Previous Yearly Updates
1st February, 2010
Wow! I cannot believe that I have not
been in and done an update for over 2 years. It just goes to show, that
once you get through it, you forget that you have even had it, until you
get reminded about it. So hear is a big update.
I am now a 15 year survivor. So much has
happened in the last couple of years.
We now have 12 children, 12 grand
children and 1 great grand child.
Pete is 65 now and I am 55, and apart
from feeling old, and my Rheumatoid Arthritis, we are pretty good most
of the time. Both of us have a few ups and downs, but definitely no
We have 3 kids and 2 grand
children in England, 2 kids, 6 grand children and one great grand
child in Darwin, 4 kids and 1 grand kid in Sydney, 1 kid
and 2 grand kids in Brisbane, 1 kid and 1 grand kid in Melbourne
and 1 kid in Adelaide.
I was very excited when in April last
year, My son Brad and his wife Sarah had their second baby girl Chloe,
and then just recently, (17th December, 2009) my daughter Katherine and
her hubby Andrew had their first little boy, Benjamin.
Pete has also had an increase in his side
with his daughter Lara and her hubby Tom having a little boy Zach in
England, his son Rhett and his wife Phi having a little boy Alaska in
Darwin, his daughter Rachael and her hubby Scott having a little girl
Chelsea in Darwin, and his grand daughter Jazmin having a little boy
Kaylem also in Darwin.
So, as you can see, we are growing
rapidly. All of Pete's kids and grand kids are going great as well.
To update you on our beautiful Jess, she
is now 15 of course and is doing year 10 at High School. She is still a
delightful girl, and we have never had one scrap of trouble from her. We
love you so much Jess.
My beautiful Pete is just as beautiful as
ever. So loving and caring, and he forever looks after me like I am a
Princess. I love you Pete!!!!!!
Mum and Dad are going strong. They are
the glue that holds our family together, and are absolutely fantastic
and loving people. Thanks for everything Mum and Dad.
My brothers and sister are going great,
and I love them dearly.
We have so many fabulous friends who we
see very often and I would like to thank them all for their friendship
Well I think that's about it. If you are
going through Breast Cancer, or any other type of cancer, then I wish
you all the best with your journey, but it is just a journey, and life
on the other side is wonderful and it will be for you too.
Please contact me at any time if you
would like a chat.
I have put up lots of photos this year of
the kids and grand kids. I haven't got them all up yet, but will update
as soon as I do.
My warmest wishes.
|Pete's daughter Krystle and her boyfriend Jacob
||Pete's son Lucas
||Pete's grand daughters Jazmin and Tiana
and Jazmin's baby Kaylem
|Me of course
Pete and I
|| Jess and I
Jess and Pete
|My son Brad and his wife Sarah
|and their 2 little girls, Natasha and Chloe
||My daughter Katherine, hubby Andrew and new baby Ben
||Jessica and baby Ben
||L to R - Pete's daughter Rachael and her hubby
Scott and Pete's son Jay and his girlfriend Hayley
|and Rachael and Scott's new baby Chelsea
||Pete's son Nathan and his girlfriend Renee
||Pete's daughter Lara, her hubby Tom, their son Zach and
Lara's daughter Mercedes
27th September, 2007
I am so sorry that I have not been in to do
my regular update for a long time.
My Pete has been very sick for a year and
a half, so it was my turn to repay him and look after him. He was
diagnosed with a life threatening disease called Wegener's
Granulomatosis, but, after a very worrying time, and drinking
he is almost better. I love you so much Pete. I could not bear to think
of my life without you, so thanks for getting better.
So, to bring you up to date on me and the
family. Well, I am perfectly fine and have recently got the all clear
again, and in October it will be 13 years since my operation.
My son Brad and his wife Sarah had a
beautiful little baby girl on 8th July, 06, (my first grand bubby) and
my gorgeous daughter Katherine was married to a wonderful man, Andrew,
on the 21st October, 06. Brad and Katherine. I love you both so much and
I am so proud of you both.
