August 8, 2019

Writing or talking about the after-maths of cancer and how it affected our ability of having a family has been difficult, because it involves so many emotions. It feels like I am opening a Pandora’s Box, and I am not sure if I will be able to hold on to hope like Pando...

The topic of cancer is one that has left a personal mark on myself and my family. My aunt is currently dealing with the effects of a lifetime of smoking and has recently had her larynx removed due to recurrent throat cancer. My grandfather passed from colon cancer and...

July 14, 2018

I'm sure you will agree with me when I say that cancer leaves us with more than visible scars: it also leaves us with psychological scars. Today, however, I want to talk to you about the visible ones, as several types of cancer will involve surgery and leave us with ph...

March 24, 2018

Today’s blog is based on a lovely chat with Associate Professor André La Gerche, a cardiologist, exercise specialist and my colleague at the Baker Institute – if you haven’t started your chemo yet, you can join his clinical trial on breast cancer and exercise here. His...

August 1, 2017

Hello my chemo friends and sorry for my absence! Between organising our wedding, getting a puppy and moving houses, plus still working full-time and trying to live and enjoy a healthy cancer-free life, it has been busy here – but a ‘good’ busy as these were all excitin...

January 16, 2017

As a recent cancer survivor, I understand that from the day we are declared ‘cancer-free’ and don’t need any further treatment, all we want is to have our old ‘normal’ life back. But before you continue to read this blog, I need to make it clear that having our old lif...

August 22, 2016

When we are diagnosed with cancer, it takes a while for us to process everything that is happening. It might feel it is not real. I remember waking up several nights thinking I was having a nightmare. I would then reach for my (short or non-existent) hair or touch my b...

July 6, 2016

The night before my diagnosis, I remember crying a lot. I didn’t cry that night because I was afraid of being diagnosed cancer, nor because I thought I could die. I was devastated about the thought of losing my hair. I know it may sound silly for those who haven’t gone...

April 29, 2016

Today is a very special day for me. Exactly one year ago my life was completely changed as I was diagnosed with cancer. Last month I wrote about how I was told by the doctors in Australia that I had a large, but benign, cyst. My sister insisted that she didn’t like the...

April 11, 2016

We all have heard stress is bad for us. But what is stress? According to the Oxford dictionary, stress is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”. Why is stress bad for cancer patients? A recent research by M...

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