How does Acute Myeloid Leukaemia affect you? On World AML Awareness Day this is how it feels

Not only is the 21st of April World AML Awareness Day but it’s also the day that I was given my life changing diagnosis.  Four years have now passed since that day, the day the life I'd been living ended and another began.  I've lived three lives, the first before diagnosis, the second during my… Continue reading How does Acute Myeloid Leukaemia affect you? On World AML Awareness Day this is how it feels

Why run for charity? – Four people share their reasons

If you are struggling to decide whether or not to take on the challenge of a long distance running event keep reading because in this post four people share their thoughts on why supporting a charity is the best way to do it.

Blood Cancer Research at Bloodwise – How existing drugs could potentially be used to fight blood cancer

At the Bloodwise Impact Day in September 2018 Dr Farhat Khanim was one of the research scientists who had agreed to share their current work with the attendees.   She is a Bloodwise funded scientist who is wonderfully passionate about her work and fully believes in the research they are doing. I decided to write this… Continue reading Blood Cancer Research at Bloodwise – How existing drugs could potentially be used to fight blood cancer

How it feels when your adult child is fighting Acute Leukaemia

when your adult child is diagnosed with leukaemia blood cancer

How does a mother react when she gets the news that her daughter has been diagnosed with Leukaemia?

What Remembrance Day means and the war poems that illustrate why we should never forget

Even when the war was over their elation must have been tinged with sadness at the loss of many friends who'd become their world in those wretched, never ending days.  The relief of knowing you'd be going home, finally leaving behind those distressing scenes, to the arms of your loved ones only to find it all blemished by survivor guilt and flashbacks.

The Reality of Getting Ill After Cancer

This is a great blog about how it feels to be ill after a Cancer diagnosis… words I totally understand

Nicola Bourne

What do you do, when your favourite place is also your absolute worst?  When I remember having cancer I am always in one of two places.  One (as you would expect) is the hospital, the other is in bed at home.  Both were accompanied by dark emotions of fear, anxiety and discomfort — physical and mental.

Although it was more comfortable being in bed at home, it was also scarier.  The security of having medical staff, diagnostic tools and the (seriously good) painkillers nearby would be stripped away and I would feel so much more vulnerable.  I couldn’t press a little buzzer and say to someone within a matter of moments; Is this normal?  Should I be concerned?  I think something is wrong.  I had to determine those things on my own and would be constantly double guessing my own judgement.


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How do I support a friend with Cancer? Once treatment ends…

Has your friend been diagnosed with cancer?  Are you finding it hard to know how to support them and want to know more about how they are feeling? The effects of a cancer diagnosis do not end once treatment ends... this is a big misconception that survivors want you to know.   The fall out goes… Continue reading How do I support a friend with Cancer? Once treatment ends…

What happens when you are diagnosed with Acute Leukaemia? (AML)

I've put this together from the patient's and family's perspective because we have been through it and because when it happened to us this type of post would have been extremely helpful.  What happens when you are diagnosed with acute Myeloid Leukaemia or indeed any acute leukaemia?  What does it mean? What happens next?

12 October 1915: Edith Cavell Executed for Treason

If like me you’re interested in history, particularly WW1, this is such an inspirational & interesting story

HistorianRuby: An Historian's Miscellany

Edith Cavell died at dawn on 12 October 1915 at Tir National firing range, Brussels. Her statue, near Trafalgar Square, London, England, bears the words she spoke the night before her death; ‘Patriotism is not enough, I must have no hatred or bitterness for anyone.’ There are few statues of non-royal women in the country and the fact that there is one of Edith, and in such a prominent position, demonstrates the impact her death had during wartime. Her sacrifice for others radiated the calibre of a woman who not only nursed allies and enemies alike but also helped around 200 allied soldiers escape war-torn Belgium. 

Edith Cavell was born on 4 December 1865 and was a rector’s daughter from Swardeston, near Norwich, England. She had worked as a governess in Belgium before deciding to train as a nurse in London. She then worked in several English city hospitals before…

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