About me

Conversationalist, connector and collaborator Kristine Chadwick, curator of ‘Cancer Club’, entertains and inspires as she chronicles her story as a carer and cancer clubber. 


Kristine Chadwick is the youngest of five children born into the Best family in Christchurch, New Zealand.  Throughout her childhood and teenage years she played the piano and flute, playing in various bands and chamber music groups.  At the age of seventeen she achieved the Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL), and qualified as a flute teacher.  She went on to study Japanese and history at Canterbury University where she graduated with a BA in 1997.


Kris’s passion for globetrotting was sparked with her first position of employment, a volunteer teacher position at a vocational school in the tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka.  She then embarked on a ten year career teaching English as a foreign language and music in various institutions around the world.  She has lived and worked in five countries and travelled to 57.  In 2014 the Kiwi-born globetrotter committed to visiting three new countries a year.  


In 2002 Kris met Matthew Chadwick and they got married in Ledbury, a quaint market town in Herefordshire, in 2006.  They settled in Oxfordshire and adopted a collie/husky-cross called Syra.  Kris started working at Said Business School, University of Oxford where, among other projects, she worked on the Oxford Strategic Leadership Programme.  Matt followed his passion and taught history at Banbury Academy.  Remarkably, Matt affectionately known as “double hard bastard”, was living and working with a grade 4 GBM brain tumour despite being given a 14 month prognosis in 1998. 


Kris started her blog, originally Matt Me and Tommy, in 2011 as a way to raise awareness of brain tumours, cope with the pressures of caring and share updates with friends and family, none of whom lived locally.  Kris was Matt’s carer for two years before he passed away in November 2013.


Needing a new beginning, Kris moved to London in 2014.  She was then diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer in March 2018.  Following her diagnosis she revived her blog, renaming it Cancer Club.  Kris’s personal insights, humour and candid raw emotions entertain and inspire and she chronicles her cancer journey from diagnosis, treatment and finally, to living well with cancer. 

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