Coping With Cancer

Why CBT Alone Does Not Help in a Crisis

Karin Sieger | Posted 10.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

From experience, I find that for this well proven technique to work best certain other boxes need to be ticked first. We need to be emotionally and mentally ready for CBT. Confused? Let me explain.

Cancer Surviour Guilt? How to Stop it Now

Karin Sieger | Posted 03.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Having a social, cultural and religious heritage that is well saturated with guilt (at least when I grew up), shame and guilt would be a constant companion and shadow that would weigh heavily on me. The essence of the intuitive and conscious belief was that 'I am bad'.

What Are Your Emotional Bubbles?

Karin Sieger | Posted 30.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

We all need to feel safe and at times we can only get that by withdrawing into our bubble to feel anchored and grounded. Then there are those bubbles that can make us feel cut off, separate and disconnected from others and the world around us. If you really think about it, bubbles are there, for all of us, all of the time. Life can be about navigating bubbles.

One Week on and We Are at Peace

Karin Sieger | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Your beloved cats don't come to you on the bed, so I hear. The one called Little Sock does not part from your mother's side. Perhaps they give you space. Perhaps they have started to let you go. Your mother says she is strong, now, but does not know about after... how she will cope. She will be 80 next month. Her only child is dying.

Cancer Grief: Physical Symptoms and What to Do

Karin Sieger | Posted 10.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Cancer grief is the sense of loss and bereavement experienced by those affected by cancer (including family and friends). It can start with the diagnosis and does not need a death to feel earth shatteringly real.

Whether to Tell Others When You Have Cancer - Carol McGiffin

Karin Sieger | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Undergoing cancer treatment and living with or beyond cancer is no mean feat. It can take single-minded determination to deal with treatment and its side effects, as well as life-long uncertainty and a roller coaster of unexpected mixed emotions.

Lynda Bellingham's Gift to Us

Karin Sieger | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Entertainment
Karin Sieger

Like no doubt others before and after her will make very personal and difficult choices, I get the impression Lynda Bellingham managed to make peace with cancer and herself. Perhaps we need peace to make truly positive life changing and life enhancing choices, especially when they are about our death.

How Are You? Relatives and Friends Affected by Cancer

Karin Sieger | Posted 14.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

When someone is diagnosed with cancer, relatives and friends are often the forgotten ones. Yet, they are also affected by the disease, may require help to cope, but may themselves think that they are not as deserving and important as the person with cancer

Kylie Minogue's Cancer Tears - Thank You!

Karin Sieger | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Karin Sieger

Ten years ago aged 37, Kylie Minogue was treated for breast cancer. In a recent TV interview on Australia's Sunday night's 60 Minutes she was asked about that time in her life. She became visibly emotional and eventually described experiencing a "mixture of emotions and memories, when you are fighting something unknown".

Three Things I've Learnt as an Ex-Cancer Patient

Kristina Egan | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Kristina Egan

I definitely don't walk around everyday thinking about how beautiful post-cancer life is, I think about that bastard who pushed in front of me at Upper Crust. You are allowed to grumble, it's cathartic, just don't stomp around acting like the world owes you one.

I Am Glad I Did Not Have Pancreatic Cancer

Karin Sieger | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

While I was undergoing treatment a good friend was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died within a matter of months, before I finished my treatment. I had not heard much about pancreatic cancer before, and it put my own situation in perspective: I could receive and complete treatment! I was given a life chance beyond cancer.

How Mindfulness Can Help People Affected by Cancer (Including Family, Friends, Carers)

Karin Sieger | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

You might have heard of 'Mindfulness'. A lot is talked and written about its usefulness. But like with so many things, it can feel like a daunting task and yet another thing to invest a lot of energy in, before it can be of any use. Well, it is not necessarily so. Let me explain a bit more.

Self-help Strategies to Deal With Chemotherapy

Karin Sieger | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Cancer treatment varies depending on the nature and progression of the disease. It can focus on eliminating cancer tumours and cells, slowing down or stabilising the spread of the disease.

#CopingwiththeBigC Twitter Cancer Campaign Goes Viral

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Artist Dave Kirkwood has got a novel way of getting people to support the hashtag #copingwiththeBigC - every person who tweets it will find themselves...

Paper Pants, Drugs and One Wonky Lady - Lefty Finally Gets It

Jodie Butt | Posted 11.09.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jodie Butt

You want to know this year's fashion must have...well, here it is - giant paper pants! That is, if you're a girl who's about to have a operation to remove their favourite left breast to combat cancer. If that's you, get this look now. Quite frankly if you're wearing anything else, they just won't let you in. I'm serious, they are really weird about it - who knew?!

Glow in the Dark Nipples - Why Not?

Jodie Butt | Posted 31.08.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Jodie Butt

As my friend James pointed out, I'll probably never drown. I will have my own built-in buoyancy aid, like a life raft just ready to go should I ever need it. My own mini dinghy boob. Brilliant. Bond would be proud.

Diary of a Cancer Patient: The End is in Sight

Laura Smith | Posted 11.04.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Smith

With less than a month now til my last chemotherapy session I am getting frustratingly excited. So close but yet far enough. This past month I have had stronger days and each month I seem to keep getting a bit more able to deal with it. When I first started my chemo back in October 2011, I was on an intensive treatment plan which knocked me down for two months, I could hardly leave the house, ended up hospitalised and generally felt like I was dying.