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Is counselling for me?

By | 2017-10-30T16:03:12+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Articles|

Chronic illness often brings with it many lifestyle changes that can be hard to accept. Losing the ability to do things that you previously enjoyed, like driving a car or having a busy social life, can be particularly difficult and may leave you feeling like an entirely different person from who you were before. Although self-help [...]

I’ve finished my treatment. Now what?

By | 2017-10-30T16:03:12+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Articles|

Receiving a life-changing diagnosis can be scary. But once you’ve told your loved ones the news, made it through all the doctor’s appointments and finished your treatment, what happens next? The trauma of disease alters your life dramatically. Normal routine is disrupted, your priorities shift and relationships with family and friends may change. Now that you’ve [...]

How to support someone with an invisible illness

By | 2017-10-30T16:03:12+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Articles|

In many ways it can be a blessing to have an invisible, rather than visible, illness. No one has to know how much pain you’re in unless you choose to tell them. Your ostomy bag can stay a secret if that’s what you prefer. But invisible illnesses aren’t as well understood as cancer or a broken [...]

What is mindfulness and how can it help me?

By | 2017-10-30T16:03:12+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Articles|

These days, it seems like everyone’s talking about meditation or mindfulness. But is it just a passing fad, or is there more to it? What is it? Meditation has been around for (literally) thousands of years. Almost every major religion has incorporated it into its practises in some way. Today, the most common form in the [...]

What is hospice care?

By | 2017-10-30T16:03:12+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Articles|

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘hospice’? Many might think of a type of hospital that is only for people at the end of their lives. Unsurprisingly, this can paint quite a depressing picture! In reality, hospices are friendly, welcoming places that offer the definition of tender loving care. Focusing on respect, [...]

How to overwrite your subconscious and live more positively

By | 2017-10-30T16:03:12+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Articles|

Often, it seems it’s all too easy to become hostage to our memories, thoughts and feelings. After all, many people would argue that’s all we are – the sum of our experiences and our reactions to them. In many ways, they are right: every memory, thought or feeling is just a download of information, filed away [...]

Dr Michael Hill – Surviving Me Review

By | 2018-02-07T11:03:30+00:00 October 29th, 2017|Categories: Review|

The objective [of Surviving Me] is obviously an important one. I read recently that in the UK, the risk of cancer is one in three, and there are other serious illnesses that need management. I was a psychiatrist, and had no experience in dealing with terminal illness, but many of the suggestions [in Surviving Me] could [...]