Writer, reader, blogger, charity fundraiser. Find me on: https://cyclingforcancer.co.uk/
10% of what I earn on Vocal goes to Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
I took part in Twitter's PitMad for the first time this December. Having worked to finish my manuscript during the last few months, I thought I'd enter the quartely event on Twitter.
In March 2019 I was diagnosed with stage 3 womb cancer. Because it had spread outside the womb to nearby lymph nodes, I needed a radical hysterectomy, sessions of chemotherapy and 27 sessions of radiotherpy (25 external and two internal doses).
In March 2019 I was diagnosed with stage 3 womb cancer. I had to have radical hysterectomy, chemo and radiotherapy to treat it. Having a life-threatening illness made me value everyting I have so much more.
Oh cheese, how I love you I love you with chocolate, I love you with yoghurt I love you with cucumber, I love you on my toast
My thighs burn as my feet pound the pavement. Each step forward is a battle against the desire to quit. But I can’t stop now. I have less than a kilometre left to complete the first 10km run of my life. I switch the song playing on my headphones. I need something grittier to help me get to the end.
At school, when teachers set children targets, we often talk about SMART targets. SMART is an acronym which gives the criteria for setting targets, and each target we give a pupil should be:
Have you been rejected by a publisher or a Medium publication? I certainly have, and it hurts. After spending hours or days writing and fine-tuning your article, to have it turned down by publications is painful.
Taking a risk is never easy. But what if the daily grind is making us unhappy and leaves us feeling unfulfilled? Sometimes it is necessary to take a leap into the unknown to come unstuck and open the door for new possibilities.