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……
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
I’ve always found the phrase “how do you eat an elephant?” interesting and thought provoking. The elephant ‘in the room’ (or in your mind) can represent great challenges in our lives and we can find very creative ways of ignoring it or “going around” the elephant. The hardest part is acknowledging it’s there then … More How do you eat an elephant?…… One bite at a time
Cancer can take over your life (if you let it), it’s all consuming, doesn’t make sense, catches you out when you least expect it and nobody can tell you “it’s going to be ok” – a statement or reassurance we all want to hear. That’s the most difficult part to deal with and to … More Finding strength in the face of adversity….