Listen to the Boots Feel Good Forum podcast with Macmillan Cancer Support and tell us what you think

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 28-Mar-13 11:06:06

We hope lots of you tuned in to the latest Boots Feel Good Forum when it was on air, but if you missed it, please listen to the podcast. The show discusses the life-changing effects of cancer, from how to talk about diagnosis with friends/family, to how to deal with the visible effects of treatment. MNers have been posting about this all week - please see their comments below.

The show features experts Macmillan Cancer Information Nurse specialist Kate Goldie and make up artist Daniel Sandler - who has created specially designed make up to raise money for cancer charities.

Please do listen to the podcast and then come back to this thread and tell us what you think.

As a thank you for taking part, Boots will be giving a £50 voucher to a poster picked at random from this thread.

If you need any more information or support or just someone to listen if you need a chat you can speak to a specially trained Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist in your local Boots store or call Macmillan's team of experts on 0808 808 00 00 or visit their website - www.macmillan.org.uk/Home.aspx.

Thanks
MNHQ

The views/content expressed within this forum are those of the participants and not those of Boots UK Limited or its agents.

Birdland Wed 03-Apr-13 20:44:25

MrsDV-you make perfect sense and your love and empathy for your beautiful daughter is very moving.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer last August and I relate to the way she felt-your body is no longer your own and the treatment is aggressive and life changing in itself.

I remember how much it meant when medical staff were kind to me. The sonographer who made sure I was covered up and kept my dignity during a scan, the nurse who put her arms around me when I was scared, the chemo nurses who joked and made me laugh when I was in an emotional pit. For me it was the very small kindnesses that helped-the times when people remembered that I was a person not an illness.

In terms of how to move forward-I'm not sure that you can ever be the person you were before and that's been the most difficult thing for me to accept.

Having said that I've made some much needed changes in my lifestyle such as diet and dealing with my stress levels. I appreciate the little things and the new closeness I have in some of my relationships.

I've also found a lot of support and camaraderie with others with cancer and met some great people along the way.

If I had any advice its to reach out to others in similar situations-we may not deal with our illness in the same way but the feelings evoked by a cancer diagnosis are similar and it can help to talk to people who really understand.

hi. my question is a bit specific. i have had 3 rounds of treatment for precancerous changes in the cervix now and can get no info on prognosis. all leaflets, websites, advice sources are written as if it was your first time and reassure that the vast majority of people who have this and have it treated never have a problem again.

i have had the problem again, and again and possibly again now. no one seems to be able to give me any advice on prognosis or what recurrence means. am i supposed to just keep going round in circles having chunks of my cervix removed as it becomes more and more incompetent or is there a point where i can justifiably request a hysterectomy to avoid this whole cycle?

i haven't retested for 3 years now because i got so sick of the merry go round with no info. more than likely i'm at at least stage 2 again. i would really like some proper info on what the likely outcome and best options are for me.

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 04-Apr-13 15:35:03

Thank you to everyone who has shared their experiences, questions and advice on this thread. We always appreciate MNers participating but it's even more welcome when the topic is a sensitive one like this, so thank you very much. Please do tune into the show - it will be on air on Sunday night (7-8pm on Real Radio and 8-9pm on Smooth Radio) and the podcast will be available to listen to on MN afterwards here. If you need any more information or support or just someone to listen if you need a chat you can speak to a specially trained Boots Macmillan Information Pharmacist in your local Boots store or call Macmillan's team of experts on 0808 808 00 00 or visit their website - www.macmillan.org.uk/Home.aspx

TenderCush Sat 06-Apr-13 16:58:18

I was diagnosed with breast cancer almost 4 years ago. My life went very quickly from being a Mum working in a busy sales office to a patient to which hospital visits became routine. I had surgery followed by 12 rounds of chemo, 4 weeks of radiotherapy and am currently on 5 years of Tamoxifen. Amongst the various side-effects of treatment I lost all my hair, eyebrows, eyelashes etc, gained weight, was very lethargic and didn`t look or feel like myself.
I thought it was important to embrace all the treatment as I believe it was tailored as best as possible to help get me better.
Now, 3 years after finishing treatment, I feel great.
I grew much closer to my friends who were absolutely fantastic.
I started my own business, TenderCush, designing and supplying cushioned products offering discrete comfort & support to women following breast cancer surgery. These were products I looked for post surgery, when I didn`t find anything suitable, I made them for myself.
Last year I climbed Ben Nevis for Breast Cancer Care which, never being a walker or climber, is something I would never have envisaged doing!
I realise that none of us are here forever, and now sieze opportunities and appreciate all the great things that life offers us.
I would say to anyone newly diagnosed or going through cancer treatment. Please stay positive. It may seem like a long hard road at this time, but there is an end to that road, and hopefully it will be a bright and happy future.

MrsDeVere Thu 11-Apr-13 18:07:04

I cant find it on the podcast thingy. It all seems to be about beauty

TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 12-Apr-13 10:30:56

Sorry MrsDeVere - slight technical glitch - please bear with and we'll fix asap

MrsDeVere Fri 12-Apr-13 16:11:46

Ok, just this once....

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TheOtherHelenMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 16-Apr-13 10:21:07

Hi all - thanks again for participating in this thread - we and Boots really appreciate it. I've done the random draw for who gets the £50 Boots voucher and the winner is DyeInTheEar - I'll PM you to get your details - happy spending!

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