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……
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….
Knowledge and experience can shape us, help us consider our decisions and our outlook on life. In addition giving yourself “time to reflect and think” can also be a powerful tool in your future actions and activity. I’ve been reflecting about all the events that have taken place in my life over the last 18 … More Living life a day at a time….
I wanted to dedicate a post to dispel some of the common myths around Coeliac Disease and a gluten free diet. I’ve been a Coeliac for just over 2 years now and whilst ‘free from’ products are becoming more readily available in supermarkets, there is still a long way to go (in my opinion) … More My top myths of being a Coeliac