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  • Madeleine Cowey

'Living' With Cancer

Sure, cancer can be a death sentence, and it is shit, but it is possible to live with it and live through it and more importantly, live HAPPILY through it. And I believe this to be true of other chronic diseases, and anyone living with a long-term, possibly life-threatening disease.

I have recently been listening to a podcast on Radio 5, called 'You, Me and the Big C', a new show by 3 women who have or have had cancer. Their aim is to spread the truths behind cancer, and the message that cancer doesn't have to be all bad and you can make it what you want it. It is a hilarious podcast, that I would definitely recommend purely on that basis, that is also very informative, and humbling. They discuss everything - from the physical effects of cancer and cancer treatment to the mental impacts, the negatives to the positives (yes, apparently there are some!!), most recently they've done episodes in which they discuss the impact of cancer on loved ones (because really they are impacted almost as much as the patient), and they have discussed alternative treatments, and so so much more, anything you can think of. Cancer is a vast topic.

To be honest, the podcast is personally very helpful as I can relate to so much, to the ladies' personal thoughts, their positive outlooks but also their fears, and to their experiences. But I think the messages they are trying to share are so so important for everyone. As cancer will impact 1 in 2 people now, it is so important that everyone is aware of it.

I really don't actually know what I'm trying to say.

My inability to articulate what's going on in my mind is part of the reason I haven't blogged so much!!

I think I'm going to do some more general posts about living in Italy, my year abroad and my travels - to break up revision for my upcoming exams (how is it that time again already?!). Only two months until I move back to England, so I'm just trying to make most of this beautiful country! (I've been up to a lot since my last post - Rome is wonderful, and busy.)

Much much love to all. and go give that podcast a listen it's fab.

M x

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