On Pete's side, his son Tarran got
married in Phuket to a lovely lady called Ilkay, his daughter Rachael
and her hubby Scott had a baby boy in April, 06, his daughter Lara got
married to another wonderful man called Tom they are now expecting a
baby in November. Pete's son Rhett got married to beautiful Phi. Also,
Pete has had 3 x 21st's, Jay, Krystle and Nathan.
So, we have had lots and lots of family
celebrations. Another big one coming up in December is my Mum and Dad's
60th wedding anniversary. Wow!
So, with Pete being sick, and all of
these family activities, no wonder I haven't been in to update my site.
My Rheumatoid arthritis is great and I
have gone off all medication now apart from drinking
so all in all, now that Pete is almost better, things are going
fantastic for us.
I am contacted all the time by lovely
people going through breast cancer. I can only give my heartfelt
sympathy and hope and pray that their situation turns out as well as
One day soon, I hope that they will find
a cure for this terrible disease. I sell Pink Ribbons each year to try
and raise some much needed funding for research.
Please keep contacting me. All I can give
is support, but sometimes that is what you need.
I am so happy to have such a large and
wonderful family. I don't know what I would do without my absolutely
beautiful children, my fabulous husband, my unbelievable Mum and Dad and
my gorgeous sister, brothers and other family members.
Almost forgot. Our beautiful Jess had her
end of Primary School formal. She looked so beautiful and grown up, and
to think we almost lost her before she was born. Jess we can't imagine
our life without you. We love you so much.
Take care and I promise to update again
soon. Sue Walker
Me with my grand daughter Natasha.
|My beautiful hubby Pete with Jess
||Pete's son Tarran and wife Ilkay
||Pete's daughter Rachael and hubby Scott's
|My son Brad's baby daughter Natasha, plus my
daughters Katherine and Jess
||My daughter Katherine's wedding to her hubby
||Pete's son Rhett's wedding to his beautiful
|Nathan, Jay, Jess and Krystle (These three
big ones all had a 21st over the last couple of years)
||Pete's son Lucas
||Jess all dressed up on her formal
1st May, 2005 (My 51st
Here we are again. Another year has passed
by so quickly.
I am very well apart from my Rheumatoid
Arthritis, which has good and bad times.
I recently had many, many tests done, and
I have found, that, apart from my arthritis, I am 100% healthy.
There is absolutely no sign of the cancer
returning. All my blood tests were in the perfect margin, excellent cholesterol
blood pressure, heart is great with no blockages. Everything wonderful,
so if I can just beat this arthritis, I know I will be perfect.
Pete is still wonderful. We are still
working in our web design business. A run down on the kids. Well, Jessie
is turning 11 this year. Can't believe that. My son Brad was married
recently and we all travelled to Queensland for the wedding. It was
lovely and his new bride Sarah is a delightful young lady. Katherine, my
other daughter is living with her lovely man, and I sense an engagement
in the air soon.
Pete's kids are all going well. He has
one getting married in December, one having a baby in November, 21st
birthdays, etc. Always something happening with this family.
Unfortunately both my Mum and Dad have
been unwell since I last wrote. My Dad has had a heart by-pass, but is
coming along great now, and my Mum was bleeding from the bowel, but
luckily it turned out to be not serious and she is doing excellent now
We will be travelling to Thailand in
December, as that is where Pete's son is getting married, so we are all
looking forward to that.
Well, I think that about fills you in on
my year. Coming up to 11 years cancer free, so you all must have hope.
I look forward to checking in again next
Bye for now and take care.
|Pete and I at Brad's wedding
||My Beautiful sister Jan and I
||Brad and Sarah
|Jess and Katherine - Bridesmaid and Flower
How beautiful are they?
|My Mum and Dad at the wedding
||Pete and his daughter Krystle and her
Me with my son Brad
1st May, 2004 (My 50th
Well, I have certainly reached a
milestone, that 10 years ago, I absolutely did not think I would
make. My 50th birthday. Not only that, at my yearly check up with my
Specialist, I got the all clear again, but the best news is that he
said, now that you have hit 10 years, I don't need to see you again.
