Well, hello you lovely, kind, wonderful, thoughtful people! Thank you for your generosity of spirit in taking time to respond to my blog and also my social media accounts. I miss being on your screens so much! Mind you, I’ve been informed that I’m still on your screens at times due to pre-recorded presentations. A couple of people were very shocked that I was back so soon after my surgery… but I was still safely recovering at home! I’m due to return on the 5th of November. Remember remember…
Last week I mentioned I was hoping to attend the launch night for my daughter, Chrissie’s, first single and official video screening. I made it!
I was unable to drive but Chrissie’s dad drove myself and my son, Tom, the 5 hour round trip to Bristol so we could be there. I felt very spaced out on painkillers but she was still delighted to see zombiefied me.
If you’re a regular to my blogs you might recall me writing about my family and the history of mental health, especially amongst the men. My late father suffered many years of severe depression, my brother took his own life and there are others in the family who have also suffered pretty extreme mental health conditions.
Chrissie’s single was written as a poem, initially, when she saw her brother was struggling. Music is her life and her own therapy when life is throwing up challenges so it was natural she turned the piece into a song.
She wanted to help to raise money for mental health charity MIND, and awareness for those struggling with mental health problems as well as just letting people know they’re not alone or weird. All proceeds will go to the charity. The truth is life isn’t easy and we expect way too much from ourselves at times. That isn’t to say we shouldn’t try to get back up when we fall but just to say don’t kick yourself when you’re down. A mental health problem isn’t like a broken leg. When people can’t see something it’s harder to recognise it’s there. This is why awareness is so important.
I think all of us will have struggles at some point in our lives. If that’s you then the song may be of some comfort to you. Or if you care for someone it may touch you, too. Someone cares. I genuinely care and I’m sorry for your pain. Please just know you’re not alone.
If you would like to have a listen to and watch the video, here it is:
If you follow her Facebook page Chrissie Huntley you will be able to make a donation to MIND if you wish to. No pressure at all, though. Just your awareness is worth everything. Feel free to follow her on Instagram and Twitter, too, but, again, no pressure… just saying you are welcome to if you wish.
I’m feeling so enormously grateful this week. Grateful to all of you who’ve shown kindness and care and to my remarkable friends, family and colleagues!
So, it’s a week and a half since my shoulder surgery and I’m feeling a lot better than week one already. I’m doing all my physiotherapy as prescribed and suggested by everyone I know who has had shoulder surgery and mobility is slowly returning.
I couldn’t possibly list everything and everyone who has been good to me but I thought I’d share just a few. Firstly, my gorgeous QVC team! I received a lovely get well card from them a few days ago and then I got these beautiful autumnal blooms wishing me a speedy recovery! I was so surprised and touched! I do feel lucky to work with such great friends.
Next, my best gal pal, Mandy. We’ve known each other for around 25 years now and she is the most amazing woman. She also makes a gorgeous biryani dish that I have always loved. It’s usually made with chicken but, as I’m now vegan, she made me up a batch without and brought it round! It was fantastic as I was able to add different bits to it over several meals. My favourite turned out a bit like a paella with vegan chorizo, tomatoes, mushrooms, peas and sweet corn added. Doesn’t she look cute?!
Another cute friend is this one, lovely Michelle. We used to work at a local high street jewellers together about 26 years ago. She drove me to my first physio appointment and then we had coffee and a catch up together before I got very tired, dizzy and queasy and she took me home again. Gotta love friends who’ll put up with you almost vomiting in their car, ha ha! What a superstar!
Then there’s gorgeous 83 year old Fred. He’s my neighbour on the next road. We share a fence. When I pulled it down and rebuilt it we both said it was a shame to put the final panel up as it had been nice chatting so I joked about putting up a stable door we could talk over if we needed anything and the joke became serious! Here he is bringing me some home-grown grapes from his garden.
What a sweetie. He says ignore the toothy gap as he’s having implants. I asked what size he was going for, C or DD, but I don’t think he got the joke, tee hee. He just said he was having dental implants and that his dentist is very happy with him having so many good teeth of his own at his age. He makes me smile so much.
Like I said, so many more folks keeping an eye on me that I would run out of space thanking. So for now I will just extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has been so very lovely to me. I feel like a very lucky lady who is getting a little impatient to get back to you all on the tellybox!
Keep well and happy. If both or either are challenging you right now just know you’re not alone.
Lots of love,