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Talking in the past tense

By on Oct 30, 2017 in Blog Posts, Cancer, Spring | 4 comments

“The writing prompt is: it’s raining you are not at home. Go!” We were sitting in deep shade in a leafy garden in Saxonwold at the first meeting of a local writers group that I’d attended. Without thinking I began to write about the first thing that popped into my brain.

Guerrilla teachers

By on Oct 25, 2017 in Blog Posts, Cancer, Spring | 0 comments

The ceiling of the meeting room is low and, although its adequate, I can’t help wishing the lights would be brighter. It’s familiar, this room – not from our cancer journey – but from my corporate life before cancer started. It’s a well-appointed meeting room in a weekend-silent office block. Individual, note-taking desks have been shunted to the back of the space and piled with plates filled with corporate catering. Sexy looking but (I know from experience) uncomfortable chairs have been positioned into loose circles of five chairs apiece. Josh sits on one of the chairs with karate-suited adults to either side. He’s been invited to attend an hour-long session where these adults will practice what they have learnt in their “Kids Kicking Cancer” training. The training will, apparently, equip them with the ability to help kids with dread diseases cope with the fear and pain of...

Reach for A Dream and the gift of kindness

By on Oct 22, 2017 in Blog Posts, Cancer, Spring | 7 comments

On Thursday 19 October I was invited to share a little about our journey at the Reach For a Dream Foundation donor breakfast – here’s what I told them….

What would you attempt if you knew you would fail?

By on Oct 17, 2017 in Blog Posts, Cancer, Spring | 1 comment

I wonder what it must take to wake up each day knowing that the odds are against you. That you will fail. And fail in a way where lives will be lost? What must it be like to spend your days with people who are in pain? Who are scared? Who are at their worst? Who are filled with the anguish and anger and blame of facing their mortality? What must it be like to know all this and to do the job anyway?

Don’t count your chickens before they hatch

By on Oct 15, 2017 in Blog Posts, Cancer, Spring | 7 comments

The phrase don’t count your chickens before they hatch, is playing on repeat.

The terrifying, hopeful, standing-on-the cliff-edge thing is that Josh seems to be getting better.

How Comic Con fought cancer

By on Oct 10, 2017 in Blog Posts, Cancer, Spring | 3 comments

There’s a sense of walking into giant playroom where the kid who owns all the good stuff is excited that you want to come and play.