Author: JL

75 hard – The first 30 days

Why am I doing a 75 hard challenge after cancer treatment? I was in hospital a couple of weeks ago. I must be crazy, right?  Haven’t I been through enough? Well, I’ve got form for crazy so I’m going to give it a go.  After a year or so of telling people about my cock, […]

Flu vaccine

I suppose you can’t be too careful! I certainly don’t feel clinically extremely vulnerable, or immunosuppressed. But cancer treatment is a bit harsh on the body, especially the chemo. But it was only a couple of weeks ago that I was in hospital with a dose of sepsis, and I was still having chemotherapy in […]

Chemo tips

I was asked by a journalist for my top tips for chemo treatment. You never know what’s going to be published, or if anything will end up in the paper… So, here they are! Make sure you can get some gentle exercise while you’re undergoing treatment.  The drugs can really take it out of you, […]

You never see it coming.

This is a piece I wrote in January 2021 for Macmillan, one of the largest cancer charities in the UK. Macmillan do incredible work for families living with cancer. Cancer is going to affect half of us We all know someone that’s had cancer, but we never really think it’s going to happen to us.  […]

How a partner can support you with cancer

This is a piece I wrote about how people can give support for cancer patients. I’ve just listed out some of the big things I needed while I was undergoing cancer treatment. It was written for a magazine in January 2021, but I’m not sure how much of it was published! ​Cancer messes with your […]

75 hard – Day 31 onwards

If you’ve landed here first, where have you been? You should probably go back and read the first 30 days and see how this all started. This is part two of my 75 hard after cancer challenge. Day 31/83 The next chapter The first 30 days of this challenge were tough. Not because of the […]

Penis poster boy

This is a cancer blog / story piece I wrote for Sickboy, before I appeared on their brilliant, award winning podcast in February 2020. Sickboy had two million downloads last year, and the show tackles the stigma around serious illness. Sickboy is produced in Canada. I’m a pretty unlikely penis poster boy Of all the […]


This is a blog piece I wrote for Macmillan, a leading UK cancer charity. I wanted to explain about what scanxiety means to me, and how it feels every time a scan comes around. It’s been going on for a while now.  It always follows the same routine.Somehow, subconsciously, I just know it’s coming.  I […]

Where did that year go?

I’ve been in remission for a year. I don’t know if it’s the pandemic, or that time just stands still after a cancer diagnosis. But I can’t believe a year has gone by since my first negative scan in 2019. Being in remission, or ‘cancer free’ will never feel real to me.  Cancer does funny things […]