Every Three Weeks I Let Cancer Win A Battle

On this day, typically the fifth or sixth since my last chemotherapy infusion, every insecurity and unspoken fear of mine wraps their icy fingers around my wrist and drags me deeper and deeper into the abyss. I can’t fight it. I simply don’t have the strength. My body feels heavy and useless. My antiemetic pills bring me no relief from…

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A Few Of My Favourite Things… May

Every month I like to list some of the things I’m loving right now. I try to include what I’m wearing, eating, addicted to on TV (usually something on Sky Atlantic or Netflix) and what I’m dancing round my half-finished kitchen to… Here’s what I’m loving in May:   What I’m Wearing… Ballet Pumps – With Spring moving into Summer, it’s time to kick…

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The Best Of Times, The Worst Of Times: Charles Dickens, My Grandfather & Me

My grandfather loved Charles Dickens. His favourite book was ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ and I remember him reading me passages from it as a child. Sadly, he and my grandmother passed away recently. Their house is in the process of being sold and I’ve been helping mum sort through their belongings I came across my grandfather’s Charles Dickens collection last…

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To The Old Lady Who Walks Past My Cottage Everyday at 4pm

There’s an old lady who walks past my cottage everyday at 4pm. She doesn’t say a word to me but if the children are there her face lights up and I see a glimmer of the beautiful woman she used to be. All of a sudden she’s my best friend, asking me about my daughters and whether they had a…

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New sofa confidence

There are moments in life that inspire such an over-abundance of pure, unadulterated happiness that it succeeds in blocking out the whiniest whinge of all toddler whinges. One such event took place last Saturday. It was (drum roll please…) THE PURCHASE OF A NEW SOFA. Well the purchasing part was actually pretty fecking awful as we had two small children in tow,…

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Country Loving

In 2013 we swapped a buzzing Bristol suburbia for the Wiltshire countryside. In hindsight, no one should commit to such a momentous, life-changing decision with two kids under three. Extreme sleep deprivation can do funny things, everyone knows that – yet me and the iCandy were yearning to pound anything other than cracked pavements (no pun intended) and the longer we stayed put, the more…

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