Lou’s Blog

Follow my personal journey here, from treatment to training, the highs, the lows, the laughter and tears and everything in between.

Seriously!!!! ….. I wasn’t expecting that!! :0(

It seems quite a while since I wrote anything, a lot has happened in our fund raising ‘tour de friends’ world, and my battle with settling down on the drugs has continued. I mentioned last time I recently had my 3 month CT scan which confirmed the drugs were working,...

2 scans, 3 appointments and so so tired ZZZZzzzzzzzz

I think I mentioned in a previous blog that I wanted to write up beat, humorous and light hearted type snap shots of life with secondary breast cancer. Sadly and disappointingly at times that is proving rather a challenge, whilst not every day is doom and gloom, and I...

Not just a new year but a new normal….rolling into 2019.

Well 2018 went by in a bit of a blur didn’t it?! A quiet Christmas for me, and even quieter new year, think I was in bed by 10pm! Although back at the hospital the day after Boxing Day for my monthly hormone injection, and goodness they are now starting to kick in, I...

highs and lows of this week….

This week has had two opposite ends of the spectrum. I have been a tad poorly, I caught one of those cheeky colds which, when you have no immune system a little cold can have some serious consequences. I have to take my temperature regularly and this week it peeked at...

Perspective #4. The Colleague.

Tonight I was rather humbled and extremely proud to be asked by Louise (Lou) whether I would consider writing a blog for this site from the point of view of a work colleague. My name is Andy. I am a Crew Manager in the Education Team for Nottinghamshire Fire and...

Best Tuesday ever….

Its pretty common knowledge that the amazing crew members of Mansfield fire station have announced they are creating a calendar, proceeds going to the Amazon Breast Support group, based at Kings Mill Hospital. The Amazon Breast Cancer Support Group was initially...

Perspective #3. The Parent.

This is probably going to be the shortest contribution to the blog, however my excuse is I’m finding this really difficult, but I wish to support my daughter in any way i can and like she says, this is to let other mums in my situation know that they are not alone,...

Perspective #2. Friend.

I’ll never forget when I found out Lou had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I was in the garden with my one year old twins; I felt like I’d been kicked in the stomach. I couldn’t speak. I couldn’t process it. I still can’t. The year that followed just seemed like...

Perspective #1. The Husband.

Cancer has a darkness and a lightness. It enters every aspect of your life and can have some dire consequences and effects on your everyday life, but it can also have some positives. Things you never thought about. Lou has asked me to write this to try and give the...

A Different perspective….

I think being a Patient, Victim, Warrior, Survivor, however you wish to label anyone who has or had cancer is the easier side of the coin so to speak. We are on the hamster wheel, no option of getting off, or taking a breather, our lives revolve around, tests,...

Novembers Inspirational person – Jackie Buxton.

This month my good friend Jackie Buxton - Author of  'Tea and Chemo' and 'Glass houses' agreed to open herself up to our questions below:   If you could go on a run with a group of people alive or passed, who would you choose and why? Michelle Obama: I love her...

People Who Inspire us 

So many people either directly in our lives or viewed from afar via social media etc. inspire and motivate on a daily basis, some probably not even aware of the ripple affect they have on us. For me its people like Sophie Radcliffe, her mission to champion ordinary...

Thanks to Cancer…

I realised the other day that I now have in my life some very amazing women, and our paths have crossed only because of Cancer.. Whilst I couldn’t possibly list them in a ranking order, as they are all so special, unique and where they fit into my life, so below I...

In the Here and Now…

Yesterday was day 15 on the new drugs, and whilst I had been warned it would be my worst day, it did in fact turn out to be quite pleasant, albeit my femur had woken me at 6am aching,  a mild headache was not going to budge, and forgetfulness, this being quite...

The New Normal

I made the mistake this week of posting on my social media, that I had for the first time in months, no hospital appointments…. Thursday afternoon two missed calls on my mobile and an answer phone message on the land line when i got home, your needed in clinic...

Countdown to Tour de Friends Coast 2 Coast: 1st July 2019

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