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What Does ‘Success’ Look Like To You?

What Does 'Success' Look Like To You?

I was once asked by a great friend of mine what I considered success to look like for my life. That question caused me a great deal of thought, and much of that involved money in some shape or form. The answer he gave me was ‘happiness.’ Of course it is, but why did that not come to my mind? That conversation happened many years ago and before I got cancer. It has played a massive role in how I have lived my life since! Being happy when I am doing something that I choose is the real deal breaker. Not the money, size of the audience or stature of the event, but will I enjoy myself? Now I have got to this stage in my life, my time is

We Are All Equal In The Eyes Of Cancer!

We Are All Equal In The Eyes Of Cancer!

In my work I get to meet some wonderful people and Jeremy Marshall is one of those. A man who’s life was also brought crashing down with a cancer diagnosis. I was delighted that Jeremy accepted my invitation to share his experiences on the site. His career is one that most of us can only dream about, but of course when it comes to cancer there is no discrimination. “I have had a very happy and blessed life. I was never in hospital for a day, married for nearly 30 years and have three wonderful children plus a really interesting career. Then about 4 years ago I found a small lump on my ribs. At my wife’s urging I went to the GP who said “it’s probably just a fatty

2020 Is The Time For Positive Thoughts And Actions!

2020 Is The Time For Positive Thoughts And Actions!

Back in 2007 seeing 2010 was a massive ambition! Now I am entering 2020, and it feels good. Not only am I still alive but able to help people across the globe by using my own experience, there are business challenges too! My life is full in a positive way, with plenty to keep me busy and taking time to watch my grandchildren grow up. Although my body is struggling to cope now with some of the long term effects of my treatment, I am extremely grateful for everything I have. Yes I am slowing down and using my experience to work more efficiently. Taking time between tasks to conserve energy, but I understand that my choices are limited. In recent years there has been so much negativity in the

My New Life For Christmas!

My New Life For Christmas!

For most of us, Christmas is a particularly emotional time. An opportunity to spend time with friends and family and away from work and the things that keep us busy during the year. Personally, I have always used this time for reflection, but since 2007 it has a very special significance. It was then that I received a gift like no other, the gift of life! My stem cell transplant took place on the 19th December and is a time I will never forget. This treatment was my only chance of surviving my cancer, and the cells had been donated by a young man aged 22 from London. No one could say if I would even survive the process let alone continue to live, but I did, and I am! Thanks to all

“There Is Nothing More We Can Do for You!”

"There Is Nothing More We Can Do for You!"

Surviving cancer can frequently feel like you are living with a very fast ticking bomb! Time feels like it is slipping through your fingers and there is just never enough of it. Having said that it also seems that any interventions you need for your disease take far too long. Our perception of time seems to have changed. Since my own diagnosis and life changing experiences, I spend most of my time working in a cancer environment, with either patients or clinicians. Having done this for many years now I find that I am working more frequently in the international arena, which I really enjoy. I have always insisted that large healthcare organisations including charities and pharma just do not move quickly enough to help people such as myself. Of

Cancer Can Also Steal Your Identity!

Cancer Can Also Steal Your Identity!

Of course we are all unique, but we tend to identify ourselves by what we do for a living, which is simple when you are working but a lot more difficult when you’re not! Before cancer it was easy for me, “I am a business consultant,” I would reply, when asked what I am. Since then I have never been sure what to answer! Once I wasn’t able to work I felt a clear loss of identity, and still do today. Luckily I have never lost my transferable skills and am still able to use them in a different way, by helping people, which is so much more fulfilling. Whilst working I never had to think about what my skills were, as I just got on with things and always

Tired Of Being Tired?

Tired Of Being Tired?

Yep that’s me too! Despite the number of projects I am involved in, every one takes a massive effort, not only physically but emotionally too! I often say I have the best job in the world. Meeting and helping incredible people whilst having fun can’t be beaten, but for me it is a major task to just get out of bed, as my treatment side effects and the ageing process take their toll. But being able to improve the lives of people affected by cancer has become my oxygen. Recently I was contacted by the incredible Jelle Damhuis from Holland. He is a man who has experienced cancer more than once in his young life and like many of us wanted to use his personal experience to help others. He

How And What Do We Celebrate As Cancer Patients?

How And What Do We Celebrate As Cancer Patients?

Having been a cancer patient for twelve years now my emotions have changed dramatically since I was initially told I had just six months to live! I still attend my oncology clinic every two months for regular monitoring of any sign of disease and side effects worsening. With my writing and speaking continuing, and the demand for support from SimPal increasing I find my self talking cancer, for many hours a week. This continues to reinforce how unique every case of cancer is, and our reactions to it are. On my diagnosis and prognosis I was frightened like nothing I had ever felt! The fear of the unknown and how my life was changed forever. It is certainly very different now, but not in every case for the worse. I