30th January, 2012
I am so sorry that I have not been in to
update my site for 2 whole years. I apologise for not keeping it up
to date, but my life is so full, and my Breast Cancer seems such a
long time ago now, and to be honest, I very rarely even think about
Since my last update, our family has grown
even more of course.
We now have 12 children, 13 grand children and
2 great grand children, plus two more grand children on the way.
In April last year, our very good friends,
Geoff and Lila took us on a 2 weeks, all expenses paid holiday to
Fiji. It was absolutely wonderful and so much fun. We can't thank
them enough. Apart from that, we have been on numerous Australian
trips to visit kids and grandkids, all over Australia. Plus every
July, Pete goes to Darwin to visit his kids who are up there, and
then he goes to his kids million acre Wilderness Park called Lorella
Springs, where his eldest son Rhett runs a tourist park. If you
are ever up that way, you must go and visit. www.lorellasprings.com
At the moment we have 2 kids, 7 and a half
grand children and 2 great grand children in Darwin (NT), 1 kid and
2 grandchildren in Brisbane (QLD), 1 kid and 2 grand children in
Maryborough (QLD), 1 kid and 2 grand children in Melbourne (VIC), 2
kids in England, 1 kid in Adelaide, 4 kids and half a grand child in
Sydney . So, you can see, we do get around a fair bit. Would love to
get over to England to see the boys over there. Maybe someday.
I am still having regular mammograms, although
probably not as often as I should, and everything is still perfectly
clear after 17 years.
I am now 57, so getting older and my main
problem is my Rheumatoid arthritis which has been with me constantly
for the last 12 years. It is managed by medication, but I still have
good and bad days with it.
My hubby Pete is just as gorgeous as ever and
looks after me every single day. Thank you Pete. I love you so much.
My wonderful Mum and Dad are still going well. Mum is 87 and Dad is
85, and although they do both have their medical problems, they are
battling on quite well. They are so wonderful to all of their huge
family and we love them dearly. They are expecting another 2 great
grand children in July. If I have counted correctly, I think they
have - 4 children, 13 Grand children and 17 and 2 halves great grand
children, not to mention a whole heap of steps, thanks to my Pete.
My beautiful brothers, Pete and Jeff and
Sister Jan and their families are all going well. I guess we all
have problems in life that have to be dealt with, but we battle on.
I understand that everyone who has found my
site, is either looking for some sort of hope for either themselves
or someone they love. I hope that this site does help you all in
some way, and show you that there is life after breast cancer. I
know the battle is tough, and if you were like me, you thought you
were going to die, however, there are very few people who die of
breast cancer these days and it is even much better odds now than
when I had it 17 years ago.
As you know, if you have read my story, I was
pregnant with Jess when I had the cancer, and as you can see in the
photos to the right, she has turned out to be a beautiful young
Please have a look at the link below which
takes you to my updates for previous years, and you can see a bit of
her journey through life.
I am indeed a very lucky lady. I have a huge
family who I love dearly, and so many wonderful friends who we make
sure that we see regularly.
I hope that writing this every couple of
years, gives you all hope, and I promise I will try and do my
updates more often.
My email address is below. Please contact me
if you have any questions, or if I can be of some support or help to
you or your friends or family.
Have a great year - have a great life. Be
strong, you may be doing it tough at the moment but I promise you,
it does get better.
|Me in Fiji
||Pete in Fiji
||All of us in
beautiful parents with one of their new great grand children
Katherine (30) with her 2 boys Ben (2) and Harry (11 months)
son-in-law Andrew with his 2 boys Ben (2) and Harry (11
Nathan (25) and his girlfriend Renee
I will be adding more photos
of the family here soon