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How does this impact on people affected by cancer?
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The trouble is that the exemption often only apply to part of your benefit. For example:

if you are on Employment Support Allowance (ESA) with the Support Component, your weekly £106.50 is made up of 36.80 Support Component  that was protected (a 2.2% increase)  and a basic  £71.70 that wasn’t (so a 1% increase) . Overall, then, your ESA went up in April from £105.05 to £106.50 (i.e. an overall increase of 1....

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Caps and cuts 2: 1% uprating cap
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In Part 2 of our look at caps related “fairness to those in work”, we take a look at the 1% cap on annual uprating. The individual impacts will be smaller, but will be felt by everyone so the cut is far larger. And there's and there no escape
In this second and shorter Part 2 (phew!), I’m taking a look at the other cap - the 1% cap on the uprating of benefits over the three years from April 2013. In a way this is far simpler –...

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Nutrition - eating on a budget
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Eating well on a budget. I can remember as a child my mother always told people that I ate really well. That interpreted meant that I ate everything and anything that I was given!! So when I say eating well on a budget I do not quite mean that, but eating well in a healthy way. We all know that to be well or to try and improve our health what we eat can have a huge impact. This is all well and good but generally healthy nutritious food can be more expensiv...

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A year or so on..
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I have not been on here for sometime and it feels a little unreal being back. Neil's mum has now been away from us for 18 months; in one way it feels like eternity and in another, cannot believe it has been 18 months already. Neil is still very tearful and he doesn't know how to handle his grief; I do not always know how to help him other than being there.
This time last year, my mum was waiting for her yearly check up but at the end of Aug 2012, she was ...

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Brenda
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Yesterday I visited my Breast Care Nurse to review my wound and I pick up my bosom friend who I have named Brenda. I was dreading this and felt that I would rather go without. It felt all wrong and in some way demeaning.  However not for the first time I was completely wrong, Brenda is comfortable not that heavy and a fairly good fit and shape.
 
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Does cancer harden your heart?
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It is always dangerous to think you have reach some sort of resolution in our situation as it seems there is always one  more surprise around the corner.  My much loved dog is ill and with another cycle of chemo heading my way I find that I am having to think the unthinkable.
He was near death last week but revived after being rehydrated but now he is just lying around not himself at all and most worryingly he has not eaten since last tuesday. W...

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Nutrition - Prostate cancer
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Amongst all of the blogs that I have written to date it struck me that I have not focussed on prostate cancer and the research that shows the benefit of a healthy diet. This coupled with some specific foods that appear to have positive benefits. I suppose also what prompted me was the recent article in the newspapers stating that omega 3 was not good for prostate health. I did mention this briefly on the conversations board when it was first published. Per...

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Nice to be just me for a wee while
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I came home a couple of days ago, leaving my precious daughter in the care of her friends and extended family; she's enjoying the chance to be herself; I'm recharging my batteries and reading bedtime stories to my grandchildren over the phone.  I have to work hard to park the whole cancer thing but I think it is important for all of us that we don't allow cancer to monoplise our lives.  Yes, we have to cope with weekly chemo, the constant round o...

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The hardest thing so far...
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Wasn't finding out my daughter had an advanced cervical cancer because we kind of knew by the time it was "official"; it wasn't telling her children, although that wasn't easy.  No the hardest thing is dealing with people who keep telling us my daughter is so brave and I am awesome.  She is handling it well and I am incredibly proud of her but she hates being called brave because as she says, she doesn't exactly have a choice! There are...

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Being able to rest downstairs
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Chatting to my daughter on the phone, trying to resist the temptation to ask if she's up to date with all her drugs, getting enough rest etc, it turned out she had just had a couple of hours rest. We were so lucky that she was given a hsopital style day bed because having converted her dining room into a day room for her, she will now rest when she needs to rest, because she can still monitor the fridge raiding activities, television viewing...

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Back on Care duty
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I am now back in Buckinghamshire caring for my daughter having taken 3 weeks at home, sorting out business, home, etc and just recharging my batteries. 
Did it do me good?  Yes!  Was it hard to leave her? Yes! Surprisingly, it was also hard to come back and face the daily reality of her situation. It was also hard to deal with all the tears and vulnerability she'd been storing up whilst I was away.  But the cleansing tears have fl...

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Day after discharge
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SO, you are really poorly, just been discharged from hospital, and need to get some rest.  What's top of your priority list?  Well, if you are my daughter, it is getting your nails done.  So that's where she is.  What could be more important than a bit of pampering?  Especially, when you are edgy, tired, and vulnerable.  Nothing really, I believe that if you are seriously ill having what you want, when you want it is vital.&nb...

