How I now prepare for my Colonoscopy


Today I am preparing for my seventh Colonoscopy! Yes seventh… at the age of 41 years! How lucky am I to have a bowel that is so well examined and cared for? Ha. This colonoscopy is a routine surveillance procedure which is checking for a reoccurrence of my bowel cancer. In all honesty, I’m actually […]

Guest Blog Post: Empowering independence in children through connection

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Tips for an easier health recovery Written by Stacey Band Stacey Band holds a Bachelor of Science in Child Development, a Master Degree in Public Administration from a School of Education, and is an AMS certified Montessori Teacher. With more than 12 years of experience working with children in various capacities, she founded Home Day Hero. […]

Guest Blog Post- Our Awkward Threesome

Cancer, my partner and I: how to reduce the impact of cancer on relationships. By Christopher Brett-Renes BPsySc, GradDipPsyc, MScMed (Sexual Health Counselling), MACA (Level 3)  Psychosexual Therapist. Associate Lecturer, Postgraduate Program in Sexual & Reproductive Health, Westmead Clinical School, University of Sydney. Expert Advisor for Healthy Male (Previously known as Andrology Australia) Ten minutes before I […]

Optimising your nutrition- an easier cancer recovery

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If I had a dollar for every time I heard a cancer patient say “what should I be eating right now”, “what is the best diet to follow after my treatment”, and “I haven’t received any nutrition information from my medical team”, I would be one wealthy mumma. A quick google search on ‘cancer and […]

Steroids and Cancer Treatment

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The side-effects that cancer patients experience while taking steroids during their treatment can be hugely debilitating. While steroids are prescribed to improve the tolerance of cancer treatment, for some patients the side-effects of the steroids become intolerable. The impacts of mood disturbance and insomnia (just to mention a few) can create havoc with treatment plans and regimes. Questions about “how do I reduce […]

Cancer – what we want to share with you

For most of us, the early days and weeks of a new cancer diagnosis are chaotic and confusing. There are a flurry of tests, scans, medical appointments, insurance negotiations, family admin, notifications, forward planning, phone calls, text messages, and most importantly, the emotional shit storm. This is not a time when we are able to […]

Cancer Treatment and Menopause

As I approach the three year anniversary of my cancer diagnosis, I regularly reflect on the increasing depth of my understanding and insights into the cancer journey. Each year reveals a new level of awareness, a new appreciation for my journey, and mostly an admiration for the incredible women who are also walking their cancer […]

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton I can’t wait to share my journey with you! X The Awakened Mumma, Author of ‘A Woman’s Guide to Navigating the Invisible Cancer Load‘