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HOPE children's book coming soon...

Posted by Emilienne Rebel on

HOPE children's book coming soon...

I'm really excited to share my new book HOPE coming out soon.  A story I made up to tell my girls at bedtime and very close to my heart and one I finally finished writing recently and have managed to create a book ready for printing. A major bucket list tick and I can't wait to have the final copies in my hand after many years of planning.  One of the beautiful illustrations is of the mummy ill in bed excited to see her daughter home from school and listen to the news of her amazing discovery. The mother being...

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Could 3D printed hair follicles help with hair loss?

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Could 3D printed hair follicles help with hair loss?

Interesting BBC article about using hair follicles created by a process similar to 3D printing could one day be used as implants, L'Oreal has said. "The cosmetics firm is partnering with a French bio-printing company called Poietis, which has developed a form of laser printing for cell-based objects. Hair follicles have not been created this way before and the firms expect it will take at least three years to adapt the process. However, one hair loss charity said it was too early "to be getting excited". L'Oreal already uses 3D printed skin in its product research. "If we manage to...

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WOW! 10 Year Anniversary (!) Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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WOW! 10 Year Anniversary (!) Breast Cancer Diagnosis

This week has been quite emotional one for me... something I hadn't quite anticipated. 10 years since my original diagnosis. 10 YEARS! WOW! How is that possible? Having had a biopsy with ultra sound the week before I returned to see the Breast Cancer specialist doctor not really concerned. I was breast feeding my then 7 month old daughter and was assured that it was just a blocked milk duct, nothing to worry about. So, when I sat in his office and he asked me "Have you come in on your own?", I looked surprised and simply replied, "No, I've got...

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Many young cancer survivors struggle socially years after diagnosis...

Posted by Emilienne Rebel on

Many young cancer survivors struggle socially years after diagnosis...

Years after diagnosis, many young cancer survivors continue to struggle socially I came across this interesting article published in CANCER via sciencenewsroom@wiley.com "A new study indicates that the social difficulties faced by many adolescent and young adult cancer survivors often persist for years after their diagnosis. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the study indicates that though these patients may see some improvement in their social lives during the first year following diagnosis, their social functioning tends to remain constant after that, leaving them socially impaired relative to their cancer-free peers. Adolescence and young...

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Hair Loss with chemotherapy and how it made me feel...

Posted by Emilienne Rebel on

Hair Loss with chemotherapy and how it made me feel...

  My eldest daughter, Olivia, was only 3 when I was diagnosed with grade 3 advanced breast cancer. With long blonde hair very much part of her signature (everyone commented on it) it was very hard for her to see her mummy without any hair. I looked ill and needed to cover up for her and the rest of my young family.  I started to loose my hair leading up to my second round of chemotherapy treatment. I'd had a 2 week break from the first one which had made me very sick. My hair hurt as it was falling...

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