So it's time to get my running legs back to it, to start putting my mind to raising some money for a charity that if I'm honest I wish didn't have to exist, but the sad reality is....it does! 😢
This past few months have been the worse of my life & if I'm completely honest I am still absolutely floored by the loss of my gorgeous best friend Andi & I struggle every day knowing she has gone! 💔
As a lot of you know, she was more than just a best friend, she was like a big sister & Mum all rolled into one! There was nothing Andi didn't know about me....the good & the bad but she loved me unconditionally, as I did her! 💕
When she found out back in February that her cancer had returned & that it was terminal this time, naturally I, & all her family & friends were devastated but in true Andi style she sat me down & so bravely told me that it would be fine, that we'd make lots of plans & spend lots of time together making more memories. ❤️ So I dug out my brave pants too & we started making those plans! I spent lots of time with Andi between February & May, calling in as much as possible & she was doing so well. Although she wasn't offered anymore chemotherapy, the cancer was being kept under control with medication & she was so positive about the time we all had together! 💝
The last time I saw & spoke to Andi was Monday May 21st, she'd just come back from a girly holiday, she was happy, tanned & looking amazing! We stood in her kitchen & talked about my birthday & put a date in our diaries for afternoon tea at Pennyhill Park to celebrate for July 23rd! 🎉☕️🍰
Little did I know, that would be the last time I'd see her beautiful smile & the last time I'd hug her...thank goodness we always told one another we loved one another as we said goodbye! ❤️🙏🏻
On the Thursday of that week Andi was admitted to the ICU unit at The Royal Surrey hospital where she was put into an induced coma, to try to help give her the best chance of fighting off the infection. It was the longest few weeks for Andi's family, her partner Stu & myself but we all tried to remain positive. I visited her & sat by her side, telling her not to forget we had lots of things in the diary & how much George, Elsie & I missed & loved her. 💗 She was the best God Mummy to George & Elsie, they adored her (more than me I think but that was fine by me!!) especially when she arrived with one of every sweetie that the local shops stocked up on every visit!! 🍬🍭🍫 They looked up to Auntie Andi just as I did & both talk about her everyday now....which I love! ❤️ When we're walking down the street Elsie always reminds me that we must leave a space to hold Auntie Andi's hand too! 😇 We have enough white feathers to fill a double duvet but we are comforted by the fact that she is always with us.
Sadly on June 13th Andi lost her battle & we lost the most amazing lady. 😢💔
Grief is the hardest thing & I talk to Andi lots still...she was very use to me rambling on!!! 😉 I know she'll be looking down saying "come on Luce you've got this" & encouraging me to live my life to the full, just as she did (although I'll never have as many handbags & shoes as her!!!! 👜💼👠👡)
So my fundraising begins with me challenging myself to running 10 miles at the Great South Run on October 21st 2018! It's short notice I know so I'm not going to set my target too high as I plan to keep my fundraising going once I get started, with other events through the coming years & would love to raise some money for the ICU unit that took such great care of Andi in those last few weeks.
But if you can spare a few pounds to help me raise some money for this worthy charity & help towards hopefully one day finding a cure for this unforgivable disease I'd be so very very grateful!
This ones for you Andi! Love you. 💖
Thanks in advance for your support & thanks to everyone who's been there for me over the last few months. ❤️
All my love Lucy. Xxxx
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