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The truth of it

ShareTweet The truth is I don’t know where to start, because it’s been a bit of a year. You see a while back I had another one of those dreams. I dreamed I’d had a recurrence. The dream seemed a little strange, but without a sting in its tail, I soon forgot it. No fear. […]

Does the mind matter?

ShareTweet I received some feedback about a talk I gave recently. And while the large majority of people found the content of my talk enlightening (which I am thrilled about because this knowledge will go on to help even more people), there was someone who wasn’t too happy. The feedback went something like this: … […]

101 Not Out

ShareTweet My Grandmother just turned 101. Kind of an anti-climax this year given that she had the ‘big’ birthday last year. Especially since the retirement village she lives in was in quarantine and no-one was allowed in – or out – to celebrate with her. But she was in great spirits nonetheless when I rang. […]

I’d give my right arm…

ShareTweet And some people do. Their right arm. Or a part of their brain. Or a breast, or perhaps a leg or a prostate. For my uncle it’s his right lung. The loss of a significant part of ourselves to regain another chance at life is no small thing, is it. Another of those incredibly difficult […]

The Day I Died

ShareTweet Death. It’s not something we’re all that comfortable talking about, is it. Still one of those taboo subjects. Perhaps even more so than sex, politics and religion. But as it’s going to happen to all of us one day, I guess it’s something we need to talk about. And I hesitated before writing this […]

Keep Moving

ShareTweet They say when life’s hard the best thing you can do is to keep moving forward. And after watching Catalyst’s episode on Exercise and Cancer it proves it’s true in more ways than one. If you haven’t seen this episode, you must. Because what they’ve done is to demonstrate without a doubt that when we […]

Which Doctor?

ShareTweet My uncle was diagnosed with mesothelioma in June. Fit, youthful and full of energy. Just slightly short of breath. And after the disbelief, I find that I am angry. And surprisingly it’s not with the makers of the asbestos. It’s with his doctors. Because when he asked about his life expectancy, if he had […]

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 […]

David and Goliath

ShareTweet I’m sorry I never met him. An incredible man. A friend told me that at his funeral last week the church rang out with ‘Jumping Jack Flash’. Very fitting for the celebration of the life of this mad scientist. And she described him in the most beautiful way. ‘Imagine’, she said, ‘a blackboard full […]

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 […]