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    The wall

    March 3, 2016

    Another day, and another person I know finds out they have cancer. It’s not surprising, I suppose – the statistics say that fifty per cent of us will now get it at some point during our lives. We’re living longer, we’re sedentary, we do all the wrong things for years and we’re fine and then suddenly – bam.  In my age group, people are going down like ninepins, all of a sudden, right now, and it’s scary. The latest friend…

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    Look Good, Feel Better

    I went to a lovely event the other day with a friend. It might seem strange to describe it as lovely, as the friend and I have both had cancer* and the event was…

    November 19, 2015
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    I’ll bear it in mind …

    I’ve just started a mindfulness course. For those who’ve been on Mars with Matt Damon, mindfulness is the new cure-all which is supposed to be more effective than anti-depressants, psychiatry and psychotherapy in controlling…

    October 15, 2015
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    Dimbleby Cancer Care

    Off to Guy’s Hospital again today but this time, my appointment wasn’t a horrible operation or a nasty or uncomfortable check-up. It was a lovely aromatherapy massage, courtesy of Dimbleby Cancer Care. I was…

    September 3, 2015
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    I’m so glad I live in England. I have a very funny friend who lives abroad – no prizes for guessing where – who tells me the only correct answer to the question ‘how…

    July 8, 2015
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    There’s been brilliant news in the last week or so for people with lung cancer and melanoma too – it seems as though the scientists have managed at last to stop cancer hiding in…

    June 1, 2015
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    I think it’s really important to keep trying to move forward. I want to get a lot of projects sorted out which will move me smoothly into the future, and out of a present…

    May 14, 2015
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    The Haven

    Now nobody snigger …. but I spent a day this week at a decluttering seminar. Anyone who knows me will appreciate the irony. I cannot bear piles of stuff around me and much prefer…

    May 2, 2015
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    I saw a friend today for the first time in a few months, and she was very apologetic about not ringing. ‘I knew you were having Troubles, and I didn’t like to intrude,’ she…

    April 21, 2015