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My Beautiful Brain
Sophie Sabbage | 21 April

There are some battles that can only be fought on your knees – usually when you come face to face with your own powerlessness and the only moves you have left are to bow your head in reverence and clasp …

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Never Say Die
Sophie Sabbage | 31 March

I am in the business of awakening the human spirit: of enabling people to unleash their courage and creativity in response to the hand Life deals them; to expand in the face of seemingly insurmountable limitations; to evolve through everything …

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Leaning Into Tomorrow
Sophie Sabbage | 19 March

I stopped work when I was diagnosed so I could concentrate all my energies on stabilising my cancer and extending my life. Most else became instantly extraneous, dissolving into yesterday like a mist on a fading road. Things I had …

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How Can I Help?
Sophie Sabbage | 14 March

When I was first diagnosed with terminal cancer I noticed an awkwardness in some of my friends when I told them the news – a slight stepping back, a look away, a wringing of fingers, a prolonged silence, a flush …

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Sacred Unknowing
Sophie Sabbage | 16 February
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State of Grace
Sophie Sabbage | 1 February

It’s a wonderful thing to know where you stand with people, even if the losses and disappointments hurt. It frees you from those niggling doubts about why you didn’t hear from someone who normally sends a card on your birthday …

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Shhh! Progress
Sophie Sabbage | 12 January

There is a persistent sub-text in most interactions with my oncologist and radiotherapist in the UK: whatever happens, don’t get your hopes up because you’re going to die. Don’t get me wrong. They are very kind, professional, decent people who …

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Diagnosis
Sophie Sabbage | 5 December

It unfolded in excruciatingly slow freeze frames, each one exquisitely brutal in its accuracy and tossing me into a dark, breathless, bottomless sea of no exit, no future, no hope. The universe just popped like a party balloon and lay …

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Reflections on Terminal Illness Sophie Sabbage