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He was small, dark and handsome

ShareTweet Grief. It comes in all shapes and sizes. We lost our beloved dog Gus earlier this year. Suddenly and unexpectedly he was gone. The shock was immense. And then the grief set in. You know, that raw pain, that deep wrenching ache that nothing can stem, the guilt that maybe if we’d been with […]

Nipping it in the bud

ShareTweet The experience of cancer can really change the way you do life, can’t it. Once upon a time I would have agonised for ages over how to deal with an uncomfortable situation. Well, I had two this week raise their ugly heads. Two relationships that are proving difficult and painful. And while I ushered […]

Ringing those bells

ShareTweet The celebration bells are ringing this week. And they are for a very special young woman I’ve known for the past few years now. And it has been my privilege to watch her heal. It all started ten long years ago. And it can seem like an eternity, can’t it. When we’re going through […]

Happy and Healthy

ShareTweet Knife and fork. Black and white. Up and down. Some things are just meant to go together, aren’t they. I recall a friend pointing out another fairly significant one. Happy and healthy. Just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it. I went for my bloods this week. Just routine. I only do them every six […]

Come on baby light my fire

ShareTweet It’s the elephant in the room. You know, the one over there in the corner nobody is talking about. The loss of libido that can so often follow the cancer. Well today I’ve reached my limit. Because for the last 18 months or so I may as well be dead from the waist down. […]

Day of Happiness

ShareTweet Back in the 1970’s the progressive little nation of Bhutan realised something profound. That the wellbeing of its people was more important as an indicator of development and prosperity than material wealth. How incredible is it to witness a nation recognising national happiness over national product? A nation that adopts a more holistic outlook […]

Afterwards

ShareTweet Sometimes they need to see the scars. That’s what I’ve discovered. And while it’s a beautiful thing that those around us, those that love us, don’t see the scars, sometimes I really feel they need to. Because those scars are a reminder that we’re different, aren’t they. Not necessarily worse, but different. How could […]

Listening to the expert

ShareTweet I was blessed today to enjoy a beautiful lunch with a beautiful friend. Yes, you know who you are as you read this post. So special to spend time in your company. Such a privilege. So wonderful to laugh. And as we dined and enjoyed the finer things in life, a question was asked […]

The language of love

ShareTweet It must have been the chicken soup. It’s the only possible explanation. By rights I should have got worse. A week feeling absolutely lousy with a flu-y type cold symptoms had just wiped me out. Almost to the point of calling in sick. Not something I tend to do. After all, I didn’t have […]

Tripaw

ShareTweet Life can change in an instant. A bit of news, a diagnosis, an accident. It all happened when he got away from me three weeks ago. And if it had been five minutes earlier or later all would have been avoided. But he saw our neighbour’s car and being the border collie that he […]