Fatigue – it is the ongoing side effect from treatment that just doesn’t seem to go away. But are there things you can do to help reduce fatigue and boost your energy levels?Continue reading So tired… how to beat cancer-related fatigue
Cancer treatment all finished, time for celebration right? But what about the emotional aftermath of cancer? It can be an extremely isolating and confusing time. Why aren’t I happier? How do I move forward from this? What is my “new normal?”
Safe to say, natural beauty was not something I ever really considered pre-cancer and I feel I need to start this post with a confession… I hate to say it, but… I’m a tart! There you go, it is out there.
Call me vain and that may well be true, but when it comes to lotions, potions, creams, gels and miracle pots of magic that are going to make me look younger, prettier or simply make my eyes “pop” then you can count me IN! Continue reading Natural beauty revolution: Toxic beauty, cancer and me
Guest blog by life coach, Nicola Arnold, about mindfulness – what it is and how to practice it.
What if I could just stop for a moment, perhaps even pause time and just let all the thoughts inside my head fade away?
What if I could just feel like I had control for just a second, to really feel alive again?Continue reading Guest Blog on Mindfulness -“What if…”
Cancer and treatment induced menopause
A little known impact of cancer treatment, and certainly one that I had never heard of prior to my own brush with cancer, is the impact that it can have on your hormones, and potential early onset menopause.Continue reading Cancer and the menopause – when hot and steamy in the bedroom takes on a whole new meaning!!
This blog post was originally published on the Parenting Success website, they have kindly agreed to let us borrow it as part of our “motherhood and cancer” feature.
A parent’s illness is one of the most difficult challenges a child can face. Life at home change overnight and nothing is the same anymore! Continue reading Motherhood and Cancer: What I need from you mum…
“Muddy puddles’ will never be the same! Peppa Pig became a rather large pink presence in our family when our daughter was about a year old. THAT theme tune will forever be etched on my brain, plush princess versions and Grandpa’s boat sailing around in the bath, were a staple accessory, and it still concerns me, to this day, that Miss Rabbit was perhaps slightly over worked and underpaid!
Yet, that little pink pig saved the day in more ways than one. When my daughter was twenty months old, I had a secondary breast cancer diagnosis. I had been twenty six when I was first diagnosed and was always so worried that the chemotherapy would make it difficult to have children.
By some miracle we conceived within a couple of months and eighteen months after her arrival, at a routine check up, my consultant found a lump in my clavicle and the scans showed spots on my sternum. It was a complete shock and this time I had so much more to lose. I had a family. A husband. We were moving to our dream home.
On International Women’s Day and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be good to have a few posts about cancer and motherhood, as the impact on your family is such a major part of the journey. As the mum to two gorgeous teenage girls, one of my first thoughts on being told I had cancer (just after the “what the actual F***” thought had flashed through my mind a few times) was “how on earth am I going to tell my children” and it was with this thought that the tears and panic came. Because as parents, we are programmed to want to protect our kids and a cancer diagnosis impacts your kids almost as much as you.Continue reading Motherhood and cancer: Girls, I need to tell you something…
So the mysterious world of Radiotherapy… personally I found this part of my treatment plan one giant roller coaster from an emotional point of view, and I would say also, that for me it was the hardest physically – although I know many others breeze through it. It just goes to show, different courses for different horses…Continue reading What to expect from Radiotherapy
It’s taken me quite a while to get this blog post together, taken time to be able to put my thoughts about chemo into a coherent stream of consciousness and something that makes sense, and hopefully offers a bit of insight into what chemotherapy is like and some tips on getting through it.
So, one of the first questions that I asked myself when I was preparing myself for chemotherapy, was “what should I take with me to a chemo session?” What do you pack in a hospital bag when you are going for chemotherapy? It is difficult when you don’t know what to expect, and whilst I will cover this in a separate post, in actual fact, the first thing you need to focus on is preparing yourself mentally for what you are about to experience. For anyone else finding themselves in this situation, here are my thoughts and top tips:Continue reading Surviving chemotherapy – preparing mentally