(A Taste of) …… Home

It seems appropriate to be writing this tonight after eating beef Tacos with salsa and chilli sauce, it’s only the second time I have eaten that firm favourite in the last five years. Even though it’s super spicy and very tasty, I still don’t really enjoy it....

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Moon Chair

  Moon Chair   We all have a favourite place to sit when we relax, to read a book, watch TV, enjoy a glass of something alcoholic or to eat those forbidden little treats. Its usually an armchair, a place on the sofa, a place where a little indentation has formed in...

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Reflection

Pancreatic cancer awareness month in November is always a hectic time. There is much activity for me it’s busy, busy, busy, but that’s the way I like things to be.   It’s also a time when memories surface and reflection is the natural reaction.   Reflection can be...

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Extraordinary

It’s a word that you don’t use every day. It means very unusual or remarkable and that’s maybe why we don’t use it all the time. Maybe there really isn’t the need to use extraordinary very often, maybe there aren’t many unusual or remarkable things. Last week I spent...

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Stigma and Insight

On Friday afternoon I found myself suddenly and unexpectedly in a dark, frightening and very uncomfortable place. I was back June 2014 in a supermarket standing before a huge great black chasm. I couldn’t move, I was fixed to the spot, shaking, shivering, sweating,...

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A Brown Trainer Box

There has been a brown trainer box sitting on a shelf for the last four years. A box that once contained, a pair of size 9 Merrell trainers that belonged to Seth.I have often looked at the box. I have imaged I had just bought the trainers for Seth and that I was going...

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Inequality and Purple Stars

Pancreatic cancer two words that I use every day, two words that I truly hate, two words that took away all of my tomorrows and two words that are now part of the very core of me. This week I received a lovely Purple Star award from Pancreatic Cancer UK to recognise...

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Surrender and Expansion

I have learned many things in my life but who would have thought on that dreadful day in May 2014 when Seth and I were thrust unceremoniously into a world of palliative and end of life care, that the biggest lessons in my relatively short life would be learned over...

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The colours of death … Black White or Grey ?

The colour of death is it black, white or grey ? During Dying Matters week we have had many great events across the whole of Staffordshire exhibitions, poetry collections, virtual autopsies,  death cafes, coffee mornings,  pop-up shops, bereavement workshops,...

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