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Cancer support = survivor???

Why is cancer support only about being a survivor? I recently contacted a local cancer trust to enquire about retreats that they now run not far from where I live. Regrettably I do not feel that I would be welcome at the retreat because the focus will be life ‘after’ cancer because they expect those …

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Hippy 6th Birthday

It was 6 years ago today that my right hip was replaced because of a pathological fracture caused by a large metastatic tumour which was about to cause my hip to collapse. If it had collapsed it would have been much more difficult to mend it and get me back on my feet. Somehow I …

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Journaling Imperfection

For about 35 years I kept a daily diary, just what I did that day and the entries were not long. I started out in 5 year diaries and then moved on to whatever I could get for the present year. I stopped about 3 years ago because it just seemed to be a waste …

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Pink and Positive – does it work?

Pinktober is coming, the countdown in hours and minutes has begun, and there is no avoiding it. A whole month of propaganda about how being Pink and Positive can help you survive breast cancer. Personally being a bit blue with mood swings thrown in works better for me. What twit ever came up with the …

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“A wise soul opens the window to the future by closing the doors to the past.”

Is it really possible to close a door on the past? After all the past can be so familiar and the future so unknown, and if you have cancer it can also be scary. Living in the present moment is the wisest way to live. From here you can learn to cherry-pick from the past …

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Personal ‘chronicling’ helps depression

I notice on a weekly medical news newsletter that there has been a study about ‘Personal website chronicling improves depressive symptoms in women with breast cancer’ http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/264770.php What is most interesting to me is the effect that it had o The effects were particularly strong for women in active medical treatment, most of whom had …

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The Elgar Cello Concerto

The only good music is the music that I like. It is the same for everyone, if you love it, it is good music. I may not agree, but that is immaterial. I have loved the Elgar Cello Concerto for many years, but I actually got to hear it played live by Philip Higham at …

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Choosing your treatments

I have now lived with Metastatic Breast Cancer for 5 years and 5 months. The hospital initially told me that I had six months, possibly a year and that my only treatment would be palliative and to try and slow the beast’s path of destruction. So here I am 65 months later. Each of us …

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Back on a even(ish) keel

So after a few days of a mind whirring out of control and a sense of total despair things are getting back to something a bit more normal. I have even started with positive affirmations instead of my old ‘I am nobody, I am nothing, I do not exist’ which was all that was going …

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Metastatic Breast Cancer … culture?

I have just watched a TedMed video on youtube and it started me thinking; you may have heard the noise of the rusty cogs moving. Andrew Solomon came to realise that there was a vibrant ‘horizontal’ culture in the lives of those who, for instance, are deaf or are dwarves just as there is a …

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