Getting Away From Cancer

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Huh! If only! Cancer is just there every second of every day. Whether you’re at work, shopping, exercising, or even enjoying yourself with friends and family, the Big C hovers, dancing around you, whispering its … Read the rest

Coping with Hair Loss

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Hair loss and cancer appear to go hand in hand, particularly when the patient is going through chemotherapy. In fact, it’s usually expected.

Here in the UK, the standard, first line treatment for cholangiocarcinoma … Read the rest

Accepting but then Letting Go of Fear

Last week, I received the results from my latest CT scan. As I mentioned in my previous post, this scan, which was originally scheduled for September, was brought forward after a rise in my … Read the rest

New Campaign to Raise Awareness of Bile Duct Cancer

Today, it has come to my attention that there is a petition to raise awareness of Cholangiocarcinoma. Currently, the UK government has said there are no plans to run such a campaign.

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Unexpected Fear

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Recently, I’ve had a pretty good run of it all. Great response to my new treatment, Pemigatinib, resulting in really encouraging scan results showing shrinkage on all tumours, with some in my lungs, going … Read the rest

Cancerversary – 1 Year Living with Cholangiocarcinoma

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Today is as significant to me as so many other important dates each year.

Today marks 1 year since I was diagnosed with stage 3 bile duct cancer, also called Cholangiocarcinoma.

The start of … Read the rest

Cancer and Pain

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Pain with a cancer diagnosis is just expected and accepted. After death itself, the pain was the main fear I felt after my diagnosis. Due to the pain, I was experiencing at the time … Read the rest

Meditation – The Strength I Found From Being Calm

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There have been many changes I put in place in order to give myself the best chance of improving my health and overcoming the dire prognosis given when diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma, the majority of … Read the rest

Finding My Life

This simple statement I recently read, really resonated with me.

The truth is, I HAVE lost the life I had.

Cancer changes you. Facing your own mortality changes you and life can never be the same as it was before.… Read the rest

Food Win

Had a go at one of those trendy “buddha bowls” everyone’s been showing off on social media (including me now)…proper nice!

Eating when you have cancer can be tricky. My own appetite, whether through the illness itself, treatment or stress, … Read the rest