MAGNA CARTA
Cancer Survivorship
by Verite Reily Collins
1M ago
Magna Carta was debated and sealed,  possibly on the Runnymede meadows near Windsor (left) in June 1215.  This was the first document to put in writing that the King and his government were not above the law. It was designed to prevent the King from exploiting his power and placed limits on royal authority by establishing law as a power in itself. Fast forward to today, and scandals such as the Post Office debacle show that the principles on which Magna Carta was founded seem to have been forgotten.  The Barons must be spinning in their graves. [Incidentally, it was neve ..read more
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ELECTION DATE AT LAST
Cancer Survivorship
by Verite Reily Collins
1M ago
My American friends have had a few caustic comments about the date announced for our Election  – July 4th commemorates their battle for Independence from us.  I wonder if this is when the Great British Public announces their Independence from historical allegiances to the major political parties? Will it be the day when we show our independence, and vote the way that suits US? I  will be promising my vote to the local candidate who takes note of what I want. I am going to find out what is needed in my local area, particularly with regard to hospitals,  and tell candidates t ..read more
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THE KING HAS HIS REASONS
Cancer Survivorship
by Verite Reily Collins
2M ago
The King is now getting out and about, turning up at the UCH Macmillan Centre,  looking much healthier and happier.  Hopefully his treatment is working. He has obviously listened to his medical team, who probably told him to ignore family members who aren’t supportive, and has taken on board the wisdom of ‘tough love. Like many others during treatment, I was advised that I needed support, and to get rid of those around me who only argued and thought of themselves, instead of cheering me up. There was one such ‘friend’, who, whatever I wrote about the treatment I was given abroad, wo ..read more
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RATTLING BONES FOR THE ELECTION
Cancer Survivorship
by Verite Reily Collins
2M ago
USE POLITICS TO GET WHAT YOU NEED Current inhabitants of Whitehall use their offices to feather their nests – so why not follow their example? Long gone are the days when, after a distinguished career, you went into politics to pay something back, and help others. Today, many MPs get into politics to further their career, rather than for what they can do to repay their community. Today Politicians of all parties are desperate to get going in the next race for Parliamentary seats So now is the ideal time to use their enthusiasm to become an MP, to get something for YOUR advantage,   E ..read more
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CLIMBING THE WAITING LIST
Cancer Survivorship
by Verite Reily Collins
2M ago
With over SEVEN MILLION of us on NHS waiting lists for treatment,  etc., the NHS seems shell-shocked and unable to do anything to improve matters..  If you are on its list if must seem never-ending, and, sadly it seems it is up to us, the patients/victims, to help ourselves, as complacency exhibited by the Minister, Victoria Atkins, and the rest of the Government over these lists beggars belief. Although reforming the NHS will probably be on everyone’s election wish list,  it’s up to us to sort this out, in our own way.  What I have found out might help. Steps I take send ..read more
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First shots fired in the Election
Cancer Survivorship
by Verite Reily Collins
3M ago
The Election is nigh! Numerous Tory grandees live in our valley, so when a leaflet pops through my letterbox from my local Conservative candidate, I reckon the Election is near. So I’m grabbing the opportunity to do something to help myself and  lobby this prospective election candidates about what I want Even if you don’t get a reply, each morning someone in the Canditates’ office will have the task of monitoring which are ‘hot topics’ in voters’ minds If you and your friends have mentioned a local issue, it will be in the candidates’ mind. Lobby for better NHS care – and have some ..read more
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KATE
Cancer Survivorship
by Verite Reily Collins
3M ago
Content goes here ;;;;;;;;;  Is cancer now ‘by Royal Appointment‘? Suddenly, our Royal Family is showing the reality that ‘one in two of us will get cancer in our lifetimes’. Cancer is no respecter of birth, or lifestyle, and both  King Charles and the Princess of Wales, are experiencing what so many now face – a devastating cancer diagnosis for a family member.  In their case, the father figure and a beloved daughter-in-law. A cancer diagnosis is never easy, but for the ‘Royal family, there is some small consolation in the fact that there are no worries about waiting lists. Ne ..read more
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ELECTION
Cancer Survivorship
by Verite Reily Collins
5M ago
       USING YOUR VOTE FOR YOUR BENEFIT It is an election year, but how many of us are so disgusted with the shenanigans going on in Parliament, that we are saying we can’t be bothered to vote? The last straw for many came when watching the recent TV Drama series, “Mr. Bates versus the Post Office”.  This drama, based on fact, highlighted what has been called one of the worst miscarriages of British Justice. Viewers found themselves with one looming unanswered question, “how could this persist, at such a scale, for so long? How could hundreds of people face wrongful te ..read more
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When you are too tired to cook
Cancer Survivorship
by Verite Reily Collins
6M ago
Next time you can’t face the thought of getting out into the kitchen, a Dietician has just suggested this simple milkshake, using Ovaltine. or Horlicks. This makes a nutritious alternative to making a meal, when you just can’t face the thought of cooking.  However, to ensure you get all your nutients, dfon’t forget to eat some fruit and/or veg. along with your Shake. The old stand-by Ovaltine or Horlicks has lots going for it, and if you make ithe drink with milk, not water, it contains lots of Protein.  This drink can be made cold in the summer, or with hot milk in winter, an ..read more
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NHS – stop lecturing us
Cancer Survivorship
by Verite Reily Collins
6M ago
It’s the sanctimonious attitude the NHS exhibits when you try and find out when will you finally get an appointment, that drives me mad .  Have you noticed recently whenever you phone an NHS number, there is an announcement asking us to treat staff with “respect and courtesy”. The other day I was told that I would have to wait ten months to see a doctor about a painful condition.  I was so startled I just screamed “What?”  I couldn’t believe it.  “If you shout at me, I will terminate this call” I was told.  No apology – I was in the wrong. No wonder patients end up sho ..read more
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