Vita blog

Although breast cancer is not common in young women, getting a breast cancer diagnosis at a young age can be very isolating.
Christine Sarah and Emily Broadbridge, both 26 and originally from Birmingham, have been friends for 15 years ever since they met at school. When Christine was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 her friendship with Emily became an essential source of laughter and support.
This isn’t a whinge about the NHS – far from it. I simply cannot imagine what it’s like not to have a health system that's free at the point of delivery. However, I’d be a big liar if I pretended that things ran smoothly for everyone using the health service at all times.
For someone who likes to take her time planning what soup to make and what cereal to try for breakfast, being asked whether I wanted to freeze embryos, start treatment with surgery and use my tummy to create my new boob (on a Monday before lunch) is something I won't ever forget.
The ovaries can be switched off or suppressed using a drug such as goserelin (Zoladex), a drug I'm sure many of you are familiar with: many women with primary cancer are given this drug.
Fatigue. I used to think the word had a sort of dainty Victorian ring to it. It brought to mind reclining graciously on a chaise longue while composing wistful poetry or maybe being draped decorously on a garden chair in the sunshine sipping a restorative homemade tonic. Well more fool me!
At the beginning of 2014 I made a hair-related resolution. As someone known for her static and unchanging bob, I vowed that 2014 would be the year I’d do things differently.
What’s that you can hear? Is it the distant jingle of sleigh bells in the snow? Is it Santa approaching? Nope, it’s me so full of tablets that I rattle.
This year my 12 days of Christmas are to be a celebration of 12 things that I feel lucky to have.
In an attempt to rekindle the joy and excitement of Christmas past I've decided to write to Santa Claus and see if he can make some of my festive dreams come true.