Cavern City Tours is proud to bring you the annual International Beatleweek Festival, which celebrates the music of the most famous pop group the world has ever known, the Beatles. In the city where it all began, Liverpool.
There is so much to do and see that you don’t need to be a Beatle fan to enjoy the festival, though it probably helps! This is truly an international event with 70 bands from over 20 countries and fans from over 40.
Live music is the focus of International Beatleweek. Not only is there live music on the Cavern’s 3 stages all day, every day (with a different band on every hour), but the festival also goes out into the city to various venues so you can get a real feel of Liverpool. This year, Beatleweek will be at the Royal Court, Alma De Cuba, St. George’s Hall and it’s back to the Adelphi Hotel for late night parties and the Annual Beatles convention. The convention on Sunday is the place to be and features guest speakers, a massive Beatles marketplace, videos, quizzes and of course more live music!
Packages include accommodation at a wide choice of city centre hotels and tickets to events. If you don’t need accommodation we offer ‘Just Tickets’ packages. Packages cover a range of days so you can pick the package which suits your travel dates best.
LARRY KANE • KEN SCOTT • NEIL INNES • JULIA BAIRD • THE ORIGINAL QUARRYMEN • THE BOOTLEG BEATLES • TOM MURRAY • CAVERN CLUB BEATLES • THE OVERTURES
Image by Stuart Homer.
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A summer festival to remember on Liverpool’s most iconic waterfront – June 30th – 10th Sept
Thrill rides & attractions, Sound City bar, artisan market, Liverpool Art Fair & gallery, great food & much more!
Pier Head Village is the brand new family focused festival coming to Liverpool’s Waterfront from 30 June – 10 September 2017. The three-month summer event will provide a new tourist attraction in the heart of the city and a place to make new memories with family and friends.
The first ever Sound City Bar (a partnership with Liverpool Sound City who are also the event management partners for the festival) brings a new mix of live and acoustic music to the South Side of the Village. On the north side it’s all about the best laid back beats of the Balearic Sunset Sessions legends at the Village Beach Club and Urban Beach throughout the summer.
Indulge in a spot of retail therapy and browse the Village High Street with The Artisan Village and Farmer’s Market offering over 30 independent market stalls with local produce and souvenirs open seven days a week. Liverpool Art Fair is bringing a unique gallery space on the waterfront showcasing local art from around the City Region.
Adrenaline will be high on the north side of the Village with three of the world’s tallest and most exciting thrill rides (one for each “Grace”) which will be sure to delight all of the family and create a special visual treat. The Village Bounce is designed to bring physical challenges, ensuring that the younger family members are gaining health benefits while having lots of fun in the sun.
Bringing a touch of carnival to the Pier Head Village, Brazilica is bringing its end of carnival fiesta on the 15th July for a day of celebration. August Bank Holiday will see The Beatle Weekender in partnership with The Cavern Club as part of the 60th anniversary of this legendary venue. We will celebrate the songs of the fab four on the Sound City main stage, with Sgt Peppers on Sunday and a tribute to Brian Epstein coming 50 years after his death. The closing weekend on September features an Artisan Festival takeover to showcase Liverpool’s finest makers and creatives along with a closing party to remember.
Take a look at what’s coming up:
Every weekend from noon to 11pm, enjoy the most evocative Balearic beats, courtesy of host Andy Carroll and a range of resident DJs, curated by Impeccable’s Derek Hazell.
Resident DJs include Paul Bleasdale, Dreamgirl and Kevin Knox, Trevor Fung, and Richard Norris of The Grid/Beyond the Wizard’s Sleeve.
CREATING THE BEATLES
Pier Head Village hosts the internationally celebrated and award-winning wood sculptor Simon O’Rourke as he takes us on four unique visual and musical journeys celebrating the greatest band of all time.
Over six hours each day – and using only his chainsaw – Simon has transforms huge tree trunks into magnificent statues of the Fab Four, inspired by to the iconic Pier Head Beatles statues.
If someone offered you the opportunity to save the Earth would you take it up?
If YOU were given a chance to assist humanity make an evolutionary jump… would you be interested?
