Understanding One Another

I read a quote the other day that said: A lot of problems in the world would disappear if we talked to each other instead of about each other. It got me thinking, which isn’t always a good thing. I thought about the level of truth in it and then I thought again. Talking is… Continue reading Understanding One Another

Hello you!

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.

What Does Courage Look Like?

I have lots of precious childhood Christmas memories. One of them is sitting back-to-back with my twin sister on Christmas Day morning as we unwrapped our presents so that neither of us spoiled the surprise for the other in respect of the contents of a Christmas gift. (In those days twins were given the same… Continue reading What Does Courage Look Like?

Mental Health and COVID-19

This blog post feels a bit different to my usual blog posts but it’s in keeping with the concept of us all currently facing a highly unusual time. Time is something that is going to feel very different in the coming weeks and months. During the last five days of self-isolation, I’ve tried four times,… Continue reading Mental Health and COVID-19

Opening our Hearts to Kindness

Caroline Flack committed suicide on Saturday 15th February 2020. Like millions of others, I read about the tragic event that Saturday evening on social media. I immediately felt a wave of total sadness and shock wash over me. The circumstances leading up to Caroline’s suicide have been intensely documented within the media whose recent coverage and scrutiny… Continue reading Opening our Hearts to Kindness

A Penny for Your Thoughts

If we had a penny for every thought we experience each day, we’d all be very wealthy. As human beings, thousands of thoughts swirl through our minds every day. And knowing this, do you wonder how many of those thoughts are actually helpful to our mental wellbeing? I’m interested in the answer for a number… Continue reading A Penny for Your Thoughts