About this Blog

This blog started as an online diary and place for me to rant about annoyances in my family.

However since July it has become a place for me to catalogue and express my views and opinions on the treatment I have recieved following the diagnosis of a potentially cancerous tumor in my bowel.

On 3rd August 2011 I was told that it was cancerous. In April 2012 I was given the all clear.

October 15th 2013 I was diagnosed with peritoneal disease and liver metastases. The cancer was back and this time it is inoperable.

It is a little bit out of date as the NHS doesn't tend to have a WiFi connection in hospital and I can only post when I get home and posts take a while to write.

It is NOT about individuals or the nursing profession. It is about some of the inadequacies in the system and the way the NHS is failing some people.

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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Another finished project

So here is my latest finished project. Yep a crossstitch. Imogen has requested that I turn this into a cushion for her so I am going to do a big granny square in sirdar crofter dk and find some plain fabric to back theme both.

Next up, thomas the tank engine crossstitch for isaac.

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Some more toddler photography

By Imogen, say cheese mummy
So last week I blogged some of the childrens photos taken at the Bluebell Railway. I thought that that was quite fun and Isaac has kept asking if I can put more of his photos on a website. So rather than starting toddlerphotography.com (not available yet, although I am considering it!!!) I thought I would give you some more toddler photographic gems 
Imogens foot self portrait
Imogens photo of mummy & Isaac
Imogens action shot of Daddy
Isaacs photo of the trains on the Bluebell for Southern at War
Isaacs photo of the U boat at Southern at War
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Saturday, 5 May 2012

Take 2 toddlers

What do you get when you give a 2 year old and a 3 year old a camera each and access to the Bluebell railway engine shed, platforms and a range of rolling stock?


As you can see, the results are interesting!! These photos have been taken by isaac and Imogen over the last year using a Kidizoom Plus (Here) and my Samsung PL50
Adams Radial Tank
If you know me or my children, you'll know that taking them to the Bluebell Railway is like taking them to the sweet shop. They adore it there. It is improved by the fact that Stepney lives there so they can go and see him whenever they want.
Think this is a C Class
Bluebell ( I think mummy or daddy might have helped here!)
Looking back through these makes me realise how proud I am of my children and what absolute sponges children are. 
The Great Northern Railway Directors Saloon
 How many other 3 (or indeed 2 year olds) can tell you that thats not just a tank or tender engine pulling your train, but that it is a Standard 4 (Tank engine) or the U Boat (Tender Engine)
Bulleid Coaches and RMB
 How many will tell you that Sir Archibald Sinclair currently has boiler problems (boiler sludge according to Imogen) and is in 'the sodor steam works' Ok so Thomas has a lot to answer for.
The C Class
 Who am I to take this away from them?
The U Boat
 On the bad days when I can't seem to see where things are going and especially during chemo and my treatment I would remember the delight and absolute look of pleasure on their faces when we pull into Horstead Keynes car park and they realise where we are and what we are going to do.
 I feel incredibly privileged to have this amazing piece of history on my doorstep and will do my utmost to continue to provide this kind of education to my children.
 Apologies if you found this blog by looking for something steam train or heritage railway related, but remember my 2 toddlers are the future of heritage railways and we need to do everything we can to encourage their enthusiasm and passion for these fantastic pieces of engineering

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Friday, 4 May 2012

Everyday things

Here we are, back to the mundane;-) a quick hot chocolate break while shopping for daddy's birthday present.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012

An apology

I realise that I have been very quiet on here since I got the all clear at the beginning of last month.

I could make excuses for this but to be honest I have been reflecting. 

I was able to access some counselling to help me come to terms with the way I reacted to being diagnosed with cancer and the way that others reacted through The Olive Tree and this has led to me doing some serious thinking about where I want to go with the rest of my life. 

I have realised that life is 'finite' and that I will forever be living with the fear that the cancer will return and I don't want to regret things. 

I already have regrets but there is nothing I can do to readdress this so I need to make the most of the future. 

I was going to sign up for the Cancer Research Race for Life, but my 2 local ones are at 7.30pm. I have a husband who works nights and 2 toddlers, how was that ever going to work? Instead I have several friends who are doing it (Here is one of their Just Giving Pages) and I would love it if people could sponsor them.

Instead Tony and I are in talks to do something next year for the 3 charities that have supported my virtually over the last year - Beating Bowel Cancer, Macmillan & The Olive Tree. 

Sounds clandestine, but we have not finalised what we want to do yet, but there will be something..watch this space.