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Follow up on the cancer post

Well I got the papers today for the dna test its a thing called Lynch Syndrome MSH6 Gene Carrier. This is one of the genes which prevents certain types of cancer the person who has this mutation is more likely to develop bowel, colon, gastric, ovarian and Uterine cancers. The patient is a carrier this means they pass it onto their children. Well that sucks.

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A New Ulster 45, 46 and 47

Three links to our latest issues as well as a link to our website.


Featuring the works of Amy Barry, Dimitris P. Kraniotis, Peter O’Neill, Gordon Ferris, Dr Maria Miraglia, Stephen Byrne, Stephen Klepetar, Oonah V Joslin, Michael Enevoldsen, Harold Ohayon and MJ Logue
Featuring the works of David Rigsbee, Peter O’Neill, Mark
Young, Ian Hartley Roisin Browne, John W. Sexton,
Marcus Bales, Conor Smyth James Antony Rooney, John
Grochalski, Linda McKenna, Gordon Ferris, Mike Gallagher
and Michael Leach.
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Opening Up

In 2016 I’d like to use my blog to promote poetry with particular relevance to the environment and animal rights. If you have an event, a collection or even a poem you would like to share I&#…

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Colon cancer

I’ve had some disturbing news related to the above headline. In the 90’s my aunt died from colon cancer, my grandfather died from cancer and several other family members as well.

Last year my dad had a really bad cancer scare he had a massive tumour which nearly killed him. They removed the cancer and some polyps he has been on a special diet due to the amount of his intestine they had to remove. He also had to have his appendix removed they also carried out genetic testing and his results have come back. Dad has a genetic anomaly which means his cancer was caused by a defect sadly this means we all need to be tested.

My families quite big so its a huge shock for us all I’ve already had a cancer scare when I was a kid my chances of having cancer sit around 16% if any of us have this gene then the chances of having cancer jump to about 50%

It sucks however I intend to live my life as well as I can granted I haven’t written a poem in ages way too much to think about at the moment.


Am I scared? Yes but what am I supposed to do about it.

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Northern Ireland and Brexit – Part 1

With a population of around 1.8 million – on a par with somewhere like Kent – it’s perhaps not surprising why Northern Ireland has been largely side-lined by the general Brexit press co…

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New Short Fiction from Ireland

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