This is where I tell you that I am so much more than just a cancer patient! The time line below is ‘an at a glance’ take on the last ten years and different stages of my own battle. The Time to Reflect blogs listed below reflect on the details of my personal journey and all the twists, turns, tangoes and foxtrots I’ve performed with the mighty C!

In my own space I am also a wife and Mum. I love singing and dancing and I am a self confessed knitwear junkie. I can’t live without GHD’s and I’m well known for my Monica’isms! I am a crazy organised, overly efficient ex PA who loves finding my zen with yoga and meditation. My favourite hobby is singing and I adore walking my gorgeous black labrador as well as cooking healthy recipes and baking with my daughter! After working in the film industry for five years I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer suddenly at the age of twenty seven.

I kept a daily diary of treatment and recovery, keeping friends and family abreast of my journey. It was a life line. I discovered my love of writing while still in school uniform, writing volumes of descriptive essays but wasn’t brave enough to do anything with it properly until I embarked on a children’s writing course. Then three years ago I was asked to blog for an online magazine in light of my age and secondary diagnosis. Suddenly my diary became a massive tool of solidarity I wanted to share.

In 2014, I had a third diagnosis and with a gorgeous family now in tow, life has certainly been interesting! I am no expert, neither am I an encyclopaedia on breast cancer, let alone any cancer, but I have learnt from experience how vital it is, in this day and age, to actively offer that personal support and empathy to others. After having to find the strength to get up and dust myself off more than once, I wanted to prove there is a silver lining and since the cancer survival rates have doubled in the last forty years, there are clearly a fair few of us along for the ride, all re building their own space to shine x

 

In February 2017 The Huffington Post published a piece on Sam on thier online lifestyle magazine. This is a summary of Sam’s story;

Link to Huffington Post
 

My Timeline:

Time to Reflect

Spinning Plates

When you first hold that little bundle of wrinkled skin and shrivelled gorgeousness, in your arms, your life changes in the blink of an eye. Your carefree days of only having to worry about yourself are gone, your time is no longer your own. You are a mum. You are...

Team Work

A blog on my experience speaking at the 3rd Breast Cancer forum for Breast Cancer in the young, the pregnant and those with a family history. Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. -Andrew Carnegie It wasn't the most ideal time for my...

Radio Gaga Part 2

After being told that three out of the four machines were down that day and the delay was two hours long, one look at my horrified face (after interrupting me in full flow of IT demo with Doris and Pete) it was quickly decided that I should return the next day and...

Radio Gaga

On what is the hottest day of the year so far, it seems slightly ironic that I am talking about a cancer treatment that involves high radiation that can damage skin while destroying cancer cells, but I have wanted to share my experience of radiotherapy for some time....

Cherish The Day

Happy belated 2015! Apologies for the radio silence. What with Christmas and all that comes in it's wake, finding precious moments to write has been somewhat of a challenge. The very smart SamSpace website is also in the process of being built (So exciting and so...

Me and My Shadow

Then Wendy saw the shadow on the floor, looking so draggled, and she was frightfully sorry for Peter. "How awful!" she said, but she could not help smiling when she saw that he had been trying to stick it on with soap.... Fortunately she knew at once what to do. "It...

The Future

This is the final instalment of my husband Pete's amazing blog about his perspective during my cancer diagnosis. Again, thank you for all the amazing feedback. It is so lovely to know how well received it has been and how it may be helping other partners through what...

The Following Weeks

Following on from my hubby Pete's first blog last week, here is the second instalment. For anyone who hasn't yet read the first, please feel free to scroll down below this one and you will find Part 1! We have had such a fantastic response to this addition to SamSpace...

I am no writer

Over the next three weeks I want to post three blogs written by my darling hubby Pete. He wasn't around when I had BC the first time, but he has been around for the last two diagnosis and from a man, and a partners point of view, I thought it really important that he...

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