Those of you who are nearest and dearest to me know that for some years my beautiful mum has been loving her life, but living it with cancer.
From the moment she was diagnosed to this very day, the treatment care and attention she has recieved, the time people have taken and the love and support we have felt as a family has been a gift.
My mums Dr (Dr Levitt) has always oozed positivity, she makes the regular checkups easy and more like a visit to a friend that a scary process. Not once has she made us feel hopeless, there is always a new treatment and a new route to take. For the friendly answer phone messages and the warm smiles, I am so grateful.
The nurses at the brodey Centre make every minute my mum has treatment, calm and at times even fun. The regular trips have become something I look forward to as I know that every visit mum makes to the hospital she gets stronger.
This comes at a time when my mum is just about to have a third operation. The procedure is groundbreaking and something that wouldn't have been available just 10 years ago. None of this would have happened without cancer research UK.
We have met many friends whose journeys have ended but the memory they have left is strong and lives on in us.
I am doing this as a thank you. Thank you to cancer research for helping my mum know how important she is, for getting us through some of the darkest moments of our lives, for the nurses and doctors and the leaps forward in research. I'm also doing this as a thank you to all of those who we have lost along the way. Thank you for shaping our lives and filling them with your love and life and hope.