Having the cancer label hanging over one's head means that, little by little, you are denied the very intimacy that you are seeking. People start squirming when you hug them, they discreetly sit away from you, they recoil when you touch them or kiss them, as if cancer were contagious.
Surprisingly, in this age of having instant access to a wealth of information on virtually any topic and despite the widespread cancer awareness campaigns, many people are still unaware of the facts and consequences of cancer treatment.
Because, on that cold Sunday morning, I learned something about friendship that I think I would have never discovered tucked away in some remote cottage sipping a bit too much Champagne out of rather oddly-shaped male straws.
We're so familiar with the wellness tech for the well - trackers and monitors for every measurable body signal. It's time for the similar tidal wave for the chronically ill. It's looking very hopeful. There are four things I'm most excited about making a big difference to everyday life:
We all have a part to play in tackling these challenges. That's why the Movember Foundation has established TrueNTH, the world's largest ever investment in prostate cancer care. We're working hard and in big, new ways to address the unmet needs of men with prostate cancer and their families.
World Cancer Day marks a time in which we can reflect on what more we can do to tackle this condition and better support those affected by it. Prevention and support are two areas where we can all make a personal difference.
One piece of advice that I will always stand by is that the best thing you can do for a friend with cancer is listen to them - and understand that sometimes, even they may not know what they want; be it talking about their illness or not talking about it at all.
Every day I edit and publish blog posts written by people affected by cancer. Writing a post can be an incredible emotional relief, a way for people to share their story, raise awareness of what they've been through, and connect with others.
It took a life-shattering event to happen to me before I really joined the battle against cancer. I can't expect people to crusade with me if I don't also raise their flags too. We will never succeed if we stand alone in our camps. We can only win if we unite.
Last week I was lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsal of Gary Barlow and Tim Firth's new musical 'The Girls' in my role as a Bloodwise Ambassador...
It provided a frame for my experience, which was so dark and nebulous, that I almost lost track of everything including my sense of self. I was on a journey, literally ticking off the days of my treatment, never knowing how many days I may have left to tick off.
This weekend is World Cancer Day; a day which is based around the theme of unity. Cancer affects us all at some point in our lives, may it be ourselves, a family member of a friend. That is why we must remain united in our determination to beat this disease for good.
My cancer has made me a more anxious person, compared to the incredibly confident young woman I was before. Nothing ever worried me. Now I get upset easier. I've had a big reality check. But I'm working, I'm living my life, and as you read this I'll be fulfilling a lifelong dream by travelling around Asia for three months with my best friend. This is what I should have been doing when I left university. This is why I've been so frustrated.
In her letter, Kimberley promised her body that throughout treatment and the unknown consequences she would take heed of 'chemo warriors' experiences' (my words) and do everything she could to nourish her body to give it every chance of coping with what was to come. What a great attitude!
I've been debating getting my hair chopped off for a good few months now. I had spent two years growing it to the point where it sat two thirds of the way down my back. I knew I wanted to get quite a drastic mop chop - a chin-length bob - but I was a bit anxious about taking the plunge.
It was widely reported over the weekend that the British Medical Association has issued guidance to its members that they should not to refer to pregn...