If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you might remember me telling you about my friends Beth and Tracey a few years ago:
“I hope you will forgive me for this next post, it’s not about a new product, or a layout or a hybrid project. It’s not about photography or P365 (although there are embarrassing personal photographs!) It’s about something that means a great deal to me and I hope you will forgive me hijacking my design blog to talk about it.
You might remember just over a year ago I posted a freebie here on my blog that I had created for one of my customers, a lovely lady by the name of Beth. Beth had asked for some cancer themed doodles for the cards and journal she was working on while she underwent various anti-cancer treatments, we chatted and emailed and PM’d and these doodles were the final result:
Click here to download: Beth’s Belief
(The original blog post, including a couple of Beth’s cards can be found here).
Tragically, less than 6 months later Beth lost her fight with cancer. We had kept in touch, exchanging emails and layouts, PM’s and memories and we had a lovely cyber friendship that I hold very dear. I had never met her, never even spoken to her on the phone but she touched my heart very deeply and I miss her very much.
A few months after Beth passed away, our next-door neighbour also lost her battle with cancer. Tracey was a fun and bubbly character, the same age as me and her youngest son is in the same class at school as my daughter. Every day (weather permitting!) my kids play with hers, playing dodgeball over the fence.
Since then, this dreadful disease has touched more amazing women in my life, both in my own family and in the Lilypad family (you can read about Pollywog Melissa’s story and marvel at her utterly beautiful photography on her blog Life as a Lewis).”
Since writing that post one of my closest friends (a mother of four, two of her children are in the same school classes as my kids) has also been diagnosed with cancer. It has been a real shock to everyone who knows her and we’re all still reeling from the diagnosis. In the last year my mother-in-law has been through chemotherapy and surgery and has come through it all with a smile on her face, as she always does! She is a shining example of how early detection and treatment saves lives and we are all so proud of her.
In honour of all these women I know and love, and in the hope that with enough fundraising and research I’ll never have to add another name to my back-sign again, my daughter and I took part in Cancer Research UK’s fundraising Race For Life again this year and – for the first time ever! – the sun was shining! Continue reading