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Why Are We Still Failing So Many?

Why Are We Still Failing So Many?

http://mrssweepstakes.com/select-your-sweeps/ This weeks blog is from Abi, who is a great friend of mine from the ‘Breast Cancer Community.’ I have watched as the realities of her story have unfolded, and we have exchanged experiences. What concerns me, and is the reason I wanted to share this piece, is to quote Abi,  (cancer services) “do not always work in sync and do not offer patients the best chance of survival.” This is something I have been aware of for so long, and talking to several senior clinicians this week is only getting worse! Communications with many organisations involved is poor on the whole, and you can wait weeks even for an email, if you are lucky to get a response at all! In my new role as a charity donor, offering services at no

Time To Be Grateful!

Time To Be Grateful!

This week I was invited to visit one of the most famous cancer hospitals in London, and as I was walking round the wards my personal experience came flooding back to me. It was also the hospital where my late mum had her breast cancer treatment more than twenty years ago, so it was emotionally demanding. As always I found myself reflecting on the day once I had got home. I remember vividly visiting my mum all those years ago and how ill she was at the time, but she survived for more than twenty years until her heart gave up. She did incredibly well because all that time ago the treatment was a lot different to how it is now, they did a wonderful job for her. That was

Working Through Cancer

Working Through Cancer

The last few weeks have been very busy for me, particularly launching my new partnership with C4C Mobile and the interest that has created from both sponsors and people affected by cancer. From a personal perspective it has refreshed my ‘working’ life with different challenges, and has brought me back to many things that I missed most about my life before cancer. Life is still very difficult with the health issues I face, but I have at last learned to adapt and accept my limitations. No more life in the fast lane but at least I am back on the road! Communicating with more people, and dealing with media and marketing teams frequently, I am seeing the working environment through very different eyes now. I am just doing what I can to help people

The Business Side Of Cancer

The Business Side Of Cancer

Until I got sick back in 2007 I had very little idea of the devastation that cancer can bring to a life. Of course I had read the stories, and even my own Mother and Father had been touched by cancer, but it wasn’t until my own experience that I could fully understand the impact it can have. Since I have chosen to take the ‘cancer path’ to work on now for the rest of my life, I am understanding and learning so much more from listening to others and how they have been affected. But my naivety has certainly been removed over the years, as I deal with more and more organisations, trying to wade through the red tape and systems that seem to be used by many as reasons for

Now Our Charity Is Born!

Now Our Charity Is Born!

As most of you know this year is my go for it year! No more excuses, just pushing on with the various challenges I have, but with the very clear focus of making some real improvements to the lives of people affected by cancer. Working online has been a fantastic aid, and has helped people know more about the work I do. With the incredible community we have it is very humbling to  know that when I  do international presentations, people are already familiar with my work. My personal goal in anything I do is always to be as good as I can be. My site and social media is continuing to expand but I have always had a frustration, that I haven’t been able to do enough in a practical way to help

Struggling With A New Life

Struggling With A New Life

Running this blog has given me more positives than I could ever have imagined. ‘Meeting’ other people who are affected by cancer is certainly one. Being able to share their very personal stories to enable us all to learn is another. It is always interesting to see the different ways that we deal with our disease and follow on issues. Some people find religion, others totally change their lifestyles as they re-evaluate what is important to them. In this instance, Simon looked in detail at his diet. It affected me in reverse and I gave up looking at what I ate, to try and maximise my enjoyment from food! But I am certainly inspired by Simon’s story and particularly his physical achievements so maybe he has a point? “I was diagnosed

“Stay Positive”

"Stay Positive"

As my regular readers will know, this year is my ‘go for it year.’ It didn’t start so well, as I had a month of bronchitis just after Christmas but still managed to fulfil my commitments. This helped to focus my mind away from negative thoughts and onto all the exciting opportunities that were starting to open up. Now we are at the middle of February and that sense of achievement is growing. People contacting me from around the world with opportunities to improve the landscape for people affected by cancer. Even my own hospital are chasing me to ensure they are at the front of a new service I am involved with. Yes, the positivity is flowing, despite an emergency visit to the dentist with a broken tooth which now needs

Our Relationship With Fear

Our Relationship With Fear

It seems that whenever the word cancer is mentioned it triggers so much negative stuff, and three of the most popular words used are misery, tragedy and death. Is it any wonder that we are scared of what may lie in front of us or our loved ones, when we hear these words? But fear itself can be so destructive, and can actually inhibit our possible recovery. Even if we are aware of these facts how do we stop that emotion impacting on our health? It feels like a double whammy, not only getting diagnosed with cancer but then suffering with the emotional side and the effects of fear. This week’s post is prompted by two very different communications I have had recently. The first was with a friend of mine