I have given in and put the heating on, after sitting at my desk in my coat for the last hour, watching the rain lash down, and the wind whip around my snowdrops and hellebore! February really has been a month of extremes hasn’t it?! Luckily the beautiful roses Colin gave to me for Valentines (pictured below) are still looking gorgeous : )
Of course I’ve had more time than usual to notice the elements, having been away from you for over a fortnight, but I’m delighted to say that I will be back this Thursday at 9pm with my regular Diamonique show, and have a stunning pair of earrings from the range to give as a prize in my brand new Seasonal Sound competition! More on that later : )
Firstly, and as always, I am SO grateful to you for keeping in touch, cheering me up, supporting me, and making me feel tremendously loved and humbled all at the same time! You’ve also been very kind and thoughtful with your encouraging suggestions of how to move on with things, and I truly appreciate this. I think I’m up to speed with all my replies, but just in case I’ve missed you, or you’ve not had a chance to read through them all, here’s where I am now…
Luckily this time, I’ve healed well, and the incisions below and across my chest are comfortable enough for me to wear my Vercella Vita shapewear again. My surgeon had suggested we try an expander implant but emphasised how important it was for me to allow my body to rest and heal completely. As Lucy’s baby is due at the end of April, and the wedding is at the end of June, and I need to be as well as I can be for both, a timeframe for this procedure was imperative.
I talked it through with Mr. Wilson, and we calculated that if it went according to plan, I’d need a straight 10 weeks allowing for regular hospital visits and recovery time! I want to be able to hold my grandchild and be there for Lucy as a mum should be, and I’d also like to look and feel as good as I can on my wedding day, so there really is no choice… I will have to leave things be for now… Not the easiest decision I’ve ever had to make, but the right one, and thank you so much for being instrumental in helping me to make it : )
It was my mum and my sister Jenny, who came to my rescue when I was floundering over where to buy a prosthesis and what kind I’d need. I had thought I’d be able to get away with padded bras, but as I have nothing there now but my ribs and a dent where the tumour was, normal bras are uncomfortable. Ever since mum had her mastectomy, Jenny has been an enormous help, and is very well versed on the vagaries of a prosthesis!
Having accompanied mum on countless shopping trips, she gave me invaluable advice, and we even had a go with mum’s prosthesis to see what it would look like. There were a few tears, but like most things in life, once you take away the mystery, it’s not as scary : ) The NHS provide prostheses to all women who have had a mastectomy, but my reluctance to look into the whole business, meant I hadn’t allowed enough time before returning to work to order one! So armed with several of my sister’s bras, mum took me to her local supplier. Amazingly the first one I tried was a perfect fit, and I got 20% off! I am now the proud owner of a ‘boob in a box’, and just need to buy the special bras with pockets to put it in. Strange what you can get used to eh?
I had a lovely stay with mum – she always feeds me up – and this time she made one of my all time favourite meals – smoked haddock with spinach and poached eggs! There’ll be time to spoil her too this year, as it’s five years since she was diagnosed! She has her regular mammogram in March and then a bone scan in May, but apart from her ongoing issues with lymphodema and a rather sore knee, she is in very good health, and looks a great deal younger than her years. It’s hard to believe she will be 80 in July, which in itself is a monumental milestone, and Jenny and I are planning something suitably celebratory to mark the occasion : ) the pic of us with my mum above, is from a few years ago…
Colin and I spent Sunday with Lucy, Simon, so that we would be there for the 4D scan of their baby. I can’t begin to tell you how incredibly exciting it was to see this dear little soul in such detail, looking just perfect! I was quite overwhelmed. Simon’s two youngest boys George and Henry came with us, and asked casually if the baby would be born at Easter? They were very relieved to learn it would be later, so they wouldn’t have to share their Easter eggs bless them : ) Lucy is finishing work in the next few weeks, and has asked if she could hold her baby shower here, at our house, in April. As I’ve never been to one, I’m a little clueless as to what’s needed, so am very grateful to her best friend Mel (who’s having her first baby mid March!) for organizing the event. I’ll make sure we have balloons, food and soft drinks and a few glasses of fizz – oh and I’ll take plenty of photos for you – can’t wait! : )
Before I finish the blog with details of our fab competition, I wanted to ask for your help… My dear friend Bryony has taken on a monumental challenge to raise money for not one, but six hospices! Bry was my editor on this blog for many years, and she also ran the London marathon the year after I was diagnosed, to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. In two weeks time, over a five day period she will run four marathons and cycle over 120 miles in a circuit that links the six different hospices, and includes Mount Vernon which is my cancer centre. To lesser mortals it would be impossible, but she is superhuman, brave and very determined, and I think what she is doing is quite frankly incredible. Many of my friends and family who have passed, spent their final days being cared for by the incredible staff who run these havens entirely on charitable donations. Here is the link to her JustGiving page, and anything you could do to help would be so very much appreciated. http://h2h6.co.uk/
Finally, and as promised, our Seasonal Sound competition! As we are still in February, I’ve recorded something that is particularly pertinent to this month. I’m not saying you wouldn’t hear it at other times of the year, but I hope you have fun guessing : ) Just listen to it below, and then write in the comments what you think it could be – simples!
You will have until midday on 9th March to enter, and then a winner will be drawn. Don’t forget to add your email address in the field below (it won’t be published). The prize is this gorgeous pair of heart-shaped Diamonique earrings, which will be featured in the show this Thursday. With an equivalent diamond weight of 4.18 carats, they are at a crazy price of just £31! Of course the price is irrelevant, because these stones are soooooo realistic, you feel as though you’re wearing the world’s most fabulously flawless diamonds : )
In readiness for my return I’ve had my hair cut and coloured, and can’t wait to ‘see’ you at 9pm and then again at 11pm for Vercella Vita Shapewear. Have a great week, and I’ll look forward as always to hearing from you.
With my love,
Click here for full competition terms and conditions.