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November 24, 2022


My head has been in a thick fog for three weeks as my haemoglobin has dropped to its lowest it’s ever been. The cold weather and stress of being in the UK wiped through the last donor transfusion in less than 5 weeks. I came back to Thailand exhausted. I can’t think straight, I get […]

“I now have tumours Mum…”

June 6, 2022


The doctors always predicted the bone tumours might come around the five year mark. I am not that far off this anniversary. But when I received the MRI report last month, I was dumbfounded. I had to read it several times. Could it be? Really? Now? How was I going to share this with my […]

Cremation Day

February 12, 2022


Today is my Dad’s funeral and I am so far away. I have so many mixed emotions. I loved him dearly and I will never get over the sadness that it’s been three years since I got a cuddle or kiss from him. At 11am UK time, my Mum will read a eulogy written by […]

Here we go again…..

February 10, 2022


This week I have felt like I was losing my mind. The depression has been so bad it has made me want the ground to open up and swallow me whole. The crying has been unbearable. And while there are moments where I feel nothing, or might manage to put on a brave face, there […]

RIP Dad…..

January 31, 2022


My father died at 0315 today. My mum by his side as she watched him exhale his last breath. He made it to one day past his 77th birthday. I did not want to see him in hospital, skeletal, and attached to machines. I did not want that to be the last memory I have […]

How do you say goodbye to your Dad?

January 17, 2022


Tonight I have recorded the most painful voice message of my life. I never ever thought I would have to say goodbye to my father like this. I am thousands of miles away in Chiang Mai northern Thailand while my father lies in ICU in London, struggling to live. Infected with Covid, clot in heart, […]

Happy Fourth Anniversary to my Bone Marrow Cancer.

November 15, 2021


HAPPY FOURTH ANNIVERSARY to me and my bone marrow cancer!!!! This tribute is especially for you:Without you, I would never have evolved into the person I am today. You showed me what it’s like to hit rock bottom and be in a place so dark and frightening, i didn’t think I would ever have the […]

Vaccinated at last!! One jab to go…

September 15, 2021


I can’t believe it’s September already?! I had a nudge earlier today from someone asking me for a blog update, so I’ve pulled my finger out. Most of this year has been spent living under tighter restrictions in Chiang Mai and communicating predominantly online with those who are down the road, as well as those […]

Alive and drying out

January 24, 2021


I owe many of you a huge apology for being silent for so long. I am sorry. The truth is I’ve not been well and have had zero appetite or the means to be able write. So a brief update. Home is Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand where I have been drying out from my […]

Phnom Penh – Visa bureaucracy

March 3, 2020


I was only meant to be in Phnom Penh a week. But I ended up staying in the city almost a month. I learnt the neighbourhoods very quickly by walking everywhere. I had a local breakfast joint where the staff knew my name. I practise Ashtanga six mornings a week, with a group of amazing […]