This day, all over the planet, souls of every race and creed are meditating, praying or just thinking about the following:
MESSAGE FROM CHIEF SITTING BULL.
THE RAINBOW DREAM VISION OF HOPE
Greetings friends, sisters and brothers. It is with great pleasure and anticipation that I’m contacting you regarding this unique opportunity where hundreds of thousands of us are taking part in The Great Gathering Together Circle all on the same day at the same time to help visualise and move forward into a new paradigm and to manifest a more peaceful harmonious way of life. The power and potential of so many people using thought to create our future reality all together is immensely profound.
Join us for a group meditation/discussion/songs/music/ dance in Liverpool on the Thursday the 17th of August at Kapucia wellness centre on Lord Street. We will meet to assist in the world paradigm shift and to manifest The Rainbow Dream Vision of Hope.
Please arrive at 6.30pm
Meditation start 7pm
Meditation end 7.30pm
Check out the Facebook event here
Please show your support for the future of all life on earth, give gratitude to Gaia and share this post – it will be a magical transformative evening.
Limited capacity so please mark as attending and private message me.
donations are welcomed. All donations will be given to sick people who are struggling to pay for alternative therapy and medicine
Throughout our lives we experience a series of crossroads. Some roads lead us to carry on the path we are currently on. Whilst other paths lead us to new pastures. No paths ever take us backwards, ensuring that we continuously move forwards with every new day that we are blessed with.
During these crossroads, we may realise that there are people or situations in our lives that we no longer resonate with. These could include our jobs, hobbies, friends or even family members. To walk away from these people/situations (if they are harmful to our growth and wellbeing) is a sign of authenticity in its maturity stage.
Assertiveness is when we confidently and positively express our opinions, ideas and talents. For example, Person A may ask; “Will you help me with this project tomorrow?” If you can and you want to, by all means say yes. Remember though, saying no is also an option. So many of us will say yes so as not to upset anybody. In truth, living our lives this way will ultimately wear us out!
When we hold the core belief that we are each equal to everyone else (not better or worse) but equal, we can then begin communicate from a
place of true equality.
Saying no to someone’s demands or walking away from situations we find uncomfortable is totally acceptable!
If we are made to feel as though we are wrong, or that we have upset or let others down, because our answer has not ‘fit in’ with others’ expectations, we have to re-evaluate. We must at this point, consider if we are being treated equally within the relationship.
We don’t have to be aggressive expressing who we are, but at same time we don’t have ‘tip toe’ around a person in case we upset them. If you speak your wants and needs clearly and assertively without aggressive tones, you have nothing to fear.
Below I will share with you 9 tips to help you in understanding what assertiveness looks like, and how you can implement an assertive energy into your life.
Tips on how to be assertive
1) Start a sentence with the word I in situations of debate.
For example, when trying to resolve an issue, aggressive language would be “you always do this!”
Assertive language would be “I feel disappointed when you change plans at the last minute” you can express your feelings without giving away your power, or trying to control someone else.
2) Maintaining eye contact.
Ok, we don’t want to have a full on freakish staring competition, but not having any eye contact shows discomfort and indecisiveness. Maintaining it shows you are present within the conversation. If you struggle with eye contact, you can practice on yourself in the mirror. This may feel awkward at first, but it is a great technique to build confidence. After all, our eyes are the windows to the soul.
3) Practice good body posture.
If you are able, standing tall rather than slouching will allow you to feel more assertive in yourself. Keep your shoulders back, and your head high. When you walk into a room, people will notice. This may feel unusual at first, especially if you’ve been used to slouching in order to ‘blend in’. Just know that the way you walk really will change how you feel within yourself.
4) Avoid being vague.
“You’re always criticising me” may be an easy thing to say in frustration, but being generalised and not specific actually can damage your ability to be assertive.
Instead you could say; “This is the third time this week you have critiqued my decision”. This is a more specific statement and therefore helps you to stand your ground. When we speak facts instead of random thoughts we can be more assertive and create boundaries with others.
5) Speak facts, not judgements.
