I have always loved Aunt Gillian – she was the kindest, nicest paternal aunt of the lot, and had always a word of encouragement for me.
A few years ago, she left us after battling the Big C, and it was sad/ strange sitting in the back of the church where her memorial service was held, watching the rest of my family openly grieve. I was too, and still do. I am sad that I was unable to see her during her last moments; she had been really kind.
It’s like the Best People in the World have to go through the Worst Stuff.
Last year R and I came to the UK because R’s mum was really, really ill. She had had cancer in one of her kidneys much earlier, which was removed after they realised the cause, and for many years was able to live a normal life. There were subsequently other brushes – she had melanoma cancer, but the cells were removed and she had been placed on high alert, but last year she suffered badly, first because she had a stroke in one of her eyes, and what was thought to be lung cancer turned out to be Stage 4 cancer of another kind.
I met her in person just two years ago, and am eternally grateful I had the opportunity to. She was Dianamite.
In her last days, the whole family rallied around, but we had little or no knowledge of palliative care. The British Red Cross and MacMillan folks were thankfully on hand helping us along the way, telling us what to do, to expect, and were just really there. MacMillan even had folks come over in shifts, to make sure everything was okay, especially in her last moments.
It was hard, and it would have been harder, if not for the support they gave us.
So this year I am organising a MacMillan Coffee Morning with the good folks at my favourite gym – Outklass Fitness in East Drayton, Nr Retfold, on the 19th of November, 2016. They are truly an awesome bunch of people, and I am chuffed they are doing what they do to help MacMillan help others, like they did with us.
I can’t bake to save my life, but I will try.
If you have time and are in the area, come join us. Or you could make a donation, via raffle prizes, or directly to the organisation.
And if you have a kick-ass, low fat recipe for an awesome cake, please let me know.