About Alice

I started this blog as a way of processing my discovery that at the age of 38, I had developed breast cancer. I’m not the youngest of even my friends or family to have had it, nevertheless it was a shock.

I decided I wanted to deal with it by writing, because I’d always kept a diary and written poetry when I was younger. That allowed me to spend the time thinking about what I was dealing with in more depth and with less panic than I otherwise might have done. So, mixing my love of poetry and song lyrics with my need to talk about what was happening, I created “Alice, what’s the matter?”.

A lumpectomy, 8 rounds of chemo and a BRCA genetic test later, I got a double mastectomy and some new boobs. At some point, I’ll have to have my ovaries removed, too, as I’m BRCA2, which carries 30% risk of ovarian cancer.

After my op, I used redundancy money to do some travelling in the form of a number of trips, each with different friends – which was lovely. I also got involved in fundraising and admin tasks for a charity, Keeping Abreast, and then with 4 online twitter friends, set up @bccww (Breast Cancer Chat World Wide) in 2014. It is steadily gaining followers and has been a useful support network for me.

Two years on from my own chemo, my Mum’s also been through chemo and has secondaries / mets. The good thing to come out of having to go through all that is that I have been much more able to support her through the various moments in her treatment where she needed to understand something better or make decisions.

In 2015 I pledge to:

  • post more often! If I’m not on here, come and chat to me on Twitter: @AliceWTMatter
  • engage with still more people who have had similar experiences
  • continue to search for natural beauty products that are safe for ER+ people like me to use
  • organise a Tweetup support meeting in London for the #bccww followers who would like to meet

Mostly though, I’d like to inspire people to make the most of everything they do have in their lives.


Where else can you find me?

Talk to me here:

Listen to the music that goes with each post’s chosen lyrics, here:

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