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The Internet: The good, the bad and the ugly

“Don’t go on the Internet”.

These are the words of many doctors and nurses that many of us hear when we’re first diagnosed. The Internet, of course, contains lots of useful information but sifting through everything that’s out there to get to the good stuff isn’t easy. 874 more words

Young Adult Cancer

Life but not as you knew it: One new immune system and two birthdays

There are lots of different types of cancer and, increasingly, just as many different types of treatments.  While many people with ‘solid’ tumours receive surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, blood cancers sometimes require a slightly different tack.   1,170 more words


Life, but not as you knew it: Pregnancy, cancer and lights in the dark

There is never, ever a good time to get cancer, but having to face your own mortality while waiting to give birth to a new life is especially hard.   1,407 more words


Life - but not as you knew it: The importance of a cancer crew!

At Shine, we’ve always believed that there is a lot to be gained from being around others who just get what life with cancer is like.   840 more words

Young Adult Cancer

Life - but not as you knew it: Living with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

A couple of years ago, we were lucky enough to be introduced to Greig Trout, a two-time cancer fighter who is currently travelling around the world, getting his mojo back.   1,275 more words

Young Adult Cancer

Humankind's Best Friend

Cancer assaulted my family in an unexpected way last week. Our family dog, Jasmine, an 11-year-old Lab and Rottweiler mix, became lethargic and stopped eating so we took her to the vet. 1,232 more words

Looks Can Be Bereaving

I have always asked people to be authentic with me, and throughout my illness I admit I have been a bit dubious when friends have repeatedly told me, “You look good.” Implicit in these compliments is the unspoken “considering…,” but even with that understood qualifier and my doubts of the veracity of the comments, it was encouraging to hear. 1,325 more words