The Big C – my journey and how life is now

This is not doom and gloom but I wanted to add a page about my personal journey with Cancer and encourage everyone who reads my blog to share their stories.   I believe that is very powerful not only to share but listen/hear other peoples stories and together learn.

From May 2014 to September 2014, I was the sole carer of my mother as she fort her battle with pancreatic and liver cancer which sadly she didn’t manage to fight.   But, through my blog, I found a voice and it meant I could share my feelings.  As a carer sometimes you do not have a voice but please know that their are charities who can support you, such as Maggie’s.

Then in November 2015, it was my turn and I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, Stage 4. It certainly was not always easy, a bit like a roller coaster but they got it and I finished all treatment in April 2017 and its now about staying focused and walking away from stress.

I did the Royal Marsden half marathon in March 2017 and was really amazed as I managed to do the 14 miles in 4 hours not bad and raise over £1.500.

In March 2017, I started to volunteer at the RMH Chelsea and it did not take long for me to get settled.   its a strange feeling and something you do hear around the hospital, as I feel at home, and hope that my warmth and presence can give patients the peace of mind that the volunteers and staff ‘the team’ gave me.   So, I do Meet & Greet, water in Outpatients and you may see me in the shop or even in the cafe,  some days I feel like I live their.  Now eighteen months later, I am the Meet & Greet Coordinator.

I am very excited as I have been asked by Maggie’s to chair the committee for them as been awarded the charity of the year 2019 for BADA, so watch this space for more news.

I continue to raise awareness for people and feel inspired by all the people I meet.