17. Chemotherapy – the history, the science and the wild claims

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


16. My secret

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


15. Treatment begins

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


14. Merhaba Istanbul!

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!


12. A message of thanks

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


11. Scan results

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

Blog, Rants

10. Scan time…

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…


9. Alternative Treatments

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


7. Rants: What not to say to someone with cancer

This post is part of a new section on my blog called Rants. It is where I get to have a rant about all the things that have pissed me off on this journey. And I love a good rant, don't you? Things I will be getting off my chest... 5 year survival rates, cannabis… Continue reading 7. Rants: What not to say to someone with cancer


6. Diet: Part I – The early days

There are a lot diets out there claiming to be the best for healing cancer. And I would dabble with them all. I started with the alkaline diet, went to keto, vegan, raw, juicing, back to keto, back to alkaline. Tom gave me some really good advice which was not to get obsessed with the… Continue reading 6. Diet: Part I – The early days