A couple of months ago, one of my blogger friends lost a dear friend to cancer. When I met Emma, I had no idea that she had started blogging as a result of finding out her friend was poorly. I found it inspiring that she took this news and turned it into something so positive. Emma wrote a wonderful article on grief, which moved me to tears and made me think of a dear friend that I lost early this year.
In January, my primary school friend Jeni died of a brain haemorrhage after having brain tumour surgery. She had been battling with this cruel disease for 3 months but had only told very close family and friends. After her surgery, she sent a picture of her stitches along with a beautiful note that she didn’t want anyone to feel sorry for her; she was remaining positive and would beat this awful disease once and for all to be with her 2 year old son and husband.
After finding out the news, I began to read Jeni’s honest blog about her journey – she explained everything she was going through, the physical side as well as the emotional. She wrote about days when she did not feel able to look after her son because of the effect of the drugs she was taking. As a mother, reading this just broke my heart – how many of us can imagine feeling like this? All you want to do is spend time with your little one, and yet your body is not allowing you to. Her bravery was astounding, and I was so proud to have been her friend. I thought back to memories of sleepovers at her house when we were 10 years old, and how Jeni had hidden a plate of sausage rolls under the bed so we could have a midnight feast. I remembered going swimming together and her encouraging me to jump off the diving board (I was always a bit of a chicken when it comes to heights), and feeling so proud of myself when I did. And then I started to feel guilty…why did we lose touch over the years? Why didn’t I do more?
Death still doesn’t make sense to me. It’s cruel and unfair. Jeni had her whole life ahead of her with a beautiful family; she was a brilliant friend, sister and mother. Always so brave and positive til the very end, a truly inspiring woman. When Emma told me about the #BloggersBeatingCancer campaign, I knew I had to get involved, to do something to help in any way I can. It is our chance to raise money and awareness about cancer. Please join us on Friday 30th September at 10:30am for coffee and a social media thunderclap. Use the hashtag, get involved, get your friends involved, get fundraising.
Join us in #BloggersBeatingCancer
As Sarah from Mumzilla said:
“We bloggers, as a collective, we could really shout. How many people could we each get to donate say £5 to charity? To Bart’s Charity and to MacMillan, for both cure and care? So we have set a date for bloggers, and the people who read our ramblings, to have a virtual coffee morning. To spend 10, 15, 30 minutes, whatever we can spare, to sit and have a drink, and to talk to our friends, either in person or online. To ask people to donate to these amazing causes, that could change lives, that could save lives.
Will you join us? Write a post, use the #BloggersBeatingCancer badge or the picture below if you want to, and just let people know what we are hoping to do, when and why. Every penny we raise goes towards two brilliant charities. Cure and care.
#BloggersBeatingCancer – join us on Friday 30th September at 10.30am, for coffee and a social media thunderclap. Use the hashtag, get your friends involved, and get fundraising if you can.”
Come together, do it for #BloggersBeatingCancer