Well hello! This is my very first blog post and I'm a bit nervous about putting myself out there. Why am I doing it you may ask!? I have a few reasons really. I want to document my healing journey for myself. I want to share it with family and friends (I haven't been able… Continue reading Introduction
Believe it or not, the very first chemotherapy drug came from mustard gas used in world-war II. The US army employed two pharmacologists to find some use for a surplus of mustard gas after the Geneva Protocol banned its use. When its chemical formula was changed to make it nitrogen mustard, it was found to… Continue reading 17. Chemotherapy – the history, the science and the wild claims
Anyone who has been close to me for the past 10 months knows already what my secret is. And anyone who hasn't been so close, well I'm sorry that you don't know yet, and that might have caused you some worry, or so people keep telling me! It might have made you wonder if I'm… Continue reading 16. My secret
For the first time this week, since all of this happened almost 10 months ago, I thought why me? I am finally feeling sorry for myself. It’s so unfair. I don’t want to be going through this. And by going through this, I mean the treatment part. It’s so harsh on my body. Everything I’ve… Continue reading 15. Treatment begins
After a manic few days of organising the trip, getting packed and saying goodbye to all the family, friends and neighbours, we have finally arrived. And we’re both wrecked! Had a little snooze on the plane but I’ll be in bed early tonight. I’m fasting from 6pm for my PET scan in the morning. When… Continue reading 14. Merhaba Istanbul!
Hectic few days here in Strokestown, it’s all so last minute. I’ll be able to catch my breath once we get on the plane! Packing up the last few bits this morning. Had a lovely day yesterday seeing family and friends. More of the same today, so many people want to come wave us off.… Continue reading 13. The plan in Istanbul, where the money is going and my incredible community.
I am overwhelmed to say the least with the outpouring of love and support I’m receiving at the moment. It is making me very emotional to see all of the messages and I’m finding it hard to keep on top of replies but if I haven’t gotten back to you, I will soon, I promise!… Continue reading 12. A message of thanks
My heart was heavy last week. I got the call Wednesday to go in for my scan results. I knew it wasn't going to be good. They rang me 2 days after I had my CT scan, any other time I've returned for results has been a week later. I managed to change hospital and… Continue reading 11. Scan results
This one is short and eh, not so sweet kind of rant... It’s scan time and I’m waiting on results of a CT I had in Dublin yesterday. That means anxiety, worry, doubt, fear... It’s the time where I distrust myself and my choices the most and the ice queen's words swirl around my head…… Continue reading 10. Scan time…
I’ve had a busy couple of weeks since my last post. I ended up in A&E the bank holiday weekend just gone with a pain under my arm/chest area. It was on the opposite side of my body to where my tumours are but when you have cancer, every ache and pain is more cancer.… Continue reading 9. Alternative Treatments
Chocolate fudge ice cream with peanut butter, maple syrup and roast peanuts. This recipe is so easy and pretty healthy considering how rich and creamy it tastes! It’s carb heavy (bananas and dates) which means its sugar heavy but… it’s all natural organic ingredients. Even though I try to keep my diet low in carbs… Continue reading Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream