Cancer and exercise, the win-win

A few years ago I was fortunate to be asked by the University of Surrey to give a talk on World Cancer day about my relationship with cancer and how I have used exercise to help me in my ongoing dealings with it. (I’ve included the talk below) Since this talk I’ve had cancer for…

Cancer is teaching me to pay it forward

It’s fair to say 2016 has been a shit show of a year. Yet again Cancer has dominated the headlines with a fourth reappearance for me and my father has been diagnosed with Prostate cancer.   Alongside my lungs not working as well as they should as a result of all of the treatments and some…

Cancer and the inner athlete

I am particularly average at sport.  My most notable sporting achievement before cancer was a first place in the Chester and District Shot Putt aged 13. I was quite good at Basketball until I moved up a year and I realized that my ‘gifts’ were less to do with my Jordan like ability and rather…

Cancer and the positive pragmatist

I was going to start this blog with: “It’s an odd thing to write this knowing that I have had cancer 4 times” but as I read it back it occurred to me it’s not actually odd, it’s not even improbable, in fact in my heart of hearts I knew I’d have cancer again, not…

Motivation for the weekend: The world needs more brave souls.

More specifically courage is the ability to recognise your fear, understand what is scaring you, comprehend why it is and then blindly ignore it and do it anyway. Doing it anyway is the application of rationality with a healthy acceptance of what will be will be, over what is stopping you. Society has developed because…

Do you like you?

I was struck this week by the notion that throughout my life I have done things that I am not proud of and I think that that is part of growing up. However the most startling revelation is that before I was ill I’m not sure I would have wanted to be friends with me….

Not older just stronger

Today I turned 38 and I realised this morning that I have spent the best part of a quarter of my life in and out of battles with Cancer. Or more specifically I have spent a quarter of my life kicking Cancer’s ass. It has been a battle that has not been without casualties but…

Thought for the day – Motivation is like taking a bath

Sometimes you don’t want to run your own bath you just want to slide into the warm soapy bubbles that someone else has prepared for you.  It’s the same with motivation, sometimes it is difficult to motivate yourself and that’s when you look around at the world around you see the things that are important…

Motivation Monday – the gift of life

Sometimes even as a Survivor I can forget to make the most of every day; living life just plain gets in the way of getting out there and doing amazing things.  But in reality you have to realise that making the most out of life isn’t necessarily doing something massive every day it’s about doing…

8 simple things that Golf and Cancer have in common

I am a survivor and I’m good at that I am a Golfer and I am very very bad at that but what I have noticed is that there are a number of similarities inherent to both that for anybody thinking of taking up the game, or more pertinently for this blog, dealing with Cancer…

Thought for the week – Inner Strength

I never really considered myself a strong person until I had to be and I suppose that’s really the point of inner strength. How are you supposed to know that there are untapped resources of resolve and resilience if you have never had to tap into them before? When I found mine there wasn’t a…