Penny Rutterford

Blogger on life with and beyond breast cancer at www.greatthingsaboutcancer.com

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.
What Lies Beneath - Body Confidence After Breast

What Lies Beneath - Body Confidence After Breast Cancer

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
I'm So Vain - Body Image after

I'm So Vain - Body Image after Cancer

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
Dropping the C Bomb on a First Date - Dating After Breast

Dropping the C Bomb on a First Date - Dating After Breast Cancer

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
Keeping It Casual - Dating After Breast

Keeping It Casual - Dating After Breast Cancer

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