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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..

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Receiving Nice Mail....

Recently we've really had to review our finances and I tend to dread the post arriving - just in-case it's yet another bill :-(

Sometimes however you receive nice mail and I really can't tell you how much it helps.

I've received lots of cards, flowers, vegetables, home cooking, lovely smellies, a talking teddy bear, (Yes, you did read that correctly - and he's lovely), comments on my blog and good wishes from so many people since my diagnosis.
All have made a difference to how I feel about this mess I've found myself in.

Since I've been off work sick, my work friends Hazel & Christine have continued to send me regular cards just to say 'Hi - keep going' etc and it means such a lot to me.
I have 'fears' about returning to work as I've been off for so long now - and thinking I'll be feeling like the 'new kid on the block' again after all these years of working there - but they've continued to make me feel that I am still a part of the team and this will help me so much when I do return.

Today I received two cards, one from the girls at work and one from my lovely sister.
They couldn't have arrived at a better time as today I'm sore, bleeding again, uncomfortable and feeling like this bloody wound is always going to be a problem (I *know* it will heal eventually but it's such a drag at the moment).
Yesterday it was feeling a little better, today back to square one again :-(

But how can I continue to feel crap when I get such lovely mail (*and NO bills today either) :-)

Thank you Hazel and Christine for this lovely card below

And Thank you Sis for always being aware of when I need a lift and letting me know that despite being SO far away from me physically, you're still with me all the way - love you loads too xx
People often say it's the little things in life that matter and that is so true.
A card, a call, a text, an email, a comment on my blog, a long chat with the lovely Tony last night - it all helps to keep me motivated.

So, a big thank you to everyone that has me in their thoughts. I just wanted to let you know that it really does help.


  1. Thank you for sharing Carole. It is lovely to see you are able to show gratitude in spite of your doubts and fears. As far as your return to work. It is good to remember 'The more things change, the more they stay the same.'
    You are a champion. Sending healing across the seas to you in the hope that wound will mend quickly. Love Chez xo

  2. Not sure where to put this comment, really. Didn't seem right anywhere else, but not sure this is the place for it either. Oh well . . .

    Went to see my lovely, gorgeous, amazing friend Carole today. Apart from the fact that she's looking pretty damn good generally, I thought it worth a mention that she's wearing her 'old' wardrobe again. That's to say, rather than the baggy clothes of a few months ago, today Carole was wearing jeans with a fitted top. If I hadn't have known she has a bag, I'd never have known she has a bag - if you see what I mean. Just wanted to say so. In part to assure (or reassure) Carole, and in part to reassure anyone else worrying about maybe having to live with a bag. For those that don't know, Carole is lady with a petite frame - the kind of build that you would imagine would be very hard to 'hide' anything on. Hah! You'd be wrong!! She looked as amazingly svelte as ever. And she was as amazing as always. xxx