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….
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