Exercise and a Better Cancer Recovery

Making exercise a priority If you ask me about my top pearls of wisdom for optimising your cancer recovery – I will say ‘get the right advice on MOVING YOUR BODY’. For many patients, exercise is the key that unlocks a faster and smoother recovery. I see exercise as a super tool! During and after […]

The Beauty of Mindfulness in Cancer

A rapid ride through the mind During the toughest periods, a cancer journey can be likened to a novice on a rafting expedition into the unknown. There is a journey to navigate which has a beginning and an end. An unfamiliar face, the guide, gives you a broad run down of the itinerary. On edge […]

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 cancer […]

Chemo Fog, Cancer Fog, Brain 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 cancer […]

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 with […]

#Never2Young for Bowel Cancer

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 have […]