All posts by: Kate Jeffries

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“Yeah, but could I add my personal powder to it, please?” I don’t usually tune in to other people’s orders at Starbucks (other coffee houses are available, naturally) because I’m so busy trying to remember what I want. The unusual name...
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Although this particular part of my journey started before the radiotherapy, I wanted to cover that section first because it was a very specific period on the path onwards. It’s also probably one of the more ‘well-known’ phases in experiencing...
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Things went back to normal-ish quickly, and my strength and energy came back as much as it had been before. I.e. I was not an Olympian, but ‘ok’. Ate too much and drank too much wine. Business as usual. In...
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One of the many things about this experience that makes me laugh is how little I knew about operations, hospitals, recovery and absolutely everything. Before the op, when I was talking to my bosses, I genuinely thought that one week...
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Once I got home, which was quite the effort, I transferred to my old bedroom promptly fell asleep for a few hours, and that was the pattern for the next day and a half. The next morning I had to...
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They left me alone again, and I tried to read a book, but I kept being distracted by thoughts about anaesthetic. When I’d told a few people about my fears (i.e. EVERYONE who had ears), they’d all mentioned this pre-op...
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We duly turned up to see Mr S at 6 pm the following day, all the while trying to stifle our black humour giggles about him wishing us a pleasant evening the day before. Honestly, that really should be the...
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New York was one of the best and most fun holidays EVER. We still talk and laugh about it and I genuinely forgot all about the shitty results until I was on the way home. I had a bit of...
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The next step for me was to get a date as quickly as possible for the Core Biopsy as I, quite naturally, wanted to understand what I was dealing with sooner rather than later. When I say, “I wanted to...
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How did I discover that I had cancer at all? I can tell you that I was the queen of NEVER checking my breasts like we’re all advised to and shown in solemn fashion. In fact, I can’t recall EVER...
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