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Stephanie Butland

London, United Kingdom
I'm 38 years old and was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2008. Like anyone dancing with this disease, I am coping with it the only way that I can. In my case this is by taking a positive approach and using my mind, my imagination and my attitude to stay as well and happy as I can.
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Authentically by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Despite appearances, I haven’t decided to stop blogging, or to blog less often. It’s just sort of … happened. About once a week I give myself a taking-t ... Read on »
Covered by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I may be creative but I’m not especially arty. So seeing what designers do with book covers never ceases to amaze me. I especially love those book covers th ... Read on »
Full of surprises by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I’ve never had a remission day before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I din’t expect to walk around all day with hat I can only describe as a birthda ... Read on »
A big, beautiful, five-year Bah! by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It just so happens that I’m in Kurdistan for remission day, which is rather fitting, because this great Kurdish adventure – without doubt the highlight of my tr ... Read on »
Ready for tomorrow by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Barring late-flowering lumps, tomorrow is the day when I get to put on my party hat and say a great big breathless Bah! to cancer. Because tomorrow is remission ... Read on »
In which I am holding my breath by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Remission date is close. The medical profession (the bit I came into contact with, anyway, for the cancer that I was diagnosed with) considers that five yea ... Read on »
Proof by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer When I was opening my post-Kurdistan-post, I came across a tantalising bundle of pages: Look! It’s the page proofs of ‘Surrounded by Water’! ... Read on »
An eternity. by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Late last Thursday night I got into Heathrow from Erbil. The next day I took a train (well, two trains) to Cheltenham, where I met up with Alan for a weekend of ... Read on »
Sometimes, it’s the story. by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer All is well in Erbil. The work is absorbing and satisfying, it’s wonderful to see my friends here again, and the weather is just lovely, a steady warm hum of so ... Read on »
Randomly as I fly by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer 1. As you read this – depending on how high ‘read Stephanie’s blog’ is on your to-do list of a morning – chances are I will be either packing for, en route to, ... Read on »
In which I do not meet Kate Atkinson by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer People often tell me that I’m brave. Not just in the context of cancer, but in a lot of conversations with friends when I talk about doing radio interviews abou ... Read on »
Interwebs wander by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It’s been a while since we’ve had one of these, isn’t it? So, this link is going to take you to a knitting blog, but even if you’re not a knitter, please cl ... Read on »
Diabetes living by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer So, here’s what I’m learning from life with Type 2 Diabetes. September 24, 2013 filed in Read on »
Latest reading round-up by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I start with a recommendation not from me. I was sent ‘The Light Between Oceans’ by M. L. Steadman and passed it on to my mother as I knew it would b ... Read on »
Where do you get your ideas from? Part 4 by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer A while ago, I made a second attempt to read ‘A Prayer For Owen Meany’. My first effort ended in a mixture of frustration at waiting for the story to get starte ... Read on »
Unexpected illumination by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know runs one of the quotes above my desk. It’s been running through my brain, too, ever sinc ... Read on »
I’m never eating sausages again by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I have had a post in mind since last Friday, but food poisoning hit on Monday night – I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s just say it outdid the Sweetc ... Read on »
Chaos reigns by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer There was the fireplace. Then the damp course. Then the bit when we were taking the picture hooks out of the wall and it turned out that one of them was ... Read on »
I forgot something. by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer And it took an email from Jude to remind me. As far as I know, 5 years from surgery is still remission date. So another five years of Tamoxifen or no, I ... Read on »
In this moment by Stephanie Butland Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer There were some nteresting reactions to my post of 31 July about having ten years rather than five years of Tamoxifen. I’ve been waiting for my thoughts to reso ... Read on »