Successfully returning to work after your Cancer diagnosis

Your cancer type, treatment regime, age and pre-existing general health will all impact on your ability and readiness to return to work. Your Cancer Specialists and General Practitioner (GP) will help to guide you with your decision to return to work. My return to work experience It was about 10 months after my bowel cancerContinue reading “Successfully returning to work after your Cancer diagnosis”

Cancer Fog….. It’s real

You’re not going crazy If you have had a cancer diagnosis and are having memory or concentration problems- you are not going crazy! ‘Cancer fog’, ‘brain fog’, ‘chemo brain’ or ‘cancer-related cognitive impairment’ are all terms used to describe memory problems caused by cancer. For simplicity I will refer to these terms collectively as cancerContinue reading “Cancer Fog….. It’s real”

Can there be gifts and life lessons through Cancer?

A cancer diagnosis, like any life changing trauma, will immediately enroll you into an extreme and unique self-development course. When your mortality, your future and everything you know about you changes- strap yourself in, buckle-up, and hold on tight. Life will never be the same again. But for many cancer patients including myself- it isn’t all bad news! In fact,Continue reading “Can there be gifts and life lessons through Cancer?”

Making the best decisions about YOUR Cancer Treatment

Knowledge is power. The knowledge that I’m talking about comes from an expert. Not Dr Google and not your cousin’s neighbour’s friend. And by expert – I mean a Specialist in your condition. You wouldn’t ask your nail technician to colour your hair. Everyone has their Specialty. Speak to your cancer specialist about your specificContinue reading “Making the best decisions about YOUR Cancer Treatment”

Packing the Ultimate Hospital Bag!

Is there such a thing? If you have been in hospital for more than a night, you will know that Yes – there totally is! Planning for a hospital admission can be hugely stressful unless it’s for the birth of your first child. If you have a non-emergency admission your mind is usually preoccupied withContinue reading “Packing the Ultimate Hospital Bag!”

Parenting of little ones during your Cancer

HOW AM I GOING TO DO THIS? Parenting is one of the world’s most sort after and privileged roles. With no training manual, the role of parent comes with great responsibility and reward- and no sick leave. When you need a rest or a day off, your title of mum or dad continues. You areContinue reading “Parenting of little ones during your Cancer”

Working with people ‘too young’ to have bowel cancer, and the benefits of empathetic care- a patient’s perspective

Walking in a patient’s shoes, from the nurse’s perspective has been a hugely humbling and enlightening experience. Before I became a patient with my recent bowel cancer diagnosis, I would have described myself as an ‘empathetic caregiver’. Over the years I have had plenty of experience working in some of London’s busiest trauma centres. I haveContinue reading “Working with people ‘too young’ to have bowel cancer, and the benefits of empathetic care- a patient’s perspective”