Breast cancer, single bald female

My debut novel: Single Bald Female

I am so excited to finally share some good news in what has been a Pretty Terrible Year. My debut novel, SINGLE BALD FEMALE, will be published in Spring 2022!

As many of you will know, I started writing this book more than five years ago and it’s been an absolute labour of love, so I can’t tell you how pleased I am to finally put it out in the world.

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Breast cancer, Cancer, Careers, UK, Women's Health

Seven years on – why it’s okay to quit

One of the phrases most commonly associated with cancer is ‘life’s too short’. Then there’s ‘live every day as if it’s your last,’ ‘appreciate the little things’ and ‘what would you do if you weren’t afraid?’ While I absolutely agree with all of the above, I think that anyone who is living with, or has had, cancer will tell you that in practice they aren’t always possible. Continue reading

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Breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness, Cancer, Chemo Brain, Depression, Emotional Health, Guilt, Hair loss, Hair regrowth, Health, Manchester, MRI, Periods, Tamoxifen, UK, Women's Health

Six years on: tamoxifen, guilt and life after cancer

Today marks six years since I was diagnosed with breast cancer and I’m not quite sure how to sum up everything that’s happened in the last 24 hours, let alone the last year or six years. So here’s a list, in no particular order, of random thoughts and people who have inspired me. Continue reading

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BCSM, Breast cancer, Cancer, MRI, Periods, UK, Uncategorized

Five Years On

Today marks the day that, five years ago, I entered St. Vincent’s Hospital completely oblivious about the state of my health and left with the news that I had cancer. It was a day that would change my life in so many ways, not so much because of the horrors the illness would bring for me but because of the wonderful people I would meet because of it, and those I would lose along the way. Continue reading

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BCSM, Breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness, Cancer, Coppafeel!, Health, HuffPost, Humor, Humour, Running, UK, Women's Health

Five Reasons Why I’m Trekking Across Iceland for CoppaFeel

In August, I’m trekking 60km across Iceland (the country, not the supermarket) to raise money for a small but perfectly formed charity named CoppaFeel! Despite the daunting prospect of sore knees, blisters, sleep deprivation from the four hours of nightly darkness and the small matter of raising £2,695, I’m up for the challenge.  Continue reading

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BCSM, Breast cancer, Cancer

Three years later, operation No. 2 is done

And so it was that almost three years to the day of my original surgery, I found myself going under the knife again. This time it was to remove a cyst that emerged after my original operation in June 2012 and recently got infected. So, no biggie. However, as with anything in the world of boobs, hospitals and health, it was not without its fair share of drama. Continue reading

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Baldness, BCSM, Breast cancer, Cancer, Chemotherapy, Hair loss, Hair regrowth, Health, MRI, UK, Women's Health

Two years on and still nothing sinister

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So this photo popped up on my Facebook feed the other day.

There’s nothing like Facebook to give you that big surprise surge of emotions with a visual image – whether it’s a photo of your ex on his wedding day or a school photo of you with pudding-bowl hair circa 1990 that someone has recovered from their parents’ house. Or, in my case, a pic of you larking about in a photo booth mid-chemo with a completely bald head and some ill-informed eyebrow pencillage. Continue reading

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Baldness, BCSM, Breast cancer, Cancer, Chemotherapy, Hair loss, Hair regrowth, HuffPost, UK, Wigs, Women's Health

HuffPost: Timelapse Video of 18 Months of Hair Growth After Chemo

Hair growth June 2014I haven’t written anything on this blog since February, which is due to a combination of having just completed a Masters degree in nine months and starting a new job immediately after, and – more importantly – having no cancer news to report. Continue reading

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