Archive for the cancer charities Category

The Hidden Costs Of Cancer

The Hidden Costs Of Cancer

When I was originally diagnosed back in 2007, my mind initially turned to finances and work. It wasn’t the disease that frightened me, but the fear of not being able to provide for my family. Of course we have got by since then, but not without much stress and worry over a long period. I have talked about the cost of serious illness frequently, and not just in financial terms, but the below piece from Sacha shows us in very graphic terms the impact her son’s terrible illness had on her family and friends.   “The conversation with my closest girlfriend 8 years ago is still crystal clear, after my husband and I had finally got home after six weeks on the Children’s Neurosurgical Ward at superb Southampton General Hospital

Coping With Reality (Abi’s Story)

Coping With Reality (Abi's Story)

This week it is a real pleasure to feature this very inspiring piece from Abi, who is a great friend of mine. She talks about the difficulties of living with very complex cancer, and how she tries to focus on the positive things in her life. “Living with secondary breast cancer is hard. There is no way of making breast cancer pink, fluffy, fun, sparkly or easy; contrary to what ‘Pinktober’ tells you! The ‘pink’ army have nothing but good intentions of that I have no doubt; however it is no mean feat living through October when you have incurable breast cancer. The focus of the majority of the campaigns is on early diagnosis, primary cancer being treatable, survivable and ‘doable’ as a well known TV personality said recently. All of

De-Coding Women’s Cancers: (A Unique Perspective From Athena Lamnisos)

De-Coding Women's Cancers: (A Unique Perspective From Athena Lamnisos)

As you are aware my work involves working across all tumour types, as I see so many issues common to us whichever cancer we face. My experience has shown me that certain cancers are causing some unique problems for us, as it seems that for both males and females, there appear some taboos about dealing with these. Many are detected far too late, which means they are so difficult to treat. Of course we all have our own ideas about how to improve things, but I am delighted to be able to feature today, a very unique perspective from Athena Lamnisos, who is the CEO of The Eve Appeal. In this fascinating piece, Athena shares her own views and gives us an insight into some of the obstacles in the charity world. “Now that we’re now two

What’s In A Name? (Guest Post From Kaz)

What's In A Name? (Guest Post From Kaz)

We have now entered September which is a really busy “awareness month.” I have my own personal crusade which is #BloodCancer,  plus #GynaecologicalCancer, and a very special one for me is also #ChildhoodCancer, I’m sure there are many others too! My work is not tumour specific so I am involved in most cancers in one way or another and initially I never really understood the Awareness Months, but now I do. Cancer dominates our lives and we tend to be hearing about it more frequently. There are numerous charities for most common tumour types and it is an opportunity for them to focus on a common goal, and get the public to concentrate on their cause and issues. Personally speaking I think this way of working should be done all year but that is

My Cancer Story (Video)

My Cancer Story (Video)

Several weeks ago I was invited by Cancer Stories to share my story and have it filmed to enable others to learn from what happened to me. The project is an incredible one with so many benefits, for people like me by recounting the impact cancer has had in our lives, and also for anyone watching to be able to use our experience positively for themselves. It takes the form of one complete video of my journey from diagnosis to current day, and also key segments talking about the impact of diagnosis, work, family etc.(Check out PLAYLIST for further details.) To see more about Cancer Stories they are also on Faceboook:  and Twitter: @cancer_stories If you think that there is anything in my story that might be valuable to someone you know please

A Life Changing Event (Sarah’s Story)

A Life Changing Event (Sarah's Story)

This week’s post features Sarah Cheeseman, who is another incredible person who has come into my life because of cancer. After being diagnosed in 2007 Sarah has gone onto have a family (against the odds) and has designed an incredibly useful piece of kit for people who need Hickman Lines as part of their treatment. I just wish the holder was around when I had my treatment! “In June 2007, I counted over 40 bruises on my body; this was the beginning of my Aplastic Anaemia journey.Then In October 2007 I went to the doctors with bruises, a black eye, blurred vision, no energy, nose bleeds, and pain all over my body; it was even painful having a shower. On the way to the doctors tears filled my eyes as

The Impact Of Sharing Cancer Experiences

The Impact Of Sharing Cancer Experiences

In recent weeks I have been invited to share my cancer experiences with a great cross section of people and in very different settings, but they were all extremely powerful for both me and the audience. I have been doing this work now for approximately seven years, and it never ceases to amaze me how powerful it always is. Of course every audience is unique, and each presentation is delivered in a different way, to suit, but basically the message is the same. Not only does it have impact on the audience, but I always feel very emotional too! Last Saturday I spent the afternoon being filmed for Cancer Stories, a wonderful project that offers peer support through videos. This took me back to my original diagnosis and brought so many memories