8 simple things that Golf and Cancer have in common

I am a survivor and I’m good at that I am a Golfer and I am very very bad at that but what I have noticed is that there are a number of similarities inherent to both that for anybody thinking of taking up the game, or more pertinently for this blog, dealing with Cancer…

Thought for the week – Inner Strength

I never really considered myself a strong person until I had to be and I suppose that’s really the point of inner strength. How are you supposed to know that there are untapped resources of resolve and resilience if you have never had to tap into them before? When I found mine there wasn’t a…

It’s Value for Life not for Value for Money

Having started training in the gym again in an earnest attempt to recover physically and mentally from this third Cancer it occurred to me, as I watched a man squat yesterday whilst chatting away on his Blue tooth earpiece, that you’ll only get out what you put in. To the gym, to your job, to…

Motivation Tuesday – Scarred not scared

It was a Bank Holiday here yesterday so I’m a day out, I’m sorry. Anyway over the weekend I went to the Swimming Pool and for the first time in my life I felt self conscious of my scars. Up to now I always adhered to the idea that: “Bones heal and chicks dig scars”…

Be more Beaver

I know Survivorship and health is serious but when I talk about Thriving it’s about taking the most out of life and frankly I defy anyone to look at this picture and to not smile a little bit. So although there might be not much to smile about today or tomorrow there will be soon…

Motivation Monday and a thought for your week

Despite the amount of time I have spent in the gym, chasing the black line in the pool or pounding the roads my will has not been defined by that it has been defined by my response to adversity. Have a great week.

Close the door when you leave

My first exposure to the Livestrong foundation was in 2004, when it was the LAF, shortly after my first diagnosis.  They sent me out a pack and in it was a bookmark that I am looking at right now.  It’s not just any bookmark it has a poem on it called “Close the door when…

Cancer gave me purpose

I always enjoyed doing things just for the hell of it, there was always a joyous care free attitude to what I did, I didn’t really consider much where I was going either in life with work, relationships or even choices about what I was going to do on the weekend. And then came Cancer;…

I’m thankful and lucky

As a survivor there is so much to be thankful for: support, medicine, research, friendship, opportunities the list is endless however even as a multiple survivor I can get caught up in the mundanities of everyday life and I can forget that I am lucky to be here, to have life. Lucky is not often…

Thought for the week – Three choices

Throughout all my battles both physical and mental I have been destroyed, defined and strengthened by what has happened. However it has taught me some valuable lessons: WIthout destruction there can be no rebuilding; stronger and better. Without definition the edges and margins become blurred and you lose sight of what is important. Without strengthening…

Thought for the day: Life’s not easy

It seems my life so far has not been easy, however it has been worth it. Yes I have had Cancer three times but I have taken more from it than it has from me. I have a great life and I will continue to make the most of every day because a rich, varied…

Thought for the day: You are where you are.

Yes life hasn’t turned out the way I had imagined. You know what though that’s the hand I’ve been dealt; no amount of complaining will make that any different. My past is formed, tomorrow is mine to shape.