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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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Generic Drugs – good choice, or bad?

I was interested to read this article from the New York Times this morning about the way that generic medication is seen in the US. In the UK it has long been the case that doctors must prescribe generic meds unless specifically stated on the prescription. This has saved massive amounts of money which has …

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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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Acceptance is the new Pink

Or it should be. Right now, for me and in relation to breast cancer, Pink is about breast cancer survivorship and a community that I don’t feel a part of. Pink also happens to be my favourite colour, and the pretty pastel shades that to me are warm, comforting and embracing. This room has pink …

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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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When I let go of what I am …

I become what I might be. – Lao Tzu I can’t clearly remember who I was before I had metastatic breast cancer. I have let go of that person because she was killing me slowly. That death was not to do with my body, but to do with my soul, spirit … my life … …

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Breast Cancer Apartheid

Apartheid – A policy or system of segregation. The most infamous use of Apartheid was in South Africa where the population was segregated according to race. It was a system that I found baffling when I started to correspond with a girl in Durban when I was about 10. She sent me a rough map …

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Meditation is also an Advocacy Challenge

I have been doing Deepak Chopra’s 21-Day Meditation Challenge which is just coming to an end.  I freely admit that I am a few days behind because I just haven’t got around to it some days.  Sometimes this is because of fatigue and others I have just forgotten about it if I didn’t have the …

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