It’s three years ago today that I heard the words ‘I’m really sorry, you have cancer.’ Three years since my whole world changed.
I was just 30 years old and I was being told I had stage four, incurable ovarian cancer.
Life since then has many ups and many downs. To say it’s been a rollercoaster would be the biggest understatement. I’ve had chemo, lost my hair, had multiple organs removed, gained many scars and a colostomy bag, I’ve gone into remission, my cancer has returned, I’ve fundraised for private treatment and then miraculously found myself on a life changing trial. Today my markers are in healthy range.
I’ve also trained as a yoga teacher, a reiki and crystal practitioner, started training as a shaman, set up my own business, published two books, spoken at countless events, been featured in two BBC documentaries, been on radio, TV, in magazines and newspapers, hosted events and even met Princes Charles....to mention a few!
But the most important moments in the past three years are not these.
They are each moment with my husband, my family and my friends. They are the moments shared with medical staff. They are the life changing advances in cancer treatment. They are the moments I have hugged my niece and nephews. They are bringing Ozzy into our home. They are the memories, the connections and the new friendships....so many beautiful friends that would have remained strangers if cancer had never touched my life.
Yes cancer has taken from me, but oh has it given too.
I am grateful for my cancer, for the lessons, the laughter and the love.
Above all I am grateful for it saving my life and waking me up to the precious moments in each day.
In my new book I ask the question ‘how long have I got?’ The answer is simple. The answer is the same for all of us. The answer is today. Make the day good.
Thank you for everything xxx