Hope. There seems to be so little of it in these crazy times that are 2020, especially if you listen to the journalists or social media. But I disagree, because I believe that hope is a choice. The little guy in the photo above is proof of that. Meet G Atrevido. Born in a textbook … Continue reading Hope
March 2019 15 months later Some of you may remember when we brought Jaimie home to get him out of a difficult situation. He was scared, scarred, skinny, wormy and a bit of a mess. See top photo. What a difference a year makes. Good nutrition, good fences, dental and vet care, a stable environment, … Continue reading Jaimie – a Happy Story
My favourite red sundress Before I go further into the beginning of the end, I guess I'd better start at the beginning of the beginning which, ironically, was only twelve kilometres (seven miles) up the road from chapter one. I didn't plan it that way; when I left home at the age of eighteen, I … Continue reading Chapter Two: The Beginning of the Beginning
Moments make life! (Photo courtesy of Rita Gallaway) I've been a bit absent for a while and I tossed back and forth whether to write this post but decided to go with Brené Brown and her power of vulnerability. It's a bit heavy, though, so if you're not in the right place for that, feel … Continue reading Betwixt and Between
Hoof Trimming Yesterday was chemo day number one. I had such peace going into it, even hope and joy. I had expected to feel dread, fear, even terror. Guess that could be counted as a miracle, eh? It went so incredibly well. The cancer centre is beautiful, the nurses amazing, and the doctors so caring. … Continue reading Grattitude
Back in my favourite place Yesterday was Meet Dr Chernobyl Day. He was actually lovely but I think the name has stuck for me. Anyway, we discussed scans and options and treatments and prognoses and all of the stuff you never want to have to talk about. Stage 3C. Chemo is only moderately effective for … Continue reading Wine (or Whine)
Mireya - her name means Miracle Last Saturday we went to a Gyne Cancer Survivorship Symposium. It was held in a magnificent historic sandstone building that had been immaculately restored and it overlooked the beautiful river that flows through Brisbane. A lovely setting where I met some truly amazing people. There were numerous presentations, all … Continue reading Survivorship
Some people should all over themselves regularly. Daily, hourly, sometimes by the minute. Guilt, shame, 'I'm not enough', 'I need to do more'. Women are queens of should-ing. But who says you should anyway? Do a little experiment for yourself right now. Go on, it will only take a minute. Stand up and shake yourself … Continue reading I should, I want to, I AM!
My beautiful Amara is a master at living in the waiting, in the now. Lately I seem to be doing a lot of waiting. Waiting for the next medical test, waiting for those results, waiting for the next test/specialist/diagnosis or, in my case, lack of diagnosis so far. Don't worry, I've had lots of practice; … Continue reading It’s in the Waiting.
Here is Rumble taking responsibility for ending the lesson by confiscating my whip. Apparently it was time for his lunch. A rider I know, let's call her Debbie, goes through horses faster than I go through coffee. Well ok, maybe not THAT fast... Anyway, she buys a lovely horse but within months or sometimes weeks, … Continue reading A Powerful Thing