Women are turning their breast surgery scars into stunning works of art with mastectomy tattoos
Mastectomies save lives but they also leave physical – and psychological – scars. Survivors traditionally have to choose between living with those scars, or having a breast reconstruction.
But some breast cancer survivors are choosing a third option – adorning their scarred chests with elaborate and colourful tattoos to transform what can often be a landscape of pain into something beautiful and unique.
Also known as a ‘tittoo’, this popular trend is helping women to emotionally heal and feel confident with their new bodies.
How Androulla Pieri navigated her breast cancer journey – and found mindfulness and gratitude in the process.
Androulla Pieri says that being diagnosed with breast cancer was a “bolt out of the blue.” At 46, and on the cusp of starting a new job, Androulla’s Stage 3 diagnosis came as a complete shock.
Since that diagnosis nine years ago, we’re happy to report that Androulla has become healthier and more contented in many ways!
We love her reflective, self-informed approach to managing her diagnosis. In this interview, Androulla gives us her best tips for coping with side effects and the “whirlwind” of cancer appointments. Continue reading “Keeping Calm and Steady During Cancer”
Feeling stressed, anxious or overwhelmed following your cancer diagnosis? Mindfulness could be the answer.
When you’re diagnosed with cancer, it’s easy to think about the physical complications the disease brings – from nausea and hair loss to pain and fatigue. But what about the impact on your mental health?
Organising a holiday can be challenging at the best of times, but how on earth do you tackle travelling with cancer?
We’ve put together our top 5 favourite stories from across the internet about people who didn’t let their cancer stop them going on holiday, and we think they’re pretty inspiring.
One of our favourite bloggers, Laura, is a 27 year old teacher living in London, In 2016 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. To help her talk about her illness, she and her dad decided to refer to her cancer as “Cyril”, making it seem just a little bit less scary. Laura’s imaginary conversations with Cyril often show how doubts and worries can creep into your daily life with cancer, but the FindingCyril blog is bursting with heartfelt humour, joyous photos and Laura’s upbeat personality.
Self-care with cancer isn’t discussed very often, but it’s an important part of your well-being, health, and recovery. We explore some simple & easy ways to start prioritising yourself right now.
Last week, we celebrated World Emoji Day. As a fun activity on Facebook, we asked our followers to tell us what emojis they’d use to describe their experiences with cancer.
Some people gave us sad, tired or sick looking faces. Others gave smiles, fist-bumps, and signs of strength. One woman submitted an image of a carousel horse – the kind you’d ride at the fairground. We asked her what it represented; was it the flurry of activity? The stress of having cancer?
In reply, she told us that, to her, cancer felt like “when you are on a fairground ride and you want it to stop but it won’t. The feeling in the pit of your stomach that never quite goes away.” Even still, she said, she could always “find something to smile about.”
The more we thought about it, the more we realised that a carousel is a great analogy for the cancer experience.
From a metallic or chalky taste to food tasting bland or different, it is common to experience changes to taste while undergoing cancer treatment
During chemotherapy or radiotherapy, you may notice that you no longer enjoy certain foods, find that all foods taste the same or notice a metallic or chalky taste in your mouth. This can mean you no longer enjoy the foods you used to like before you developed cancer, and struggle to find new things to eat.
Figures show that 50% of people on chemotherapy will be affected by taste changes and it can last up to one month after treatment stops. Other causes for taste changes are usually due to damage to the taste buds either from radiotherapy to the area or from the tumour itself.
Have you ever thought about keeping a cancer journal? Here’s why you should consider it.
The idea of writing in a diary might conjure up visions of school assignments or notebooks you kept as a teenager. But journals aren’t just for your teenage years. Writing down your thoughts and feelings can be helpful in many different ways – especially if you’re living with cancer.