hatchet Job On Mum Bloggers…

Oh you rotters. You’ve done it again. Not content with degrading The Labour Party and the International Development community, you’ve turned your hateful attentions to us mum bloggers, singling out The Unmumsy Mum & Hurrah For Gin for extra detention. You call us ‘slapdash’ and ‘patronising’ to those who feel fulfilled as mothers. You accuse us of pimping out our…

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The Night My Daughter Called Out For Daddy, Not Me

I’ve been working too much recently. My book has a deadline. My blog commitments are growing. I don’t see my bed much before midnight and my weekends are mostly spent locked away with just a laptop, a strong cup of coffee and me. Last night I felt the full weight of my absence from my girls. At precisely 1am it…

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