Saying “he’s so bad at his job” is not an assertive way of describing a person that you have a professional issue with.
Saying “this is the second time he has misplaced important documents” however, is a fact not a judgement. When you are assertive there is no need to judge others. You can still vocalise issues that need to be talked about, in a non-judgemental way.
6) Silence is a great tool.
Filling in silences that you find awkward is something that so many of us have done, but remember, thinking through your words through before you speak is totally fine! If someone asks you “can you pick me up from the airport tomorrow” there are 3 ways you can answer.
Passive language “erm, I think I can, yes, ok that’s fine”
Aggressive language “Are you kidding me! How come I’m always the one doing you favours? Or “ok I’ll do it but you best be on time”
Assertive language (pause to think) you could say; “I’ll have to think about that” or ‘yes’ or ‘no’ depending on whether you can or cannot. It’s a simple answer to a simple question.
7) Be mindful of the tone of your voice.
Sometimes we may think we are being assertive but mumbling shows passive language and high pitched tones or raised voices show aggressiveness. Practice being assertive with a voice that is neutral, natural yet controlled.
8) Express your emotions clearly.
This tip is quite straight forward. If you communicate how you feel, crossed wires with others can be avoided.
9) You are responsible for yourself.
Your behavior and your personality is your responsibility. (Unless you have a medical condition which is out of your control, which alters this statement)
On the most part it is you that decides whether to let a person or situation control you, or whether you instigate arguments and drama. Staying assertive in situations won’t compromise the way you feel about yourself, and the way you treat others. Remember that boundaries are healthy, and you have every right to live with them in mind.
Written by Alyssa Cruise
Miss Chief’s review of the 10-day pass for new students at Your Yoga Studio Liverpool on Wood Street.
After a busy and stressful life lately, I decided that it was time for a bit of time out. Hot yoga provides a great meditation environment where I could totally relax, free my mind and focus on myself. This is how it went;
Class: Hot Yoga for Beginners with Debbie Radcliffe
Today was my first class, feeling nervous, I went into the studio and found my place, there were no spaces on the back row so I ended up right behind the instructor. This made me extra nervous because now I knew I had to do my best because everybody would be looking right next to me.
When the instructor asked if there was anybody new to the class and I was the only one who put up their hand, I quickly felt myself wanting to walk straight back out again. Before we started I had the face towel on my head removing the sweat from my forehead as it started to sting my eyes. The instructor set us into a relaxing meditation before getting into any movements. The heat then became easier, it didn’t feel as hot as I remembered Hot Yoga in the past.
Today’s class was a slow flow for beginners, we moved at a pace which was easy to follow and pick up with a lot repetition. The main part I struggled with was planking. Although I have been working out at the gym, this definitely doesn’t prepare you for the good Ol’ killer plank.
The instructor had a lovely presence, not to overwhelming and a nice calm voice. I have been searching for a good yoga instructor since my favorite Finnish Ballerina instructor Sanna, who has since become one of my biggest inspirations. Today’s instructor Debbie came around the class and helped get everybody into the correct position, giving pointers on alignment and tips on how to get a better stretch and know you’re feeling the right things.
Overall I was really pleased with this class, it was nice to start with a slow flow, to prepare for the rest of the classes. Now I better make sure that I drink enough water!!
Class: Hot fit flow fly class with Steven Jones
Today my boyfriend came along with me to hot yoga. A few years ago, we came and done a 20-day taster course.
We went into the room to relax and get used to the heat, one by one people entered, but unlike yesterday’s beginners class, after a few more confident looking people came in, we looked at each other and had the same though “maybe this is an advanced class”. This class was a lot faster paced, quick transitions between poses, a lot of repetition helped us to look like we knew what we were doing a little bit. We surprisingly kept up the pace and didn’t struggle as much as originally thought we would.
I told my boyfriend that it was only girls at the class yesterday which made his face light up, but to his dissatisfaction in today’s class it was mainly male dominated (haha). I feel like I had a great workout, really worked on the core today and feel super refreshed.
Need to keep drinking water.
