Summer 2019 has been the beginning of a new chapter in life. It's been very exciting and stressful. I'm quite glad that it has begun to settle down now. I moved out of a student house and into a flat with my boyfriend, moved away from Plymouth to Bristol, and started a new job at … Continue reading A New Chapter
I am SO blessed to say that all of my treatment has been covered by the NHS. I can't even begin to imagine the trauma of not being able to afford treatment, and thinking about the fact that other patients with Ewing's Sarcoma have to crowdfund to purchase treatment makes me so sad and angry. … Continue reading How I get the most out of an NHS appointment
I wrote the following piece last August for a charity social media post. Thought I'd pop it on here to show that I had a goal set to become more involved in helping other patients, and feel that I am fulfilling that goal with this blog! 🙂 It's a bit emotionally draining to write about … Continue reading A moment to realise I have become more involved in sharing my experience
One of my biggest ongoing problems during and after cancer treatment is sleep. And problems with sleep cause more problems in the day, creating an awful cycle if it doesn't get sorted. I was in this cycle for over a decade, but have recently invested a lot of time into improving my sleep and wish … Continue reading My top 5 tips for getting to sleep with cancer related anxiety
I often get comments about engaging in unhealthy habits while living in cancer remission. Whether it's drinking alcohol, eating meat, or sitting out in the sun, I am often at the receiving end of unsolicited advice. The best thing I have ever done is go to therapy, and realise there's a balance between healthy and … Continue reading Bad for your health, good for your soul
Cancer is the first suggestion when you google survivors guilt I was interviewed by a radio station back in 2014, and when I was asked how I felt about my cancer diagnosis, I said guilty. This was less about my diagnosis, and more about surviving. I suffer immensely with survivor's guilt. It's a very common … Continue reading Survivors guilt stopped me from seeking mental health care as a teenager, now it motivates me to get help.
This is a real quick and practical piece of advise for you guys; nail a spiel. Prepare and rehearse a short synopsis of your cancer treatment and outcome that you can reel off when someone asks about it. Why? To give a cohesive answer that does not trigger an emotional response. Just saying the word … Continue reading Write yourself a spiel!