Monday, January 31, 2011

Thinking of Nancy

The lady I met at Blanco (Nancy) is going for surgery tomorrow. I would just like to ask all to think and pray for her. For those who have been through it, you will know how scary it is.

I feel that she will be fine, Dr Morkel is operating and we trust that all will go well!

God bless Nancy
Lots of love d:)

On a lighter note : for those who have read the book and know about Dan, here is his video of him skating on an ice covered lake. He has promised me that next time he will actually talk and introduce himself! He also says that he will try make it more exciting next time!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Vuvu & Zela

The weeks have just rushed by. I spent a bit more time developing the website than I thought it would take! But getting back to my programming roots was a lot of fun! Although I can't remember the words often so I have to look them up!

I would like to have the first meeting soon we will see what time dictates!

I got two puppies siblings - their parents are fox and maltese mix. They are SO tiny and SO cute! Their names are Vuvu and Zela (like Vuvuzela!!)


Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Officially opened support group 11 Jan 2011

Today is when I officially start the SA support group for brain tumour patients and supporters. I liked the date too! What a long journey it has been to reach this point. For this reason, the foundation makes it worthwhile. I am so passionate about it but I am an absolute layman.

Many of you may know that there is next to no support for people diagnosed with a brain tumour in South Africa. My journey started pretty much in the dark while spending much time leopard crawling through the internet. For those not attached to Google, I really wonder how they cope.

The primary things I want to focus on are:

  • providing each patient with a complimentary "Brain Box" consisting of books, information, supplements, sponsor gifts and support information.
  • each brain tumour survivor to complete a questionnaire so that we can build up a database of similarities.
  • travel around the country, setting up support group meetings, meeting patients and giving motivational talks. (which will also promote my book and hopefully earn me an income!)
  • running a national exhibition (if I can get BT Buddies in SA)

As this will be an NGO, I will have to rely of raising funds to make this possible. I plan on connecting with all doctors linked in someway to brain tumours. I will be looking for sponsors and will ensure that they receive exposure through this process. If you know of any businesses who will benefit from this type of exposure, please contact me directly.

As I am pretty much alone in trying to get this all done, I would welcome any assistance that will help me achieve the objectives.

PLEASE if you are a brain tumour survivor, supporter or know of a brain tumour patient, I would love your contact information.

My contact details are deirdre@greenvalleyestate.co.za or 083 380 3725. Please send me an SMS if you can't reach me via phone.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bring on 2011

Well the past week has been quite amazing! On Friday (New Years Eve) we just casually decided to look at a house we saw advertised. James & I walked in, each took a browse then met at the entrance and simultaneously said "yes". What was funny is that we didn't even think of buying. The house has been on the market for a year now and it surprised us that it hasn't sold. There is a bit of work to be done to modernise it but nothing hectic! I said to James that we could have got the house last year already. He pointed out that we have now got it at a reduced price.  We still have to arrange finance and have a couple of months to do that.

So... we moved in on Monday 3rd! Yes that quickly. New Years day - what a great way to start the year. I think that the  estate agent has never seen something happen so quickly. We have finally finished painting and moving. I only have a couple more clothes to unpack but that is about all. We have just about nothing in the kitchen as it is still at The Grove! - Sean's gonna have to help with that. Now we are around the corner from Leo's school and only a few minutes from Adam's.

Sean & Teresa have moved in next to The Grove and will manage the operations but I will still oversee the "Big Picture".

I am going to take getting the brain tumour support group and data group onto full speed - God willing of course! This year I am praying for blessings to pour down.

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