Tag Archives: living with cancer

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. […]

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 […]

Filling the bucket

ShareTweet I wish I could give blood. Everywhere I go I see the blood bank vans. I seem to be haunted by them. But there’s not much point. They always have trouble finding my veins. Every surgery is the same. Has been all my life. Both my daughter and my mum are exactly the same. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Braveheart

ShareTweet My stepfather died just over a week ago. Diagnosed at 77 with a lung cancer, he considered his options and chose not to treat it. The surgery carrying its own significant risks. He’d had a great life he reasoned. Premature at birth and not expected to survive, he’d outlived them all. Mother, father, sister, […]

Day of Happiness

ShareTweet Back in the 1970’s the progressive little nation of Bhutan realised something profound. That the wellbeing of its people was more important as an indicator of development and prosperity than material wealth. How incredible is it to witness a nation recognising national happiness over national product? A nation that adopts a more holistic outlook […]

The language of love

ShareTweet It must have been the chicken soup. It’s the only possible explanation. By rights I should have got worse. A week feeling absolutely lousy with a flu-y type cold symptoms had just wiped me out. Almost to the point of calling in sick. Not something I tend to do. After all, I didn’t have […]