Class: Absolute Hot Yoga 60m with Steph Henshaw
Today I decided to do Hot Yoga in my lunch break as I had been invited to get my hair done by Aveda in the evening.
The class was advertised at absolute hot yoga 60m but as the instructor Steph was substituting for the usual instructor she changed the class to a flow.
Today’s class was quite small, so we had loads of space, but that also left me feeling a lot more bare, nowhere to hide for cover if I feel like giving up at any point. Steph was actually taught in hot yoga by my old instructor Sanna, you could tell this as she worked you hard!! The flow was a quick pace but then this lead into long plank holds, she would make you hold it for so much longer than you think, my whole body was shaking but I did not want to give up.
The heat is the same but I felt like I could cope with it better, at the point when it feels too hot from doing the downward dog position over and over, the stand-up work came to save me. I did find that in other classes my balance had been fine, but today I found balancing in some positions a little difficult.
Class: Hot Yoga Core Power with Margie Kirk
I was planning to take today off as a rest day and let my body recover, but I think I’m addicted, my skin feels amazing, I have extra energy and I want to just keep going. I looked at the class schedule and seen that it was a core workout and I thought ok yes, this is the target area I want to build on. I’m so glad I did.
Margie was a fantastic instructor, this class had some flow, but it was mainly slow paced with more focus on getting the moves correct. This is just what I needed. Margie went around the class and helped point out tips on what we should be feeling and how to better the move, also helping fix you into the right alignment. She was very strict however, if she spotted you fidgeting between moves or trying to wipe your face she would point it out straight away. I felt like a naughty kid sometimes, but this then helped me stay completely focused on the practise.
I also found that all this time I hadn’t been getting the best out of my warrior 2 position. I always thought the move was about the front leg, when it is actually about the back one. Once I changed the move and found out how to use the back leg as the stretch and push out through my back little toe, this has changed the pose altogether for me. I wonder how many other positions I am not benefitting from fully at the moment! I see this as a positive though, because learning is fun and always knowing there is always something new to improve on just makes me want to continue finding out more.
Day 5- Rest Day
Day 6 – Rest day
Day 7 – Rest Day
Class: Absolute Hot Yoga with Steven Jones
Today I missed the beginners class because I was bringing my friend and she didn’t finish work until later, so we made the Absolute Hot Yoga 60m class with Steven Jones
Today the room seemed so much hotter, I don’t know if that’s because of my rest days or it was actually hotter. Although the class had a different name it was exactly the same as Fit, Flow, Fly, I’m not sure why the classes have different names if it’s exactly the same. That’s fine though, it was a good challenge. Having Heather in the class made me lose concentration at time as a few giggles went on quietly at the back, I did manage to focus in the end though and get through it.
I must drink more on my rest days!!
Class: Fit, Flow, Fly with Steven Jones
Today’s class was the earlier class but was exactly the same as the day before.
My body feels like it can stretch more freely, I think I may have finally learned how to go from downward dog into plank and then cobra correctly now, it’s about trying to keep that bum higher up and coming down from plank right into the elbows.
I have been working hard lately using the mirror to try and correct my alignment. This is where going to Margie Kirks class really helps, she will walk around and correct your posture. Steven is a really good teacher, his voice is very soothing and the movements are fast, but not too fast. He does give some tips and corrects some moves, but the nature of this class being a faster flow, doesn’t give much opportunity it seems.
Day 10 – rest day due to other commitments.
Overall, I feel more focused and relaxed, my body and mind are at one. My skin feels amazing and it has encouraged me to drink plenty of water, which normally I don’t do.
I would love to keep up hot yoga but the classes and passes are a little expensive, I will probably look at doing drop in sessions as and when but it’s not something I could commit to every week just because of the cost.
It has encouraged me to maybe look at focusing on normal (non hot) yoga classes and work on correcting my moves before paying and taking them into a hot class.
5/5 Misschief Rating
Our very own Miss Chief in Merseyside, Alison Roberts has been selected to have her artwork displayed at the second oldest arts academy in the world, Liverpool Arts Academy.
