Daughter of Les & Joan Allan and sister to Chris, Katie originated from Belfast and settled in Fradley, Staffordshire with husband, Stuart, and two children, Sam and Sophie.

Katie wrote this blog to share her story, improve awareness and spread inspiration & positivity amongst families, friends and others 'battling cancer - one day at a time'

Katie Scarbrough
04 March 1981 - 02 May 2013

The Day After The Treatment Before

Waking up this morning, I felt a little scared just to swallow. Having a psychological lump in my throat and taking tablets don’t go together!! I had to start my 3rd Chemo drug this morning and they are bullet sized. I’ve never been very good at taking big tablets and unfortunately these can’t be cut. It took me a bit to get in the right frame of mind…that sounds so silly, but I think it was a mixture of how big they were and what they were.

I’ve worked out that just taking a drink at room temperature or something which hasn’t been in the fridge, isn’t as simple as it sounds. A lot of thought and preparation has to go into it. Normally that means a splodge of hot water put into it from the kettle. It doesn’t hurt, so to speak if the drink is too cold, it just catches like my throat is scratchy.

After my mid morning sickness blip I was hungry and ate a big bowl of Chicken Super noodles with cheese, 2 slices of bread and a chocolate doughnut. Please don’t slag the cheesy super noodles until you try them they are really yummy!!

I felt the tingling in my hands today when my dad had accidentally stuck two glass measuring jugs together, and I tried to pull them apart. It was the strangest feeling, it was like a tiny electric shock that lasted a few seconds.


PS  Thank you all again for all you messages, cards and flowers. The outpouring of support shown by all is moving not only to myself but my family as well.





  • Kathryn Webb Says

    Natalie and I had an update of Stuart this morning. Poor man will start wearing a disguise to avoid us! Glad you are coping with the side effects. Cheesy super noodles sound good to me, in fact now I’ve read it I want some. xxxx

  • sarah arblaster Says

    Katie – my beautiful friend – I am so glad you turned to the land of cheesy supernoodle yumminess. I was having them myself today thinking of you, only had beefy ones and they are so less superior than the chicken ones! Maybe it could trend on twitter?!! New Essential Scarborough Snack……. ( Hark at me sounding like I know twitter lingo!!). Love u babes xxxx

  • Natalie Cox Says

    You now what’s lovely you are sounding in high spirits, and never mind those Cheesy noodles, I would welcome the chocolate donut!!

    I can relate to the tablet taking, I have never been good at taking tablets, and even now have to dance round the Kitchen in an attempt to swallow just a paracetamol so you have my full understanding there…maybe try the dance in the morning!! I do have to concentrate and I am sure as he days go by you will be a dab hand at it.

    Yes,apologies for hounding Stuart, but we really all are routing for you Katie and genuinely want to be sure you are alright. You are very much in our thoughts x x x x

  • Elaine Says

    This blog is great kate. really enjoy reading it.

  • Liz Ward Says

    Hi Katie, I am a friend of Brad’s, this idea of a daily blog is fabulous. Was speaking to Scott last night and asked how you were. Sometimes, when you are facing the unknown it can be scary,keep thinking there is light at the end of the tunnel,stay positive and hope you breeze through your treatments.x

  • emma Says

    katie my mummy has cried alot becase of reading the belfast telegraph when you have to children to expain to them that you are dieing my mummy thinks about u everyday xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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