The Reality of Chemo Hair loss – ‘It Just Isn’t Me’

I've been prompted to write this post after being asked to talk on BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Melvyn Prior show about cancer and hair loss.  I also tuned into the Jeremy Vine show on BBC Radio Two as they too were discussing it.When Victoria Derbyshire took her wig off in her video diary my mind flashed… Continue reading The Reality of Chemo Hair loss – ‘It Just Isn’t Me’

Toe tapping, nudity, tears & laughter at The Girls Musical

My family and I know first hand how unbelievably tough fighting Leukaemia is and as a Bloodwise Ambassador my husband, sister, brother in law and I were invited to a special showing of Tim Firth's and Gary Barlow's The Girls Musical at the Phoenix Theatre in London's West End.  Having heard lots of great things… Continue reading Toe tapping, nudity, tears & laughter at The Girls Musical

Review of The Girls Musical – Toe Tapping, Tears, Laughter & Nudity!

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This story is not just about a group of women who sold lots of nude calendars.  What really comes across in the musical is a community coming together and women overcoming various personal challenges with the aim to help others in their darkest hour. I feel nothing but admiration not only for the original ladies but also the actresses who were naked on stage.

The Truth… To Tell or Not To Tell?

Am I really doing the right thing by lying to my child about the reality of life? This question often comes into my mind, are we really doing the right thing by protecting our children from the realities of life?  Probably because of what my family has been through due to my Leukaemia battle it's… Continue reading The Truth… To Tell or Not To Tell?

What not to say to someone with cancer; Why you shouldn’t use the ‘Hit by a Bus’ analogy

what not to say to someone with cancer

As more and more time goes by I seem to come across more and more evidence that those who've had a cancer diagnosis and those who haven't live in two very different worlds.  I spend a lot of my time having to explain myself, justify my behaviours and the way I live my life now… Continue reading What not to say to someone with cancer; Why you shouldn’t use the ‘Hit by a Bus’ analogy

Remission – Running Forever!

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While I was in hospital going through the extremely brutal Leukaemia treatment I spent a lot of time fantasising about how great my life would be once my body went into remission!  Well surprisingly I am still waiting for that rush of euphoria I dreamed of!  Maybe a few years down the line, five years,… Continue reading Remission – Running Forever!

What does a Macmillan Nurse do for Leukaemia patients? The Clinical Nurse Specialist

What does a Macmillan Nurse do for Leukaemia patients? The Clinical Nurse Specialist

The Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) is an extremely valuable member of a Leukaemia patients medical team.  They work closely with a patients consultant and are present throughout the whole process even during post treatment clinics for several years.  These nurses are highly qualified in Haematological cancers and have many years experience at a high… Continue reading What does a Macmillan Nurse do for Leukaemia patients? The Clinical Nurse Specialist