Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Come holiday...come 2012...come!

One of James' friends / client has kindly offered us his flat on the waterfront in Cape Town for holiday. We are SO grateful! James, Anastasia, Adam, Leo and myself are setting off on the road tomorrow. We are all so excited to get out and have a break and tick off 2011. Survived another yet - but it certainly was a tough one!

Every year I reflect on the year and every new year I (TRY) set a vision and goals for the year to come. Although many things have not gone according to plan over the last couple of year, I have to admit much has been achieved and I am so grateful to have my life back to the full!

This year we have done quite a lot (planned and unplanned):

  • Moved house twice but we are happy with our home now although our lease expires end of 2012.
  • Did not expect James to not be paid for 6 months which left us in a bit of a crisis
  • Somehow - and I am still surprised - we have endured the global crisis and James is still running his architectural business by the skin of our teeth.
  • We were invited (free of charge) to two congresses and exhibited!
  • Opened the Brain Tumour Foundation
  • My kids passed their grade (well)
  • We closed the weekend trade at The Grove but have successfully used it to a function venue only
  • I have been invited as a guest speaker to many functions and into addressed over 1200 people
  • Sold books
  • Got my degree and now moving onto next steps to get the masters (eventually)
  • Ran my new programme at VW and JCI
  • Back on the specialist consultant list
  • Both MRIs were clear
  • I am sure there is more but my head is full right now!
So now we are off on a well deserved break. I know there are still many challenges we will have to face in the year to come but I am certainly thank God that I have another year to live life to the full.

Thank you so much to my family and friends for their love, support and patience with us this year! I am sure that my busyness has been frustrating but, honestly, I sometimes feel that I live with a ticking clock that could explode at any moment.

Merry Christmas everyone and may 2012 be filled with life, love, hope, health and prosperity! d:)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Good Week

Last week was very productive... after having attended the congress, I was off to the Red Cross children's hospital where I was rushed into scrubs and witnessed a few minutes of a brain operation on an infant. No, I didn't faint! It is quite amazing to see it in real life.

I have been meeting a few fellow patients who have been struggling with the realities of BTs - It really is a terrible disease. The truth of the matter is that many people don't survive for a long period of time. That is when I realise just how blessed I have been. BUT, I have to add, that I honestly don't take my days for granted. I am sure my family will attest to that statement and agree that I am always busy pursuing something. (whether that is good or bad, I am not sure) I think we need to have a day where we say a prayer for those struggling with a BT.

I have SO much admin and data capturing for the Brain Tumour Foundation to do that I almost feel debilitated. I feel like the little train "I think I can, I think I can." So, if I am delayed in getting things uploaded and BT website updated or following up - I hope you understand!

Please remember to order a book, it really is a great book for Christmas or for a person who is struggling with cancer!

Have a great weekend - I plan to!


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