Patricia Brown Clinic

'LIFE' Blog

'LIFE' Blog

This blog feautures our 'Wedding' category with lots of information relating to weddings, wedding make up ideas and some advice for a stress free wedding morning.

The 'Cancer and Me' blog talks about cancer related issues and my personal experience, positive thinking and the Paxman Cooling System. Hopefully it can give a different perspective to cancer and take some of the fear away. I'd like to take the chance to say to one of my main chemo nurses 'my little micky' (you will know who you are)   :)   who was the first to suggest that I should do a positive blog, hope I make you proud xxxx

Hope you enjoy and please share with your friends and family on social media to try raise awareness. Thank you xxxx

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Handling Chemo- Your Emotional Wellbeing

Posted on May 29, 2016 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (7635)

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 (1352)

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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The Morning After The Day Before

Posted on May 29, 2016 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (280)

The morning after chemo is a little bit like waking up the morning after you have had too much to drink the night before, having been off the booze for awhile this is just a distant memory to me, but you never forget that feeling. You wake up, slowly open your eyes, your brain knows you were doing things that you could be suffering for but for those first few seconds you feel fine, then you start to assess how you feel. If its alcohol related you probably feel fine for those first few seconds...

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Where The Enemy Becomes The Friend

Posted on May 28, 2016 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (164)

Ok, so I might of walked into the hospital feeling quite confident, but inside to put it politely, you are pooping it! This gets 10 times worse when you sit in the chemo chair, at least they are comfortable. All chemo wards will be slightly different but on my hospital's chemo ward, it was a large, bright room with different sections named pods. These were just a number of chairs set out in different areas. For the patient you have a large blue leather recliner chair, a table and a spare chai...

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'Twas The Night Before'....Chemo

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 11:55 AM Comments comments (248)

Ok, so not quite like the night before Christmas! But I suppose its like the nervous/excited feeling you get when your a child on Christmas eve, only without the excitement! The time leading up to your first chemotherapy treatment, is a strange time, from my results appointment I had about 13 days until my first chemo, I had been put on a course of steroids, which work wonders and they had given me a boost and beside the stage 2 cancer, large mass in my chest, I felt, well, good actually. We ...

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The 'It Is' Appointment

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (30)

August the 12th was here, my mum's birthday and official results day. For this appointment I was in the cancer centre, this was the part I was dreading most walking into the cancer centre, stupid really but I felt this would brand me a 'cancer patient' and of course I didn't know what to expect. I had never been on to a chemo ward before, all I knew was what I had seen on the tv or read about. What did I expect to see? People looking awfully ill, no hair, your imagination runs wild and you pi...

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The 'Happy' Biopsy

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Friday 7th August was the day of the biopsy, where I was to have a small operation to remove a lymph node or two in my neck to confirm which cancer we were dealing with. I even got the choice of which side I wanted it taking from, left or right. Like a lucky dip really, eeeny-miney-mo, I mean really how do you decide? But I went for the left, this side was particularly lumpy and I hated the feel of this one lump that seemed to stick out of another, so I didn't mind that been whipped out, it h...

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The 'It Probably Is' Appointment

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

So, the day came when little medic phobic me had to step foot into the hospital again. This time it was to meet my consultant, it was at the haematology department in the hospital. I have to say, my consultant was amazing, I obviously cannot thank him enough, a job well done after all in treating me, but he truly was brilliant. He asked me all the questions on how I'd been feeling etc, I did a little more beating around the bush, think I told him about the tree planting incident and the stero...

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Strawberries, Cancer and Big Macs

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

It had been a few days since my CT scan and I'd heard nothing, which you think is going to be a good thing, well you hope. My asthma had flared up and the wheezing was starting, I've left my asthma before thinking it would get better, but learnt the lesson a few times the hard way that it doesn't, so I booked an appointment with the nurse, it was booked for 2:45, funny how you remember. It was a lovely sunny day and I distinctly remember sitting outside in the garden before leaving for the a...

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The CT scan and I Am NOT Having Iodine

Posted on May 14, 2016 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

C.T scan day had arrived, I have said in a previous post that I aren't here to teach or preach, but here is a valuable life lesson, never try to fake an Iodine allergy, one its a waste of people's time, two its simply not a good idea, and three you've got no chance of pulling it off! Although if you have, please let me know how you did it :) just joking.

As you now know, I had big time medical phobia so the CT scan was my first dipping the toe in of the hospital world water and ...

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