Category Archive: Personal Reflections

Sometimes there are just no words…

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Many people struggle with what to say to a person who has been newly diagnosed with cancer. In fact that person may quickly become a magnet for platitudes! Things such as “sure anyone… Continue reading

After treatment ends, real healing begins

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I have written many times of my belief that the real healing work of cancer begins after treatment ends. Cancer strikes a severe blow at our sense of self and our sense of… Continue reading

Doodling

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    There are many ways in which we learn to cope with the stresses and anxieties of cancer or indeed any serious disease. Some people find journalling helps, others art or meditation.… Continue reading

The language of cancer

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Recently I attended the Irish Cancer Society Cancer Support Conference where the key-note address was given by inspirational speaker, Chris Moon. Chris, who is a double amputee and former army officer discussed the best way… Continue reading

Dealing with the fear of cancer recurrence

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Today I had my annual check up at St Lukes’ Hospital. I always feel apprehensive when I enter the doors of the hospital, sit in the waiting area and finally sit on that hospital bed, waiting… Continue reading

‘Cancer Tales’

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Cancer Tales, a play by acclaimed British author, Nell Dunn, which was inspired by the moving tales of five women whose lives were touched by cancer, will receive its Irish premiere at the… Continue reading

When cancer treatment ends

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It’s hard for those of us who have undergone treatment for any kind of cancer to trust that our cancer is truly gone, even if that is what the doctor has just told us.   When treatment ends, you… Continue reading