ABC4 – Advanced Breast Cancer 4 Lisbon Portugal – October 2017

In October 2017 it was the ABC4 conference and I haven't posted my blog until now (there's a reason behind this at the end) - this is a conference specifically for metastatic breast cancer patients. There were over 1000 attendees and I had applied for a grant as a patient advocate. The organizers who arrange the conference - the European Society of [...]

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2018

Everyone knows October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  If you don't know you must be living on the moon or maybe you have hibernated for the whole of October.  It's in [...]

ABCD Exercise Retreat to Recovery

"MOTIVATION & EXERCISE THROUGH RECOVERY & BEYOND" Earlier this year I applied to the National Lottery for their "Awards for All" grant after my pilot abcd retreat [...]

ESMO17 – European Society of Medical Oncology 2017 conference in Madrid

FRIDAY It was an early morning flight to Madrid so I had to get up at 3.30am with taxi pick up at 4am for the 6.30am flight. I've never been to Terminal 3 at Manchester [...]

2017 – it’s been a busy year…

It's been a busy year, lots has happened with ABCD and myself in 2017. With the results from the bone and CT scans and the word “stable” has been used.  I've not been [...]

Update re previous blog & infographic

I thought I’d let you know where I am with everything that’s happened lately. Breast Cancer Care looked into what happened, and after a discussion and review of events I [...]

Letter to your MP about secondary/metastatic/advanced breast cancer

Dear (MP),   I am writing to urge you to act now about metastatic breast cancer (also known as secondary breast cancer). Metastatic breast cancer is cancer that has [...]

Don’t Talk To Me About Charity

A friend asked me a few days ago "you work so hard! Do you find it difficult as you work on breast cancer all the time?" The honest answer is no, I don't really think of it [...]

If you want something done, well do it yourself…

Secondary Breast Cancer Data & Statistics   I started to campaign about the lack of data and statistics for secondary breast cancer back at the end of 2015 as [...]

Secondary Breast Cancer Infographic – #SBCinfographic

In 2015 I produced an infographic which I felt was hugely needed for patients understanding the "red flag symptoms" of secondary/metastatic/advanced breast cancer. The [...]

Lucy and Maggie’s

I attended the opening of the new Maggie's centre which is located at the Royal Oldham hospital. The Oldham Maggie's centre is the 21st building built by the charity in [...]