Kathleen passed away at 7:10 pm on the 18th May 2017. Kathleen would normally pick a topic that was close to her heart and write an amazing post about it. I, unfortunately, have nowhere near the wordsmithing skills as she did, so I apologise for a jarring, out of place post. I suggested to Kathleen that … More A final farewell
There is a song in the play “Into the Woods” that includes the lyrics: Oh. if life were made of moments, Even now and then a bad one-! But if life were only moments, Then you’d never know you had one. Cancer has made me see that you need to celebrate the good moments alongside … More Celebrating Moments
It has been a while since I posted and quite possibly this might also be my last post as I feel as if I have achieved my goal, which was to demystify, educate and increase awareness about breast cancer and treatment. But then again, I have a unique opportunity to increase awareness about Triple Negative … More Courage
Reflecting on 2016 is not an easy task. I went from having early stage, very treatable breast cancer, to advanced stage IV metastasized cancer in my bones that is, unfortunately, incurable, yet still treatable. I should hate 2016 and every hardship and heartache it has brought to my family and I. But I don’t. I choose … More A Year of Hardships and Happiness
When faced with shattering news, I have learnt that my family and I have bucketloads of courage and grit, and even in the face of an out of control train, we can handle anything life decides to throw at us. And so we did these last two weeks. As many of you know, 4 days … More A Meaningful Life
It has been a while. Life goes on. I look well and generally feel well, but in reality, I am still extremely tired, and when the fatigue hits I tend to go downhill quickly. I am almost at the end of my treatment, and it feels a little overwhelming for some reason. A toxic colleague making … More I’m radioactive (almost!)
Hello all! So, I have finally come up for air after my surgery and I am happy to report that I am almost pain-free. I awoke last Tuesday feeling actually very good, and the pain was managed well overnight and the next few days, to the point I don’t think I have ever actually felt … More When life throws you lemons, make lemonade and mix liberally with gin!
After so many months, tomorrow marks the next step I am taking to fight my cancer. It is strange to feel both scared and yet strong and determined I had a little meltdown this time last week just thinking about it, but allowing my fears to overwhelm me actually had the effect, I think, of … More The next step…
If you don’t like soppy or romantic, look away now. I posted recently about the effect a cancer, or major illness, diagnosis, has on those around them. In my case, no one has been more affected than my husband Justin and our 2 daughters. But is has been Justin who it has had the most … More What love is….
OK, so as most of you would know, we have been doing it particularly tough of late. 5 months of chemo has taken its’ toll physically and mentally, not just on me, but on my family and friends, and our workplaces. I have cut back to 3 days a week work for the next 3 … More Why Breast Care Nurses are so special