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And Still They Come!

And Still They Come!

This week has been an incredibly busy and eventful one for all of us of course, and in honesty I didn’t really have time to write this post, but following my ‘up close and personal’ experiences of the continuing emotional impact of cancer I just had to sit down and write, whilst the memories were still fresh! Naturally all the focus has been on our vote to stay in or out of the European Union, and the consequential fallout from our decision to leave. But whatever our views of that decision, our lives will still go on and the issues of everyday life have to be dealt with. Whilst the politicians continue bitching with each other, the issues of cancer will not just go away, and this week I have been truly shocked at

We Must Continue To Share!

We Must Continue To Share!

Every week is interesting with the work I do, you just never really know what will happen. Also when you plan something, you never quite know how things will go, and it seems that we constantly need to adapt to ever changing demands. What people require these days is quite fluid, and because something was good a few months ago doesn’t make it right for now. Personally I quite like that challenge as it ensures that you are always as good as you can be and are never really complacent. I am constantly collaborating behind the scenes with everyone to ensure that what we are doing is what people actually want. My great joy is looking at new ways to offer our work and through my charity, and social media,

Living With The Side Effects

Living With The Side Effects

I had already decided the subject for this weeks blog when I spoke to an old lady, who was looking very lost in our local supermarket. As usual my wife was trying to hurry me up, but as most of you know I do like to talk to people, and this poor lady appeared to be very confused. Naturally I asked if I could help with anything and she immediately started telling me about how her husband had died of cancer recently. Wow, I thought, why has this happened? She had no family, and had not spoken to a medical person since. In a short time I did my best to recommend that she seek professional help. But that meeting has had a profound effect on me! My wife calls

“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

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