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Sunday, 31 December 2017

Happy New Year!

We're around ninety minutes into 2018 here in the UK and I hope you've all had a good start to this new year. Wherever you are in the world, may 2018 be happy for you.

Love Rose x

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Christmas: The Dreaded C Word?

So here we are in December and hurtling rapidly towards Christmas Day which is now less than a week away.

Christmas can be a difficult time of year for many, triggering feelings of loneliness and loss; and it's not only cancer patients who might struggle during the festive season. Anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, experiencing a relationship break up or going through any serious illness, can find this time of year exhausting and overwhelming.

Sometimes it's the opposite of loneliness that worries us at this time of year. Do you dread the annual visit of that one relative who finds fault with whatever you do no matter how hard you try? Or does sibling rivalry rear its ugly head when you're cooped up with your loved ones for hours on end?

Maybe your Christmas concerns are altogether different. Perhaps you spend the time worrying because you've maxed out your credit card trying to make sure everyone has a good time, but you wonder how you'll pay off the bills at the end of it all.

There's no doubt that Christmas can be an incredibly challenging time of year for many, while others approach it with good humour. Only yesterday my yoga instructor commented that she hasn't put up Christmas decorations this year because they only gather dust before having to be taken down again!

For me, Christmas is a quiet, peaceful time spent with immediate family. This will be my eighth Christmas post-cancer and I'm grateful to have survived yet another year. It's another milestone reached.

Whatever Christmas means to you, whether you celebrate or not, have a safe and happy time this December.

Love Rose x

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Monday, 18 September 2017

Wise Up To Womb Cancer.

We're over halfway through Womb Cancer Awareness Month / Gynae Cancer Awareness Month and here's another reminder of symptoms to look out for that might be a sign of womb cancer:

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Thanks to Action on Womb Cancer for sharing this poster. 

Love Rose x

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Friday, 25 August 2017

Signs and Symptoms of Womb Cancer.

As we move ever closer to Womb Cancer Awareness Month and Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month in September, the most important message is to be aware of womb cancer all year round. 

Womb cancer is different from cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, vaginal cancer or vulval cancer. The following Action on Womb Cancer leaflet tells us what signs and symptoms to look out for to help diagnose possible womb cancer early:

If you have any symptoms you are unsure about please see your GP / medical practitioner.

Unlike cervical cancer, there is no official screening program for womb cancer, therefore, it is vital to be your own health advocate.

Love Rose x

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Sunday, 6 August 2017

Womb Cancer Awareness Month Starts September 1st.

Today's blog piece is from Debra, Founder of online advice and support service Womb Cancer Info, also Co-Founder of UK charity Action on Womb Cancer:

'September is - among other things - Womb Cancer Awareness Month. And it's approaching fast.

Womb cancer is uterine cancer is endometrial cancer. It's the most common gynaecological cancer, with around 9000 women in the UK diagnosed each year and roughly twice as many deaths as from cervical cancer - so around 2000 annually - therefore it pays to be aware of womb cancer all year round and not just for September.

When diagnosed early, womb cancer has a good prognosis. The most common form is endometrial adenocarcinoma which tends to present with abnormal vaginal bleeding. This can be anything from occasional spotting to unusually heavy bleeding, so it's important to take notice of changes and - most important of all - to act on those changes by seeing your GP about them. Be your own health advocate. It's your body, you know it best! 

And share. Yes, share!

Womb cancer isn't widely known about or talked about, and nor is it screened for. Only by letting women know this cancer exists, and by raising awareness of potential signs and symptoms, can we help push for early diagnosis and a good outcome for as many women as possible.'

So remember to raise awareness of womb cancer whenever and wherever you can to help save women's lives.

Love Rose x

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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Kieran Maxwell's Legacy

Back in 2012 I wrote about Kieran Maxwell who had been diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma in 2010. Sadly, Kieran died on Friday 23rd June at the age of eighteen.

You can support ongoing fundraising for research into Ewing's sarcoma and all childhood cancers at:

My sincerest condolences go to all of Kieran's family and friends.

Love Rose x

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