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My name is Margaret Cahill and in December 2012 I was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma. I  originally started this blog as a way of exploring my journey through an uncharted landscape and also of keeping in touch with the huge amount of people that my partner, Stephen, and I seemed to know. I encouraged people to post comments and the blog quickly became a source of great support for me. I really enjoyed writing about the trials and tribulations, the good (yes, there was a bit of good!), the bad, and the ugly  sides of having cancer and also the challenges involved in keeping my company, The Wessex Astrologer, functioning during the long stays in hospital.

The initial blogs have now been turned into a book called “Under Cover of Darkness: How I Blogged My Way Through Mantle Cell Lymphoma”.  Please note that any suggestions regarding vitamins, supplements, treatments and nutrition do not constitute medical advice and you should always be guided by your consultant. I was incredibly lucky that my consultant fully supported my desire to use complementary therapies along the way; I hope you are as fortunate.

The writer within has been well and truly unleashed, and I’ve just published my second book which is thankfully absolutely nothing to do with cancer. It is called “It Could Only Happen at Sea” and it is my first venture into writing fiction – although it also deals with the very real issue of emotional abuse. Follow Caitlin and her lovely friend James as they make their way around the Med on a luxury cruise ship in the hope that a break away from the same-old-same-old will jump start her healing from a toxic relationship. Read on!

Warm wishes



3 Responses to About

  1. Alyson Wyatt-Budd says:

    Morning Margaret – Am very sorry to hear you are not well at the moment. I have read your blogs – what an inspiring thing to do. Hope the treatment is going well. How long will you be in hospital? Do let me know if there is anything I can do to help and if you would like me to visit. I have such fond memories of us running together and chatting – when we were both in such a bad emotional way. I know you are a strong person and will face this difficult time in a positive manner. Just remember when we were running the Milford 10K and the last stretch of road was really pushing us to the limits – we did it – and I know you will deal with what you are facing now in the same way. Keep smiling. My mobile number is 07792889395 if you fancy a chat. Love and best wishes Alyson


    • Hiya, thanks so much for your support and encouragement – meant to reply ages ago. Was it really 10k? That makes me feel extra good then!! I just know it was you who got me through the last mile as otherwise I would have keeled over and given up! It feels good to have done scuba. Thing and when I am better I want to run again- race for life would be good, but maybe not this year. We’ll see! It would be lovely to see you again so I will text you. If blood tests are ok this week maybe we can meet for a coffee. Big hugs Margaret xxx


  2. Thankyou – I am just writing what I feel and what comes…..and everyone else is really kind and just reads my outpourings!


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