[CHARITY/CANCER] Partaking in the #Swimathon with @mmu_business staff

As I've written on the page, which is for all of our friends to sponsor us: Cancer has truly got in the way of my life since August 2017, when I was diagnosed with aggressive breast cancer. After going through surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and hormone therapy (documented on https://drbexl.co.uk/category/cancer/), I hoped that the 'cancer treadmill' was flattening out. My colleagues and I, lecturers in digital marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University, therefore signed up to participate in…

[CANCER] Feeling all the Feels? #BreastCancer #BusyLivingWithMets

So, it's been four days since the diagnosis. Overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from others, and the anger that others have AT cancer on my behalf, those not expecting too many replies, take time to read the blog, etc. I found it quite interesting that this time round, unlike the primary diagnosis, people knew that I was in the waiting room, and the lack of post gave a lot away before I…

[CANCER] Health & Wellbeing Event @TheChristieNHS

Today, I made it to a really helpful event at the Christie. Yesterday, I'd decided not to go (waiting for scan/results is exhausting, keeping yourself 'up'), then woke up this morning thinking, this is probably exactly what I need. I was largely going because I'm hoping that our team will be funded for Macmillan research into social media/cancer, and I wanted to see the level at which dissemination took place. I found the event a…

#EmptyShelf18 October Reads

I've been reading some good books this month: F*** You Cancer: How to face the big C, live your life and still be yourself by Deborah James My rating: 5 of 5 stars Along with Tea and Chemo, this is probably going to be a book I’ll recommend to a whole lot of people (undergoing treatment or friends with those who do). I’ve read this book in 2 sittings whilst trying to deal with fatigue…

[CANCER] Urban Axe Throwing with @WhistlePunksUK, courtesy of @ElliesFriends

When cancer strikes, it's pretty rubbish, and your life can become absorbed by medical appointments, a fear of the future - often combined with a desire to cram in as many experiences as possible as life feels more precious and there 'to be lived'. Many charities help with all kinds of aspects of cancer, but, along with the Willow Foundation (for 40 & under), and The Honey Rose Foundation, Ellie's Friends is one that I've…