Funny beats fear

By on Aug 20, 2017 in Blog Posts, Cancer | 1 comment

Funny is the magic-potion that allows us up to stomp straight into the dragon’s den and look it boldly, unflinchingly right in the eye.

The downward trend

By on Aug 17, 2017 in Blog Posts, Cancer | 2 comments

“You were at 4600 before we started the treatment, then 4400 and now 4200.” She continues.
“That’s great!” I say, “Well done Josh! What’s the normal range?”
She pretends she hasn’t heard me…

A birthday wisher or a cancer carer? A meme watcher or a wheelchair pusher?

By on Aug 15, 2017 in Blog Posts, Cancer | 14 comments

Until this year cancer has always been a slightly sordid word for me. It got stuck in my mouth and came out muttered or garbled: Smmcanther. There’s a piece of me that still worries that either cancer or the misery it brings could be “catchy”.

My sugar coated, candy crusted, cancer fighting buddy

By on Jul 30, 2017 in Blog Posts, Cancer | 3 comments

Sugar has been on my mind. Truthfully, it often is. It’s been on my mind since Mum first handed me a Bootybag of chewy deliciousness to comfort me after a childhood tooth extraction. Through the pain and pleasures of puberty, love, childbirth, my career and now cancer, my sweet little friend has been there to ease my burden and celebrate my successes.

Is it OK to fight cancer?

By on Jul 25, 2017 in Blog Posts, Cancer | 5 comments

There was an article this week that seemed to get a lot of attention. The writer, Xeni Jardin, is someone who has been diagnosed with cancer. She made the case for stopping warlike language when talking about cancer.  Language like, “to fight cancer”.

And to that author I say ba-humbug!

Extraordinary ordinary people

By on Jul 23, 2017 in Blog Posts, Cancer | 3 comments

Josh and I watched the short, Love Actually 2, on Friday. In it Hugh Grant’s character says, “”I’m optimistic. Wherever you see tragedy you see bravery too. Where ever you see ordinary people in need, you see extraordinary ordinary people come to their aid.”  Cancer, it turns out, brings out the extraordinary.