A very big thank you!

A very big thank you!

I don’t know how to start this post except for these words – a very big THANK YOU!

Thank you so so much to everyone who took the time to read my post early this week about my second chemotherapy treatment.

Thank you to everyone who sent me messages, emails, called me, tweeted me and more.

I’ve said this before but thank you so so so so so much for all of your love and support.  Honestly I’m just blown away with how absolutely lovely you have all been.

I know I mentioned in that last post that I was upset about the people who had not contacted me to see how I was or acknowledged that I have had cancer but I want to clarify that it it only a handful of people.  A handful that do not matter to me now so please don’t think I’m crying into my, um, chocolate that they haven’t got in touch.

That just pales into insignificance when I think about how very lucky I am to have such an amazingly huge and supportive army of family and friends like you around me.  My Cancer Fighting Army!

The amount of messages and calls I’ve had this week and also since my diagnosis has been huge and I feel so very lucky and grateful.

Friends from school who I haven’t spoken to in over 20 years (oh my word I’m old), ex-colleagues from many years ago, family members of my friends, complete strangers.

Offers of support, babysitting, bringing us freezer meals, transport to appointments, to hold my hand during chemo.  It’s just endless.

I feel so humbled and grateful and lucky and loved.

Thank you for your understanding when it take me days, or even weeks, to reply to your messages and calls.  I WILL get back to you.

I’m not always in the right frame of mind to reply straight away.  Sometimes I can’t physically speak.  I seem to have appointments a lot of the time and life is somehow busier than I can manage these days but it will pass.

I’m hoping my memory returns when chemo fades :)

I just want to say thank you to all of you.

When I wrote the account of my second chemo, it was at about 1am when I was in the thick of feeling the side effects.  I woke up the next day and felt a little bit better but rather than not post it or edit it to reflect how I felt the next day, I left it as it was.  I want the posts I write about my cancer treatment to be completely honest.  Well that goes for everything I write.

Since I wrote it, every day that I’ve woken up since, I’ve felt better.  Today, I feel pretty brilliant, almost human.  I’m even drinking a beer – cheers!

It’s days like this that make me feel strong again and ready to face the next step of my treatment.  I have 4 days now of feeling great and I intend to make the most of it.

Of course I’m dreading my 3rd AC chemo next week but at the same time I’m strong enough now to deal with it again and it will be another one ticked off in my plan.

I have 2 more AC chemo sessions, next week included, and then I will have 12 weeks of Taxol chemo.  For that one it’s a shorter session and once per week and from everything I’ve been told, it’s much lighter and less aggressive than the one I’m doing now.

A beautiful breast cancer survivor, Denise at hellocourage.com who has undergone the same treatment plan as me, told me this week “With AC you want to die – with Paclitaxel (Taxol) you want to live. That is the HUGE difference!!”.

I’m keeping that in the forefront of my mind and it’s giving me so much motivation and strength to keep going – as are you all!

The loveliest thing happened today – 2 parcels arrived.  One was from two of my awesome besties, T and E.

Inside was the most beautiful dressing gown and slippers from one of my absolutely favourite stores, Peter Alexander.  They are just so lovely!  Thank you, thank you beautiful girls for the lovely card and gift – you are two of my dearest friends and I love you both so much.  Thank you for being as amazingly lovely and considerate as you always are.

A very big thank you! lovefrommim.com Triple Negative Breast Cancer Friends Friendship Support Grateful Gratitude

The second parcel was from the UK which made me think my family must have sent it.  I was so excited to open the pretty packaging and read the card to to my amazement it wasn’t from my family but from some of my absolutely wonderful blogging friends!!

Inside the beautifully wrapped parcel were so many treats: a beautiful planner, notebooks, pen, washi tape, nail polish and a Kindle – a KINDLE!  Plus a voucher to buy books for it.  I’m still a bit lost for words really, it was just the biggest surprise and I’m so grateful.  Thank you all so much to the following amazing ladies – and I’m sure you already do but if you don’t, check out their wonderful blogs:

Amy at Mr & Mrs T Plus 3
Renee Davis at Mummy Tries
Kate Flint at What Katy Said
Katy Cox at Carry on Katy
Donna at What the Redhead Said
Aby at You Baby Me Mummy
Stevie at A Cornish Mum
Katie at Pouting in Heels
Leigh at Headspace Perspective
Laura at Life With Baby Kicks
Vicki at Honest Mum
Hannah at Mums Days
Hannah at Budding Smiles
Kara at Innocent Charms Chats
Kat at Beau Twins

Look at my beautiful gift!

A very big thank you! lovefrommim.com Triple Negative Breast Cancer Friends Friendship Support Grateful Gratitude

Earlier in the week these gorgeous flowers arrived from my very good friend Adele!

Thank you to all of my other beautiful friends for the gifts and flowers sent before now too – you’re all wonderful and I love you.

One more time, thank you so so much to all of you again for your endless support.  You really are the best support network I could possibly hope for.

To know that, although I might feel sad or lonely or scared at times, I have you all here for me just means the world.

