BRCA Genetic Testing for Cancer

Many people throughout their lives have encountered cancer. Whether that’s through having a friend or relative with cancer, or from having cancer themselves. For me, cancer has been a part of my life for over 20 years. My mum was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Mums initial symptoms arose whilst she was in her mid-forties. Symptoms consisted of bloating, and mum was told on more than occasion that it was just IBS, or wind. A few years later, mum had a scan which showed stage three cancer that had spread to her liver and bowel. Mum had chemotherapy, lost her hair… [Read More]

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Ovarian cancer is one of the most common types of cancer in women. It mainly affects women who have been through the menopause, but it can sometimes affect younger women. The symptoms of ovarian cancer aren’t always easy to recognise. Symptoms include: feeling constantly bloated a swollen tummy discomfort in your tummy or pelvic area feeling full quickly when eating needing to pee more often than normal Sadly, my mum died of ovarian cancer when she was just 50 years old. As March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, I wanted to help try to raise awareness of this, along with the symptoms… [Read More]

Envy

Photos of families on Facebook. Grandparents cuddling grandchildren. Mums like me, arm in arm with their mums walking down the street, chatting about their day and what they’re going to cook for dinner. Smiling, laughing, making memories. I envy you. Colleagues talking about their mums, their old bedrooms from when they were younger and reminiscing about times gone by. I envy you. Having lost mum many years ago, I can’t help but well up a little when I see other people with their mums, knowing that I’ll never have the chance to talk to mum again. Working in people’s homes,… [Read More]

The fading of time. A poignant post about losing mum to cancer and reflecting on memories that are fading all too fast…

May of this year marks 12 years since mums passing. She had ovarian cancer and died when she was just 50 years old. My sister and I were 18. It’s hard to think about what life would be like now if mum was still around. Actually, it’s pretty unbearable to think about. However I do often find myself thinking up things that I think we might have done together. We’d go shopping and try on ridiculous outfits then laugh at one another. We’d enjoy a spot of lunch and have a chat about our lives. I might even ask her… [Read More]

March is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

22nd May 2005. A date that will haunt me forever. The day that my sister and I lost our mum to ovarian cancer. The thing about ovarian cancer though, is that the date of her death isn’t the only date that haunts me. There where the days where we witnessed mum fragile and weak. The days where we witnessed her loosing her hair. The days where ovarian cancer showed itself in all of it’s brutal form as sickness and pain took over. Those days may haunt me, but it’s the days where mums strength and inner happiness shined through that… [Read More]

World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day. A day in which we can explore what we can do to reduce the global burden of cancer. My life has been affected by cancer. My sister and I lost our mum at the age of 50 to ovarian cancer. That was in 2005. 12 years ago and I still remember it vividly. It’s something that will never ever go away and it’s also one of my biggest fears. To get cancer and leave behind my children. My sister and I were only 18 when we lost our mum and it’s had such a huge… [Read More]

My Doodles has teamed up with Cancer Research UK

My Doodles recently announced that they are actively supporting and working with Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens to help fund kinder cures and treatments for young people facing cancer.  In order to raise awareness and to raise funds, the My Doodles designers have created some special products for Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens: the dragon and the unicorn. Available across a variety of products such as USB, headphones, and tablet cases, a minimum of 50 pence from each sale goes directly to Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens.   As part of the partnership, My Doodles has also… [Read More]

I’m scared I’ll forget mum

It’s 11.30pm. Everyone is in bed except me. I stayed up late to watch the end of a film, but now that’s finished I find my mind going into overdrive.  I’m not sure why now or what’s made me think of her, but I find myself thinking of my mum. I feel an urge to be close to her, but that’s impossible because she died almost 11 years ago.  I turn off the light in the living room, kitchen and bathroom, then head into the spare bedroom downstairs. I open my jewellery box and gaze at the unopened ring boxes… [Read More]

The glue that holds a family together

A mum is a person to be looked up to. A role model for her children to aspire to and also the glue that holds a family together.  A dad of course is also the glue that holds a family together, but when I lost my mum things changed in a big way and I didn’t like it. I still don’t like. We all seem to have drifted apart and are so busy with our own lives that we almost forget each other’s existence.  We lost mum over ten years ago now, so you’d think I’d be used to it… [Read More]

World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day. A day that I couldn’t let go by without writing about it. My sister and I lost our mum to ovarian cancer almost 11 years ago. I wrote a post not long ago about how I feel about it and how it still very much has an impact on my life now.  People say that it gets easier, but it doesn’t. It gets harder. Well, that’s my experience anyway. The primary objective of World Cancer Day is to get as many people as possible around the globe to talk about cancer today. It’s a truly… [Read More]