My wonderful Pete, he still is just so
lovely and caring and was so happy, when we left the doctors office, he
did a hand stand in the middle of the street. I love you so much Pete.
Thanks for everything.
My Mum and Dad. They are just so lovely
and still worry about me so much. In their eyes, I am still their little
girl. Thanks for everything. Love you lots.
Pete and I had a wonderful party with all
of our friends and family together. We were celebrating my 50th and
Pete's 60th. Our beautiful Jess is now almost 10.
All of our kids are wonderful. My son
Brad is now 25 and has become engaged, welcome to the family Sarah.
Katherine is 23 and is a most beautiful young lady with a great career
and a lovely boyfriend.
Pete's kids are growing up as well. He
has had a wedding, a 21st and an 18th in the last year.
We have had another wonderful holiday. We
went on a cruise from New Zealand, up through the Fijian Islands and
back down through Tonga and back to New Zealand. One thing I have learnt
is to do the things that you want to do (and pay it off later). Life can
be unexpectedly very short, so don't leave it until it is too late.
I barely even think about having had
Breast Cancer any more. Apart from some hormonal problems due to
menopause, I am extremely well and check out 100% every year.
I still try and respond to everyone who
sends me a message. If I have missed any, please accept my apologies.
I have spoken to some fantastic,
wonderful ladies through my site, and I feel absolutely blessed that I
have been given this opportunity to share my experiences with you, and I
truly hope that it has helped in some way.
I will write again next year. Please keep
strong and do all those things that you want to do.
|Jess and I on our cruise
||Pete and Jess
||Jess and My big daughter
|Yum, cruise food
||Pete and his son Nathan
1st May, 2003 (My 49th birthday)
Hello again. Yes, I am still alive and
might I say kicking. I am feeling fit an fantastic and have had a
wonderful year. I once again got the all clear and I realise that I am
so blessed to be as well as I am and enjoying life so much with my
beautiful husband and family.
We travelled around the world again, and
also had a trip to Hamilton
Island, off the coast of Australia again where my big son Brad was
The whole family are really well and are
still spread all over the world.
With all of the uncertainty in the world
with Bali, SARS, Iraq war and other terrorism, we must consider
ourselves to be very lucky indeed.
My two beautiful girls are great.
Katherine now 21, who has just started a new job which she is really
enjoying, and Jessie, now a big 8 and becoming quite the young
lady. My lovely big Son Brad is 24, and is now working at a resort in Airlie
Beach which is on the east coast of Australia.
I hope you are all well and happy as well,
and for those of you going through cancer, or if you have someone you
love going through it, then I wish you all the best and truly hope
that you all have the success and happiness that I have found.
Until next year.
My Warmest Regards
Fairy Jessie at her 8th Birthday Party
|Jessie and I in Disneyland Paris
||Jessie and Pete in Disneyland
||My daughter Katherine with Jess at her
21st Birthday Party
|My son Brad with Jess on Hamilton
||My two step children, Nathan - 16 and
Krystle - 18
||Both had school formals this year.
1st May, 2002 (My 48th birthday)
I cannot believe that I am 48. It won't
be long until the big 50.
I have again got the all clear and am now
7 and a half years cancer free. I have about as much chance now of
getting it as most of the general population, so that is pretty good.
Pete has just bought me a bike so we go for a ride whenever we can to
try and get fit and get some weight off.
Here is an update of how may family is
going, as I am so well and nothing to report, you will have to put up
with some other news this year;
Once again, we have just returned from a
beautiful holiday on Hamilton Island to visit my now 23 year old son
Brad. His life is going very well and he wants to travel the world,
working in lots of different countries. I wish I had have done the same
when I was young. He is a lovely soft hearted young man and I am sure
that whatever he does, he will do well and most importantly have a lot
of fun doing it. His boss told me while we were there that he is a great
worker and he wishes that he had another couple just like him. The
weather was not very kind to us this year, but we still had a great time
and it was so great to see Brad. I love you Brad.
