Category Archive: Personal Reflections

And so the journey began

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How suddenly life can change. How illusory that feeling of control over our lives…. As you can see, I am in a reflective mood this week, as I remember the strange limbo I found… Continue reading

What is a winner?

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Now that the blog contest is over and I came 2nd, it’s time to reflect on what I’ve learned about myself. I didn’t enter this competition to win; I entered it for fun and… Continue reading

Lance Armstrong: Every Second Counts

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I have just finished reading Lance Armstrong’s Every Second Counts.  While the book is primarily about his preparation for what would prove to be his second consecutive Tour de France victory in 2000,… Continue reading

Remembering Jenny

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Most of you won’t know of my friend Jenny, but you will know of someone like her, and so I dedicate this post to all the Jennys we have known and loved and lost to… Continue reading

Extra-ordinary women battling cancer

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The documentary Farrah’s Story finally made it to Irish TV the other night and I was incredibly moved watching Farrah’s struggle to beat cancer. As I watched Farrah fly back and forth between the US and Germany for… Continue reading

Survivor guilt

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You would think that surviving cancer would be like holding a winning lottery ticket. After all, you’ve “beaten death” haven’t you? You get to live. You should be elated but it doesn’t always… Continue reading

Finding the career that’s right for you

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Earlier this week, I wrote about my feelings and emotions when it came time for me to return to work, following almost a year of sick leave for breast cancer treatment. It doesn’t… Continue reading

Sights, sounds and memories

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Back in March, I wrote about my annual check-up and the inevitable fears and worries that day can bring. I wrote also about the power of the sights and smells of the hospital to bring… Continue reading

When cancer doesn’t make you brave

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A piece written on the honest cancer blog last month caught my eye, as it echoed a piece I also posted in April about societal expectations of cancer patients to be upbeat, stoic and positive… Continue reading

Managing fear of recurrence

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I have written about managing the fear of recurrence here before and of how it is most potent when it is time for my annual follow up with the hospital.  The shock of that day… Continue reading