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'LIFE' Blog

'LIFE' Blog

Remission Days

Posted on September 2, 2017 at 7:00 PM Comments comments (886)

I thought I would get this blog post done a few weeks after finishing treatment, this was the post I was waiting for, the 'I Did It' post. But when I'm actually writing this is now sometime after chemo finished, its well over a year and a half ago.

I had my last chemo on the 28th January 2016, that 12th one had finally been and gone. You walk away with a strange mix of feelings, I was ready for the end of treatment, I was tired of the whole chemo procedure, tired of having needles and ...

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Tangle Teezer, A Girl's Best Friend

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (434)

As a thank you to Tangle Teezer for the lovely products they sent me and for offering to retweet my Paxman Pioneer story, I thought I'd tell my own little Tangle Teezer story...

Tangle Teezer, you have been in my life now for years. Our journey started one Christmas morning when you were there waiting under the Christmas tree, you were one of the presents I couldn't wait to try. Your box promised miracles for those of the unruly hair, the answer to unmanageable hair but would you live u...

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Chemo Brain

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (566)

Yes it really is a side effect, not just something we make up to justify when we make no sense! Chemo Brain is a change in memory, concentration and how we think, which people link to chemotherapy, breast cancer patients were the first to report this problem which they believed to be linked to chemotherapy. These changes are called Chemo Brain or Chemo Fog, or if you want to get technical, Mild Cognitive Impairment or Cognitive Dysfunction. Put simply, its how our brain processes information ...

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Crazy Chemo Food Cravings

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 3:40 PM Comments comments (438)

Yes believe it or not, chemo results in food cravings, very strange ones too. You would think the thing that we all believe to make you feel really sick would send you off food, but even people I know who have had sickness have still experienced the weird world of chemo food cravings.

As I've said in an earlier post, my first chemo led to a craving for curry, anything spicy but preferably a Jalfrezi Curry microwave meal, a tinned one was ok as a back up. I think this was physio...

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Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Posted on June 11, 2016 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (1388)

Hodgkin's Lymphoma is a form of cancer that develops in the Lymphatic System. It is also sometimes referred to as the 'young person's cancer' as it most commonly occurs in the 15-30 age group and then the over 70's. Statistics say around 1,900 people will develop Hodgkin's Lymphoma a year. Hodgkin's is a different form of cancer to Non-Hodgkin's. In Hodgkin's Lymphoma the B-Lymphocytes (white cells) start to multiply in an abnormal way and begin to collect in certain parts of the Lymphatic sy...

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A Little Perspective...

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (496)

On my first chemo session, a man sat in the chair next to me. We were two completely different people, different lives, he was older, retirement age I would think, me only in my 20's. But we had one thing in common, it was my first chemo and it was also his. My first treatment is a little bit of a blur, I remember saying hello to him. I was set up first, he was probably left slightly traumatised by me. I get louder and more talkative when I'm nervous so he had full brunt of it been next to me...

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Cold Cap Hair Guide

Posted on May 31, 2016 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (7038)

With the type of chemo I had, I would of 100% lost my hair had it not been for using the Paxman Cold Cap. I was so thankful to also experience zero hair loss, I know I owe this to the cold cap, but I have put together a little guide for cold cap users, as I think they all contributed to the fantastic results I had...

Before Treatment:

DO NOT CUT YOUR HAIR! I repeat DO NOT CUT YOUR HAIR! I wasn't told I had too, but I have heard that some people are told to cut thei...

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A Hair Story

Posted on May 30, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (566)

My hair, a story in itself. I was born with thick dark hair, that went a honey blonde as a toddler. Then as the years went by, my hair grew longer and thicker. I liked having long hair as a child, I would wear it down, get my mum to plait it at night so it would be curly the next day. Any photos of me as a child, first thing you spot is my huge hair! Then as I got closer to my teens I wanted to change it. This is the age, where you want to be the same as your friends, and things that are uniq...

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Handling Chemo- Your Emotional Wellbeing

Posted on May 29, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (5569)

To keep yourself at your physical best throughout chemo, it is important to try and keep a grip on your emotional wellbeing. It has been proven that a positive mental attitude helps in the cancer fight, you want to put all your energy in to beating the cancer, so don't allow your body to run on high stress levels as this will have a negative impact on your physical health. They are plenty of clichés when it comes to cancer and lots of people will be quick to tell you its a journey, its a...

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Handling Chemo- The Physical Side

Posted on May 29, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (941)

I wont go through each chemo treatment, one by one as saying as there was 12 of them it might get a little boring! As they were all pretty much the same, sit in a chair, cannula in (Eeeeek! Don't like it, don't like it, DON'T LIKE IT!!!!) cold cap on, 4 hours attached to the drip, cold cap off, cannula out (thank the lord), plaster on, a pink wee and home. See done in a sentence that is the reality of actual chemo, well mine anyway, please remember all chemos are different.


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