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Cleaning up the emotional wreckage

From guest blogger Jane BissellThat can take a while after cancer.Any kind of bad news, I mean really difficult news, leaves wreckage in its wake. How can anyone emerge unscathed after a diagnosis of cancer? There is the initial shock, and a kind of numbness or denial that this is in fact happening … then it starts to sink in and the emotional ride of wildness begins.The second time I heard I had breast cancer, my response was different to the first. It was almost like some kind of m...

November 26, 2019

The ongoing story that is life with, and after, cancer

From guest blogger Jane Bissell This coming Sunday I'm having lunch downtown with a good friend to celebrate the diagnosis of my first breast cancer diagnosis. My friend is one of the Cancer Babes I wrote about in my book Welcome to the Amazon Club . We met at a cancer support group in 2002. We were seven then and now we are five.  I've had two diagnoses, the first on October 13th 2001 and the second almost to the day in October 2016. I haven't made a celebratory fuss of the second one...

October 9, 2019

Structure and distraction

From guest blogger Jane Bissell In the days immediately following a diagnosis of breast cancer, we know some, but not all, the information about our cancer. And there’s nothing worse than ‘not knowing’. If the information we have is incomplete, sketchy, or not available yet, then we cannot make proper decisions, and feel a lack of control. This increases stress, anxiety, and makes for sleepless nights. And it’s not (we hope!) because someone has neglected to tell us – it...

September 5, 2019

Cancer is for other people, not me

From guest blogger Jane Bissell I don’t think anything prepares you for a diagnosis of cancer. Another Breast Cancer Awareness Month - traditionally October but now creeping into September   with pink things everywhere - will soon arrive, and as a friend of mine said, ‘You’d have to be living under a rock to not be aware of breast cancer these days.’ I wonder if people who haven’t had cancer are like I was before I received the news of my diagnosis. I was aware, having regula...

August 28, 2019

How are you feeling today?

From guest blogger Jane Bissell It's a simple question.Often we'll ask something similar when we see our friends, or talk to them on the phone: "How are you?"  And then we might enhance that by adding, "Hope you've been well during this awful winter we've been having. So many colds about." "How are you feeling today?" is also a good question to ask a friend who is experiencing breast cancer. She can answer, "Yeah I'm OK" and that's all, or she can tell you how she's really feeling - and tha...

July 6, 2019

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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