Kate's Blog

Follow me if you will as I try to navigate through the ups and downs of my world.

I'm writing this blog to help me make sense of all that has happened - from my diagnosis with non-Hodgkins lymphoma while pregnant with my third child in May 2008
, through to my reflections on chaotic family life as I try to pick up the pieces of my life again.

The kids are so small, and I'm working hard to keep us all safe and to stay in remission.

Stay with me - it won't be all doom and gloom I promise!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

Thank You

Thank you all so much for the wonderful, supportive and oh so generous comments which have come my way since my article was published in The Guardian yesterday.

I am so very touched by everyone's care and concern. xxx


whiteshore said...

I have never managed to write down my own Cancer story and wonder if it has helped you feel freer by doing so. I too had NHL, treated with a stem-cell transplant, administered after my initial 8 rounds of chemo given mostly in Outpatients had proved in vain. I was 37, our daughter just 3 months, when we had the diagnosis. My tumour was wrapped around my bowels and I looked 7 months pregnant again, which confused quite a few people ....and made me feel like a freak. I was admitted for the first chemo the day after biopsy results. An amazing 4 years nearly since treatment ended and it still feels raw and lonely at times. The lumbar punctures / 92-hour marathon chemo sessions endured alone have left me in a permanent state of shock. Perhaps not helped by my not returning to work yet (I have to find a job - I used to teach French). I am sure you will be sent many stories like this ... the downside to your publishing your own maybe ... suffice to say I read it with huge interest and admiration. I am not wallowing in what has happened to me and enjoy new hobbies these days to help stay positive. Time to move on ...

Kate said...

Absolutely! Bravo to you. Moving on is the way forward (ha ha!)

Anonymous said...

I had Hodgkins Lymphoma when I was 33 in 1995 when my youngest child was 18 months old. Today I am well. To read your article in the Guardian was so touching. Your comments about the early menopause I absolutely identified with that.People are so pleased that you survive and live that there is no understanding of the impact of the side effects of the treatment.My husband really had no idea until he read your article. So thankyou for being able to communicate that so well.