Katherine is now almost 21 and growing
into a beautiful young lady. She has just joined the Volunteer Fire
Brigade which is a very worthy cause as we have some horrific bush fires
in Sydney as I am sure you all know about. She has also started her own
tennis coaching business and is going very well with that. All of her
students love her. She plays A grade tennis as well and has had the same
boyfriend for about three years now, so she has quite a busy and
enjoyable life. Katherine and I have become very good friends now. We
have grown away from that "teenage versus Mum" stage and can
even now have conversations without raising our voices. I love you
Jessica is now 7 and is in her third year
at school. She is still just as cute as ever and still a very good
child. She adores Brad and Katherine and they love her too and spoil her
so much. Jessie does dancing and swimming and tennis (coached by
Katherine). She is also doing very well at school. She must have got her
brains from Pete. I love you Jessie.
I am so proud of my kids. They are the
very reason that I want to live. I want to set good examples for them
and try to lead them in the right direction in life. I want them to
enjoy life, be kind and helpful to others and to know how important that
"Family" is. When every one else forgets you, you always know
that your family is there for you, and we are in the very fortunate
position to have a very large, very loving, very caring family who would
do absolutely anything for any of us.
My step kids, Rhett (Darwin), Lara
(London), Shanie (Darwin), Rachael (Darwin), Lucas
(London), Tarran (Darwin), Jennes (Darwin), Krystle
(Sydney) and Nathan (Sydney) have all grown into wonderful young
people. They are all going to do very well in life and their strength
again is the family bond that they have. I appreciate so much how they
have taken my other kids into their family and accepted them as their
own. My big kids get on so well with them and they all love Jessie so
much as well. Some of the big kids are just starting a tourism venture
on their million acre property in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Northern
Territory, Australia called Lorella
Springs. I wish them all the luck in the world. I know they will
make it a success. Have a look at their web site here.
Now, to my Pete. Pete is still the most
wonderful man and fantastic husband. He and I work hard together in our web
design company and he loves to have a scuba
dive whenever he can. He has been diving for most of his life and is
very good at it. Pete is always there for me and still whenever I am not
feeling well, assures me that I will be OK. And he is always right. I
love Pete with all of my heart and cannot imagine my life without him in
it. Thanks for everything Pete.
My Mum and Dad are my heroes. I just
cannot say how much I adore them. They are both such good, honest,
reliable people that would do anything for anyone, without even being
asked. There are no people on the planet that I admire more than them. I
often wonder why when they pick the "Mother Of The Year" and
the "Father Of The Year" that they pick celebrities. If they
picked just everyday normal people, then my Mum and Dad would win hands
down. Thank you for everything you do for us Mum and Dad. You are the
best. I love you soooooo much.
Also, the rest of my family. My
beautiful, gorgeous sister Jan who is not only my sister but my best
friend. She is just great. A great Mum to her 5 children and just a
great person. My big brothers, Pete and Jeff. Although I don't see or
talk to them that much, I know that they are there and will always
protect and look after our family members whenever need. They both have
lovely families of their own that they can truly be proud of. I love you
three so much. A person could not have better siblings if they tried.
Wow, haven't I prattled on. Probably
bored everyone out of their mind, but, sometimes, you just need to say
how great your family are and tell them that you love them, as we just
don't do it enough. So, maybe this year, my message is mainly aimed at
my family, but hopefully some of you enjoyed it too.
Please, if you are going through cancer
or you know someone who is, just remember to have love in your heart and
you will get through it. If I can be of any help to anyone at all, just
drop me a line. Although, as the years have gone by, I find that my
cancer is slipping from my memory, I may be able to be of some support.
As of today, there have been almost
16,000 people in my site, so, please pass it on to people who you think
it may help. I would love for it to be able to help someone every day.
I will be adding some more photos here
soon, but just wanted to get my report up so that you all new I was OK.
Until next year. Take care. Warm regards.
