Please don’t sit in her chair,

It makes me ache that she is not here.

Two Christmasses gone,

Her place at the table will never be forgotten.

I know you are a nice person,

Not wanting to hurt me –

But when I see you sitting there,

You tear a little piece from my heart.

Living with Mom’s cancer




I am a scientist and a blogger. I have a PhD in the genetics of cardiovascular risk. My Mom died of cancer last year. We learnt a lot and met some amazing people. I want to share with others how to live positively with cancer, and make choices in end-of-life care. My top tip: Ask the difficult questions.

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