#EmptyShelf17 39 I thought there would be cake by @kwelbyroberts

A short book, but I've been reading it in bits and pieces - a lovely companion for a difficult journey. I Thought There Would Be Cake by Katharine Welby-Roberts My rating: 5 of 5 stars I started reading this before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, and have finished it the week after surgery. It's been a beautifully gentle book that I've carried along to several sessions sat in a waiting room! I've followed Katharine's…

[MEDIA] Understanding social media terms & conditions with @UCBNewsTeam

This morning I had a chat with UCB Radio, in response to the story that Anne Longfield, the Children's Commissioner, has been pushing the social media companies to make their terms and conditions a lot clearer, in order to help users (including children) understand better what is happening with their data. A new jargon-busting guide's being given to schools - to help children understand terms and conditions on social media sites, because of concerns kids don't…

#EmptyShelf17 #32-38 – Mostly to do with #BreastCancer

It's been a long week since my last post when I was trying to distract myself from the thought of surgery the next day! I didn't get through that next day without tears, but I did get through it! Very early start, lots of questions, tests, lovely gown, etc. but once the anaesthetist finally found a vein (yes, they are that bad) I don't remember anything else until someone said a gentle 'hello' to my…

[CANCER] Waiting for Surgery #BreastCancer

So, I'm sat in bed, with the alarm set for 5.30am, with a need to be at the hospital for 6.30am, praying that I am first on the surgeon's list tomorrow and honestly, just praying that I wake up at the other end of it, minus the cancerous lump that has become a bit painful to-be-honest. I don't know how much I'm going to blog about this, but sometimes I clearly will - it's part…

[CANCER] Breasts, boobs, whatever, do I really need to talk about them? #BreastCancer

Unfortunately for me, who's quite happy not to draw attention to mine, I have spent much of the last few weeks with mine being poked, prodded, examined, mammogramed, ultrasounded, biopsied, and otherwise examined... and next week I will become a 'uni-boober', with my entire left breast and lymph nodes being removed in surgery at Stepping Hill Hospital. Once I got over the initial shock, I have developed quite a sense of black humour about various…