There are a number of artists works also on display. The exhibition is located at The Corke Gallery situated on Aigburth Rd. It will be running from 8th August until the 24th August and open to the public Tuesday- Saturday 1-5pm.
Be sure to go down and check out and support all the local artists.
Miss chief would like to thank June Lornie for organizing the exhibition and all the work she does for at the academy. June will soon be appearing on Miss chief in Merseyside, so we will get to know her a little bit better.
Miss Chief in Merseyside xxx
MissChief in Merseyside was invited down to The Wildwood Restaurant in Clayton Sq, Liverpool.
It was really strange walking into a restaurant located in what used to be the old entrance to Clayton Square, I was half expecting to look to my right and see the Disney store. The restaurant had a lovely rustic feel with lots of space including a deli. The music playing was The Postmodern Jukebox which kept us happily amused guessing what the songs were in between courses.
We were greeted by lovely smiling waitresses, they were friendly and the manager Gabie was very helpful giving tips on which choices to go for.
To start with we had a glass of house red wine each – Carignan Grenache, Languedoc- Roussillon, France (£8.90). A lovely wine, quite fruity and bright.
This was served with mozzarella and garlic bread with caramelized onions (£5.75). The bread was a lovely soft dough, not too crispy like some breads. It was a generous size and the caramelized onions kept a lovely sweetness to the flavor.
We then had some water clean our palette (Mineral Water 500ml £2.55) before tucking into our beautifully presented mains.
My main of choice was my favourite dish, Sirloin Steak 8oz with peppercorn sauce, rocket and French Fries (15.95), it was so delicious you could taste the charcoal grill and the peppercorn sauce, where some sauces can be quite bland this was just right.
My boyfriend opted for the Philly Steak & Cheese Sandwich (£10.95). The marinated steak was so tasty and cooked just right, it wasn’t too chewy or tough, just right covered with Monterey Jack cheese, fried onions, and mayonnaise in a brioche bun served with French fries.
For dessert we just couldn’t decide, so after some advice from the waitresses and Gabi we went for the chocolate honeycomb fudge cake with Ice cream (£5.95) portion size was large, the honeycomb in this desert gave it that extra flavor that you normally miss out on your average chocolate fudge cake, this is definitely worth a try.
We then tried the chocolate sundae (£5.95) Oreo biscuits, Malteasers, Baileys, fresh cream, chocolate sauce and chocolate ice cream. The baileys was pretty strong in this sundae. The cream was lovely and thick to mix this in with. A good tip was to empty this out onto a plate, then you can get the right mixture of bits you want.
To finish our evening at Wildwood, I was recommended the Limoncello Spritz cocktail – Limoncello, Prosecco and club soda (£6.95) which was so refreshing after all that desert.
My boyfriend opted for a latte (£2.80) although I have no idea how he could possibly fit this in his belly, we were so full.
Overall the food, atmosphere, staff and service was excellent, the portion sizes for the starter and desserts were a lot bigger than the main dishes and the total bill cost was £65.75.
I would give this a 4/5 Misschief Rating
Before I share the five keys, I want to clarify the difference between overwhelm and burnout. Overwhelm is often an in-the-moment feeling and can be triggered by stress. It leaves us feeling as though we can’t handle everything going on around us.
However, unlike overwhelm, burn out happens when we haven’t been listening to the signals our body sends, we become exhausted and before long we’ve reached burnout.
This article focuses upon overwhelm, how to avoid it and how you can kiss overwhelm goodbye for good!
1. Just Say No!
Are you saying n o enough? As someone who is most probably empowered, passionate and creative you have already learnt to say yes to lots of things. In most cases this is a positive practice. Saying yes pushes us out of our comfort zones. It opens amazing new doors of opportunity and growth. However, before you reach burn out check in with yourself and ask yourself; “am I saying yes to too many things?”
You can easily begin to feel overwhelmed when you can’t manage your obligations fully. Or perhaps you’ve taken on too many responsibilities. Now’s the time to take an objective step back and see if there are areas in your life that you could ‘trim back on’ to suit you better. Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help, as feeling burdened is one sure way to lead to overwhelm.
