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Don't always sugarcoat - but provide options

As a pharmacist and only medically orientated in the family, I always find it difficult hearing test results from mom's stage 4 breast cancer and having to also translate these back into Chinese, but to still sound positive is a challenge. At first, I used to sugarcoat things, and when I attended a Dr.s appointment with mom, found out the doctor himself is sugarcoating news, when really, the truth needs to be spelled out so we can explore ALL options with full eyes open. So my tip - be honest.

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Anna S

Bromley

The win will be yours

My names Zahra and I'm 16 years old I was diagonsed with thyroid cancer in June a day before our festival and I had a full neck surgery with radiotheraphy and My hopes were up last week when I went doctors that my cancer had finished but instead I got the news I have another operation on the 3rd January we might get sad we might put our hopes low but after hardship comes ease don't be afraid to tell people you have cancer don't be afraid you feel left out becuase were all unique in your own way

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Zahra M

Birmingham

Neuropathy - how to help a side effect of chemo

My mum has awful pain in the soles of her feet, her toes and fingertips (neuropathy), a known side effect of the chemotherapy she's on. The pain is sometimes so bad it prevents her sleeping. We found that applying peppermint foot treatments available from The Body Shop really help; nothing else gives her such relief. She uses the spray, lotion and cream. It's not expensive and is readily available.

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Tracey W

London