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Dare I share with her?
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Head, Heart, Soul, Spirit
 
Words are not enough
My heart is breaking
My head is despondent
My soul is suffering
And my spirit is so tired
I am not just a Mum
I am your Mum
Your pain is my pain
My job is to ease your pain
I will never ever abandon you
 
My love is unconditional
My soul is strong
My head is powerful
My heart is breaking
I will always be here for you
 
I will always hold your heart in my hands
Your soul arm...

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Little Minx!
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Yesterday, at 11:29, just 10 minutes after I left her in her sister's care, my baby girl went home.  Her sister believes she was just waiting for me to go so that she could slip away without hurting me.  I am honoured to have helped her through this journey; relieved that she is no longer suffering; humbled by her courage and so proud to be her Mum.  I did what any Mum should do, I held her hand, I fought her corner, and I loved her.  S...

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Please don't say...
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"I know how you are feeling" because you can't possibly know how I am feeling especially when sometimes I don't know how I am feeling. 
"You must be devastated", maybe you would be but I am not you. 
"How can you be fine when such a dreadful thing has happened?" are you trying to make me feel guilty?
It is OK to say you don't know what to say; it is fine to say you can't imagine how I am feeling; it is OK to offer to help, chat, laugh, or just...

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It was a good funeral
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Exhausting, challenging but everything she wanted.  Most importantly her children thought it was exactly as Mum wanted.  So many people, so much support, so many hugs, and so much colour.  Her leaving party was just right and everything worked out just so. A fitting send off and the sun shone all day!
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How can I help?
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It has been a strange few weeks, made more challenging by some of the very odd things people say.  Most people mean well but in today's society we seem to have develloped a "horror" of death, when in fact death, whilst very sad for those left behind, is the most natural, inevitable outcome of being born.  I have struggled with people who expect me to be devastated, with people who want to know my innermost thoughts, want to weep and wail, or who ...

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Nutrition -high calorie eating tips
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Tips for High Calorie Eating.
This blog is aimed at those who find that they need to try and arrest weight loss or need to gain some weight. It is the opposite top last week’s blog when I looked at dealing with weight gain. Weight loss can be a very real problem for some people who have cancer. When addressing this I think that it is important to know healthy ways to do it which would include the use of energy dense/nutrition dense foods.In other wo...

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Survey, new courses and a “c" word
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Hello a few things to let you all know about :
Maggie’s Survey
There is still the chance to participate in our annual survey  which  ends on 30th November.  Thank you to all those who have completed the survey so far  - all comments are so useful in helping us to develop the support we offer to anyone affected by cancer.  If you would like to complete the survey you can find it here.
New online courses for weight gain and ...

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Staging Test Day
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I've been wanting to write this since Thursday when I had my day in hospital, but I've been tired and, frankly, a little low.  I hate all this waiting around, and it's been getting to me a little.
So....Thursday.  A very kind friend dropped me off at the Breast Unit, where I spoke first with my very kind breast care nurse and had some blood taken.  It took several tries before she gave up trying to extract anything from my frankly shy veins...

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October changes 1: Rights to appeal
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October changes 1: Rights to appeal
A look at October changes starting with Mandatory Reconsiderations before you can appeal against a DWP decision
 
The end of October is a traditional time of change and renewal, as the old growing season and harvesting come to an end and preparations for the the quiet times of winter set in ahead of growth and renewal ahead. A time of pause for thought and remembrance, and a thin time between the worlds, once cel...

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A Bombshell Drops
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I was surprised to find a message waiting for me when I logged into Maggie's Online Community today.  It was from one of the breast care nurses, and she invited me to tell her how I was feeling.  I thought I'd drop her a quick "thank you" note...only to find that my fingers wouldn't stop typing.  So, in the end, I decided that I may as well copy and paste some of my long monologue into a blog entry, as it was surprisingly therapeutic to put ...

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Just found out...
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Four weeks ago I noticed a lump on my kneck. I went to the doctors and after examination he prescribed antibiotics. Aftera week it had got worse so I returned to the doctors. The course of antibiotics was extended for another week.
Again it got slightly worse so I made another appointment. This time the doctor showed considerably more concern. She phoned the hospital and got me an immediate appointment with an ENT specialist. 
The ENT bod put a came...

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Nutrition -high calorie eating tips
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Tips for High Calorie Eating.
This blog is aimed at those who find that they need to try and arrest weight loss or need to gain some weight. It is the opposite top last week’s blog when I looked at dealing with weight gain. Weight loss can be a very real problem for some people who have cancer. When addressing this I think that it is important to know healthy ways to do it which would include the use of energy dense/nutrition dense foods.In other wo...

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Survey, new courses and a “c" word
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Hello a few things to let you all know about :
Maggie’s Survey
There is still the chance to participate in our annual survey  which  ends on 30th November.  Thank you to all those who have completed the survey so far  - all comments are so useful in helping us to develop the support we offer to anyone affected by cancer.  If you would like to complete the survey you can find it here.
New online courses for weight gain and ...

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