Normal service will resume #sarcoma #cancer

Scanxiety. The anxiety and stress surrounding regular scans to detect cancer. 

This is one hell of a mental challenge. You go and have a scan and have to wait days or weeks to find out if there’s anything lurking in your body, ready to attack, plan your demise or just generally cause problems.

I had a scan three weeks ago and had my results this Friday. I didn’t have any mental breakdown. I was extremely productive at work – more meetings/output in that last week than the whole of my career…..I also didn’t sleep for six days. But no one would have known. 

I can not explain the relief I felt after learning my scans were clear. No stress, no worry, no scanxiety. I’ve partied, celebrated and chilled all in one weekend. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to my hangovers.

Normal service has resumed!

Clear #sarcoma #cancer

Just a quick note to let you all know that my scans were clear. My lungs are completely free of cancer.

To celebrate, we are in Liverpool drinking Champagne in the Beatles hotel. Hard Days Night

Here’s to another six months clear xx 

I’m a page three girl @sarcoma_uk #sarcoma

Now, I don’t often do more than one post in one day but today I’ve made an exception..’

I heard I was in the hard copy of the Liverpool Echo. We eagerly went to the shop to purchase a copy and was shocked – I’m on the front page! Not only that, my full story is on page three. 

I’m a page three girl – now that’s a line I never thought I’d write!

It’s all about the awareness @sarcoma_uk #sarcoma 

A journalist from the Liverpool Echo contacted me last week. She’d stumbled across my blog on Twitter and wanted to know more about my journey since diagnosis.

Helen Whitehouse published the story today and my social/virtual world has gone bonkers. I’ve had messages from well wishers to others who’ve been touched by this disease.

Thanks to Helen for writing a great story. If you want to read it please click here. Also a huge hanks to everyone who has shared/liked/commented – if one person gets a lump checked out because of my story, then it’s been worth it.

#worldcancerday 

Today is World Cancer Day and we participated by supporting the wonderful Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. We have been at the home of Everton Football Club raising awareness and money for the new cancer hospital. We had a fab day and thanks to my wonderful family and friends who volunteered.

Throwback

Here’s a picture showing me three years ago (mid chemo) and today. Lucky enough to be here on world cancer day 2017 😍

A day to remember #sarcoma #cancer

January 28th. A day to remember.

Four years ago today I had my first 12 week check up post my surgery to remove my primary sarcoma. The X-rays were clear and I had the added bonus of being allowed to drive again. 28th January 2014 was a good day.

One year ago today I visited Mr T in hospital. He was grumpy, he was thirsty, he was hungry and he was sick of Mum and Sues company….. 😂   Mike and I rocked up to Warrington Hospital and made the day more bearable – especially for Mum and Sue who needed a break from dads grumpiness 😂. We waved dad off for surgery to reduce the swelling on his throat and that was the last time we saw him conscious. The days ahead were torture. 28th January 2016 was a bad day.

Fast forward to 2017 and my lovely husband and I are snuggled in our hotel room in a very cold Chicago. We are having a fab time on our holiday. 28th January 2017 will be an excellent day. Especially as we are on the hunt for quirky bars!

This day will always be remembered for lots of reasons, but we need more good and happy memories to be made.

Love from the US of A xxx

Our corner suite has a view of the 360 observatory (formerly John Hancock) – the black building.

Look after your volunteers #sarcoma #cancer #charity 

Charity involvement generally starts when you’re impacted by something. Since my diagnosis I’ve been involved with many charities including Clatterbridge Cancer Charity,  Macmillan, Look Good Feel Better and Sarcoma UK.

As you will see from my social presence most of my time is spent doing activities for Clatterbridge Cancer Centre. So why is this? Well, they keep me engaged.  All activities are completely charitable – I donate my time and do not get anything in return.  

So how do they keep me engaged?

Is simple really,  they are personal. They simply keep in touch. As soon as I see an email or a call from the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity I eagerly open it to see what I can do or how I can help, as do my friends and family.   This small charity makes each and every single volunteer feel important and valued. This is what makes the charity a success. 

Last month my mum and I was helping in the office at the charity and the phone calls the workers handled were incredible.  People wanted to donate in their will,  donate goods,  donate money and even donate their time.  People are literally banging on their doors to help.  This is fantastic. 

It’s not all like this. 

Unfortunately not all charities get this and do not engage their supporters which is a massive shame as they are missing a trick. Not all supporters can climb mountains and run marathons. We all have different skills which can be extremely useful and these should be explored. 

Onwards and upwards.

I look forward to helping out in 2017 and giving back to the very people who have saved my life.