But Seriously: The Cancer Podcast

Louise Holmes - Survivor of Pseudomyxoma Peritonei (Appendix Cancer)

December 31, 2020

Louise is an artist, administrator and writer from Norwich in the UK. She was originally diagnosed with a rare form of appendix cancer in 2014 and again in 2017. She is currently recovering from her second surgery.


0:00:00 How the cancer was discovered

0:05:19 Louise lands at Basingstoke Hospital

0:10:12 Treatment: Pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) & hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC)

0:14:15 The immediate impact on Louise and her loved ones

0:20:21 Urgency for treatment

0:25:05 Time to let it all in

0:32:19 Cancer awareness 

0:40:58 Cancer clichés

0:45:30 Mindset going into surgery

0:50:30 Chemo baths

1:02:50 Finding your way back up

1:08:48 Long-term effects of treatment

1:22:00 How the body communicates with us

1:26:50 Your reality anchor

1:35:41 Removal of the mucinous carcinoma

1:39:40 The power of laughter 

1:41:09 Supporting those grieving our diagnosis

1:48:22 The mother of all surgeries

1:52:52 Caregivers

2:01:25 Calling doctors by their first name

2:08:05 Followup scan

2:17:40 Life “extending” surgery

2:22:05 We are not our bodies

2:28:00 Living the only life we have





- recorded October 2, 2020

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