Have you noticed how uncomfortable it makes you feel when you ‘should yourself’ or even worse ‘shouldn’t yourself’? Like for example ‘I should go to the gym’ or ‘I shouldn’t eat so many sweets’ and so on?  The thing is, that not only does it make you feel uncomfortable but it also does nothing positive […]

2021 – Where do we go from here?

The whole world was keen to put 2020 to bed and start afresh in 2021, hoping that things will magically change and resolve in the New Year. It is not a surprise considering what we all have been through in 2020, and we all need hope for a bright future. No better moment then when […]

What have Donald Trump, Hydroxychloroquine and Cancer in common?

When Donald Trump touted the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine as a prevention or even cure for Covid-19 earlier this year, many shook their head in disbelieve. Various studies, confirming opposite evaluations of the statement, caused even more confusion and concern. So much so, that the WHO suspended the drug from its trail of potential Covid-19 treatments, […]

How a simple change in perspective can make you happier

We all have ideas and expectations how things should map out in our life. However, reality does not always turn out that way, sometimes things even go polar opposite or total pear-shaped. Bummer, who would have thought! As our egos love to judge we are constantly labelling. For example, if things go our way we […]

8 suggestions how to deal with the ‘after-chemo’ blues

When I had finished chemotherapy, I calculated that I had put 448,000mg of Capecitabine into my body over a 6-month period, which is a lot of drug when you think about it that way. Luckily, I could take tablets at home and I did not experience many of the side effects, apart from tiredness at […]

5 simple steps to manage your fears

 ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself, nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror, which paralyses needed efforts to convert retreat into advance’. Franklin Roosevelt made this statement on the day of his first inauguration, brave considering that he was just about to enter his US presidency during the Great Depression. Especially in current times, […]

How to avoid giving an overdose of compassion

I recently had a conversation with a lovely lady who was diagnosed with breast cancer a couple of months ago. Wendy, as I will call her for this blog, went from diagnosis to surgery to chemotherapy in a matter of weeks. Just when she was starting her chemotherapy, life threw her another curve ball. Her […]

The Top 10 Things I Learnt on my Cancer Journey

1. We learn stuff when we go through stuff It is often said that we learn and grow the most when we come upon hard times. It is not pleasant, but I found it to be true. When we are in a challenging situation, we are pushed into looking closely at things, even those we […]

To Tell or Not to Tell?

When diagnosed with cancer, you are also faced with the question of how and when to spread the news to other people. Initially, and most importantly, there are your nearest and dearest, your partner, family, children and closest friends. There are also your business colleagues, employers, acquaintances and the rest of the world you are […]