[CANCER] Completing the @MaggiesCentres ‘Living with Stress’ Course

So, yesterday I finished a 6-week course at Maggie's on 'managing stress'. The course is designed for those who have had a diagnosis of cancer (or those close to them), as diagnosis, surgery, treatments, and ongoing treatment are all 'difficult and testing times' - leading to extra stress, intense emotion, tiredness and irritability:   Week 1: Stress and Breathing We talked about theories around stress, and the fact that cancer leaves you at a 'higher…

[CANCER] Lymphoedema Appointment

So, this morning it was time for another appointment, this time to sort out my lymphedema/lymphoedema (apparently the first is America, the second the English spelling - my phone as decided it recognises the former!):   View this post on Instagram   It’s #waitingroomfeet to sort the Lymphedema ... A post shared by Bex Lewis (@drbexl) on Oct 28, 2019 at 3:10am PDT The breast unit has only just moved to The Nightingale Centre, and this…

[CANCER] Developing Lymphoedema/Lymphedema

So, all our bodies have a lymphatic system, draining all 'the nasties' out: 5/32 of my lymph nodes, however, were already infected with cancer at my mastectomy, so they removed all of the ones on my left side (leaving no lymphatic system on that side). This left me at a 25-30% risk of developing lymphoedema (various people seem to spell this different ways). For the last few weeks I have felt pain in the back…
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