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The MAC Scale

ShareTweet I was privileged to attend a dinner last week. In support of ovarian cancer. Raising awareness of the symptoms in the hope of earlier diagnosis. Bloating,  unexplained pelvic pain, feeling full, difficulty eating, changes in bowel habits or the need to urinate. So pedestrian they can be so easily overlooked. After all, could be so many other […]

Nipping it in the bud

ShareTweet The experience of cancer can really change the way you do life, can’t it. Once upon a time I would have agonised for ages over how to deal with an uncomfortable situation. Well, I had two this week raise their ugly heads. Two relationships that are proving difficult and painful. And while I ushered […]

Happy and Healthy

ShareTweet Knife and fork. Black and white. Up and down. Some things are just meant to go together, aren’t they. I recall a friend pointing out another fairly significant one. Happy and healthy. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it. I went for my bloods this week. Just routine. I only do them every six […]

Feeling my way

ShareTweet Emotions. We don’t really understand them, do we. And I guess living in a society that kind of ‘doesn’t go there’ can make it very challenging to know what they’re all about and why we have them. Let alone to deal with them. And the experience of cancer is such an emotional rollercoaster, isn’t […]

The Medical Consequences of Loneliness

ShareTweet     To Joe, Jim, and Kathleen in the hope that in their adult years they will find lovers as exquisite as their mother. I was reading a book recently. And the dedication takes my breath away. The Broken Heart: The Medical Consequences of Loneliness. A book that speaks of our need for companionship.. […]

The cancer fairy

ShareTweet I was talking to a friend last week. She’s just had the shocking diagnosis of DVT. Completely out of nowhere. She hasn’t been travelling, she doesn’t smoke. She’s not overweight. She’s not pregnant. No recent surgery. And while she does have a sedentary job, she also works out at the gym. And the thrombosis […]

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

ShareTweet It’s quite surprising, isn’t it. That most people don’t realise what happens to their bodies when they’re under stress. Sure we know it feels bad. All that anxiety, worry and fear. And we probably all realise that our muscles tighten up. Those sore necks for example. The tightness across our shoulders. And we may […]

Finding the connection

ShareTweet I was talking to a woman the other day who told me she’d had two types of cancer in three years. But it was the next sentence that truly dumbfounded me. ‘There’s no connection between them’ she said. It was all I could do to bite my tongue. After all, she wasn’t asking for […]

Reading the signs

ShareTweet These days, when it whispers, I listen. The signs have always been there. I just didn’t know how to read them. My body’s way of communicating to me if it’s stressed or if it’s healing. And while this may sound a little ‘out there’, would it surprise you to know it’s as simple as […]

Listening to the expert

ShareTweet I was blessed today to enjoy a beautiful lunch with a beautiful friend. Yes, you know who you are as you read this post. So special to spend time in your company. Such a privilege. So wonderful to laugh. And as we dined and enjoyed the finer things in life, a question was asked […]