Terminal Illness

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 20.10.2015 | 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.

Ten Tips for Surviving Uni When Someone You Love Is Dying

Naomi Barrow | Posted 28.09.2015 | 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 10.09.2015 | 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 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.

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 03.09.2015 | 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 20.08.2015 | 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 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.

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.

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.

Terminally Ill Boy Granted Dying Wish To See His Parents Get Married

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A terminally ill boy got his dying wish to see his mum and dad get married after his parents were granted permission to tie the knot at his bedside in...

Before I Kick the Bucket

Rowena Kincaid | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rowena Kincaid

Everyone keeps asking me what's on my bucket list. The problem is: I don't actually have one. People seem surprised when I tell them that. Why? Are all terminally ill people expected to have bucket lists? Do they help in some way? 

Taylor Swift Makes Dying Girl's Final Wish Come True

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Entertainment

Jalene Salinas is four years old and has spent much of her life battling an aggressive form of terminal brain cancer. At the top of her bucket list...

Terminally-Ill Doctor Fights For Dignity Of Fellow Cancer Patients

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A terminally ill doctor who launched a "compassionate" campaign to encourage fellow healthcare staff to introduce themselves to patients, has been bac...

Terminally Ill Brittany Maynard Gets Her Wish To End Her Own Life

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman who planned to end her life voluntarily, has died. The newlywed was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour ...

Bringing Comfort Through Music at the End of Life

Yumiko Sato | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Yumiko Sato

Daniel was showing signs of "terminal agitation." People at the end of life often experience this state characterized by confusion and restlessness. As a hospice music therapist I had seen many patients in this state before.

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.

This Newlywed Explains Why She'll Be Taking Her Own Life In November

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 09.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A 29-year-old recently married woman is planning to end her life on 1 November after receiving a terminal diagnosis. In April this year Brittany Ma...

I am Not a Label, But a Person Who Happens to Have Cancer

Karin Sieger | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

We all may resort to labelling something or somebody, when we do not know much about it, when it is a taboo, when it feels complex and difficult. Labelling can make a situation more manageable and in that way, it can help - a bit.

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?

Give Me the Right to Live, Not Die

Simon Stevens | Posted 14.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Simon Stevens

On Friday the Lords will debate the 'Assisted dying bill' and I am one if many disabled people that has been vocal in their opposition to this dangerous legislation, that is likely to be the starting point to the normalisation of 'mercy killings' and a societal pressure upon sick and disabled people to 'do the right' thing.

Clive James: When You Know You Are Dying Yet Feel 'Sentenced to Life'

Karin Sieger | Posted 27.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

How do we deal with terminal or life-shortening illness? What do we do, if it is us, a loved one or someone we know? There is no off-the-shelf answer; there is no simple solution. It is a journey we may find ourselves on unexpectedly and unprepared, or we may already be on the way, knowingly or unknowingly.

The Day I Went to See Arsenal Train

Jeff Brazier | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Entertainment
Jeff Brazier

If you are anything like me you would have grown up idolising your footballing hero's, my first was Kerry Dixon, then Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and Gary Lineker. To have met any of those at a young age would have felt no less like meeting a God... The simple pleasure received from meeting someone you really look up to is something you don't actually ever forget.The Sports Connection Foundation asked me if I would accompany a young lad, Tomas Mayer, who has (DMD) Duchene Muscular Dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair for the rest of his short life. Having DMD means all his body and organs are basically shutting down.

Dying Man Shares Farewell Kiss With Giraffe

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 21.03.2014 | UK

A photographer captured the incredible moment a giraffe said goodbye to his dying friend on Wednesday. The mentally disabled cancer patient, who spent...

Assisted Dying - Who Makes the Final Decision?

Jo Cartwright | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Jo Cartwright

Assisted dying was an idea I was aware of as I was growing up and one which seemed to make logical sense - if you are dying you should have control over the suffering that sometimes comes with that process. Then, at university, I worked as a healthcare assistant, mainly in palliative care. It was then I was forced to face the reality of our current cruel laws.