Laura Price
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Single, childless and unable to hold a relationship for longer than a few months without royally messing up, I was the Bridget Jones of Yorkshire, looking forward to my 30th birthday about as much as I wanted to see another set of ex-boyfriend wedding pictures on my Facebook newsfeed. Life wasn’t looking too great.

Then, just as I started planning my next big adventure, I found a lump in my breast. It was the big, scary ‘C’ word: Cancer. Several months on, I can add ‘bald, half-boobed, possibly infertile and living with parents at 30’ to my lonely heart ad. But it’s not all that bad. I decided to start a blog, and it’s better therapy than any drug.

When I’m not busy karate-chopping cancer to the floor and leaving it cowering in the corner, I can usually be found reading, writing, watching films, stuffing my face with food or running marathons (fortunately the latter cancels out the former). I previously worked as a news correspondent in Brazil and Argentina and have spent much of the last 12 years living, breathing and eating Latin America.

Here you can read about my regular trips to the day spa – oops, I mean hospital – for chemotherapy treatment and my daily dealings with blue-dyed nipples, constipation and other weird and embarrassing stuff they forget to tell you about cancer.

Entries by Laura Price

Is 30 Too Old to Start Again?

(0) Comments | Posted 6 January 2014 | (18:02)

When I was six years old, I knew exactly what I was going to be when I grew up. I was going to be the editor of a magazine. From the day I learned to write, I was inventing my own "real-life stories," typing away furiously and making my own...

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Real Cancer Awareness and Why We Are More Than Pink

(2) Comments | Posted 16 October 2013 | (09:01)

It's that time of year again. October, aka Pinktober. The month that is now almost as well known for cancer awareness and the colour pink as it is for falling leaves, pumpkins and trick-or-treat.

There is nothing wrong with pink, and I am 100% supportive of breast cancer...

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Dating After Cancer: Single, Bald, Female (30) Seeks...

(4) Comments | Posted 9 July 2013 | (00:00)

A few months ago, I put myself on an Internet dating website. I was still having radiotherapy for my breast cancer and barely had a few sprouts of hair on my head, but after eight months of being cooped up at home during surgery and chemotherapy,...

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Coping With Cancer's Ugly Sister: Guilt

(24) Comments | Posted 23 April 2013 | (00:00)

I'm one of those people who feels guilty about everything.

Guilty for buying a new dress instead of giving money to the homeless guy; guilty for reading girlie glossy magazines instead of the newspaper; guilty about spending £2.40 on a coffee when I could make one at home for...

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Boob Tattoos, Five-Centimetre Soup and 66 Grays of Radiation: A Radiotherapy Diary

(8) Comments | Posted 27 February 2013 | (23:00)

"Five-centimetre soup!" the first radiation therapist calls out to the second radiation therapist.

Five-centimetre soup? I wonder, as I lie on my back on the radiotherapy machine, arms in clamps above my head and breasts fully exposed to the team of three female professionals and one young male medical student.

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Yippee, I'm on the Final Straight of Cancer Treatment! So Why Do I Feel Like Crap?

(5) Comments | Posted 23 January 2013 | (23:00)

Woohoo, I'm on the final straight! Of my breast cancer treatment, that is. I've had the surgery, finished my five months of chemo and am almost half-way through radiotherapy. So I should be feeling great, right?

Only, hang on... Why do I feel more depressed than I've felt at...

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Will Cutting Out Sugar and Dairy Stop My Cancer Coming Back?

(39) Comments | Posted 8 January 2013 | (23:00)

Breast Cancer Checklist

  1. Breast cancer diagnosis? Check.
  2. Surgery to remove tumour and surrounding tissue? Check.
  3. Six rounds of chemotherapy? Check.
  4. 33 rounds of radiotherapy? Three down, 30 to go.
  5. Prevention of cancer recurrence for the rest of my life? Big fat question mark.

More than six months after...

