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The cancer fairy

ShareTweet I was talking to a friend last week. She’s just had the shocking diagnosis of DVT. Completely out of nowhere. She hasn’t been travelling, she doesn’t smoke. She’s not overweight. She’s not pregnant. No recent surgery. And while she does have a sedentary job, she also works out at the gym. And the thrombosis […]

The Chicken and the Egg

ShareTweet They’re kind of mesmerising. And as strange as it may sound, it’s become a sort of meditation. Especially for someone who doesn’t really like to meditate. Every morning, enjoying my cup of coffee while watching our chickens strut the garden. Beautiful isa browns. And they are gorgeous. I never realised how much I would […]

Escaping the coop

ShareTweet I surprised some pigeons in the chicken coop today. The chickens had departed for the garden leaving the roost unattended. And so the pigeons had wandered in. Pecking at the leftover seed. And as I went out with the food scraps, they got such a fright. Feathers flying everywhere as they tried to escape. […]

All over (bar the shouting)

ShareTweet It happened about six months after treatment. My 41st birthday to be precise. After holding it altogether throughout the treatment, stoically and for so long, it all caught up with me. The fact that I’d survived. That I had made it through. And I was a mess. Emotionally that is. For a time. And […]

Mere Mortals

ShareTweet We often forget the good times, don’t we. When things go pear shaped and all hell breaks loose. So easy to be caught up in the drama of the crisis. The need to focus on day to day survival. But I was reminded the other day of that part of us that keeps a […]

The MAC Scale

ShareTweet I was privileged to attend a dinner last week. In support of ovarian cancer. Raising awareness of the symptoms in the hope of earlier diagnosis. Bloating,  unexplained pelvic pain, feeling full, difficulty eating, changes in bowel habits or the need to urinate. So pedestrian they can be so easily overlooked. After all, could be so many other […]

Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers

ShareTweet It’s quite surprising, isn’t it. That most people don’t realise what happens to their bodies when they’re under stress. Sure we know it feels bad. All that anxiety, worry and fear. And we probably all realise that our muscles tighten up. Those sore necks for example. The tightness across our shoulders. And we may […]

The Bigger Picture

ShareTweet Sometimes I wonder. Because there are things that happen that leave us in awe, aren’t there. The miracle of birth, the expanse of the stars at night. What does it all mean? Where do we end up? The world is full of incredible beauty and answers we cannot know. Some say we are spiritual […]

When life gives you lemons

ShareTweet One of my friends had to give a sample of saliva the other day. Only problem is there was a drought on. Her mouth was dry and she could only manage half the volume. Not a problem. ‘Allow your eyes to close,’ I said, ‘and imagine you’ve just picked a lemon off the tree […]

Have you eaten rice today?

ShareTweet It’s a beautiful greeting, isn’t it. The Chinese sometimes greet each other like this. And for me it oozes pure love. I stepped off a plane two days ago from Hong Kong. My husband and I ran away for a beautiful week of indulging our senses. And I often wonder why I didn’t give […]