Hi Guys! I am so sorry that it has so long since I last posted. As I am sure you can imagine the last 2 years have been pretty overwhelming for me and I just needed a break. Over the last few months I have been taking steps towards getting my life back to ‘normal’ – so let me catch you all up 😊
This is the whistle stop tour of May-October 2016;
This one still totally overwhelms me! I was awarded the Bloggers Choice Award 2016 for best Wellness, Mental Health & Fitness Blog. I was so blown away by this. Unfortunately I wasn’t feeling great at the time so I couldn’t be there but my lovely blogger buddies Pam (pamslivelovefashion.com) and Cliona (leanmeanmomma.com) picked up the award for me.
May was also the time for the 96Fm Radiothon in aid of Cork Cancer charities. I was interviewed about my cancer battle and snippets of this interview were played over the 3 days of the Radiothon to help bring in donations. I hosted a tea party which was so much fun and we managed to raise over €1000. The Radiothon in total raised over €350,000 for such great Cork charities who everyday support cancer sufferers and their families – Cork Arc, Breakthrough Cancer Research, Mercy Hospital, CUH & Marymount Hospice.
I am not sure if this has come across in my blog but I am an extremely determined person. Back in June a few of my friends were doing the relay for the Cork City marathon. I know it was totally crazy and I really only made my mind up that morning but I actually completed one leg of the marathon totaling 6 miles. Now, to be clear, I did not run 6 miles and I am pretty sure I crawled part of it but I couldn’t care less – I did it!!!! 🎉🎉🎉 The slippers were the essential post race attire.
Now this is a big one. Myself and Lucy (my dog) moved back into our own house. I hadn’t lived in my house for years because I had been renting it out when I was over in the US. It was really hard to leave my parents house. They had been such a support to me and I really wasn’t sure how I would cope on my own. To be honest I still don’t know if I am able for living on my own again but it is one seriously big step towards getting back my independence and my ‘new normal’.
I went out! I know what your thinking but I went out out and in Dublin too! This was a massive step for me both physically and emotionally. My confidence has taken a battering over the last 2 years and so my trip to Marley Park with my bestie for the Kodaline/Jess Glynne/Walking on Cars concert was a big deal for me. I had an absolute ball and don’t think I had laughed so much in ages. I did not become a party animal overnight and was happily tucked up in bed by 12.00 😂
Way back in January on a seriously miserable night my family and I decided that we needed to make a plan to celebrate when I was finished my treatment. We threw around loads of ideas and finally settled on a once in a lifetime holiday to Cancun and New York. We booked it that night and the holiday to end all holidays finally came round in September. It was the perfect way to mark the end of my treatment – we all relaxed, enjoyed the comfort and hospitality (and the cocktails!). Cancun was fantastic, absolutely breathtaking scenery and the most amazing people. I celebrated my birthday while we were in Cancun and this was my first birthday post treatment and I could not think of a better way to mark it. Of course New York was brilliant – you can’t help but feed off the atmosphere in the city. It really is quite special. My credit card will never be the same again but it was so worth it!
Well that pretty much brings you all up to date. There are so many things that I want to share with you all about how my life has been since I finished my treatment. There are plenty more blog posts to come. The best way to describe how I am right now is that I am not better but I am definitely much better.
Thanks so much for reading and keep your eyes peeled for more posts very soon.