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Dear Santa, All I Want for Christmas Is My Hair Back

(23) Comments | Posted 17 December 2012 | (23:00)

Dear Santa,

I never imagined I would spend most of the year fighting breast cancer. Please bring me a full head of hair in 2013 and a cancer-free future for me and all those I love!

Best wishes,

Laura Price, aged 30 ¼, bald and bored of the

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Ten Things I Like About Cancer

(131) Comments | Posted 1 December 2012 | (23:00)

Being diagnosed with breast cancer at 29 was both the best and the worst thing that ever happened to me. I'm not saying I haven't been through the most difficult six months of my life and I'm certainly not saying it's been easy. But the whole experience has brought me...

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My Chemotherapy Diary: Part III - The Ice Torture

(8) Comments | Posted 21 November 2012 | (23:00)

Chemotherapy Round Four

16 Oct: After three rounds of FEC, I have my first round of Taxotere - a different drug that causes less nausea but has its own set of side effects. Unfortunately, I get myself all worked up before the session and feel sick...

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My Chemotherapy Diary: Part II

(5) Comments | Posted 14 November 2012 | (23:34)

Chemotherapy Round Two

Aug. 28: My breast-cancer chemotherapy sessions take place once every three weeks so, after I have just about recovered from the exhaustion, sickness, bloatedness and headaches of the first bout, I head in on Tuesday morning to start all over again.

An hour or so...

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How to Lose Your Hair in 10 Easy Steps (Ideally During Chemotherapy)

(31) Comments | Posted 9 November 2012 | (23:00)

Ok, let me first make it clear that I am in no way urging you to try these steps at home. Hair loss is one of the things we most commonly associate with cancer and chemotherapy, so I decided to make light of my experience and share with you the...

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My Chemotherapy Diary: Part I

(8) Comments | Posted 6 November 2012 | (23:00)

Before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I barely knew what chemotherapy was - I didn't even know it was the part of having cancer that makes you go bald. I only really understood after undergoing the first of six chemo cycles under a regimen known as

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Why I Want to Get Rid of My Breasts

(16) Comments | Posted 31 October 2012 | (23:00)

I'll just come straight out with it: I want them gone. I don't mean I want to be flat-chested forever - I want a full reconstruction, but I want rid of my natural breasts and the risk of getting cancer again.

You see, my cleavage is like a ticking time...

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A Candy Pink Announcement for Breast Cancer Awareness

(0) Comments | Posted 28 October 2012 | (16:55)

Giant boobie flash mobs, naked celebrity breasts being fondled by celebrity husband hands, bright pink ribbons, boob cupcakes and a sea of pink, pink, pink... If you haven't noticed, it's Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the campaign has never been more 'in your face'.

If...

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Breast Cancer, Singledom and Turning 30

(19) Comments | Posted 25 October 2012 | (00:00)

Let's just say getting breast cancer wasn't exactly top of my Things To Do Before I'm 30 list. Sure, sky-diving (check), living abroad (check), running a marathon (check) and meeting the man of my dreams/getting married (massive uncheck) were up there, but not breast cancer. So it was only natural...

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Breast Cancer and Fertility: To Freeze or Not to Freeze

(7) Comments | Posted 20 October 2012 | (00:00)

By far the most stressful and upsetting part of having breast cancer at 29 years old was having to make the decision over whether to freeze my eggs. Losing my hair would be temporary, but losing my ability to have children would be permanent and devastating.

The first of my...

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Breast Cancer Surgery: A Bit of a Boob

(9) Comments | Posted 17 October 2012 | (00:00)

Reactions to my breast cancer diagnosis were varied. At the risk of provoking another Brickgate, I thought I had a decent pair of boobs and I was upset about losing half of one of them. But a 28-year-old American male friend immediately looked on the bright side with...

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Breast Cancer in My 20s: The Big Scary 'C' Word

(16) Comments | Posted 11 October 2012 | (00:00)

On Friday 22 June, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, aged precisely 29 years, 10 months and 20 days. I'd always wanted to write a blog, but never had anything to blog about. I could have written about my Endless Quest to Find a Man and Not End Up a...

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