Thank you x x x

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  1. 28th January 2016 / 9:37 pm

    I’m so glad you’re getting showered with love, Mim, and I’m very happy to be a little part of your Cancer Fighting Army, Kazoo in hand xx

    • 28th January 2016 / 9:38 pm

      Hurray thank you lovely – I’m very lucky to have you and your kazoo! (sounds a bit rude!) x

  2. 28th January 2016 / 9:50 pm

    Tears in my eyes Mim, we are your Cancer fighting army and we will be there all the way until it is well and truly kicked in the butt!! x

    • 28th January 2016 / 9:51 pm

      Oh thank you beautiful Katy! x x

  3. 28th January 2016 / 10:07 pm

    Aw you deserve all this and more, sending you love, always here for you. Keep kicking cancer in the BALLS babe xxx

    • 28th January 2016 / 11:02 pm

      Hee hee thank you lovely I will – I’ll kill the bugger! x x

  4. 28th January 2016 / 10:12 pm

    I’ve said this before, and will continue to say, your positivity and bravery is utterly awe inspiring Mim. Keep kicking cancers butt you wonderful lady! So pleased you like your pressie xxx

    • 28th January 2016 / 11:00 pm

      Oh thank you so so much lovely lady! x x x

  5. 28th January 2016 / 10:13 pm

    Oh Mim I feel so emosh! I wish we could have brought your present to you in person and given you the biggest get well hug. Just know that although we are many miles apart all your blogging pals here in the UK are thinking about you and we just know you are kicking cancer’s ASS! Sending so much love and lots and lots of hugs your way right now. x x x

    • 28th January 2016 / 11:02 pm

      Aww thank you beautiful! Now we really need to get you all over for that hug! x x

  6. 28th January 2016 / 10:56 pm

    Oh I think I have read your blog before through linkies but haven’t seen some of your more personal posts. I’m sorry you are having to go through this but it so lovely to read of the support you have had, what a lovely couple of parcels to cheer you up just when it is needed. My mother-in-law had breast cancer about four years ago and now she is fighting fit ready to take on the world, it’s so difficult when going through it but she is so much more stronger for it. She took me to a fundraiser once and the women there totally blew me away, they were incredible, so much positivity and they all swear it helps. All that support and offers of help really will see you through the difficult days xxx

    • 28th January 2016 / 11:01 pm

      Oh thank you Hayley and thank you for sharing that about your mother in law – I LOVE hearing positive stories like that! x x

  7. 29th January 2016 / 12:43 am

    You are one much loved lady. Sending happy thoughts to you from the UK x

    • 29th January 2016 / 8:55 pm

      Thank you beautiful, I’m still so shocked and so so so grateful – you are amazing! x x

  8. 29th January 2016 / 3:31 am

    Yay! You deserve to be showered in love Mim – you have been so open about your cancer and your treatment, and even though you probably have very down moments (understandably!) you project such a positive outlook. So glad your gifts arrived ok and that you like them! They’re the next best thing to a hug in person. Keep showing cancer who is boss, young lady! xxx

    • 29th January 2016 / 7:10 pm

      You are so amazing, thank you lovely Leigh! I will kick it’s ass :) x x

  9. 29th January 2016 / 3:33 am

    I am so pleased that it arrived on time and that you love it all so much :) we all know how tough you’ve had it recently, although many wouldn’t realise with how strong and positive you are! Much love hon, I’m smiling so much knowing we’ve made you happy

    Stevie xxx

    • 29th January 2016 / 7:10 pm

      You have made me the happiest girl in the world – thank you so so much lovely Stevie! x x

  10. 29th January 2016 / 3:37 am

    We’re all so thrilled you loved the parcel! And as so many others have said, we’re all here for you to support you in kicking cancer ‘s stupid ol’ ass! Thinking of you and sending love. X

    • 29th January 2016 / 7:09 pm

      I absolutely LOVE it thank you thank you!! x x

  11. Robyn
    29th January 2016 / 8:39 pm

    How wonderful that your blogging crew from the UK banded together and sent you some special things. That’s above and beyond the ‘community’ spirit that bloggers talk about all the time, it’s just brilliant! Glad to hear that you’re feeling very much better today :)

    • 29th January 2016 / 8:53 pm

      Thank you Robyn, I’m feeling so so much better :) I know I am still in shock, it’s just so lovely of them! x x

  12. 29th January 2016 / 10:16 pm

    That’s so lovely everyone sent you a present! And you’re right about not editing that post, tempting as it may be…x

    • 31st January 2016 / 4:37 pm

      It was so so nice of them! Ah yes, I’m determined to be honest through all of this :) x x

  13. Another Bun
    31st January 2016 / 7:33 am

    You deserve all the love and kindness coming your way lovely. If bloggers could kick cancers butt for you then it wouldn’t stand a chance. Hope you’re doing ok this weekend

    • 31st January 2016 / 4:16 pm

      Oh thank you lovely lady x x x

  14. 1st February 2016 / 12:01 pm

    Oh Mim, what a lovely post. You deserve to be showered with love and affection at a time like this. What lovely, lovely blogging ladies and friends. The blogging community is such a lovely and supportive place, it brought such a smile to my face to read this post :-). Emily x

    • 2nd February 2016 / 12:09 pm

      Thank you Emily! Honestly I’m still amazed!! x

  15. wonderfulandaverage
    4th February 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Lovely post, the blogging community is so wonderful and supportive and we’re all thinking of you. As a chemo nurse I would definitely agree with what you’ve heard about taxol. Xx

    • 4th February 2016 / 7:46 pm

      Thank you so much on both counts, that’s so positive to hear :) x x

  16. 13th February 2016 / 11:24 am

    You’re so so incredibly strong and you have such an amazing outlook. It sounds like you have some amazing people supporting you. Check out your package from you blogging friends. It must have been such a nice surprise x

    • 14th February 2016 / 12:08 pm

      Oh thank you so so much Kat x x

  17. 23rd February 2016 / 2:43 pm

    No thanks needed. A little pick me up when most needed is hugely important. Much love xxx

    • 23rd February 2016 / 2:56 pm

      Oh you are so lovely! x x

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