Stepping off lifes treadmill for a few days!

why not check here Having not been able to work for a few years now, my average week has taken on very different connotations. With regular hospital visits and my weekly volunteering, and football on Saturdays, a new pattern has emerged. It is still a routine, but a different routine. I have also noticed an email routine! I am very busy Mon-Thursday. sporadic on Friday, nothing much over the w/end.Even Twitter and Facebook go quiet then. The only emails that are busy in this period are marketing ones! It was interesting to see even this routine change, as those people that work, started finishing early on Thursday, ready for their long Easter w/end. Is it that our social networking is now done in work time? I can see with the activity on my blog. that most

We all deal with things differently

I spend most of my spare time talking to people who’s lives have been affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly, including patients, relatives, friends, and also health professionals. My personal experience has been an  extremely harsh apprenticeship to serve but I can understand why it had to be done, to enable me to do the work that I do now. The skills that I developed in my business life, together with my personal cancer experience, have meant that I now have a vast back catalogue of experiences that I can call on when required. This experience was of great use, when I was talking to two people who had received a similar diagnosis. Both people were offered a similar treatment schedule.But each person had received their information in a different way. For

A beautiful world!

A beautiful world!

(THOMAS) Well here he is Chris, not the best photo but will send you better ones when we have downloaded them!! “Loved the programme, the blog is inspiring i love reading it and you do have the effect of making us sit up and think, thank you” ” Re your blogs, they are the most inspirational dignified and eloquent pieces I have ever read” lolxxx I wanted to dedicate this post to two very good friends of mine, who have emigrated to France. They have had some very difficult times over the years, and we have supported each other through thick and thin. Above is the first picture of their first born, son Thomas. I consider myself to be very privileged to receive the pic this morning. My friends also wrote the

Fallout from a cancer diagnosis

Stiliyan Petrov to retire from football after leukaemia diagnosis, saying ‘football is over, this is the end’ Reading about the very sad case of Stiliyan Petrov the Aston Villa footballer, prompted me to write about the shock of  receiving a cancer diagnosis. I, like most people never thought that I would receive mine. I imagine that there are a lot of people out there now thinking, if it can happen to a fit guy like him, it can happen to anyone. Very possibly a lot of people are talking/ thinking about cancer for the very first time, having heard this very sad story. It is unfortunate but in the world which we live, we tend to take more notice of something when it happens to someone in the public gaze. Stiliyan is

The mantra for my life.

DON’T GIVE UP When things go wrong as they often will,When the road you’re trudging seems all uphill,When the funds are low and the debts are high,And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,When care is pressing you down a bit,Rest if you must but don’t you quit.Life is queer with it’s twists and turns, As everyone of us sometimes learns,And many a failure turns about, When he might have won had he stuck it out,Don’t give up though the pace seems slow,You may succeed with another blow,Success is failure turned inside out,The silver tint of the cloud of doubt,And you can never tell how close you are.It may be near when it seems so farSo stick to the fight, when you’re hardest hit,It’s when things seem worst

How we affect other peoples lives

First of all please accept my apologies for a delay in fresh posts, but regular readers will know why. The last few days have been like a blur!! So many things have happened to me that it really is like a story book.When I first started writing this blog, I did wonder if I was going to run out of subject matter. I also wondered who would be interested in my life anyway? However, after talking to several trusted friends and professionals, and having been given a long sentence of debilitating treatment, I felt that it would be a great way of communicating with people.Since writing about my experiences I now realise that I don’t have an ordinary life!! What I have is very special. I am living a gift. The life I

A very different life now!

As you regular readers may know, I am always feeling a little thoughtful on a Monday morning.Today, more so than others. We have just had a lovely family weekend, and we were joined by our youngest son, his girlfriend and their daughter.They recently told us that Jo was pregnant so we were celebrating that, and also David informed us that his company had given him a new role, a good payrise, and regular trips to New York. We were very proud. These were all things that I never thought that I would be alive to see.Still not sure if I’m suited to the grandfather thing, (certainly in my mind!) But it is so good to be around to see my children start to set down roots of their own. At their age, 26/28

Why I do what I do!

‘How many people have been blessed through the suffering that you and your family has gone through, that has brought you to where you are now- doing great things to help bring hope to people that might not see much hope?  So many, I’m sure.  I know it’s easy for someone like me to talk lightly about suffering, but I really do think that, although God doesn’t cause suffering, he’ll often turn it into a great power for good and I see that, in what’s happening in your life. I know you don’t believe all the things that I believe about Jesus, but he is God and we are all made in his image and the only way the good stuff he wants, gets done, is if we do it.