Blog hop challenge

Thanks to Nancy ( for the opportunity to participate in a Blog Hop challenge. I’m up for a challenge but I’m relatively new to blogging so please bear with …

1. Who are you? If applicable, share anything you want about your cancer (type, stage, when diagnosed, whatever.) Share something about yourself such as where you live, the name of your blog and it’s “mission”, a challenge you have faced or are facing now, or whatever you want.

I’m Julia and I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016. I found it early and it was small but because it was an aggressive sub-type I needed chemotherapy and targeted therapy in addition to surgeries and radiotherapy.

I live in the UK. I am not sure what my writing will be about or where my blogging and writing will take me but beginning the blog marks the end of procrastination and the beginning of writing. Beginning a blog is a sign of my intention. A waymarker.

I didn’t think I had a mission until I started to write this sentence but I’ve just realised I have many so I’ll share just one for now. One of my missions is to get more people talking openly about cancer by talking openly about it myself.

2.  Have you ever participated in a blog hop before?


 3.  What’s your favourite sort of blog post to write and/or read – personal story, informational, how to, controversial, political, opinion, rant or other?

Depends on my mood.

4.  Describe yourself in three words. Yes, just three!

Caring, reflective, sensitive.

5.  Name three of your favourite books from your youth (whatever age that means to you) that had an impact on you.

Off the top of my head, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, George Orwell’s 1984 and Boccaccio’s Decameron.

6.  What are you reading right now, or what’s on your to-read list for when you have time?

A novel: When All is Said by Anne Griffin.

 7.  What’s your favourite dessert of all time?

I like most desserts, my all time favourite is probably apple crumble made with our own apples (and autumn is coming!).

At the moment my go to favourite is figs cooked in a dessert wine and served with dairy free vanilla ice cream.

 8.  Tell us about a special pet you have, had, or would like to have. (Never wanted a pet, that’s okay too.)

Our dog who is so sweet natured and has been with us through ten quite tough years.

9.  What’s something people don’t know about you and might be surprised to learn?

Sometimes I leave my mobile phone at home.

10.  Do you believe healthcare is a privilege or a right?


11.  What’s your favourite thing about blogging and/or reading blogs?


12.  What’s something you really suck at?

Map reading!

13.  What’s something you’re pretty good at?

Being calm in a crisis.

14.  How do you escape from cancer (or life in general)?

I love chatting over a cuppa or while walking with friends. I love getting to know people of all ages. I also love solitude.

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4 thoughts on “Blog hop challenge

  1. Hi Nancy,

    Thank you so much. I just found this comment section. I’ve got so much to learn about blogging. I need to do some hopping!

    Julia x


  2. Hello from another Julia, also in the UK! I found question 0 difficult to answer – I think your response sums it up, really. Like you, I enjoy chatting with friends of all ages, mostly over a cuppa nowadays. I look forward to keeping an eye on your blog as it develops. 🙂


  3. Hi Julia,

    It’s great you decided to participate in my blog hop. I finally put two and two together regarding who you are. Of course, we’ve connected on Twitter, but didn’t make the connection at first here. I enjoyed reading your responses. It’s funny, I’m pretty bad at map reading too. You’d think with GPS it wouldn’t matter so much, but sometimes it gets me in trouble nonetheless! My sense of direction is horrible. Good for you for leaving your phone home now and then. I’m working on that.

    I wish you all the best with blogging. I’ve found it to be a wonderful outlet and great way to connect with others.

    Thank you for participating in my blog hop! Be sure to hop around to the other blogs on the list and leave a comment. Hopefully, they’ll reciprocate. Happy blog hopping!


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