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Moving from being cancer sufferer to survivor

It is now a year since my six months of post-operation chemotherapy finally drew to a close and I moved from fighting bowel cancer medically to dealing with the after-effects mentally. So many medical procedures took place during my first year fighting cancer – 2015 – that it came as both a shock and pleasant […]

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You are not alone: life after cancer

Coping with life after cancer can be tougher than you’d think. But you no longer have to face it alone. For the medical world now realises that many people often struggle to cope with the emotional fallout of cancer, whether months or years after treatment has ended. It used to be assumed that the end […]

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Hernia setback to recovery plans

When I left you last time, I had some ‘stop-press’ news that I would be going back into hospital for an operation to sort out a hernia. But I never imagined that I’d be back in the same bed in the same ward at James Cook University Hospital exactly seven weeks after my bowel cancer […]

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Why April is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

When you’ve just found out you’ve got bowel cancer, I’m not sure you really want to be told that it is the UK’s second biggest cancer killer and that someone dies from it every half an hour. But that’s the startling fact and why April has been designated Bowel Cancer Awareness Month. Talking about any […]

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Discovering you have got cancer

Towards the end of 2014, I discovered I had joined the growing number of people in the UK with cancer. That number is likely to hit the 2.5 million mark this year, up 400,000 from five years ago, or so I read in The Guardian on 6 January while waiting for my second dose of […]

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