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Feeling better, getting worse

Things have gone more than a bit pear-shaped of late, on the cancer front at least. What were just small possible liver mets on a 22 Jan 2014 scan have rather taken off and are now causing my platelet count to drop, as well as my liver function. Last week I was switched from Letrozole …

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Page 3 and Coppafeel

In the UK there is a newspaper called The Sun which has printed photos of topless girls on its Page 3 for as long as I can remember. It is the kind of paper that many buy it because of its ‘excellent sports coverage’. It is rather sad that in 2014 a newspaper is still …

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I wish I had breast cancer – advert by Pancreatic Cancer Action in the UK

Evidently an ad campaign has been running on UK commercial TV which has a pancreatic cancer patient saying she wished she had breast cancer. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDU1XEAWkxE&feature=youtu.be I do understand the message, and I do understand the lack of funding for pancreatic cancer research but there are also frustrations for those of us with Metastatic Breast Cancer …

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Round and round the garden, like a teddy bear … 1 Step

Doesn’t it just seem as though some times we are just going round and round in circles? As a Teddy Bear wannabe, who plans to come back as a pampered bear with a wardrobe full of clothes and accessories, I can imagine myself going round and round the garden paws behind my back and thinking …

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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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How do we get Metastatic Breast Cancer to be the focus?

Somehow I found my way to looking at some videos about the 2020 Breast Cancer Deadline campaign (not sure I am so keen on the dead part of it myself), and I noticed that there is a video supporting it from Bill Clinton, whose mother died of breast cancer. http://youtu.be/8aKHAcrZhl4 I mentioned, a bit tongue …

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Treating the patient, not just the disease

http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-10464/3-reasons-mainstream-medicine-is-failing-you-what-to-do-about-it.html#comments I have just come across this in a daily newsletter I receive and it raises several important points. 1. Why do doctors not treat each patient as an individual, rather than as a walking disease? One medicine does not fit all. 2. Why are supplements and alternative treatments disregarded so much of the time, …

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Treatment moved on to Denosumab (AKA Xgeva)

I had my first dose of Denosumab (AKA Xgeva) early in May and everything seemed to be fine. I can’t tell you what a relief it is not to have to have a cannula put in every 4 weeks and then hooked up for the Zoledronic Acid (AKA Zometa, Zoledronate). Now instead of spending an …

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Finally! Human genes can not be patented.

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that companies can not patent human genes and stop others researching specific genes or developing tests. http://bcaction.org/2013/06/13/victory-supreme-court-outlaws-human-gene-patents/ Why on earth was the patenting of human genes permitted? How could one company be allowed to ‘own’ a human gene and dictate what tests and research could be done with …

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Why are so many against Integrated Medicine?

http://healing.naturalnews.com/ All but one of the contributors to this series of talks is a M.D. so why do people not listen to what they have to say first and then make up their own minds. This series is running this week only (week beginning 20 May 2013), it is free (only on the day of …

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