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November is stomach cancer awareness month. Last year on her birthday, I wrote about losing my mother. It was, and still remains, the most difficult and painful experience I've ever gone through - 'life changing' is utterly an understatement. I realise in the very few posts I've written about my mother that I've never mentioned the type of cancer that took her life. In the above post I wrote that it was a story best left for another time, and perhaps now the time has come to shed a little light. If this saves even one life, or even just encourages one person to be more vigilant about their health, my job is done.
If somebody asked you what the symptoms of breast cancer were, you'd most likely be able to give them an answer. Even as you read this, you can probably think of a few of them. Thanks to many high profile campaigns from the likes of Cancer Research UK, the most telling signs are now very well known and lives are often extended or saved completely. Without a doubt this is both great news and fantastic proof that such campaigns do work effectively, and do prompt people to regularly check their bodies and see their GP about anything untoward.
If I asked you what the symptoms of stomach cancer are though, truthfully (without googling anything), would you know what they are? I didn't. My mother certainly didn't. And now she isn't here anymore.
I've said so often on Twitter lately that I will sit down and I will blog on this day and that day, as I've been very aware that new content has yet again become infrequent and people are losing interest, but it's just not happening. This year's posts and last year's posts are far too mismatched and inconsistent in subject matter and post quality, and I think on some level that's stopping me from posting more regularly - I have no established 'theme' or 'niche' because not all of my posts fit into the same one. The direction I've started to take this year is the one I want to carry on following, and the most fitting thing for me to do is a spring clean. In summer. D'oh.
Basically, I'm going to be spending a little time binning posts I don't feel fit in anymore, polishing those that can be rescued and tweaking the overall presentation of A Tiny Mew. Everything will stay online and readable for the time being, however changes going on behind the scenes mean there'll be no completely new content for a little while - definitely no later than the end of September. I just don't believe in adding pages to a book that needs a few chapters to be trimmed out.
Please bear with me, I'm aiming for some fab new content very soon xo
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