A happy, healthy you

A happy, healthy you

Hi all, Brian here. I wanted to give you an update on Caroline's book which is going to print next week - very exciting! Thank you to everyone who helped to make this happen and who pre-ordered a copy, we have been overwhelmed with the response. Caroline's brother...

My cancer story part 18: end of treatment

My cancer story part 18: end of treatment

This won’t be a long blogpost, I think I said what I wanted to say about this stage of my illness before Christmas, but there are a few updates to share. As many of you know, after a week of wonderful celebrations for both my and Brian’s birthdays in mid-December, I...

My cancer story part 17: birthday reflections

My cancer story part 17: birthday reflections

35, an unremarkable age for most, but for me, a milestone. There have been a number of times this year when I didn’t think I would make it to here; two near heart attacks, and a winter bug that made me critical ill given my vulnerable body and battered immune system....

Natural fruit jelly

Natural fruit jelly

These jellies are incredibly simple to make and are a great snack or dessert for the whole family. Don't be put off by the agar flakes, a natural gelling agent made of a sea vegetable. They are found in most health food stores and a number of larger supermarkets, and...

My cancer story part 16: an update and the future

My cancer story part 16: an update and the future

I was diagnosed with stage IV, terminal cancer over a year ago. At the time, it was devastating and shocking news, but I had huge faith that there would be a treatment I would respond well to, and, whilst maybe I wouldn’t ever be cancer free, I would be able to live...

My cancer story part 15: the cost of cancer

My cancer story part 15: the cost of cancer

Cancer has enormous costs, physically, emotionally and financially, and in this post I’m going to discuss the latter, because it’s a topic not discussed enough. But first, an update: Since receiving the news my treatment isn’t working, we’ve been exploring as many...

My cancer story, part 13: It’s a waiting game

My cancer story, part 13: It’s a waiting game

It’s a waiting game this cancer; waiting for the next scan, the next results, waiting to see how the next round of treatment makes me feel, waiting to see what the next hurdle is that lands me in A&E (no doubt at a weekend, it’s always at the weekend!) And waiting...

My cancer story part 12: So many hurdles

My cancer story part 12: So many hurdles

It’s been a really tough few weeks. I’ve not written a blog post because I just haven’t had the mental strength or known what to say without sounding really negative. I try my best to stay positive but recently it’s been hard and I’ve definitely had moments when I’ve...

My cancer story. Part 11: My “new normal”

My cancer story. Part 11: My “new normal”

My new normal April was bowel cancer awareness month and Bowel Cancer UK ran a social media campaign to share people’s stories #thisisbowelcancer. They asked people to share a word to describe them and I chose GRATEFUL. Not grateful for cancer in any way, but grateful...