Hi there! My name is Laura Ashurst. I’m a wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend. For the last 16 years I’ve also been a cancer patient at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough; I’m one of the one in eight women worldwide who develops breast cancer in her lifetime. I’m also a human being behind that statistic. I’m me and I’m living with cancer.
I had the honour yesterday of listening to Yasmin Khan. Yasmin is the founder and chief officer of the Middlesbrough based Halo Project Charity which supports victims of honour-based violence, forced marriages and female genital mutilation (FGM). As I listened to Yasmin, I was struck by the silence in the room. Silence, as we absorbed… Continue reading Strength of a Woman
Today is World Cancer Day 2019. Each of you reading that sentence has been affected by cancer. It’s a global disease which evokes an emotional response within us all when we see or hear the word ‘cancer’ because we’ve all felt its impact. Some of you reading this, may have lost a partner or other… Continue reading I Am And I Will
We experience the power of touch when we take our first breath and enter this world. Upon leaving our mother’s body we experience the sensation of being touched by another human being; something so powerful and vitally important, that as humans, we’re unable to develop and thrive without it. The benefits of personal touch from… Continue reading The Therapeutic Power of Touch
Life is full of stories. They’re an integral part of who we are, made up of pages of our lives; chapters that start and end, capturing whole episodes of our time here. Our heritage and culture has been shaped by them; storytelling has survived generations of progress with stories from hundreds of years ago still… Continue reading Being The Story
I’ve been a bit stuck lately and being stuck means I haven’t felt like blogging. Today I decided to unstick the stickiness and say ‘hello’ to all of you who are reading this; some of you have asked me where I’ve been and I thank you for that. I’ve actually done some very lovely things over… Continue reading Bridesmaids Revisited
Meister Eckhart said, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is ‘thank you’, it will be enough.” Two small words that mean so much, and yet I don’t think we say them as often as we should. And, when we do say thank you, what are we actually saying? Do we… Continue reading The Art of Saying Thank You
Do you ever feel like your light’s lost its glimmer? Is there something or someone who makes you burn less brightly? The answer to this is probably ‘yes’ unless you’re a robot. If we’re honest with ourselves, each of us experiences the loss of our light from time to time and it’s no wonder; life’s path… Continue reading Light Someone’s Path This Week