The Eyes Have It

Does anybody experience severe dry eye problems after having had external beam radiotherapy to the neck? I’ve been told there’s nothing more that can be done for my dry eyes, and it’s taken me a long time to finally realise that my eyes need lubricating with night ointment during the day instead of with thinner drops.

I’ve tried a couple of night ointments (Xailin and VitA-POS), but as soon as I put them in my eyes then I feel the inside of my neck become tighter straight away.  I’m one of those souls who are very sensitive to various medications, but today on the third attempt I’ve found out that I can tolerate Hycosan Night Ointment fairly well.

What a relief!

Dry, burning and sore eyes makes you feel as though you just want to crawl into bed and go to sleep.  I know I’ll have to live with this condition for the rest of my life, but boy oh boy is it good to find an ointment that works!

Do you suffer from dry eyes?  How do you cope?



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Two Years After…

Two years on from my last thyroid cancer treatment, and life is going well.  I’m back at work  2 days per week, and am learning to live with the legacy of radiotherapy.  External beam radiotherapy damages the lymph drainage system, and I’ve had to learn how to live with lymphoedema of the neck.  It’s a horrible condition to have, but with daily massage it’s possible to have a relatively normal life.

Do you suffer from lymphoedema?  How does it affect you?  I find that if the build up of fluid is not massaged away, then I’m unable to swallow.  Luckily I was finally given an appointment with the lymphoedema nurse just as I was becoming quite desperate.  My husband has been taught the correct way to massage my neck, and I’m not suffering so much as I used to.

The other legacy from 30 sessions of external beam radiotherapy to the neck is that my eyes are constantly infected, sore and red.  It’s becoming harder to sit at the computer and type for any length of time.  Nothing seems to work.  I use antibiotic ointment and lubricating drops, but every day now I seem to suffer with sore eyes.  I’ve sent off for an eye bath, as I’ve read that soaking the eyes in warm water might help.  I’m running out of options in that department…

However, I feel okay apart from the sore eyes.  I’ve published a paperback edition charting my 15 year journey through papillary thyroid cancer.  I hope it might be helpful for anybody suffering from the same condition:


Feel Free to Add a Link to Your Blog

If you have a blog running along the same lines as mine, such as anything to do with cancer treatment or cancer diagnosis and survival, then please feel free to add a link to it in the comments section here.  In this way we’ll all get to meet others who are going through a similar life journey.

Have you written a book about your cancer experience? If you have, then also leave a purchase link as well.

I look forward to meeting you!

Thyroid Cancer Books

My Journey Through Thyroid Cancer and Out the Other Side

Today I have published my entire journey through advanced (Stage IV) papillary thyroid cancer from first finding a lump in my neck in November 2004 through three recurrences to the present day.  It wasn’t an easy journey to undertake, and anybody who says that thyroid cancer is a ‘good’ cancer has probably never suffered from it!

However, I am still here, still working as a medical secretary, and still writing women’s fiction under a pseudonym in my spare time.  There is life after cancer, and although I’m a little bit ragged around the edges (especially in the neck area!), I enjoy life and am looking forward to the summer when I can spend more time at my holiday home on the Isle of Wight.

I don’t know if the cancer will return again, but the trick is not to think about that too much…

It’s quite a long story, but you can read a preview below:


Happy New Year!

My best wishes for a happy, healthy 2019 goes to all those living with cancer.  Sometimes it’s tough to have to carry on, especially with upcoming scans or treatments/biopsies that must be endured, and those doctors’ appointments where we find out the results.

I’ve been living with thyroid cancer and its after-effects for more than 13 years.  The cancer is in remission at the moment, but I live with the effects of radiotherapy.  I’m happy to answer any questions relating to thyroid cancer, and in fact I’ve been doing just that on my Thyroid Cancer Group’s Facebook page:

Life is for living, I say.  It’s no good if I mooch bout and feel sorry for myself.  I count my blessings; a loving family, a part-time job as a medical secretary that I enjoy, and I still have my mobility which enables me to enjoy hiking on the Isle of Wight.  I may have had cancer, but I’m not finished yet!



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New Book – The Isle of Wight for Beginners

If anybody is planning to visit the Isle of Wight for the first time, I’ve published a holidaymaker’s guide recently.  All the places in the book I’ve visited in the past, and all the photos included are my own.


It’s a lovely island, and very family friendly.  There’s something for everyone; ramblers, cyclists, sightseers, kids, parents and grandparents!

The cover depicts one of my favourite places on the Island – Tennyson Down in Freshwater.  I often enjoy a 2 mile walk along the cliffs to the Tennyson monument and then a stroll back down to the Delicia Café for refreshments.  A lovely day out!

Isle of Wight

One of the Best Holidays

We’ve just come back from our holiday home on the Isle of Wight.  I can actually say that in all the foreign places I’ve travelled to, this last holiday was one of the best I’ve ever had.  After extensive treatment for thyroid cancer I am feeling better, and actually made it to the Tennyson monument up on the cliffs of the Tennyson Trail (with the aid of my Nordic walking sticks):


Back again at the end of July with the grandchildren, but not sure they’d want to hike though!