Those of you that know me well will know that I found out in the New Year that a friend of mine has passed away due to cancer.
The news hit me harder that I ever thought it would. She was the only person from my life before I became ill who searched me out, wanting to know how I was doing, something which I will always be grateful for. She and her husband have shown me great support and kindness over the years. They have bought handmade items from me, cheered me on and generally been amazing friends. She was someone who I looked forward to seeing properly again once I became well and someone who’s friendship I valued highly, but, as it turned out, I couldn’t even make it to her funeral something I have struggled with, I will not lie.
Since I found out this news I have been more determined to get well, not to let another friendship pass by without being able to see them again. It has also made me realise I needed to let some things go. That the most important thing I need to do is concentrate on my health and my relationships.
So I am taking a break from everything I do except this blog and my shop. I am going to make my health and those I love my priorities. I want to support people I care about more, even if it has to be, for now, from the sofa. I am still taking private tests, I am not waiting anymore, using what I have earned so far to go toward them, I know I will find the rest if I need to.
I have also decided to renew my efforts to help another close friend,
I found out that Macmillan Cancer Support were there for my friend and her family so I am going to donate 15% of my takings from my shop to my other friend, Phil, who has been raising money for the charity. 4 Years ago I told you about him as he was starting his journey and since then he has risen over 20 thousand pounds, has spent many hours in all weathers shaking a bucket and cheering up everyone he meets He has been all over the world facing great challenges and I am very proud of him.
Macmillan is an amazing charity who helps anyone who’s life is touched by cancer they will give support and advice on every aspect of how it affects your life. They will be there always, from the day of diagnosis onward, no matter what happens.
So I am reaching out to you all and asking for your help, if you want to help then this is what you can do:
Buy something from my shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/spansstudio
Have a read about and donate to Phils cause via this page: http://www.justgiving.com/philminns10K
Or donate directly to Macmillan: http://www.macmillan.org.uk/Donate/Donate.aspx
If you can’t spare anything right now, I would appreciate it if you could share this any way that suits you best.
This isn’t the first time in my life that I have had to see someone I care about taken away in this way and I am sure nearly everyone who reads this can relate. Macmillan can be there for everyone who needs them and I would like to help them reach as many people as possible. Everyone can make a difference no matter how small, it all counts.
Thank you, as ever, for being there.