“And Breathe!’

"And Breathe!'

I hadn’t actually realised the toll that the last few months was taking on me, and I was starting to see my upcoming first ever cruise, as an obstacle to continuing the things I was doing. Particularly dealing with my late Mum’s  affairs which are becoming more complex. Adding to that some important meetings, then the uncertainty of health during travelling, I was starting to feel unsure about my break as we were driving to Southampton to join the ship. We rarely are able to take holidays due to my unreliable health, but this trip was an opportunity to experience something we had never done before, unusual at my age! As much as anything Mrs L deserved the break, and to be waited on hand and foot. As we had never cruised before

The Emotional Turmoil Of Living With Cancer

The Emotional Turmoil Of Living With Cancer

Since I started 2016 and threw caution to the wind to broaden my work reach, the time has absolutely flashed past, which has been fantastic, as I have been involved in so many exciting projects around the world. Most importantly I have now started my own charity, which has opened up many different opportunities. The massive positive I have found is that my mind is fully occupied and I have very little time to consider my own health, which is a great bonus. Of course I realise that I can’t do things in the way that most healthy people can, but if I’m honest I have got fed up with living my life in such a cautious way. Not doing many things I want to, and being tired all the

Do You Feel Selfish?

Do You Feel Selfish?

When I was checking through the statistics of my blog recently, the most searched for post was this one which I wrote over a couple of years ago. It was something that I felt had happened to me, and it seems like many people may feel the same! As the complexities in my own case increase, I still find it difficult to rid myself of this emotion. “I know, no one likes to consider themselves as selfish, especially me! But my encounter with cancer has made me wonder. Other people are always my concern, and the joy I receive in my life has always come from doing things for others. However, when cancer struck, my world turned on it’s head. Instead of me being a part of my family focus, I

Why Are We Still Failing So Many?

Why Are We Still Failing So Many?

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

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