2. Start Your Day Right
When we start our day in the right frame of mind we feel more in control of our lives. Have you ever had a day you woke up late for something? Perhaps it left you feeling flustered and agitated and then you noticed ho w the rest of the day seemed to follow suit. Yes, we are human and those days can happen to us all. But when those days become more than a one off is when overwhelm will become a problem.
Begin your day in the most peaceful and productive way possible. The first thing I do is drink water with fresh lemon and yes, I do this before I check my phone, social media or emails! After waking we need to fuel our bodies. I also read a chapter from a book that inspires and motivates me. This offers me focus and intention for my own purpose that day.
Think about how you can start your day in the most positive and empowered way and come up with morning routines that nourish and nurture you. Maybe stretches, yoga or listening to an uplifting podcast. Having a morning ritual such as these, makes it very hard for overwhelm to find you and try to bring you down.
3. Don’t Hop Around
See if you recognise yourself in any of these statements.
• I structure my workdays
• I move methodically from one project to the next, with space between each
• I finish one task and then move immediately to another
• I have many tasks on the go at any one time
• I’m restless and constantly checking social media, emails etc., while planning my day
When we create a schedule we’re less likely to face overwhelm. If we give ourselves set time between each task to reboot and reset, we’ll feel less stressed and better able to cope with the demands of our job. Unlike ‘hopping’ around with no organised plan, which can easily lead to overwhelm.
4. Tidy Up Time!
I remember as a young child in school we had ‘tidy up time’. This was a set amount of time for the end of the day where we would get our coats, bags, lunchbox and pens packed and ready to be taken home. Now as an adult I still remind myself to participate in this tidy up time, in a new, structured and practical way.
So, how can you implement this same philosophy into your busy day? It’s simple, take time before your day has finished to catch up on any loose ends. After all, when you get home to spend time with those you love, they should have your undivided attention. But, that’s difficult to do if you’re thinking about that last email you should have sent, or the phone call you forgot to make.
By scheduling in 30 minutes before the end of each day, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to review, evaluate and complete those tasks that just can’t wait. You’re taking control of a much better work/life balance and creating harmony between the two.
5. Be the Captain of Your Own Attitude
Are you ready to be the captain of your attitudes and improve the way you approach life?
Overwhelm, simply put, is when we feel we have lost control of the moment that we are in. It can leave us feeling; flustered, confused and stressed. But, what if we approached every moment from a conscious place of confidence, high energy and trust?
When unforeseen circumstances arise are you going to be the person who yells out, ‘I don’t know what to do!’ or are you going to be the person who calmly says to yourself, ‘I don’t have a plan right this second, but I know all things can be figured out and resolved’.
The decision is yours. If you make a conscious choice in every moment to stand in your own personal power, you are the calm within the storm. Decide to be the voice of reason when everyone else is in chaos.
Leave Overwhelm Behind for Good
Implement these strategies and;
• learn what to say no to
• start your day right
• enjoy a better work/life balance
• prioritise tasks
• be in control your own thoughts and
• you will very rarely feel overwhelmed again
We cannot see what the future holds, or what awaits us. But, we can breathe deeply and make a promise to ourselves that we will learn to handle everything we’re faced with. Whatever we have on our plate we can deal with….one step at a time.
Post written by Alyssa Cruise –
Hello to all the wonderful readers of the Miss Chief new website.
I am so honoured to have been asked to contribute to this amazing new website and without wanting to bore you, I thought it would be a good idea to just give you a little background on me and the reason I am covering as much as I can to do with health & wellbeing and how important it is to look after yourself on the inside as well as the outside.
My name is Di Cannon and I have lived in Liverpool all my life….all 50 years of them. I have had the good fortune of being raised by a very loving family and although I doubt my mum, after having 4 children, was expecting to have another little bundle of joy at the age of 40, she did and here I am to tell the tale.
My parents worked hard all their life and that’s the environment I was raised in. I left school and started work at the National Girobank 2 weeks before my 17th birthday and having served the company for 25 years, I finally left in 2008 to start my own consultancy business and I have never looked back.
