[CANCER] Celebrating your birthday whilst having #Chemotherapy #BreastCancer #LoveTheNHS

This cancer 'experience' continued with an 'opportunity' to have cancer on my birthday ... but although, as with most of this treatment, I feel a bit like I'm watching from above... it managed to be a very pleasant day! My (2nd cousin, or 1st once removed) Izzy (and we were pen-friends for years) arrived the evening before and we went out to A Tavola, and had a lovely meal (very grateful that I've not lost…

[CANCER] Five weeks of Paclitaxel Down #BreastCancer

So, we're over halfway through the Paclitaxel ... five down, four more to go (including, hurrah, birthday chemo this coming Friday... hopefully buying myself many future years!). Getting increasingly tired now, although still seeking to maintime some kind of social life... The main side effects of this drug are in many ways better than EC (which was particularly notable for dizziness/nausea for at least the first week), are fatigue, random body aches and pains, serious…

[CANCER] Surviving #Chemo3 #BreastCancer

So, last time I wrote about the exciting topic of cancer, it was New Year's Eve, and I was preparing to snuggle up and see the New Year in from bed... and had some great company for New Year's Day, whilst the antibiotics continued to work on my ear infection (still got cracking and whooshing going on :-(): Lovely to have friends join me on a #newyearsday walk. #freshair #reddish #manchester #stockport A post shared…

[CANCER] (Not) Driving Home for Christmas #BreastCancer #Chemotherapy #JoinIn

So, here we are, Christmas Eve, and I am snuggled up on the sofa, having completed #Chemo2 on Friday. Last time I really blogged about cancer it was a week on from #Chemo1, I 'returned to work' 12th December, and managed to sign off a book chapter re 'Digital Culture' for Pastoral Challenges and Concerns: A Christian Handbook for Leaders, which hopefully will be out in the spring, pre-recorded for UCB Radio on group action on…

[CANCER] A week on from #Chemo1, #BreastCancer

In a week when all the Facebook 'your last 365 days' (ahem, the year hasn't finished yet) videos are circulating, it's noticeable that sometimes the cheerful and congratulatory tone of social media doesn't quite work! This Swarm check-in from today cheerfully tells me that I've been in hospitals for at least '3 straight weeks', yeah cheers - I know that this time last week I was home from my first EC-Chemotherapy session! I can live…