Yesterday marked two years since I received my own stem cells back after having several days of gruelling high-dose chemotherapy. Having a stem cell transplant to kick the return of Hodgkin Lymphoma after 10 years being cancer free was one of the hardest times of my life. For those wondering what a stem cell transplant… Continue reading The Sides of Suffering
Posts about my experience of having cancer as a 19-year-old and a 29-year-old.
Back to the Beginning: A Ministry of Hope
Do you ever cringe when you think about some of the things you used to do or say? As a writer, I look back at some of my earlier work and quietly chuckle to myself hoping no one will ever read it. I know I am my worst critic and perhaps deserve to cut myself… Continue reading Back to the Beginning: A Ministry of Hope
Perspective in suffering
As I'm writing this, I'm recovering from Covid and have spent the day looking after my daughter who has also been unwell. Apart from having bone ache, a sore throat, a mild cough and a fever, it has not been too bad. For that, I am thankful. Yet, these illnesses that come upon our bodies… Continue reading Perspective in suffering
The Blog is Back
Welcome back to The Mustard Seed - the blog that I have been crafting since 2011. I had a break over the summer to think and pray about the next steps of my writing. Of course, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II passed away during this time, so I popped back to write a reflective piece… Continue reading The Blog is Back
One Year On From A Stem Cell Transplant: Easter Reflection
The 20th April 2022 will mark one year since I had an autologous stem cell transplant. I remember my emotions a year ago. It was the time where I felt most alone and afraid in my entire life so far. Nobody could experience the high dose chemotherapy and the suffering that it caused on my… Continue reading One Year On From A Stem Cell Transplant: Easter Reflection
Is there hope in suffering?
https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss I saw an Instagram post from a Christian I follow who has entered remission from a cancer that she had. Like me, she has a young child and has not had an easy time. However, she recently returned to work as a nurse and was very understandably happy to be back to it. In… Continue reading Is there hope in suffering?
Two Books That Helped Me Through A Cancer Relapse
Just a short post today on two books that I was very thankful for as I went through a Hodgkin's Lymphoma relapse earlier this year. God on Mute by Pete Grieg Going through cancer for the second time has brought new thoughts to my mind in comparison to being a twenty-something student who had lymphoma… Continue reading Two Books That Helped Me Through A Cancer Relapse
The Mustard Seed Mum: When Grief Catches Up With You
https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss I cried in a café. It caught me completely off guard. But that's grief for you. It turns up when it wants to with no warning - and apparently with no tissues. As I was waiting for my husband to finish ordering, I sat down at a table with some shopping bags. We were… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: When Grief Catches Up With You
5 reflections from my hospital bed
https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss In the last few months I have spent some time in hospital as an inpatient. The first time I was in for just over two weeks in April for my stem cell transplant. The second was for a couple of days or so in June as I had pneumonia. As my immune system was… Continue reading 5 reflections from my hospital bed
The Mustard Seed Mum: When Mummy’s Sick
https://anchor.fm/s/81cd0484/podcast/rss I'm not a mummy blogger with Pinterest boards of fun activities to do, Instagram stories of days out with my two little ones or a YouTuber with life advice on how to survive those early months and years. The Mustard Seed Mum is just my corner to reflect on motherhood and share it with… Continue reading The Mustard Seed Mum: When Mummy’s Sick
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