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Ismena Clout, 38, is an Account Manager and Volunteer Chairman from London. Ismena was first diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just 29. Six and a half years after her initial diagnosis, she received a second diagnosis of incurable secondary breast cancer in her bones, lungs and liver. Current status is bones stable, liver and lungs no sign of disease and hoping to keep it that way for as long as possible.

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Secondary breast cancer: The sink hole in the road, Health

Secondary breast cancer: The sink hole in the road

It’s fair to say, I’ve had a number of speed bumps in the road of life recently and to be honest I’m a bit bored of them!

By | Health, Notebook | Friday, 7 February 2014 at 4:44 pm

Secondary Breast Cancer: Hair today, gone tomorrow,

Secondary Breast Cancer: Hair today, gone tomorrow

Hair is a funny thing. To some people it’s just the stuff on top of their head, to others it’s a way of expressing their personality with extensions – creating a lion’s mane tumbling from their head. Or getting creative with hair dye and crazy colours. I’ve always been proud of my hair, I have good hair and have long felt it to be my best feature. It’s fine, naturally blonde and there is a lot of it.

By | | Wednesday, 22 January 2014 at 4:00 am

Secondary Breast Cancer: Treatment Roller Coaster – Part three, Health

Secondary Breast Cancer: Treatment Roller Coaster – Part three

Welcome to part three of the ‘Ismena treatment catch up’. I arrive at the Royal Marsden with a smile on my face ready for round three of chemotherapy.

By | Health, Notebook | Friday, 17 January 2014 at 4:00 am

Secondary Breast Cancer: Treatment Roller Coaster – Part two, Notebook

Secondary Breast Cancer: Treatment Roller Coaster – Part two

So here we are, part two of the Treatment Rollercoaster update blog.I’m sorry I didn’t keep you all updated as it went along but it took all my energy to keep upbeat and stoic about everything that was happening.

By | Notebook | Friday, 17 January 2014 at 12:19 am

Secondary breast cancer: Treatment Roller Coaster – Part one, Health

Secondary breast cancer: Treatment Roller Coaster – Part one

It’s been two long months since I have last written and even longer since I have filled you in on how my treatment is going.

By | Health, Notebook | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 at 2:00 am

Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day: Why we need to know about this breast cancer middle ground, Health

Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day: Why we need to know about this breast cancer middle ground

The 13th October is Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day, a day dedicated to spreading the word about the incurable side of the disease, the side where there are no survivors

By | Health, Notebook | Sunday, 13 October 2013 at 5:00 am

Secondary breast cancer: The body image of a cancer patient, Health

Secondary breast cancer: The body image of a cancer patient

There is an untold part of this breast cancer journey, an aspect that is overlooked by the medical profession as well as friends and family. And that is your relationship with your body after breast cancer.

By | Health, Notebook | Friday, 27 September 2013 at 6:00 am

Secondary breast cancer: Room for one, Health

Secondary breast cancer: Room for one

When you are ill you have to spend a lot of time on your own. Most of that time falls under the banner of ‘resting’, ‘recuperating’ or ‘feeling rough’. I’m lucky in that I have always been happy in my own company. Although I am also very sociable and chatty when in company.

By | Health, Notebook | Monday, 16 September 2013 at 6:00 am

Secondary Breast Cancer: The cancer has spread, Health

Secondary Breast Cancer: The cancer has spread

While most people take it easy over August, the traditional holiday month, I chose to whizz all over the place enjoying various long weekend breaks. Unfortunately, the cancer also chose to pick up the pace and start whizzing around my body again.

By | Health, Notebook | Friday, 30 August 2013 at 4:00 am

Secondary Breast Cancer: Dealing with grief, Health

Secondary Breast Cancer: Dealing with grief

A few weeks ago one of my relatives passed away. It wasn’t unexpected and she led an amazing and full life. But that didn’t mean we weren’t all sad and lonely at the news.

By | Health, Notebook | Wednesday, 7 August 2013 at 8:00 am

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