Diary Of A Survivor

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A friend calls his diary ‘my dreary’; since he had cancer it now lists hospital appointments instead of parties. Know exactly what he means – so here is my Dreary.

What a difference a welcome makes

13.2.18 Set off for my very first medical appointments in Oxford, and had a wonderful welcome at both.  First stop was to check in with the Maggie Centre and a meeting to discuss benefits.  In London I qualified for enough of these to cover the cost of a carer;  I...

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World gone mad

11.1.18 First, one of the Queen's bridesmaids was apparently left on a hospital trolley for 20 hours, before being found a bed in an NHS hospital ward.  What on earth were the family doing?  Her mother was one of richest women in Britain, so why on earth didn't they...

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28.11.17 Am I alone, or are others fed up with TV ads and speakers harping on about how cancer makes them feel, and how they bravely got through it.  We all know what it's like - what we need is a strong charity behind us who will act as advocates, going forward to...

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The NHS Doesn’t Understand Good Housekeeping

The NHS doesn’t understand good housekeeping; it wastes our money in so many ways, one wonders what the next daffy ‘initiative’ will cost. Our local Kensington and Chelsea Healthwatch has decided that cancer care and prevention is no longer a...

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When will the NHS think about patients?

The Paterson case rears its very ugly head again, and again the NHS's neglect of patient care is highlighted in the most horrific circumstances. Surgeon Ian Paterson's treatment of patients with breast cancer was so bad that he has been given a 20-year prison...

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We’ve got Christmas back!

Is it just me, or are the Christmas Ads, jingles and jollification toned down this year?  There seem fewer 'Christmassy' themes around; I put this down to the Election. causing people to think about the consumerism that assaults us in the run-up to December 25th. And...

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NHS say lessons have been learnt – really?

Here we go again - yet another NHS hospital trust is facing claims of clinical malpractice and a flood of lawsuits. I wish they would bring back Matron, instead of lumbering hospitals with overpaid and seemingly useless Chief Executives.  There are some who really...

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Am I being selfish?

Patients have the drive and motivitation to search for the best care, so when we take time to do our research and work out what is causing frightening side effects, why don't doctors listen to us? Admit that we know and understand what is causing problems. Cancer...

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