Judging by the weather over the past few days or more, it feels more like months since I last wrote! We've been through virtually all the seasons here – warm sun, lashing rain, hailstones, frost and even a smattering of snow!
I've had my thermals on and off more times than is practical, and where are the hot flushes when you need them?! So many wardrobe irregularities too – balaclava or beret? Emus or Birkeys?!
That said Lucy and I had unbelievably blinding sunshine when we went for our top-to-toe pamper day at Champneys last week.
It's something we'd both been looking forward to, but because of work commitments we had to wait until the Easter holidays to book it. It was actually an incredibly generous gift from Michele Hope last year, who arranged it while I was having my chemotherapy – how kind eh? Well, Lucy and I had a ball! We swam, used the steam room to very sweaty effect, enjoyed the jacuzzi, and visited the gym!
I haven't been back to my gym since last January, so it was a bit of a Mensa test for me, trying to work out how these highly technical pieces of equipment worked. There was one that simulated the movements you make when skiing… let me just say I'm glad it was just Lucy and I in there at that point – incredibly inelegant posturing from yours truly, while trying to stay balanced!
Feeling very noble and more than a little stretched (!) we decided to have our lunch, although Lucy took some convincing that it would be acceptable for us to eat in our dressing gowns! We weren't alone though, as most folk were wrapped in their robes, and as we headed back to our table, having chosen from dish after dish of fabulous food, I prayed that I'd tied mine tightly enough around the middle as I didn't have a great deal on underneath and other folk were eating!!
It was after that we decided to head outside into the warm sunshine to wallow in the steamy waters of the hot tub… bliss! After that, we were treated to a fantastic facial, followed by a massage and then as we both felt thoroughly worn out having done nothing we headed to the 'quiet room' where we snuggled down underneath warm duvets and dozed to the sounds of birds and running water – oh and snoring, from some relaxed soul in the bed next to me!
Our final treat was a pedicure and with the top coat still tacky, we headed off home – the perfect end to a perfect day…. Michele thank you!!!
The other exciting event in the week was the 2012 Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show launch. Colin and I headed off to London to the venue, from which there were these amazing views!! The sun shone and we could see literally for miles. There were a great many people there and Leighton Denny joined us (see picture above) for a while which was lovely – watch out for his TSV next month!
The speech I gave was really about my experience of the Fashion Show over the years, how excited I am to be a model this year, and how I'd got through last year with the treatment and all…. I managed to hold it together until the end, when I was to be honest a tad overwhelmed.
I finished with the words inscribed on the bangles Lucy bought for me that I know I've shared with you before, but I think they summed up how I feel perfectly…
I've washed and ironed all my pyjamas and things for hospital, and hope to avoid wearing those incredibly unflattering net knickers for any great length of time!! I will be having another sentinel node biopsy during the mastectomy just to make sure nothing's lurking within, but am staying positive that all is well.
I'm back in the same hospital I was last time and so I know the staff there and feel safe It'll be a month or more before I'm back at work, but I promise to keep in touch, and as always, thanks to ALL of you in 'Ali's Army' for your constant support and kindness. Look after yourselves, and remember, what you can't get done today, forget about!!!! :)
With my love,