For People Living With Cancer

The emotions of a hospital appointment

I often wonder if our health system is now such a monster, that it  fails to recognise patients as people, and not just numbers that have to be herded through the system, beating numerous targets on the way.I am not convinced that people truly understand the pressures that patients

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How we are dealing with getting older

As I have mentioned in previous posts, there is no shortage of subject matter to write about, but this week, one subject has stood head and shoulders above the others, as it seems to have been talked about in the media, on most days recently. This has

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Living with remission

I have titled this post ‘Living with, rather than in, remission’, as I feel that there is a big difference between the two. To explain that further, I have taken a dictionary definition of the word remission, in a cancer context. ‘A decrease in or disappearance of signs

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“How are you?”

“How are you?” This is possibly the most common greeting that we use today. In fact we probably use it so frequently, that we have almost forgotten what it actually means. It is a question, not a statement and therefore prompts an answer, which may then start a conversation!

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Cancer support using social media

This week has been an absolutely incredibly busy and fulfilling time. I have spent my week, communicating with people around the world. I have spoken to patients, charities, complementary therapists, cancer service providers, media people, volunteers and NHS professionals. Most of this is happening because organisations are beginning

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Thyroid cancer experience? We need your help pls!!

Hi everyone. As you all know very well by now, I started this blog, to help people understand that the feeling of isolation was not unusual, when dealing with a cancer diagnosis.It is a problem that is very underestimated, amongst all the things rapidly occuring once the

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Facing fear and feeling free

Not only, during my many hospital visits, but in most other life situations, I am a ‘people watcher’. A lot of my friends tell me they do the same! I find other people so interesting,how they all react differently to situations, what they say or do in

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Cancer Patient Experience in the N.H.S

I have spent the last few days, looking through various reports, written about the Department of Health’s National Cancer Experience Survey. If I am honest, I am not really a report type of guy, but anything that talks about ‘Patient Experience’ grabs my attention. This is my passion,

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