About us


And welcome to 49 days. 

I’m Becca and I’m married to a wonderful guy named Keith. We met over 13 years ago and have been together (bar one Ross-Rachel on/ off stint) ever since. 


In September 2018 we got married in a beautiful old Chateau in Bordeaux with 30 of our best friends as witness, and we threw a massive wedding party on arrival back home. (We also got official in-front of two fabulous Ozzies in South Queensferry, but that’s another story). September 2018 was pretty epic. 


In October 2018 Keith felt unwell and on the 21st December, the longest, darkest day of the year, he was diagnosed with an aggressive head and neck cancer. It had already spread from his tonsils to the lymph nodes down the left side of his neck by the time it was confirmed. 


We spent 2019 in a haze of very tough treatment. He lost 2.5 stone. Everything was hard. I wanted to divorce him when it ended. However, he was given the all clear in August and we went dancing on into the future! 


On 1st October 2019, I was diagnosed with breast cancer, suddenly and very unexpectedly.  



What’s it all about? 

This blog follows our crazy life navigating my cancer treatment and following his journey after a cancer all-clear. 


I am stoic, overly positive and have a mad drive to get shit done. I am equally dark humoured and sarcastic. These pair up as well as a steak and a great Malbec, in the face of pesky cancer. 


We want to turn terrible luck and a lot of tough challenges into something bigger than ourselves. We want to support those stuck in the random hurricane of cancer treatment in their 20s, 30s and 40s. Those who stick out in a cancer waiting room. Who still have big mortgages, busy jobs, great social lives, big motherfucking plans. 


We’re looking for the best ways to fundraise and support cancer research, Macmillan, Maggies and others who have helped us. And to shout about the I N C R E D I B L E  NHS team at the Western General in Edinburgh. We’re working on a big charity pledge.  


Follow along! 


More about us

We live in Edinburgh in a beautiful little flat that we’ve renovated the hell out of. 


We have a cocker spaniel fur child called Bodhi.

I co-own a digital agency: Primate and we deliver incredible digital experiences.


The name ​

Keith was given the cancer all clear on the 13th August and I was diagnosed on the 1st October.


We had 49 cancer-free days in 2019.

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