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March 29, 2007


Helen Casey

Dear Dina,

THANK YOU for your honest article in the Guardian today. I read it with tears of recognition flowing down my face. I have metastatic kidney cancer and this means I am and will remain childless. I am facing further surgery shortly and who knows what will happen next.To hear you talk so openly about the jealousy and anger you feel is very helpful. It's honest and let's the 'cat out of the bag'. I shall email the link to the article to all my female friends, the mums and the mums' - to - be, so that I may be recognised and we may move together through these difficult, challenging and, sometimes rewarding, days.

Many many thanks,


sheelagh barron

Inspirational Dina, yet again you tell it how it is. Nothing wrong with being jealous- people don't think about their blessings enough.Unbeknown to you, you have inspired every positive thought I have ever had since getting this horrible illness. Your article on dressing post mastectomy in particular should be prescribed reading for every woman pre surgery. Every time I struggle with modes of dress I think of your wise advice and pass it on in the shops I use and to the fashion students I meet. My mother always used to say that we could be happy with our lives if through our actions we had made someone else's life better. Your contribution has been immense. Thank you.

I was going to run the London Marathon until my bones let me down....so I love the title of this blog and to everyone who asks me what I am going to do instead, I shall say "Promote Dina's page!"


I'm so glad that you've named your anger and jealousy. You damn well have a right to them. You've paid for them.


I am your age and also have young children. I just wanted to say that you look beautiful in your 'party dress'.

Isobel Mags Buchan

Wow Dina, that was a real hard kick at 7 o' clock this morning! That must have been a very difficult piece to write because you answered with brutal honesty, the questions that anyone like me, who has never had to learn to live with cancer, would like to ask through curiosity, consideration and a desire to help understand but would never dare to for fear of upsetting the person involved.

It is no surprise that the jealousy and anger are there, I would have thought they were compulsory at some stage to be perfectly honest because they are such natural emotions even if sometimes but not always, they can be negative.

Well done you for being so honest and well done for finding such a positive outlet for your anger.

BTW, I knew you were beautiful on the inside after reading your articles these last few years but I didn't realise how beautiful you are on the outside. You may not feel it Dina but you really are quite stunning to look at. That's sincere and not smelling of bull pooh either.



Your comments about jealousy resonated with me. I look at other young mothers and try not to burn up with jealousy as to how innocent they are. I felt that my cancer diagnosis robbed me of an innocence that I never even knew I had.

I do love your writing, and particularly your recommendations of children's books. I really am full of admiration for you.


Thankyou Dina for being so honest about your feelings of jealousy towards other women without cancer. You shouldn't feel in the least bad about this. I have a friend who has been recently diagnosed with MS and she's going through the same sort of feelings of anger and envy. I wish you all the luck and success in beating this illness. You're bringing much illumination to those who are ignorant of what it means to go through cancer - and support to those who are suffering.

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