Angelina Jolie – anyone can be affected by breast cancer
Debate rages on the internet following Angelina Jolie’s announcement that she has had a preventative double-mastectomy. Everyone, it seems, has an opinion. But where does this leave the person who really matters – the patient?
When serious illness strikes, we search for cures. It’s a perfectly sane reaction to a life-threatening situation. In fact, it may feel almost irresponsible not to do so. Unfortunately there are some people ready and willing to exploit our fear and desperation, whether it be for profit or personal aggrandisement. Others have more philanthropic motives but may be strongly influenced by their own personal belief system. Continue reading
A human fibroblast cell
In the past month research has been published that suggests that chemotherapy may cause cancers to return. The news is all over the internet, of course, and is presented differently by various groups according to their interests.
For several days I refused to read any of the articles. I don’t want to know about that, I thought. But this is important information, you have to read about it. Well, let me just say this: nobody HAS to read about anything if they don’t want to and no-one can make you. But this research Continue reading
Here is an update on Deepa’s story…
We went up to the hospital as the wig we had chosen had arrived. I had quite high expectations given all that we had discussed. I knew it would need to be thinned and shaped. Sean fitted it on to my head and I looked like… Myra Hindley! Continue reading
Tessa called me yesterday. “Tess, I’m at the checkout in Sainsbury’s. Can I call you back in five minutes?” And then I didn’t remember to call her until just now. This is not an isolated incident. I wander into rooms and wonder Continue reading