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The Clock Is Ticking!

The Clock Is Ticking!

Since moving from the commercial world to living full time in the cancer world, the biggest lesson I have learned is patience! During my working days we were penalised financially when things ran late, and I have always had that way of working. Maybe it’s an obsession but bad time keeping is something I cannot abide. Of course there are going to be the odd occasions where you are late but on the whole, I am early! Once I started living my life around hospital appointments I soon realised that very little runs to time, and if I didn’t calm my frustration I would quickly become a very angry man. Now, maybe things have gone too much the other way, where I have become so relaxed about the things I

Cancer Does Not Discriminate (Jeremy’s Story)

Cancer Does Not Discriminate (Jeremy's Story)

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

A List For Living

A List For Living

I would like to start by wishing everybody a happy New Year! Over the years I have found the Christmas holidays a great time to reflect on what happened for me in 2016 and make a bit of a map for things I want to do in 2017. This has become even more important, after the terrible year of celebrity deaths we have just left. My mum also died last year and I have spent a long time trying to straighten everything out, after a very complex legal saga. So from that perspective a very emotionally challenging time. It is ironic that I had already selected this subject before the deaths of Rick Parfitt, George Michael, and Carrie Fisher. Many of these people were ‘taken’ relatively early, but seem to

From An Oncologists Perspective

From An Oncologists Perspective

This week I wanted to share the below piece which I read several weeks ago. It is written anonymously by a member of staff on an oncology ward. It helped me understand the cancer landscape from a very different perspective to my own! “People assume that oncology is all doom, gloom and death. To be honest it can be, but thankfully not all of the time, or else nobody could cope with doing it. Cancer can be a disease of dreadful retrospectives – that lump that was looked at but not biopsied; that mole that was judged to be OK. These patients and their families are justifiably angry. Others have refused to see what was plainly staring them in the face. For most of our patients the actual diagnosis of

Is Pink Stifling Blue In Breast Cancer Awareness?

Is Pink Stifling Blue In Breast Cancer Awareness?

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month as you are all now well aware. The whole of the world seems to have turned pink, in what I consider to be a vulgar worldwide commercial venture. But it is only in relatively recent times that most of us understood that men get breast cancer too! I know from the huge efforts publicising my own projects how much work must go in to ensure that men are also talked about in the same breath as breast cancer. So I am truly honoured to feature the below piece from my great friend Bret Miller the founder of the Male Breast Cancer Coalition, in Male Breast Cancer Awareness Week. “Why did I, Bret Miller, start the Male Breast Cancer Coalition? Well let’s start from the beginning. I was 17

More Innocent Victims Of Cancer Politics

More Innocent Victims Of Cancer Politics

As many of you know, I have frequently talked about my disgust for the incredible amount of politics that are involved in the cancer world. Political games played by organisations that impact on people’s lives. The more insight I get the more it greatly disturbs me. Many people affected by cancer, trusting organisations to help them when they are vulnerable, little understanding they are just a pawn in a very big and financially lucrative business! From a game of political football by our politicians, to emotive adverts everywhere we turn. Everyone telling us they are there to help, but the practical help provided is just not at all relative to the money invested/donated. So much money that the cancer world receives gets lost in politics. Drug companies, healthcare, politicians, all fighting

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

Struggling With A New Life

Struggling With A New Life

Running this blog has given me more positives than I could ever have imagined. ‘Meeting’ other people who are affected by cancer is certainly one. Being able to share their very personal stories to enable us all to learn is another. It is always interesting to see the different ways that we deal with our disease and follow on issues. Some people find religion, others totally change their lifestyles as they re-evaluate what is important to them. In this instance, Simon looked in detail at his diet. It affected me in reverse and I gave up looking at what I ate, to try and maximise my enjoyment from food! But I am certainly inspired by Simon’s story and particularly his physical achievements so maybe he has a point? “I was diagnosed