For this month’s roundup, we want to talk about relationships. Of course, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and we’ve been thinking about how romantic relationships and dating can be affected by going through cancer. But we also wanted to focus on a kind of relationship that’s just as important – friendship. Read more for some seriously helpful relationship advice from the real experts…
Guest blogger Annie Belasco shares her experience of anxiety following her breast cancer diagnosis – aged 25
I didn’t live well. I boozed, I smoked, and I didn’t sleep. I worked hard, overrated my love life and underrated my health. I didn’t think about it. And so, my unhealthy lifestyle set me up for the most difficult recovery of my life. To fight for my life.
I was not well. At all. I had breast cancer. “I’m only 25? How am I going to meet a partner going through cancer?” I said, full of accusation and disbelief. A genuine question and at the highest of importance at the top of my list of endless questions. Swiftly ignored my surgeon in front of me with the shadow of the mammogram behind his shoulder. He began to speak. A lot of medical jargon or facts that I had to immediately absorb.
Alison and Brian of From Me to You, a letter-writing cancer charity, have graciously provided some expert tips to help make your holiday card preparation a little less daunting. Read on for fantastic advice that will have you writing in no time!
In the age of email and text messages, a handwritten note or card is an especially thoughtful gesture. Taking the time to write (and mail) a note shows you care. And, unlike emails or text messages, a handwritten note can be put on display; a ready reminder that there are people who are thinking about you and who wish you well.
Cancer blogger and campaigner Becki McGuinness wins Remarkable Person prize at Live Better With’s Spotlight Awards
Becki McGuinness was diagnosed with cancer aged 23. Unfortunately, she was left infertile by aggressive cancer treatment. A gynaecologist later told her that doctors could have saved her fertility by her freezing eggs or embryos before treatment. Understandably, she was devastated. Seven years later, she’s launched a national campaign to ensure women facing cancer are given all the fertility options she should have had.
We spoke to 30-year-old Becki to find out more about what her campaign and how she feels to have won a Spotlight Award: