Vita blog

To mark the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, 22 women and two men will take to the catwalk for Breast Cancer Care’s London fashion show. This summer, some of the models who’ve all had breast cancer took part in a very special photoshoot.
Like many people I used to pretend I was going to live forever. I didn’t give much, if any, thought to making a will or sorting out finances. But being diagnosed with secondary breast cancer changed all that.
Of all the things I thought I’d gain out of this rollercoaster that is active treatment, a running vest wasn’t one of them.
Adding guilt to the cancer sufferer’s burden for the sake of a snappy headline seems to me pretty mean-spirited.
The only certainty when you're living with a secondary cancer diagnosis is uncertainty. At every appointment I've had recently, they've thrown me another curveball.
Cancer has stripped me of the things I thought defined me, and in so doing has reminded me of who I really am and what it is that really matters.
You don’t get used to scanxiety. I know a number of women with secondary breast cancer and there isn’t a single one who doesn’t dread seeing their oncologist for scan results.
Agreeing to go on a trial is a completely personal choice and not the right option for everyone.
After my last post I worried that I might run out of things to talk about. However cancer is a sneaky and unpredictable disease.
It feels like a real slap in the face when drugs that could help control the disease are not available on the NHS.