Dating is a bit of a minefield at the best of times, so add cancer to the mix and it can be a really scary place. There are so many extra questions and pressures if you are trying to date with a hidden/chronic illness. Do you tell them you have/ had cancer? When do you … Continue reading Dating with the Big C, pt 1
Fatigue is a common issue faced by people living through and after cancer. I've not heard of a treatment out there that doesn't cause fatigue. Along with the emotional weight carried from a diagnosis, you are pretty much guaranteed to suffer through it at one time or another. Fatigue and tiredness are commonly mistaken, but … Continue reading Coping with fatigue
An open letter to all political leaders and local MPs, I am a 24 year old with a rare form of endometrial cancer, the last six months of my life has been a whirlwind but until now I have managed to hold down my full time job. Next week I will regrettably be going into … Continue reading An open letter to politicians; make cancer support a priority
For over three months now I have been menopausal. I was put on Zoladex to try and starve my tumour of oestrogen in hope it would inhibit its survival and the tumour would shrink. Zoladex is a hormone treatment that acts at the level of the pituitary gland, where it shuts off the production of … Continue reading Menopause and (24 year old) me
Last week I was on the Victoria Derbyshire show discussing how the media portrays young women with illness. The discussion was following the publication of a controversial article by Cosmo. A woman's journey through numerous unrelenting health issues including cancer was documented, and how she had been gaining control and learning to love her body again by … Continue reading Smashing Sterotypes: the damaging way the media portrays people with cancer
Self-care, not to be mistaken for ‘self-love’ (a common mistake of my male friends) is: ‘actions that individuals take for themselves, on behalf of and with others in order to develop, protect, maintain and improve their health, wellbeing or wellness’. Sounds fab right! As a young adult on treatment for a tumour it is certainly … Continue reading Self Care: so much more than being healthy
Exercise has a huge range of benefits, both physically and mentally. This is something everyone is aware of and in recent years there has been a huge push in getting more people active. Yet there is still a damaging misconception that people with cancer need to rest up and take it easy. The benefits of exercise … Continue reading The Importance of Being Active with Cancer
Cancer has taught me a lot, I have probably grown as a person more in the last four months than at any other point in my life. A silver lining I would happily do without but a silver lining none the less. I would love to write of novel ideas and revelations that blow your … Continue reading The Big Learning Curve; what cancer has taught me so far.