Life on a Phase 1 Clinical Trial

When I was told in late 2015 that I’d secured the last place on a phase 1 clinical trial, I didn’t in my wildest dreams think I’d end up still on that trial almost 4 years later. I had been diagnosed de novo (another unnecessarily complicated medical term which means ‘from the start’) in 2014 with Her2 breast cancer that had already spread to [...]

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Sex and the City… “Chemo at The Christie”

So here is a little addition to Jo’s blog from her chemo buddy on session #4.. I thought I would share my thoughts on happenings from someone on the outside looking in..... [...]

Chemo 2 and 3

Chemo number 2 and I was booked in for 9.30am. We dropped the children off at my friend Anna's as they were on holiday for Easter.  We got there just before 9am as I needed [...]

Hair today gone tomorrow…

Like most women my hair was me, I loved having a nice haircut, pre cancer days ie 7 years ago, people would say 'ooo you have lovely hair'. My sister and niece are both [...]

I would drink poison if it made me better…

I had posted my last blog and was eagerly ready to start the next stage of the story from 7 years ago in January 2014 but things didn't work out as planned. My phone beeped [...]

Christmas – a time to remember

Christmas tree
I've got to admit that I'm a bit of a bah humbug when it ones to the C word. The C word should only pass our lips AFTER 5th November!! (I do rant about this quite a lot). I [...]

NHS failings

Last week we posted a blog concerning the next phase of Inspections to happen to NHS Hospitals. The CGC announced that the long awaited NHS improvements are to be made. Jo [...]

I had Breast Cancer for Gods sake!

After my breast cancer diagnosis and waiting for the surgery it was an awful, awful time... A restless, sleepless time. We tried to continue on as normal with our 2 children. [...]

Interlude: The ‘Jolie’ effect and decisions…

So much has been written about Angelina Jolie & what will be known as the 'Jolie effect' (remember the 'Kylie effect'?) and her decision regarding the BRAC gene that I [...]

My rock

So, that was it, I was now on the cancer treadmill. I was told by the Breast Care Nurse that due to my age they would 'throw everything at me'. I talked to my sister in law as [...]

Who wants a cup of tea?

It is said that everyone 'has a book' in them... Well I do think I have about 3 books to write but this is the one story I need to tell at the moment. I had worked very [...]