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LaNell's story: I found out I had vulvar cancer while pregnant

One week after she was diagnosed with vulvar cancer at 31, LaNell found out that she was pregnant. Today, the proud mamma opens up about her story and just how important second opinions truly are when it comes to your health. We also help you recognise the warning signs of vulvar cancer. How was vulvar cancer diagnosed? In December 2016, I found a lump in my left Labia Majora when I went for my annual check up. I asked my OBGYN to take a look at it. My doctor told me my lump

I'm not ashamed: what dating after cancer is really like

Dating is exciting - but tackling the dating scene after cancer can seem daunting. As a cancer patient or survivor, you might wonder: Am I ready to put myself out there again? In this vlog, I share my embarrassing dating story and 5 tips to rock dating after cancer. Dating after cancer: my story My story takes place a few years back. I married quite young. When I hit my thirties and separated from my husband, I moved to a new city. I had no friends, no family, no lover. That'

Sex, vaginas & cancer research: taking on the elephant in the room

Gynaecological cancer research is ridiculously underfunded. Not only is the "elephant in the room" getting peanuts, but the elephant is getting less and less peanuts. Here's the run down and the top 21 reasons why we need cancer research to save and enhance women's lives. First, a word of warning: if you get offended when hearing the words sex and vaginas, then let's face it this blog post isn't for you. (Unless of course, there’s a woman in your life who you care about, then

I am more than a survivor

I survived cancer but that doesn't define me. Everything I know about living well beyond cancer and embracing the limitations of my own body, I learnt from mum, a polio survivor. This is her story – an inspirational tail of hope, love and overcoming hardship. Thérèse Roussin is a fighter who worked so hard for her community that she could have given her shirt before catching her breath. Those are the words of a local journalist Amélie Carrier who recently took interest in my

How yoga helps women with gynaecological cancers

How does yoga help women live well with and beyond cancer? Besides helping us restore balance and emotional well-being, yoga is magic when it comes to managing our health "down there" - anything ranging from endometriosis, ovarian cancer or other gynaecological cancers to pelvic pain, vulvar pain or lymphedema. Here is how. My story: why I embarked on a healing yoga challenge After six years cancer free, I found myself back at the hospital for a pelvic MRI, biopsy and hystero

I didn't fight cancer; I learnt to let go

Although going through cancer does feel like a battle at times, it's time for a fresh take on what "battling cancer" truly means. Cancer isn’t a fight: it's a journey Today, my teeth still grind when I hear a journalist says: “this woman loss her battle against cancer". To me, this statement doesn't only lack compassion, it's ludicrous: you can't fight against your own body. Cancer isn't an invader: it's our own cells misbehaving – a reminder to self-love and self-care. Altho