Terminal Cancer

One Month Without Mum

Naomi Barrow | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Some days are okay; I can smile, laugh, work, see people and generally live life. Other days are hard and I have to just be patient with myself. I miss her. I miss her so much. But I can live my life alongside missing her. Most importantly, despite missing her, I can still be kind to myself.

Star Wars Fan With Cancer Dies After Seeing 'The Force Awakens' Before Release Date

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 10.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Daniel Fleetwood, the man with terminal cancer, made headlines when he was granted his dying wish to watch 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' before its r...

Slow Down, Your Mum Died Last Week

Naomi Barrow | Posted 05.11.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Last week, I sat down with someone and was airing some of my frustrations, they looked at me and basically said "Naomi, your Mum died last week". Mum died and my body is grieving. It's why some days feel like sludge. It's why I'm so tired all the time no matter how much I sleep. It's frustrating and annoying but it's how my life is.

Star Wars Fan With Terminal Cancer Pleads To See 'The Force Awakens' Before Release Date

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A Star Wars fan who was given two months to live back in July says he is "holding on" to see 'The Force Awakens'. Daniel Fleetwood, who has termina...

The Last Days of Life

Naomi Barrow | Posted 20.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

I can't imagine how it must feel to wonder which part of your body might fail on you next, to know that you might not live to the weekend and will never feel the sun on your skin again. Yet, she faces it with a dignity and grace that most of us can't muster when faced with the prospect of a half-hour trip on a weird smelling bus, never mind much else.

Mum Is Dying

Naomi Barrow | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

I don't know how long Mum has left. I know that she's tired, that she's been battling this illness for a long time and it's not a nice position to be in. We're lucky because we have an amazing network of friends around us who constantly offer lifts, food, hugs, and an ear.

Thinking Out Loud

Naomi Barrow | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Somebody asked me last week if each time I said goodbye to my Mum I thought about whether or not it would be our last. The very quick answer to that question would be 'no'. When Mum was first diagnosed, I did for a while, but not anymore.

Dear Friend, My Mum Has Terminal Cancer

Naomi Barrow | Posted 04.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Dear Friend, I'm sorry to have to tell you this but mum has been diagnosed with terminal cancer. I'm sorry to tell you in such a blunt way, but there really is no other way to say it, and as I've had to tell so many people, I've got used to just saying it, now.

I Miss Our House Being Noisy

Naomi Barrow | Posted 05.08.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

When I get up on a morning now, everyone is still asleep. I get up in silence, creep around the house getting ready for my run before returning, showering, and getting ready for work as quietly as possible. I walk through the door on an evening now and I see and hear nobody. It's silent.

Terminal Cancer Might Be Taking My Mum's Body, But It Will Never Take My Mum

Naomi Barrow | Posted 30.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Cancer will never take all the things she taught me (not to mention other people), the impact she's leaving in the medical world, or the impression she's made on everyone she's ever met. Cancer can't take her love for me and my brothers, her pride in what we achieve, or her hopes and dreams for our futures.

Hope Is a Special but Fragile Thing

Naomi Barrow | Posted 07.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Though it may be a life without my Mum, there is a life waiting for me. Whatever happens outside of me, I am still me and I can still achieve amazing things. Hope and gratitude are so fragile, but so important. I am grateful for the brilliant people around me who lift me up, inspire me to hope for the future, and be the best version of myself that I can be.

Cancer: An Organised Person's Worst Nightmare

Naomi Barrow | Posted 01.07.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Ever since Mum's diagnosis, we have tried to keep life as normal as possible and on the whole, I think we're doing a pretty good job. One thing that we constantly struggle with though, is planning. Despite what books and movies say, cancer is not linear or predictable, and Mum's has often proven even less predictable than most.

Carers Are Hidden Heroes

Naomi Barrow | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

My Dad is a carer - he cares for Mum. We're lucky in that Mum is relatively independent at the moment, she can do most things herself... Carers are incredible, they really are. They are hidden, hardworking and humble. Please try and notice them this week. Please reach out to them. If anyone deserves an hour of your time, it's them.

Making Difficult Decisions

Naomi Barrow | Posted 03.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Mum probably won't still be here when I graduate. She will probably die whilst I'm still at uni. I have to cram twenty or thirty years of visits into twenty or thirty days/weeks/months. I have to ask all my questions now; predict what I might want to know in years to come. Each birthday might be Mum's last, so rather than forget it I want to make it special.

Why Am I Blogging About Terminal Cancer?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

As a young person living with a parent who has a terminal diagnosis, I've discovered a fairly considerable hole in the people-dying-support-system stuff. There is a lot of support out there for children with a close family member who is dying; there is a fair amount of support for spouses and for parents of people who are dying.

This Dying Dog's Bucket List Is Unbelievably Sweet

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle

When Lauren Fern Watt found out that her English Mastiff, Gizelle, was diagnosed with terminal bone cancer, she was absolutely devastated. Watt's ...

What Lynda Bellingham's Cancer Journey Can Teach Us

Karin Sieger | Posted 28.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

She has been described as a national institution. Many of us have grown up with her, have been entertained, made to think and continue to be impressed by Lynda Bellingham's bravery. What can she teach us now at the end of her life?

'I Get To Marry The Man Of My Dreams' Says Bride With Terminal Bone Cancer

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Pennsylvania's Good Samaritan Hospital was not the venue newlyweds Heather Miller and Brian Neff had in mind when they tied the knot, but in the end, ...

How to Cope With Cancer at Christmas

Karin Sieger | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

A simple question. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer. Being affected by cancer this Christmas can come in many different ways. You, someone you know or are close to, may have just been diagnosed, may undergo or finish treatment.

'I Feel So Well And I Might Be Dead By Summer'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK

A television journalist has revealed she may die within six months after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer for a third time. BBC news corresponde...