Resilience

Love Tree

Posted on 10 April 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

My Gift To You A poem about carers and the (often unrecognised) importance of their role in cancer survivorship. The poem is called My Gift to You– because friends who care and carers are apart of the gift we have been given the greatest gift of all life.   This timeless peaceful place Washed over me My
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Lotus

Posted on 10 April 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

  ‘To me, the cancer journey felt like being in the eye of a storm. Having very little control over what was happening, learning how to hold on, withstand, and trust, until eventually the storm is over, and we are left to pick up the pieces that remain and figure out how to put them
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Acorn cups

Posted on 4 April 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

    The acorn cups resonate with me, from the outside they are hard and ugly but those golden cups are the very heart of the tree  – they hold the seeds of her life together, until they fall and start again as we all do.   Mal, prostate cancer survivor
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Scar and scarf

Posted on 28 March 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

4 photos to represent part of my journey through surgery for thyroid cancer.               Photo 1 – Before diagnosis I felt healthy and did not realise there was anything wrong. When I heard the news I was shocked, anxious and low. A friend helped by arranging a second medical
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My Journey

Posted on 22 March 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

MY JOURNEY I sat in the consulting room With my red socks as company “It’s almost certain you have CANCER” Is what the doctor said to me. There are tigers; there are pussycats Mine is the aggressive kind On hearing this, my world collapsed I momentarily lost my mind I’d been SUPERMAN, personified Invincible –
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Snakes and ladders

Posted on 20 March 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

                                  Looking back 8 years on April 29th 2009 my life had a blowout. I was diagnosed with oesophagus cancer. Life is like the board game snakes and ladders. Life began again for me at square 1 on the 29th
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Wounded Tree

Posted on 20 March 2018 by Sofia Vougioukalou

  The natural world became an important part of the healing process for me – being close to nature became a way of releasing some of the emotional turmoil and stress that resulted from my diagnosis. This tree offered a place of safety and peace. I felt a connection with it – it seemed strong
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