May marked the month of two years since my cancer diagnosis. The day my world changed and life as I knew it, turned itself upside down. Since then I’ve been on a huge journey, experienced every emotion possible and become a self educated bowel cancer expert! To name a few: I’ve had 2 operations 26 … More Life is a climb……
Following on from so many fabulous additions to this blog, well, it’s quite overwhelming and daunting to say the least! Like many of Deb’s friends, I have, indeed, found her passing very difficult. Life is not the same anymore, breakfast after the school run is no longer, mid-afternoon naps are a thing of the … More Determination Through the Storm …. and alas the ‘Pointy Finger’
We all cope and deal with loss, trauma and stress in different ways. Since the last blog (thanks for your support, by the way!) I finished reading Frankie Boyle’s autobiography – my dad found it in a charity shop and correctly thought it would give me a laugh… In it there is a passage where … More What would Deb do next?
How do you follow Deborah James? How do you continue something brilliant that she started – with all of the positivity and joy and life that she crammed into this blog? What comes next? …It’s got to be easier than organising a 40 car Mini convoy, right? These are the questions that woke me and … More What would Deb do?
It is with immense heartbreak and sadness that we announce the loss of our amazing & beautiful, Daughter, Sister and Mother Deborah James on Thursday 27th July 2017. Deborah was with her family, friends and loved ones and passed away peacefully at the Cynthia Spencer Hospice in Northampton. After a short spell at Northampton General … More Deborah Louise James
I’ve realised in recent weeks that I have become a self taught expert in bowel cancer. I think I now understand how complicated and difficult it is for scientists and experts to “find a cure” for cancer. The human body is so complex, and having a BRAF mutation makes it even more challenging!! So, … More A New Chapter, Maltese Strength and Luck of the Irish….
I can totally relate to Dory’s approach of “just keep swimming” – it’s what we do when we are faced with difficult situations, we keep going, we keep swimming, whether we want to or not! Dory’s short term memory loss can certainly be related to chemo brain, of which I have suffered on many occasions….. … More Just keep swimming……
It’s at this time of year I like to reflect. 2016 was yet another bumpy year for me. The start of 2016 I found myself in circumstances I wasn’t expecting but things started to improve I finished chemo and got ‘the all clear’ from cancer. This unfortunately was short lived and mutant cancer cells decided … More 2017, The year of Change
With the festive season now in full swing it’s always a challenge for Coeliacs and gluten intolerant people to eat out. So I wanted to dedicate this post to how to overcome these challenges and humouros situations I’ve been in! First off – Christmas party menus – wow, I look at these set menus and … More Eating out gluten free style….
5 months ago I was given news that mutant cancer cells had decided to pay my body another visit, although this time the stakes were high and the statistics against me. Listening to a medical professional explain to you that “only 5% of colorectal patients have this mutation” and “there’s only a 30% chance that … More Determination, Drive and Resilience….