I love September, the colours, the early morning chill which often turns to warmth midday and cool evenings. The song Autumn Leaves, especially Nat King Cole’s version, expresses my feelings about autumn which has become favourite of mine over many years ago and a newer version by Andrea Bocelli conjures more recent memories. There is an underlying sadness but also positive tones in the words. A must do for my family in September is to go blackberry picking, make a pie but also freeze some berries for Christmas. It has become a tradition with my son’s and daughter’s families which Peter and I keep too. Recently we had a session over our local fields which have a bumper crop of sweet, succulent berries this year. It has been important to keep to these rituals for me as my summer months have not been as I anticipated, autumn and winter look set to follow a similar pattern.
I began a personal journey in June this year when a breast abscess developed in my left breast. Subsequent tests revealed early cancer cells too so early in July I had a biopsy followed in August with an operation to remove the cells, abscess and two lymph nodes. Tests showed all was clear. September is a rest period of sorts waiting to begin radiotherapy in October. Hopefully just after Christmas I will get the final all clear. I have been helped on my journey by family, friends, especially tremendous medical care and support which is ongoing. People I have met along the way have been truly inspiring. Lots of humour has smoothed some difficult times but I feel so LUCKY. Odd word some may think but if I had not had the abscess the cells would not have been discovered until next summer when I was due a mammogram, there was no indication that anything untoward lay hidden away. So dear friends please have regular medical checks and scans. I wasn’t going to write a blog this month or talk to you about this journey but I realise how much help I have had and want to share what a positive experience I am having. Not everyone is so lucky I know.
Tricia recommended a book called Show Me by Laurie Ryan, yes our Laurie, which is so positive and well written, though poignant even sad at times it made me feel positive myself. Tricia has been one of my mainstays through this process but the main thing we do is laugh! Books, Music and the odd glass of Prosecco have been companions too and your blogs. I do not want this blog to be depressing and hope you all understand that my journey is very different from other people’s experiences. One thing I have learnt is that we are all different, react differently to situations but a smile along the way helps so much.
Enjoy September in your own ways but keep smiling.