A little while ago, American Deb sent out some teal coloured wristbands with 'strings attached'. She asked that today, those people who received them, showed our support to her mum by dedicating a post to her. So, firstly - HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARTI - hope you are having a special day with your family.
Deb suggested that we share something regarding an experience we've had concerning cancer in our families or friends and so with that in mind, I have made a layout of a rare picture of my sister, me and my mum. We weren't a great photo taking family so this was a real find!
My family's experience of cancer relates to my mum, who died in 1997 at the age of 76. She was not ill for long, as unbeknown to us, she also had an aortic aneurysm which was not discovered until she was scanned for the cancer. I still remember that feeling of shock and disbelief when her diagnosis was made and that is why my heart goes out to Deb and her family. I know that they are loving and supportive and will do all they can to give her mum the strength to fight this horrible disease. I send them my love and hopes that the treatment will be successful and that Marti will be one of the success stories. I have taken part in the Cancer Research 'Race for Life' 5k runs three times now and it is such a wonderful, emotional experience to see all those running in 'Survivor' hats. Let us hope that it will not be too long before Marti can call herself a survivor too. Let's all raise a glass to her: