My life is good, I am fortunate in many ways but I still feel that cancer has stolen from me.
Penny Rutterford writes about life with and beyond breast cancer. Her blog www.greatthingsaboutbreastcancer.com was described in The Daily Mail as "searingly honest". She writes about the impact surgery and treatment has on one's confidence, body image and mental health.
Celebrity Cleavages, Strictly Come Dancing And Pinktober - The Perfect Storm: To Reconstruct Or Not To Reconstruct After Breast Cancer?
October is here. In previous years the only thing guaranteed to bring tears to my eyes would be the cost of getting my boiler fixed as I fired up my central heating. Now, since my breast cancer, there are two new things that annually make me weep: Strictly Come Dancing and Pinktober (Breast Cancer Awareness Month).
03/10/2016 12:53 BST
I recently posted pictures of my new prosthesis on social media and it caused a stir. My "selfie-esteem" was bolstered by "likes" and smiling emojis, but offline I was asked why I wanted to share something so personal and that maybe these things should be hidden away...
14/08/2016 23:07 BST
My love of coordinated lingerie is perhaps only one step away from my Mother's entreaties to wear clean pants in case of an accident, even though I would hazard a guess that just before impact it's not just brakes that skid in any road traffic accident.
21/06/2016 12:07 BST
It is now over a year since I completed what is termed "active treatment". Now I hate to seem ungrateful but however delighted I am to be alive, I would still welcome a head of hair without a bald patch, eyebrows that do not need drawing on each day and eyelashes that reach a lash count in excess of ten.
17/05/2016 13:54 BST
I take a deep breath and say, in what I hope is a casual kind of way, "I've had cancer". What comes next is another surprise. "Where?" he asks. Now I am a forward kind of girl and it is only maturity, lack of opportunity and good manners that have calmed my instinct for being promiscuous, inappropriate and downright crude
18/03/2016 13:34 GMT
At this stage I have no answers. I am looking for them. I am as yet unsure of how I will meet new men. As "brave and beautiful" as my cancer is deemed to have made me I am conscious of the lack of eligible men of my age looking for women of their own age to date. I am loathe to reduce the probabilities by throwing in a minor disfigurement.
13/03/2016 20:16 GMT
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