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Locked into Life

“Jane, your life isn't worth living.” It was not a comment but a statement by my cousin. It was Boxing Day and the family were gathered at my aunt's in England. My back was particularly bad after the flight and … Continue reading

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What to Say When….

No one knows what to say. I don't when I meet someone like me. Cancer isn't a convivial topic and my mood is assumed to be depressed. When in fact, I would rather you said, “Oh, shit!” And gave me … Continue reading

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The Hand of God

  And I said to the man who stood at the gate of the year: “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.” And he replied: “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into … Continue reading

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Lines and Squares

Whenever I walk in a London street, I'm ever so careful to watch my feet; And I keep in the squares, And the masses of bears, Who wait at the corners all ready to eat The sillies who tread on … Continue reading

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Walking Tall

Could see right from the start that attitude is a major part of how I go forward. Research shows that “difficult” patients survive longer than “compliant” ones. Even to the extent that UK's poor cancer survival figures are in part … Continue reading

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The First Day of the Rest of my Life

Idly scrolling through Facebook. We are both flat and tired today. Then I clicked on the most delightful video of five-year-old Rilee Thorber dancing to raise awareness of dwarfism. She is so joyful, I smile along with her and realize … Continue reading

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Diagnosis Day

The cancer clinic is cheerful – if you can get over the name everywhere. I can see the point of euphemism. We wait till about 10.30 – sealed windows and stale air. I long for a breeze and birdsong. In … Continue reading

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