My company helps other businesses grow by getting them ready for finance/funding…..now before you turn off, I am not going to put you to sleep about double-digit growth or Brexit, there is actually a reason I need you to know this as working with so many companies over the years opened my eyes to my passion and that is health & well being. Some of the business owners have looked at me as though I have gone a little mad when I tell them they must create a happier & healthier workplace because ultimately if staff are happy & healthy then they perform at their best….I think we can all relate to that. I now get the best of everything as my business owners listen and make changes wherever possible to do this so I can put my passion and business together and make a real difference.
Sadly in 2013 I was hit with a personal tragedy when my niece who was re diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer and this vile disease killed her in December 2014 at the young age of 38. Claire was originally diagnosed in early 2000 when her mum spotted a mole on her back that just didn’t look right. After a number of visits to doctors and finally an oncologist, she was diagnosed with early stages of melanoma. Back in 2000 I don’t think any of us would know what melanoma was, we certainly didn’t think it was a killer but it was and it is. Claire had her mole removed and was given the ‘all clear’ 3 years later. We now sadly know, you never really get the all clear and in 2013 when taking a shower she found a lump under her arm which turned out to be stage four melanoma. The following 12 months went by with chemotherapy, radiation and then finally she was days away from getting on a new melanoma drug trial only to find there was a tumour on her brain.
This photo was taken on her wedding day 2 years before she died.
Claire suffered so much in her final weeks and when she died I vowed to do whatever i could to help others know exactly what melanoma is and how to protect your body. So i don’t overload you, this information will come in various topics but for now I want to highlight to check your body for that Ugly Duckling….the mole that “just don’t look right”
Melanoma diagnosed in its early stage can be successfully treated by surgery. If a melanoma is discovered when still less than 1mm thick, the prognosis is excellent.
Checking yourself and your loved ones
Check your entire body regularly, including skin not normally exposed to the sun. You should ask for help from someone else to check difficult-to-see areas, such as your back, neck and scalp. Follow the ‘Ugly Duckling’ method – if you notice a mole or skin lesion that looks out of place or feels different from the others, see a doctor.
Skin Self Examination
It’s important to check your skin, preferably on a regular basis. The best time to do this is after a bath or shower in a well-lit room in front of a full-length mirror.
You can use a hand-held mirror to look at areas that are hard to see, such as the backs of your thighs. You might get a spouse or close friend or family member to help you with these exams, especially for hard-to-see areas like your back or scalp.
The first time you examine your skin, spend time carefully going over the entire surface. Learn the pattern of moles, blemishes, freckles, and other marks on your skin so that you’ll notice any changes next time. If you look at your skin regularly, you will know what’s normal for you. Be sure to show your doctor any areas that concern you.
Follow the step by step instructions in the Mole Map to examine your skin and keep a log:
The ABCDEs of melanoma
Melanomas can often be detected using the ABCDE system, although not all melanoma lesions show these characteristics:
Asymmetry: two halves of the mole are different from one another
Border: the edges of the mole are poorly defined. It is ragged, notched, blurred or an irregular shape
Colour: the colour is uneven with shades of black, brown and tan. Melanomas may also be white, grey, red, pink or blue
Different: from other lesions (ugly duckling) there is a change, particularly an increase, in size. Melanomas are usually bigger than the end of a pencil (6mm)
Getting a professional skin check
If you are at increased risk of melanoma, including having had melanoma before, you and your partner are advised to learn to recognize suspicious lesions. You should also discuss professional skin monitoring with your doctor.
What else to look for
- Melanomas can appear as a new spot or an existing spot, freckle or mole that has changed in colour, shape or size.
- Sometimes melanomas may bleed or be itchy, and they may become raised quickly and catch on clothing.
- While many melanoma are multi-coloured, they can also be white or the same colour as your skin.
- Some types of melanoma develop over a period of weeks or months, while others tend to develop more slowly.
- Nodular melanomas are a type that grow rapidly and need to be removed urgently. They are most often found on the head and neck and in older people, particularly men. They are raised, firm and often uniform in colour.
- A melanoma that shows multi-colouring.