September, more so than January, always makes me think about new beginnings probably because of many past years working as a college lecturer. September heralds the start of the new academic year and, during my teaching years, this golden, autumnal month was the start of a fresh calendar, new students and a whole new academic year… Continue reading Good Enough Just As You Are
Chemotherapy is a highly toxic drug or combination of highly toxic drugs, given to a person who has been diagnosed with cancer, prescribed by an oncologist. Sounds straight forward enough? I knew precisely nothing about chemotherapy before I was diagnosed with cancer other than some types of chemotherapy made people’s hair fall out and some… Continue reading Hobson’s Choice
A couple of years ago I was chatting to my twin sister about friendships. She said something to me that I hadn’t heard before which was: “You see, in life Laura, there are two types of people; radiators and drains”. My jaw fell open because I thought that was one of the most insightful things… Continue reading Radiators and Drains
I started to think about the power of a smile when I read this week, that July 14th has been designated as the happiest day of the year, making it the day in which the most smiles will be seen according to leading psychologist, Dr Cliff Arnall, a former Cardiff University lecturer and now an NHS… Continue reading The Power of a Smile
My thought for today is ‘hope’. It’s a word that, for the last 16 years, I’ve tried really hard, (actually that’s not true, I’ve tried really, really hard) to use as part of my everyday vocabulary even on days when I haven’t felt hopeful; saying the word out loud anchors me and reminds me of… Continue reading Living With Hope
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.