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…

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…

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…

The Importance of Words

Words consume our lives but what kind do you need most?   Are  you a person that responds to the simplicity of the written or spoken word or is it music that draws you in? My degree and career has always made pure words my dominating force, yet my defining…

Tips for Talking to Teens about Cancer

How do you talk to teens about cancer?  The teenage years are historically filled with emotional ups and downs, add to this the knowledge that a family member has cancer and things can become particularly difficult. Millions are spent on cancer research every year and significant inroads in…

The Menopausal Journey

How do any of us pinpoint that moment on our menopausal journey when we know we need to ask for help?  Mine was the receipt of a white flag email from my husband.  The over riding sentiment was that he loved me, the under lying one was that…

Restoring Body Positivity with Cancer

What does body positivity mean to you?  At it’s most basic it’s about self-acceptance and self-care, but the way we view ourselves as individuals is embedded in a range of feelings, both physical and emotional, guaranteeing that no one view will be the same. Throw cancer into the…

Life On The Other Side – Post Surgery

Every cancer diagnosis and treatment plan is unique.  There is no one size fits all solution, but where possible surgery is invariably the first port of call whatever your type.  Cancer is after all a disease and left untended will grow and spread like a predatory weed. This…