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.
Life’s lessons teach us things all of the time. At almost 52, I’m still learning: from mistakes and successes, from experiences of day-to-day life and just generally, from things that life throws at me. We’re all students of life-long learning and how dull life would be if we knew it all. It would also make… Continue reading The Magic of Friendship
When something that causes us pain is hidden away for so long, its depth and intensity deepens. Covered under layers of emotion, physical and psychological scars left untreated, can take root in such a way that they develop a pain all of their own, one that’s driven by a longing to be set free. The… Continue reading Giving Old Scars New Life Through An Empathetic Lens
If you are reading this, it means that you are a human being. Obvious fact you might say? It is an obvious fact but there lies the end of the similarity between us all. As human beings, we are each so different from one another (unless of course, you’re an indentical twin and even then… Continue reading Stress Awareness Month
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