The vast majority of cancer patients will have the memory of the day they were diagnosed etched deeply into their brains. The very moment when the world as you know it tilts irrevocably on its axis isn't easily forgotten. Finding out I had non hodgkins lymphoma triggered an emotional maelstrom of abject … Continue reading Cancer Mum – The Parents’ Perspective. Guest Post by Gemma C.
'Why is your mum so fat?' Out of the mouths of babes... I'd nipped into school to deliver PJ's forgotten sun hat, and came across him and his class headed to PE. Putting it on his head, I leaned down for a quick kiss and was given the cold shoulder. 'He's … Continue reading A Weighty Issue.
'Another visit from CZ the lymphoma nurse today – such a lovely lady. Apparently with this particular chemo hair loss is inevitable within about three weeks. I’ve laughed about how it’s in terrible condition anyway and joked to Al about wigs and bandannas but in truth I have no idea how I will cope with … Continue reading No Hair Day: The One With All The Chemo Hair Loss.
As I write, the sun will shortly be setting on the last day of 2017. Like most people, I've been evaluating the past 12 months and making plans for the next. It's been a funny old year, particularly for the Sketches. We began the year in high spirits, with exciting plans, and so many … Continue reading Life’s Too Short… Or So They Tell Me!
So I haven't written in a while. Those who know me personally will understand why. If I'm lucky enough yet to have accrued any non family readers (I can but hope), the many complicated occurences in my life recently have diverted my eye from the ball, work-wise. Putting that into context, in the last … Continue reading Hope Springs A Turtle.
Ahhhhh Cornwall. Birthplace of the steam engine, the telegram, the correctly loaded scone - that is, none of your cream on first rummage - and home to many cheeky Cornish Patron Saints. Us Cornish have our own identity, our own language and have happily been granted minority status. It might sound daft, but I am … Continue reading 32 Cheeky Cornish Patron Saints You Never Knew Existed: Lady Sketch’s Guide To The Lesser Known Martyrs of The Motherland.
'An Ellie Goulding song plays on the radio with a beautiful melody which stops me in my tracks. Ellie sings 'It's OK to be afraid.' This reduces me to tears. Sketch puts his arms around me and we cry together for a while. We feel like she is singing directly to us. It's … Continue reading Lady Sketch Chemo Diaries – The One Where They Said I was Going To Die… Part 1.
Pre Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma Diagnosis... In November 2011 my second son PJ was born, to myself (Wenna) and my partner (Sketch). Arriving via C-Section at The Royal Cornwall Hospital Treliske (RCH), PJ was welcomed into the world a week early. A complicated and difficult pregnancy had seen me endure escalating (and unexplained) pain, … Continue reading Lady Sketch Chemo Diaries – The One With The Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Diagnosis.
How It All Kicked Off... Christmas 2011, and we were sitting for a family photo, our youngest child a matter of days old in my arms. Within a few days I was crammed into an MRI machine, awaiting staging for Non Hodgkin's Lymphoma and facing up to the prospect of a pretty hairy trip … Continue reading Surviving Recurrent Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, A Stem Cell Transplant and A Life Reboot.
My life after Lymphoma is a work in progress. Like unfinished projects and half forgotten ideas, waiting for motivation or inspiration and in need of a fresh approach. Life after Lymphoma really is bloody hard... but it beats the shit out of the alternative, right? Yup. And for each of us that survives there are … Continue reading Life After Lymphoma Is My Ultimate Work In Progress.