Spare A Thought

Sometimes I forget I have been diagnosed with cancer.  It’s been a  year and from the outside in, life just keeps chugging along until something comes along to remind me that actually my life is not what it was and that I need to spare a thought. A…

Top Tips On Wearing Hats (For People Who Don’t!)

The sun has put in an appearance and Royal Ascot and Henley Regatta are on the horizon, which can only mean one thing – hat season is here again. However, whilst the days for only wearing hats at official or celebratory occasions are over, hats are quite simply…

Menopause Myths Debunked

If you are a woman of a certain age you will know that the menopause is about so much more than just hot flushes, irrational behaviour and uncomfortable sex. Pink, plump vaginas, pelvic floor exercises and how to do the perfect “Jimmy Choo” poo (ie with heels on)…

The Health Screening Tragedy

Public awareness campaigns are a regular feature of everyday life.   Not a month goes by without our attention being drawn by a headline statistic to another condition and the plight of others. January was the month for raising awareness of the need for cervical cancer screening, but…

The True Value of Blogging

Despite my very best intentions I have found myself starting this year in the same reflective state that I finished last, which means that so far I have managed to fail on more than one of my New Year’s resolutions. The irony in this is that I actually…

Farewell To All That

As another year draws to a close it is a time for reflection and for me as I approach a series of milestones that made the end of last year and the beginning of this, the most challenging in my life so far, it is time to say…

Adding Insult to Injury

The letter read “We are writing to invite you to make an appointment for NHS cervical screening.  The NHS offers cervical screening to save lives from cervical cancer.  It does this by finding abnormal cells in the cervix before they have a chance to develop into cancer.  Any…

Stand Up To Cancer

Charity fundraising is so abundant in our 21st century world, but tonight I found myself irked and emotional in equal measure in a way I never have before. The cause was  #standuptocancer. The why, I cannot explain – or at least not yet. To set the scene, atypical of…