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I'm Carole, living in London, happily married and mum to two amazing boys.I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Rectal Cancer in April 2010. Surgery took place in November 2010 and I now have a permanent colostomy...Spinal mets were then diagnosed in October 2011...In January 2012 I was told of further spread to the hip area (multiple lesions)..My life expectancy is now 6-9 months. Walk alongside me on the last part of my experience with this..

Friday, 10 September 2010

Eid Mubarak......(Happy Eid)

Today is Eid-ul-Fitr.....this marks the end of Ramadan.

During the Holy month of Ramadan, Muslims fast during daylight hours - no food or drink from sunrise to sunset. The month of Ramadan is a time for spiritual reflection. The fasting is intended to help teach Muslims self restraint, self discipline and generosity. It is also to remind them of the poor and needy.

Eid-ul-Fitr is a purely spiritual event, it is not linked to any historical event or related to the changes of the seasons.
It is the time when Muslims thank God for having given them the will and the strength to observe the month long fast during the Holy month of Ramadan.

During Eid-ul-Fitr families get together, pray, eat together, exchange gifts & give sweets to the children.
Eid Mubarak (Happy/Blessed Eid) to all Muslims


  1. Hello Carole,

    Thank you for your comment on my blog. I'm glad that you my blog to be somewhat helpful and informative. It helps make an unfortunate situation somewhat better when I hear that writing what I've been going through has helped somebody I don't even know.

    I read through most of your blog as well. Good for you for doing all the research that you did and leaving no stone unturned, and for sticking up for yourself with the doctors. It is indeed disappointing to hear that an APR is the recommended course of action despite all your hopes and energies to have a different outcome. I think it will help you knowing that you did everything could (get a 2nd opinion, etc.) to avoid that outcome.

    I wish you the best with surgery, and for a speedy recovery. I have a number of friends in the medical profession, and they all say that an APR is pretty major surgery, so it's to be expected that recovery takes awhile. But, things do get better day by day and you'll be back on your feet in no time.

    All the best,


  2. As a Christian I wish all Muslims Eid Mubarak and Ahtaaju an atadarraba 'ala al arabia!

    Shahia tayebah!

    Much Love

    Tony xx

  3. Iam away for the weekend dog sitting at our daughters in Cardiff so hope you have a good weekend Carole.Lots of deep breathing.Take care sweetheart.
    Rose xxx

  4. Thank you so much for the lovely Eid message Aunty (and Tony) very sweet of you guys.

    Son of a b**ch this cancer isn't it! I can't believe its so soon. But every little good news is a positive thing.

    You keep that head held high aunty, and eid moubarek to you. Always in my prayers

    lamia xx

  5. Hey Carole!
    Are you still Eid-ul-Fitr-ing? Haven't heard from you in a while. Are you ok?

    Shents x

  6. Hi Shents,

    Am fine....just wanted to spend a weekend pretending I didn't have cancer :-)
    It's so easy to do when you feel quite well and have no pain.

    Stupid cancer - all part of the trick to further confuse me eh... :-(

    Thanks Tony & Lamia for the nice Eid wishes. I'll make sure Rab see's them too.

    Rose - hope you had a lovely relaxing dog sitting session.

    Doug - thanks for the comments - fingers crossed that I heal well and fast :-)