I was asked if I would consider writing something about my experience with Leukemia. I was asked at a good time because I was just about to travel to Belfast for one of my check-ups. When I was there I, as ever, met up with Susan Piggott, the Bone Marrow Transplant coordinator at Belfast City [...]
I guess a lot of people would say I was always a bit eccentric and weird. I liked to be different and thought being normal was boring. I quite often preferred my own company to that of others which is probably why I became so obsessed with long-distance running where I could just get away [...]
After recovering from testicular cancer and its complications, I, like many survivors, was faced with the realisation that life is as short as it is sweet, and with the desire to use my time well. I guess the sudden awareness of one’s mortality tends to focus the mind. I decided to follow a dream, [...]
My journey as a cancer patient:
“I am 99% sure that you have testicular cancer Jason!” Although not a 100% diagnosis, this was it. I was sat before a doctor in a small consulting room within my local hospital’ ER and listened to the words ‘Seminoma’ and ‘Testicular Cancer’, these words rang in my [...]
I could tell by the look on the doctor’s face! I knew the answer before he had even said anything.
“I am very sorry Jenny but the leukemia has returned”.
I stopped looking at Doctor Caswell and looked at my mum, she started to cry and all I could think of was how hard it is going [...]
You could say my experience as a ‘survivor’ started 6 months after my conception. I was born 3 months premature, weighing in at a weedy 2lb 6oz; the doctors rushing me into the ICU early on Christmas Eve, 1975. My parents have always said that I was just impatient to get out because I didn’t [...]
Today’s ‘voice’ comes to us by way of a ‘Conversation’ between Nick O’Hara Smith, a testicular cancer ‘Survivor’ from the United Kingdom and Lynn Lane, the Executive Director/Founder of the “Voices of Survivors Foundation” and a ‘Survivor’ himself. This is the second part of a multi-part ‘Conversation’ series on Nick’s own cancer, research into the [...]
I WANT TO REALLY LIVE BEFORE I DIE
My Nan and Granddad Christmas had three sets of twins, with my mother being a twin, she met my father who was also a twin they had me and my twin sister Kathy. Within my mother’s family aunties, uncles and cousins there has been 7 types of cancer [...]
I felt I was starting to go mad, sick of having this constant aching pain in my left arm and feeling like my body weighed a tone, everything seemed such an effort. It wasn’t that I didn’t exercise; I loved dancing from an early age and did different kinds of classes as well as doing [...]
Well, the new site has officially launched for the “Voices of Survivors Foundation” and with that we really are thrilled to bring you another amazingly powerful ‘Conversation’ to kick the launch off properly. This time, Lynn Lane (executive director/founder) sits down with a dear friend and amazing non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma ‘Survivor’, Crawford Inglis of Scotland. Lynn [...]
I don’t feel I can take much, if any, credit for my survivor status. I don’t feel I won a battle with cancer. I don’t really feel that I fought a battle with cancer; a battle did take place, but it was fought on my behalf by others with me as a passive beneficiary. The [...]
As I get ready to walk out onto the stage, in front of 500 breast cancer survivors, I think back to a time when I had no idea I would be standing here today about to inspire others with my story.
I really did not like working at the shoe store, but I had to do [...]
I was driving in my car on May 3rd, 1998 when I felt a dull ache in my groin. It felt like a bit of cramp, so I wasn’t too worried about it. The following day, when I got up, the ache was back. With every day that passed the pain increased. After about a [...]
It was April 1988 and I’d just woken up mad as hell, because I’d failed in an attempt on my life. I’d not taken the decision to end my life flippantly. After all, I’d just survived Cancer, having just been declared Cancer free at the end of my treatment. Life should have been good, but [...]
It was on the 13th of June 1985, and I had made a brief appointment with Doctor Dixon in The Brighton Hill GP Surgery (it is funny how clear all of this still is). Just to have a quick chat.
I made the first appointment at 9 a.m., because I had a very important business meeting [...]
Last year in February after three years of being ill, I began to feel extremely tired, and just feeling run down, so I sought medical advice. The Doctor decided to take a blood test, but when the results came back, they indicated that I was low on oestrogen. Due to my age 49 at the [...]
My name is Matt Wakefield, I’m from Birmingham, England and I am a Survivor.
I was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer in June 2000, but that was only after ignoring the small pea-sized lump on my left nut for seven months. You know what us guys are like- feeling invincible, and the thought that it may be [...]