On a dark but not very stormy night, after several attempts the bonfire was finally lit.
My Dad loves his garden and spends as much time as possible looking after the trees, bushes, flowers and shrubs. Then once a year on Bonfire Night he burns as much woody rubbish as possible and I have shared a picture of him from last year on the post here. This year was much quieter with fewer people coming over to my parents but we still stirred the Christmas pudding as per family tradition.
I really appreciated the opportunity to spend time alone with Dad at the bottom of the garden, keeping warm as the flames roared with burning garden detritus. We had the opportunity to chat, mostly about my work in the NHS, he always listens, gives an opinion and indulges my mad ideas! Spending time with my Dad is more important than ever,
This time last year he was 3 cycles in to his chemotherapy, at Christmas he developed arterial blood clots and almost had his leg amputated. The chemo had to stop and he was left with damage to the leg and has to wear a supportive splint. Sadly we got the news that the cancer has now spread to his liver and lungs. He is the bravest person and his faith in God really gives him strength. The prognosis is poor, just months maybe longer with chemo, so yes he has decided to try again with those evil drugs and has completed his first cycle, the second has been delayed due to a low white blood count.
Last year Deb shared on her blog about her Mum Marti and her cancer diagnosis. Through her honesty many of us learnt about the signs and symptoms of Ovarian cancer and it raised awareness as we became part of Team Teal supporting Marti with thoughts, prayers, cards and letters. When my dad was first diagnosed I wanted to 'talk' to Deb as she was the one person who knew what I was going through. Marti lost her battle with cancer only a few weeks ago, since then I have been thinking long and hard about my Dad. So I want to honour Marti's memory by continuing to bring cancer to the attention of anyone who might read this blog so I will share more of my Dad's journey with you.
I would like to repeat this quote from Deb's last blog post
"Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but the ability to turn it into glory." ~ William Barclay
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