1st May, 2001 (My 47th birthday)
Hi everyone. Another year
has flown past. I have had a really exciting year. We have just come
back from a holiday on beautiful Hamilton Island
which is in the Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland,
Australia and we had the best time. My 22 year old son Brad is working
there so it was a chance to see him and also to have a break.
My health has been great. I
have had a virus lately, but everything else is great. Even my
Rheumatoid Arthritis is now under control.
My kids, Jessie (6),
Katherine (19) and Brad (22) are all fantastic and gorgeous and my Pete
is absolutely wonderful. Our website design company is going very well.
We work from home and are very busy. It is funny. I had never dreamed I
would become a web site designer, but it all started from this web site
which I did about 5 years ago. This web site is in definite need of
upgrading as it was our very first one. One day, if I get time, I will
give it a facelift as we are much better at it now. (note: I have now
upgraded the site - hope you like it). Our company is ULTRA WEB DESIGN
if anyone would like to have a look.
Well, I have now had over
11,000 people through my site. I still cannot believe the wonderful
response that I get. I get so many beautiful messages and I have become
very close to so many people all over the world and I am following their
progress. I know that it is very hard for some of you going through your
treatment and you feel like your world is going to end. Well, I am
living proof that you can get through it. I was thanking God for just
how lucky I am while I was on my holiday. I was surely in one of the
most beautiful places on planet earth and having the best time.
With the help of your
friends and family, (plus you will find many other people out there to
help if you go looking), you will get through it. I know it will be the
hardest thing you have done in your life, but after it is all over, your
life will be wonderful. Even better than before. You do not take
anything for granted.
I will be back next year and
many more after that so until then, please keep sending me messages or
leaving messages in my guest book.
Please forgive me if I do
not write back to you. I do try and answer every message that I get, but
sometimes, I just run out of time. If I don't answer you, please write
again and let me know that I have missed you. I love writing to you all,
but at times, because of the huge quantity of letters I get, it does
take me a while sometimes to get back to you.
My best wishes to you all.
Have a great year.
|Me and Jessie
||Pete and Jessie
|Left to right - Our daughter Jessie, my
daughter Katherine, Pete's kids, Nathan and Krystle.
||Brad and Jessie
1st May, 2000 (My 46th
The year 2000. Who would have ever
thought that we would be seeing in a new century. And what a big year it
has been for me.
My son Brad turned 21, my daughter
Katherine turned 18, my bubby Jessica turned five and started at school,
we moved house and yes, probably the most important news is that I have
had the all clear again. Five and a half years cancer free. That is a
real milestone to me. Of course I had my usual reactions. Actually, this
time was probably even a bit worse. I have read so many times that if
you get through 5 years that you are home free, but I had also read that
a lot of people go back for their 5 year check up to find that it has
I have been extremely fortunate in having
the same lady do my mammogram for the last five years and she knows me
well now and is just so lovely and assures me that everything is going
to be all right, even though I know she doesn't have a crystal ball, but
somehow, I just believe her. She hasn't been wrong yet. This year I gave
her a huge cuddle when she told me and started to cry.
I have moved house this year to a most
beautiful place, Kurnell in NSW. For people overseas, that is the
place where modern Australia was discovered by Captain Cook. We look out
our front window across Botany Bay to the most beautiful city in the
world, Sydney. Pete and I have become web site designers and have made
our own web site all about Kurnell as we love it just so much. If you
would like to have a look go to http://www.kurnell.com
Hope you like it. It also has a heap of
information about Sydney and Australia.
I feel extremely fortunate to have
reached a couple of other milestones this year. Actually getting my son
through his teenage years and turning 21 and my daughter to 18. They are
the most wonderful children in the world and I love them just so much
and I think at last they are finally understanding that Mum was not just
nagging, but caring - advising. I hope you guys look back on this web
site long after I am gone and remember just how much I love you.
What another beautiful Autumn day it is
here in Sydney. There is not a cloud in the sky and I feel so lucky to
be alive and living in this beautiful country.
