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Honour thyself

ShareTweet I did something unusual today. Feeling tired, heeding my body’s need to rest, I struggled with the kids competing needs. I didn’t want to say no. But I didn’t want to stretch myself further than I felt was wise. Three parties. Two days. 150km. Sole parenting. It would all be up to me. But […]

Unclipping my wings

ShareTweet You may know him better as Malala’s father. The young Pakistani activist shot in the face at point blank range all because as a girl, she dared to go to school. Somehow she survived the horrific attack. A testament that miracles do happen. And yesterday I was listening to her father Ziauddin Yousafzai describe […]

When angels walk among us

ShareTweet Sometimes I feel I am carried on angel’s wings. But my angels come in the form of people. Special people who touch my life through all its ups and downs. The other night our bus driver arrived at the door with the most enormous bouquet of beautiful flowers. The palest of orange gerberas mixed […]

The benefits of emotional healing in cancer

ShareTweet I took my radiation oncologist by surprise one day. She’s an absolutely gorgeous woman, a real breath of fresh air when you’re dealing with the ups and downs of treatment. And when she asked me the standard question about how I was feeling , I took great delight in telling her I felt better […]

All over (bar the shouting)

ShareTweet It happened about six months after treatment. My 41st birthday to be precise. After holding it altogether throughout the treatment, stoically and for so long, it all caught up with me. The fact that I’d survived. That I had made it through. And I was a mess. Emotionally that is. For a time. And […]

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 […]

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.. […]

Breaking the Silence

ShareTweet They buried her last week. A beautiful fifteen year old girl. Surrounded by people who loved her. The world at her feet. But for this young woman on the verge of adulthood life it seems was no longer worth living. Just fifteen. I look at her photos and it could be my daughter. It’s […]

It starts with connection

ShareTweet I hate statistics. Just numbers on a page. They don’t reflect the differences we all bring to our own healing. They don’t reflect our mind or our emotions. They don’t reflect our spiritual selves. They’re like a one dimensional picture transposed onto multi-dimensional beings. One size fits all. A good friend recounts in his […]