Archive for the cancer policy Category

I’m Ashamed Of What I’m Seeing!

I'm Ashamed Of What I'm Seeing!

No I am not talking about the behaviour of our politicians, as I certainly don’t want to give any single one of them the publicity oxygen they so crave. Unfortunately our NHS is controlled by these people and it is now easy for everyone to see why things are in a complete mess. Year after year the big decisions have been ignored causing delay upon delay for both patients and staff. We are now in the position where we are short of key staff and our infrastructure is crumbling, in more ways than one! The service is an incredibly difficult place to work and morale on the whole is low. This is not something that can be solved by money alone. I would like to talk specifically about the cancer

Bottom Of The League, But More Excuses!

Bottom Of The League, But More Excuses!

There is nobody who likes to look at the world through ‘rose tinted’ glasses more than me! But at times that view must be tempered with a cold dose of reality. One of the headlines I read recently was ‘Britain sits at bottom of global league table for cancer survival rates.’ Unfortunately headlines like this don’t shock me anymore, why should we expect anything else? With a Government that has lost interest in governing, a Health Service trying to stay afloat, and large cancer charities jostling each other for money and influence, what chance is there for patients? Yes the figures are only up till 2014 and of course people are already arguing that things have improved, but those are policy makers, and not patients, having their lives torn apart

Taken Too Soon!

Taken Too Soon!

Normally I have very little problem finding a subject to write about, but the week has flown by with various things I have been doing, with little thought for what to publish. However this piece must be dedicated to the terrible news of recent celebrity deaths from cancer. Lemmy, David Bowie and Alan Rickman have all died recently, having found fame on the world stage. These are people that have made a massive impact on millions of people over many generations. This has certainly been a very sad start to the new year, and is a large dose of reality for those of us affected by cancer. There are times when we don’t see these people as mortals, in our mind we put them on pedestals and forget that they can

Coming together in adversity

Coming together in adversity

This week has been like a massive blur! My treatment took up Monday and Tuesday, and I spent Wednesday, catching up with my work and preparing for some presentations which I was doing on Thursday and Friday. It is now 2 years since I started this particular regime of treatment, but with a combination of drugs and blood treatment, my body is able to help me have a reasonable quality of life. If I think back to when this issue started, I was unable to dress myself, or even cut my own dinner properly, and now thankfully I can do both! However it seems like at least another year before I will know if I can come off the treatment safely. This uses up a large chunk of time and energy, but