• Health,  Parenting

    I will survive…

    …the home schooling… Cancer is one thing, trying to teach the world’s most stubborn seven year old who seemingly already knows everything? Quite another. I am knackered. It is one thing undergoing cancer treatment, it is quite another trying to do it whilst in the company of one other sole human being who you also have to look after constantly. I miss a Chinese delivery service! I think it is the cooking that is exhausting. When I pack the kid off to school, it is in the knowledge that well equipped with French school dinners, he is getting a very good nutritional balance. Who cares that I spend half my…

  • Health,  Parenting,  Uncategorized

    More painful than a mastectomy…

    OOoooommmmm.  That is my best effort at meditation. God, this confinement is painful.  I know some people are loving it, but I will be honest and say that I can’t wait for schools to be open.   Twelve sessions of chemotherapy and twenty-five sessions of radiotherapy were nothing compared to this.  I have also started on Tamoxifen which seems to be affecting me by letting my fuse go from 0 to 100 at the touch of a nerve, of which my child gets on many!  His behaviour has also been less than savoury, of which I have no doubt is a direct reflection of my changing moods. There is also the…

  • Health,  Parenting

    The present…

    I find that I struggle to live in the present.  For me, it is usually the ‘what next’, future ridiculous ideas, or worries about the future.  At the moment, clearly, none of us have any choice but to live in the present.  We have ‘Coronavirus deadlines’, dates when we hope some levels of normality will return.  Beyond that, for many people across the world, we have gone from a recognisable future, to one that has become fairly abstract.  Where to now Mrs?… Many people have asked me ‘what comes next?’ in terms of my cancer treatment.  How do I know that I have, in cancer terminology ‘no signs of active disease?’ …

  • Health,  Parenting,  Travel

    Post-cancer treatment confinement crisis- the three C’s

    It’s not that bad, I’m not about to go out and buy myself a sportscar or take up with a twenty year-old.  However, post-cancer treatment combined with Coronavirus lockdown has definitely given me itchy feet.  My google maps timeline has shown me that I have travelled a total of one kilometre for the whole of May, and only one kilometre further in April, when I was staying at a friends’ chalet.  It has become the new normal for all of us.  We have become hermits, not by design and not by choice, but by the needs of the world.  You do get used to it, and not having to be…

  • Health,  Parenting,  Travel

    Moving on..a new adventure awaits!

    It’s been a while, hasn’t it people?  I have been meaning to write for some time but given that I have also felt the need to compile a video to go along with this post, it has taken a lot longer than expected!  Well, the good news is I am still alive!  I say that because when I was in the throes of my cancer diagnosis last year, I devoured endless blogs from women going through treatment.  Many of them hadn’t been updated for quite some time, which of course, leads you to think the worst.  So, the good news is I am still alive!  2020- you nutter! What a…

  • Parenting,  Travel

    Learning to sail

    Firstly, thank you for your very positive reactions to our first video regarding our new adventure. If you have no idea what I am talking about, then have a read of this post. I do hope you enjoy this video. The main thing that I have learned about having a boat is that it is 90 per cent work and 10 per cent sailing! However, it is great to be learning again. It is very easy to just rest on what we know, there is a certain feeling when learning something new. Whether it be a language, sailng, golf, crochet or what ever else it may be, that those receptors…