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….
Cancer is one of those diseases that impacts your whole life – whether that’s physically, mentally, those around you and normal day to day living such as work and finances. Since chemotherapy finished in January I’ve been busy focusing on getting back to living. Hospital visits declined too which was a welcoming relief. About … More The one that got away…
With it being Coeliac Awareness Week I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to celebrate all of my favourite gluten free foods. When I was diagnosed with Coeliac Disease two years ago the thought of never eating wheat again filled me with dread. “I’m going to starve and live on salad for the rest … More Wheat? Who needs Wheat…. Celebrating all things gluten free
13 weeks have past since my final chemotherapy session and I wanted to share how I’m getting on with finding my new normal. Since treatment I have experienced days where my cancer diagnosis and chemotherapy seem like a dream (a terrible one I might add), then my tingling feet come on and it soon reminds … More Chapter 2: 13 weeks of living my new normal
I recently had the opportunity to take a weekend break to Rome with my gluten free buddy for her birthday. We had a fantastic weekend, and it was my first trip since my op and chemo. As a Coeliac travelling abroad it can be quite stressful to constantly worry about where/what to eat and … More Rome – Gluten Free Style!
I was lucky enough to recently attend a free local Look good feel better workshop and I have to say it was fantastic! I’ve never had so much fun on a 2 hour workshop. The practical workshop takes you through a 12 step process of applying make up. When I arrived in the room I was … More Look Good Feel Better Workshop – Review
Yes cancer, it’s been tough and I’ve hated every minute, but I somehow found the strength to continue, to take each step, to fight and now I’ve been given a second chance at life and I’m truly grateful for that. You made me realise the reason I’ve been given this life and I promise you, … More My new ‘normal’ is about to begin…….
On a previous post I’ve talked about my challenges of living as a coeliac but I thought I would take the opportunity to post some of the benefits of a gluten free diet – and yes there are some benefits!!! Sorry I couldn’t resist this picture (above), I’m sure that will be me when … More My Top 10 benefits of a gluten free diet
Cycle 12 of Folfox chemotherapy finally arrived. At one point I never thought I’d get to the end of treatment on the basis of all the delays along the way. So how was cycle 12? Well it wasn’t straight forward (but then it never is with me!). On the day of my chemo they … More Chemotherapy done now let’s start living!