I have now had over 7000 people through
my site. I am so proud of that and I hope that it has been of some help
to some people. I know it has helped me, as I come in here and read it
myself sometimes and remember what I have been through and just how
lucky I am. We all have stress in our life. There is no way of escaping
it and I can tell you, I have certainly had my share, but I am still so
thankful for my life.
Lots of people have told me that I should
write a book or have a movie made about my experience, and maybe one day
I will, but I am not really too sure how to go about it.
Anyway, I have rambled on enough. Please,
keep leaving me messages. I really do look forward to hearing from
Until next year, I hope everyone is well
and happy, and for those of you going through Breast Cancer or if it is
a family or friend, please, have hope and good luck. You can beat it!
My warmest regards to you all.
Our beautiful Kurnell where we live
My big kids, Brad and Katherine
Our Little Poser on our beach
How's that for a head of hair?
(and only 5 years old too!)
At her 5th birthday party at McDonalds
Pete and Jessie on our beach with city of Sydney in the background
1st May,1999 (My 45th
As I look out my window on this beautiful
Autumn day here in Sydney, and realise that another year has passed so
quickly, I realise just how lucky I am to be here. I was feeling a bit
depressed about turning 45, but then I thought just how lucky I am that
I actually made it to my birthday again.
I am extremely fortunate to have had
another clear report this year and am now four and a half years cancer
free. I have heard a lot of people talking about being in
"Remission". I don't consider myself in remission. I consider
myself "CURED" and this is what we all have to think. I
know how easy that is to say, and I am one of the worst people for
thinking that every little ache or pain is the cancer returned, but, I
also give myself a good talking to every now and then and tell myself to
get on with life. We are all going to die one day. Some younger than
others, some faster than others, but each day that we wake up is a
bonus, especially if we have had a life threatening disease.
Of course I had my yearly nervous attack
when it came time for my mammogram, but, I don't think I was quite as
bad as last year. Just waiting for those words to say you are clear are
the worst moments that anyone can go through. You are trying to work out
in your mind how you will react and cope if they come back with a bad
My beautiful bubby is still so lovely and
is coming up to five years old now and off to school next year. I cannot
believe how quickly the time has gone and I am so grateful that I have
made it through these very important years of her life. I actually don't
want to miss one bit of her growing up, so I intend to be here for a
long time to come.
My big kids are 20 and 17 now and both
adults and trying to find their way through some very hard years, and I
am certain that they will both come through to be wonderful people.
There seem to be so many things in our lives that cause stress and each
day is a challenge to get through. I think that just to make it through
daily is a battle with things happening every day to test our strength.
Thank you to all those people who have
left messages in my guestbook. When I first put this story up to help
others, I never dreamed that it would have such a huge response. Now,
over 4000 people have been in here and I have had so much wonderful
feedback from you all. Thanks again.
Well, I guess that is about it for
another year. I look forward to hearing from you via the guestbook and I
will definitely be back next year to post my yearly report.
Please everyone take care and make your
life, however long it may be, happy and let those people close to you
know just how much you love them. We never know what tomorrow brings, so
don't let it be too late to tell them.
Regards and Best Wishes.
Pete and Jessie
My three bubbies.
Brad, Jessie and Katherine
Mum, Jessie and Me.
1st May,1998 (My 44th
Here I am again. Yet another year gone
by. I guess I am living proof that this terrible disease CAN be beaten.
Yes, once again, I was extremely nervous at mammogram time. I had a bit
of a scare this time. There was a spot on my right breast (not my cancer
breast) that they found, which wasn't there at my last mammogram and
they had to re-do my mammogram. They showed me the spot and I thought,
oh no, here we go again. I couldn't believe it. Could I go through all
of this again? They told me, that, as I had lost about 30lb (14kg) in
the last 12 months, that it was probably only fatty tissue, so they
squashed me very hard and in a different direction, and sure enough, it
was all OK. Definitely got the old heart rate beating though. Poor Pete,
sitting in the waiting room, had a feeling there was something wrong, as
they were taking so long. Anyway, there was no need to panic, all was
clear and it was just, as they said, a big lump of tissue, where the fat
The last year, I have been very well. As
I said, I have lost quite a bit of weight, thanks to Weight Watchers,
and I am feeling terrific. Most days, better than I have felt for many
years, as I am much thinner and fitter. My only problems have been the
effects of the menopause. I have been having a great deal of hot
flushes, don't get any periods any more, and sometimes a few headaches,
but apart from that, I feel GREAT.
