Four years ago today…

Four years ago today, on Friday the 16th of October 2015, I received a devastating phone call. “We have found a lump”, the Breast Screen nurse said. I was sitting at my desk at work when she called. It was a usual busy day with an office full of people. As I tried to register…

Sliding doors…

Do you ever reflect back on your life and consider the potentially huge magnitude of those sliding doors moments? I do. I sometimes think about the “what if’s” and the alternative pathways that could have been. Some bad and some good. My husband, Phil, and I were sitting at our favourite spot enjoying lunch together recently…

Meditation, is it time to try it?

  Attention busy women of the world, who spend their time overthinking!   If you are not already familiar with the practice of meditation, you have probably heard a bit about it and have seen stories and articles about it popping up everywhere. Well keep reading, you need to hear this… If you haven’t jumped on…

A call for help…

I have to be completely honest. This is a call for help, for me personally. This could possibly be the most vulnerable I have ever been in my entire life.  And it feels very uncomfortable. Let me explain what I mean… When I started writing my blog, I called it by the name “Raw and Completely Beautiful”,…

Your inner power…

The ocean at my favourite place is incredibly powerful. Rain, hail or shine it has the power to give life, take life, give joy and fuel fear. But no matter the weather, it rolls in every day. Lapping the shore, soaking the sand, leaving treasures behind and is either raging or calm. No matter the…

The true cost of Cancer…

Two years ago today, we received my diagnosis. It turned our world upside down. It was just the beginning of a huge journey. During those two years it has been just as much ugly as it has been beautiful. Behind our smiles and strength is our truth of the real cost of Cancer. Cancer has cost…

The evolution of a boy…

Yesterday, I watched my 16 year old son, my middle child, play in his men's volleyball team and I saw a boy on the verge of manhood. Once my shy, sensitive, quiet boy with many anxieties  and fears is now accepted as 'one of the boys'. The teammates congratulate each other with the sportsmanlike pat on the butt and…

What I learnt from falling down the stairs…

Picture this… Last night, Friday night.  A quick pizza dinner with my two youngest cherubs and then rushing to get out the door and get them both to their volleyball games. Thankfully they were playing at the same place at the same time! I was rushing up and down our stairs grabbing a jacket, scarf, beanie and my sheepskin lined…

Are you a failure, or a student?

Are you a failure? I am. Many times over. Many! I have failed at my job, in business, as a parent, as a partner, a friend, and as an every-day person. Even more the point, I have failed at being a healthy every-day person. But how lucky am I? I am incredibly fortunate. Am I…

C = MT

Chemotherapy is horrible. There is no other way to describe it, other than with my newly developed unofficial formula of C=MT… Chemo is the equivalent of being hit by a Mack truck. I am no scientist, nor am I medically trained, but I am certainly experienced. Unfortunately, many others are too. After I was diagnosed…