Category Archives: Cancer Research UK

I’m On Fire

I thought I might try and bang one out while I can, despite battling with a keyboard that has been bathed in orange juice (with bits !). In a way it’s slowed me down which is good because I don’t … Continue reading

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Normal Service Will Resume Shortly

Now then, where were we? Before we were so rudely interrupted The longer the absence has gone on the harder it has become to rectify. If thought recognition software were available I’m sure I’d have dealt with this ages ago, … Continue reading

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Not Quite As Planned

However I thought today was going to turn out, it wasn’t like this ! There’s no point in using expletives, they are far more effective when spoken. Arrived at The Christie for my 8am appointment. Bloods as usual first, no … Continue reading

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WARNING ! : may contain far too much information.

This started as quite a cheery blog, tried to put a light hearted slant on things, a few jokes, quips, more of what you might expect from me. By Saturday morning I’m reduced to a complete wreck. Some of you … Continue reading

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Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s Off To Chemo We Go

I finally reached a decision, considerably harder than I imagined it could be. Have I made the right choice? What if this combination doesn’t work? What if I do suffer badly with side effects? Would the other one have been … Continue reading

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Blue Bottles & Brighton

It’s Saturday morning…..correction, afternoon, one o’clock to be precise and I’ve just woken. It wasn’t a particularly a bad sleep night, I was awake a few times at least but that’s pretty normal. The last thing I remember is the … Continue reading

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And She Sang

It could only happen on Twitter. I was heading into Manchester for my MRI scan, passing the time before I set off on my journey. The light amusement that is Twitter takes over. “On the train to Manchester” was the … Continue reading

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Blue Monday

In September last year one of my blog entries was entitled ‘For Ellie’ https://reflectionsonawastedlife.wordpress.com/2011/09/06/for-ellie/ Ellie was a vibrant, successful, happy and inspirational woman who had been struck down with cancer at the tender age of 28. Ellie has been planning … Continue reading

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Here Comes Summer

My office was in Vauxhall Bridge Road, Victoria and I had to be at Euston within 45 minutes. No time for dodging the congestion charge zones that I am usually pretty good at avoiding, so I dashed straight through the … Continue reading

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Laughter in the Background

We all like to think that we can manage a certain degree of pain, but we all have different levels of tolerance You’re often asked to rate your pain whilst in hospital , 1 – 10, but once you’ve rated … Continue reading

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