Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Friendships Formed On The Bowel Cancer Journey
Bowel cancer is the most awful disease that is still taking far too many people from us. My mother lost her long battle with bowel cancer at the end of August. It remains the second highest cancer killer in the UK, even though it can be successfully in over 90% of cases if detected early. One of the really positive aspects of the journey that I have been on over the last four and a half years throughout mum's illness has been the friendships made with so many wonderful people who have also been on their own journeys associated with bowel cancer.
Two such people are Alan Hardy and Lisa Dunn. Alan made contact with me after I published the Lives & Times book. His mother had been diagnosed with bowel cancer and she was having an operation to remove the tumour and a section of her bowel. Alan wanted to give his Mum a copy of the book. His partner Lisa also wanted a copy of the book and they sent me this great photo of themselves with the book. Like with so many of the people I have met on social media we haven't yet had an opportunity to meet up in person as we live hundreds of miles apart, but this does not diminish the friendship in any way and I am sure we will meet up at some stage.
They were also the first people to order the print, and this was all the more poignant as very sadly Alan's mother recently passed away. They wanted to make a contribution to a bowel cancer charity in memory of his Mum. Their print looks terrific in its new frame.
I am always really touched by the support and friendship of people, who are also going through difficult times. The Lives & Times Screen Prints produced by Reigate artist Adam Green are making a great additional contribution to the fundraising effort on top of the book sales. The books and screen prints can be purchased on my www.bowelcancerfundraising.co.uk website. All proceeds raised are donated to the Beating Bowel Cancer charity.