Author Archives: sarahsouthwest

About sarahsouthwest

I'm now in my early 50s. I started writing again as a way of exploring the world, and feel that over the last 2 years I have really grown as a writer. By day I work with children and young people with mental health difficulties. I juggle my own two children, my work, my writing practice, generally managing to keep all the balls up in the air.

Exciting news – I’m a Silver Brancher

I think some of you know that I have another blog – – more poetry. less cancer. I’m really honoured and delighted and thrilled to have been given the opportunity to have a Silver Branch feature from Black Bough … Continue reading

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My writing on regrets appears on Tanya Shadrick’s Cure for Sleep substack. You can read it here: Tanya is creating and curating a wonderful space. You should check it out.

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Book Review: The Betrayals by Bridget Collins

Thank you, NetGalley, for letting me read this book. I found this book utterly engrossing. The world-building is fabulous. We enter the enclosed community of Montverre with Leo, a politican heading into exile (as he’s told, things could be much … Continue reading

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I used rollercoaster as a title, and then I thought “Strange kind of rollercoaster – it only seems to be going down”. It’s been a tough few months. I started capecitapine in March, and then had a massive, overwhelming life-threatening … Continue reading

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Too many losses

As well as blogging here, I write poems at I also host poetry prompts at dVerse. This is the first prompt I ever wrote: I asked people to write poetry inspired by the art of Fay Collins. I’m … Continue reading

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Missing out.

I’m supposed to be in Ireland. Specifically, I’m supposed to be in County Clare in a big house by the sea with my husband and my kids and a great rolling crowd of eating, drinking, laughing, chatting, arguing, joking in-laws. … Continue reading

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Back on The Cure for Sleep.

I’m so honoured to be back on The Cure for Sleep. Please check it out here: Tanya Shadrick is creating and curating a wonderful, safe space to talk about important things.

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So, here we are at the start of Week 3 of my 3 week cycle. Side effects? Yes: Look at the picture. Can you see when the fatigue started to lift? Oh, the fatigue. Leg pain. Like my bones were … Continue reading

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Choosing Doxetaxel

I had my review with my oncologist this week. Nobody seemed massively enthusiastic about me re-starting capecitabine, after my near death experience with it. We’ve put it on hold for the moment, in the knowledge that it worked on the … Continue reading

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Adventures with capecitabine

Chemotherapies are poisons. The art of chemo is to kill the tumour before you kill the patient. I’ve had 2 courses of capecitabine now. The first was OK. The second was a nightmare. As part of the work-up for capecitabine, … Continue reading

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