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Is there a good side to having cancer?

From guest blogger Jane Bissell I always remember early on after my diagnosis I was watching Olivia Newton-John being interviewed on TV and she said that having cancer was 'the best thing that ever happened' to her.Hmm.I recall at the time being slightly horrified because I couldn't see anything good about where I was with the disease, or how anything positive could come from the experience, apart from, hopefully, getting rid of it. When I was writing the diary which became my book Welcome to th...

June 13, 2019

Information overload on diagnosis day

From guest blogger Jane Bissell Women newly diagnosed with breast cancer will often say that it's an 'information overload.'  To hear that you have breast cancer, and then to be given folders, pamphlets, and many sheets of paper is sometimes more than we can handle within the relatively short space of time it takes to be informed that your life really has changed quite dramatically. Some take the information home and don't look at it for days. Others get into it right away, or take it in st...

June 5, 2019

Simple things like boiled eggs and soldiers

From guest blogger Jane Bissell When I was having chemotherapy for breast cancer, the simplest things took on greater meanings, and the routine often became a challenge. Eating could be problematic. The first week or so after a chemo treatment, it was hard to know what to eat because nothing tasted the same, and some foods were just too difficult to contemplate, impossible to get down. I learned some clever techniques though, like eating whilst watching something engrossing on TV so my...

May 27, 2019

What is the 'right' thing to do after cancer?

During a recovery from breast cancer, we're often fearful that we're doing the wrong thing when it comes to helping ourselves - but what is the 'right thing'? This can be particularly stressful when treatment is finished, because when we're under the continual care of our medical team, it's often easier to find out information which can help us make our choices and decisions.After treatment, there can be a feeling of mild to severe panic. Some people liken it to walking a tightrope without ...

April 5, 2018

'Tis the season to be jolly ...

Everyone is decorating their homes, shopping for gifts, buying up large for Christmas dinners and celebrations, and going to end-of-year parties … there's an air of fun, frivolity, and summer plans. You have been given a diagnosis of breast cancer.The impact of a diagnosis changes our perspective during the festive season. Instead of wondering whether to serve roast potatoes, or potato salad with the ham, it’s “How can I celebrate when I have breast cancer?”, “Will I feel well eno...

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