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

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

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

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 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

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 when my doctor greeted us with the words ‘the scan...

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...

My cancer story. Part 8: starting chemotherapy

Chemotherapy 101: chemotherapy is treatment for cancer using drugs. There are a lot of different chemo drugs available; some are given intravenously (into the blood), and some orally as tablets. Whilst chemotherapy is becoming increasingly sophisticated and targeted,...