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....
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...
My cancer story. Part 10: Some good news at last

My cancer story. Part 10: Some good news at last

My cancer story. Part 10: Some good news at last Today was scan results day. After a (fairly agonising) week of waiting following my CT scan, we saw my oncologist this morning. The sun was shining and my appointment was on time; a great start, made infinitely better...
Living with cancer: A Christmas message

Living with cancer: A Christmas message

So I’ve now had three rounds of chemotherapy. The third one was tougher. I suffered peripheral neuropathy (painful prickling in my fingers and toes, and mild spasms of my lips) when exposed to the cold. I know I’ve not had it as badly as some do, but it’s a pretty...