I still take lots of vitamins every day.
I take Bio-Ace Excel which is an ACE capsule, a women's multi-vite and I
also take an extra vitamin A tablet, and I have just started taking a
capsule called Phytolife which is a soy based mixed with other things,
to help ease the menopause symptoms. I must say, the hot flushes have definitely
eased since I have been taking them, which is only about a
month now. I still try to walk every day, although, through our very hot
summer here, I must admit I didn't do it as often as I should, but it
has cooled down now, and I must get back into it. I play tennis every
week and run a house with a very large family in it, so I do keep rather
Also, when I discovered I had cancer, I
was just finishing off a travel course, so I could become a travel agent
which was my dream. Well, now that my little girl is three and a half, I
have just started doing work experience in my local travel agent to
brush up on my knowledge, so that by the time she starts school, I may
be able to pick up a part-time job in that field.
I have had such a response to my page, as
at the time of writing this, there have been well over 2000 people in
here to read this story, and Pete and I are so glad that we have been
able to help, even if it is only in a small way. I check my guestbook
about once a week and respond to everyone who leaves a message and I
also keep in contact with a lot of people and have been going through
their different stages of treatment with them. If we can help YOU in any
way, please, leave a message and we will definitely get back to you. It
may not be the same day, but I promise to respond to everyone.
No matter whether you have cancer
yourself, or are reading this story for a friend or family, I wish you
well and don't ever forget, not one of us knows what is around the
corner. We could all be dead tomorrow so my advice is surround yourself
with love and happiness and don't worry too much about the future, just
live each and every day to the fullest. I know this is hard to say and
at times I have to keep reminding myself to take my own advice, but it
is true. Life is just so short, so take advantage of the glory and the
beauty of each and every day and hold all of those people in your life
and tell them just how much you love them.
Until next year. God bless.
Jessie just LOVES flowers!!!!
and the BEACH!!
Back Row: My Mum Joan, My Dad Stan, Pete's
son Tarran, my son Brad
Middle: Pete's son Nathan
Front Row: Pete's daughter Krystle, Pete, Jessie, Me and my
1st May, 1997 (My 43rd birthday)
Well, another year has passed and once
again, when it was time for my, yearly mammogram in February, the same
old feelings came back and I actually put it off until March because I
was afraid that it would be back by now. I was just about shaking in my
boots as I was having my mammogram and waiting for the results, but,
once again, all of my worries ran out of the window, when I heard those
beautiful words, "ALL CLEAR, YOU ARE EXTREMELY HEALTHY". Phew.
I can't believe it. I wonder how long I am going to feel this nervous at
I have been very well over the last
twelve months. I guess my only long lasting effects of my ordeal are
that my breast is still quite tender, apparently after-effects of the
radiotherapy which I have been told can last a few years yet, and the
other thing is my irregular periods. On average I have only been getting
two periods a year, but when I do get them they are really good ones,
and I even have thoughts of womb cancer and things like that. Poor Pete.
He has to put up with all of this. We were warned at the time I had my
chemotherapy that I would probably begin an early menopause.
I am still taking, every day, doses of
vitamins A, C and E and trying to have a healthy diet. I believe that the
alternative treatments were as much part of my cure as the conventional
treatments, and could be beneficial to anyone with cancer. If you would
like further details, you can email us.
|From left to right ; My sister Jan and her
two daughters, Alex (front) and Caitlin, my Mum Joan, and my two
beautiful girls Jessie and Katherine.
Jessie's 2nd birthday
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