Hello out there, all you lovely people. How are you doing? I hope you are fine and if not know: ” my thoughts and prayers go out to you daily!”
Today I thought I share with you some of the resources that I work with when it comes to cancer.
Directly when I got diagnosed, the breast care nurse took some time to give me some of the information material the hospital offers. She also took the time to answer my questions. I had already figured that I had cancer because they insisted I come to the hospital for results. Usually they sent me a letter.
So I didn’t have too many questions at first. I was, however, still grateful for any information for later. Especially the MacMillan info book about financial help.
Norwich is excellent because it has the Big C Center. It is a charity helping you with cancer. Besides information on finances and treatments, they would usually also offer massages, talking therapies to deal with mental health issues and advice on wigs, etc. in connection with the Weybourne Center at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals. However, I’ve got cancer in COVID lockdown times, so a,ny self-care self-spoiling treatments were out of the question.
One of the first things I did was contacting MacMillans financial advisors to see if we could get any financial help. Turned out we earned too much to get more than the grant the hospital offers. We had already taken it up as the best husband just had started to work again after his operation in November. We had trouble to feed ourselves and needed it to pay for travelling to the hospital.
I also signed up for the forum at MacMillan but have to admit I hardly ever use it. Am too busy with blogging :-). But it feels good as back up. MacMillan also offers advice and support for friends, families and carers.
If MacMillan can’t give me the answers I am looking for, then I look at the Cancer Research UK page. While MacMillan offers more practical help with cancer Cancer Research tackles the more scientific problems and information. Another good source of information is the YouTube channel of the Mayo Clinic. I like their more forward-thinking approach when it comes to cancer.
What I always wanted to listen to was the You, Me and the BIG C Podcast. However, I am not a podcast person. So I haven’t yet.
I know that there are lots more resources out there, but to be honest: I find a few useful resources more helpful than many. It would confuse me. I sometimes can hardly think straight because of brain fog.
So that was my short rundown on cancer resources. Now, please come away with me to Mexico.
I assume my US readers might know more about it than I because it seems to be a favourite holiday destination for Americans. My knowledge only comes from Rick Steins food documentary “Road to Mexico” and several documentaries about Frieda Kahlo. I haven’t even read a Mexican author… oops.
So, for all of us newbies, let’s have a look at an introduction by lonely planet.
It would be worth a visit if I wouldn’t so afraid of flying ;-). So I found a longer documentary about Mexico by Expoza Travel:
And some hidden beauties to check out:
I feel there can’t be a post about Mexico without Frida Kahlo. So here you go 🙂
And last but not least a blog about living in Mexico:
Surviving in Mexico: 7 Things you can strike off your Bucket List by Visiting Mexico
Sorry my dear readers. I am getting tired. So not much info about today’s chosen musician. Her name is Ely Guerra a strong Mexican songwriter whose music I find, needs getting accustomed to. But I started this project to challenge my music listening habits and maybe yours too.
And where are we going next week?
Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday, August 3rd, 2020
I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we move a little East to Cuba. Please find Cuban musicians here on the CultureTrip page.
As for the suggestions to take part:
- Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
- Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page“
- Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
- No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
- I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
- If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
Please stay a little longer and find my poetry posts on The Bee Creates… on Weebly. Thanks!
You are more into photography? Then please check out my photo posts on Bee Wordless on Blogger.
You can also find my photos on Dreamstime (affiliate link, you do not need to buy anything but if you do I get 10% from your purchase).
Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.
Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.
Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!