Terminal Illness

I've Lost My Mum, Dad And Sister To Cancer, But I'll Keep Fighting It

Jo Walker | Posted 21.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jo Walker

My mum Rita was just 49 when she died from ovarian cancer. John, my dad, was 69. He had pancreatic cancer, while my sister, Gina, was 55 when she died, and Aunt Lilian, who died last year, also had pancreatic cancer. My other sister, Lesley is a breast cancer survivor.

My Bionic Woman

Lucy O'Brien | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy O'Brien

I'm a 29-year-old mental health nursing student from the University of South Wales, and I've been the sole carer for my mother, who has terminal cancer and is now receiving palliative care at home.

People With Terminal Illnesses Share What's On Their Bucket List

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 07.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle

People who are terminally ill have been sharing the things they want to do in their final days, months and years and it’ll make you rethink your pri...

The Changing Face Of Volunteering

Debbie Hill | Posted 01.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Debbie Hill

What does a dog wagging its tail, a mum of two planting flowers in the garden and a make-up artist have in common? They all volunteer their time for free to help people who are terminally ill.

Can We Please Talk About Death?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 16.04.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

The only way we can start to break down the walls that death puts up, is to talk about it. The only way we can begin to 'trial and error' our way through the language surrounding death, is to begin to try, experience a few errors, and slowly work out the best way for these conversations to happen. Death and grief aren't a big black hole that needs to be avoided at all costs. Talking to someone about it won't make you fall in the hole and keep falling until you can't get up.

How To Cope With Your First Mother's Day After Loss

Claire Crawford | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Claire Crawford

As hard as it was, I still went to visit Mum's grave with flowers and it provided some comfort. Now, five years later, on Mother's Day I do the same. I still miss Mum every day but I want people facing their first Mother's Day after losing their mum to know you are not alone and there are things you can do to help cope with the overwhelming grief.

The Hierarchy Of Suffering

Daloni Carlisle | Posted 22.03.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Daloni Carlisle

This is what I call the hierarchy of suffering and I want to challenge it. It's a way of thinking that says because I have this cancer, my suffering trumps yours. My friend did not call to tell me about her accident because, in her mind, her suffering is lower down in this pyramid. She is not worthy of my sympathy.

Remembering A Lone Voice - My Homage To Glyn Worsnip

Ed Green | Posted 13.03.2017 | UK Entertainment
Ed Green

A random experience on the morning commute made me think of the most inspired piece of radio I've ever heard. Stepping off a busy tube at St Paul's, ...

Daughter Buys Mum A Puppy After Finding Out She Is Terminally Ill

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A daughter bought her mum a new puppy as a surprise, after discovering she is terminally ill and has less than a year to live. Sharing the heartbreaki...

Dear Friend Whose Mum Is Terminally Ill

Naomi Barrow | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Your faith will be shaken. Whether it is faith in a higher power, in nature, in science, in people, or simply in good, it will be shaken because there is no rhyme or reason as to why this is happening. Eventually you will find faith in the little things again.

Terminally Ill Mum Finds Out Grandchild's Gender Just Days Before Passing Away

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 17.08.2016 | UK Parents

A terminally ill woman found out the gender of her grandchild just three days before she died. Taylor Masilotti, who is expecting her first child with...

Terminally Ill Bride Fulfills Dying Wish To Marry Childhood Sweetheart

Portsmouth News / Solent News | Natasha Hinde | Posted 16.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

A terminally ill 20-year-old has had her dream come true after marrying her childhood sweetheart. Brave Natalie Turner, who is battling a rare form of...

Terminally Ill Woman Throws Party Before Ending Her Own Life

The Huffington Post | Sara C Nelson | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK

The laughter, smiles and closeness in these pictures belie the deep sadness that tinged this two-day party. In early July, Betsy Davis emailed her clo...

Here's to Those of Us Who Aren't Graduating This Week

Naomi Barrow | Posted 19.07.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Here's to those of us whose lives got blown off course. Those who are continuing to get up and face the world every single day, despite seeing how far life will go to try and make sure we can't. Who are in new jobs, making new friends, creating a different life from the one we had always planned.

Dying Matters: The Big Conversation

Joe Levenson | Posted 22.12.2016 | UK
Joe Levenson

Every minute someone in the UK dies, but despite some really welcome progress many of us still don't talk to our loved ones about our end of life wishes.

Parents Honour Terminally Ill Daughter's Wish To Choose 'Heaven' Over 'Hospital'

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK Parents

Two parents have made a promise to honour their terminally ill five-year-old daughter's heartbreaking wish. When Julianna next falls ill, her pare...

The Last Days of Life

Naomi Barrow | Posted 20.10.2016 | 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.

Ten Tips for Surviving Uni When Someone You Love Is Dying

Naomi Barrow | Posted 27.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Packing up your bedroom and going to uni is exciting and scary whether you're going into your first year, or subsequent years. Packing up and heading off to uni and leaving behind a parent (or other family member) who is dying brings a whole host of new challenges and worries.

The Assisted Dying Bill Doesn't Make Sense

Dr Simon Duffy | Posted 09.09.2016 | UK Politics
Dr Simon Duffy

The Assisted Dying Bill is a significant step backwards. When we strip away its euphemisms it is a law to help people who are frightened of pain or disability to achieve a quicker end to their life, with the support of a doctor. It undermines our respect for human life, encourages a disrespectful attitude to people with disabilities and fundamentally changes the role of the doctor.

Dear Friend, My Mum Has Terminal Cancer

Naomi Barrow | Posted 02.09.2016 | 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.

Mum Wanted to Die So She Wouldn't Be a Burden - But Convincing Her to Live Gave Us Both a Gift Beyond Measure

Baroness Ilora Finlay | Posted 03.09.2016 | UK
Baroness Ilora Finlay

I will never regret that our law protected her; preventing her from ending her life when she was vulnerable to despair. Those four years we shared were the most precious gift. Without them, Mum would have missed what she described as some of the richest times in her life and we would have missed understanding just what an amazing person she was.

Social Media is a Carefully Constructed Façade

Naomi Barrow | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

The stuff I don't post on social media are the things that keep me up at night. The discussions I've had with Dad about Mum's health. Worries about whether Mum will make it up the stairs tonight. How exasperated I feel that my family seem to have stopped leaving the house.

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

Naomi Barrow | Posted 29.07.2016 | 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.

Cancer: An Organised Person's Worst Nightmare

Naomi Barrow | Posted 01.07.2016 | 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.

Why Am I Blogging About Terminal Cancer?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 24.05.2016 | 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.