34. Resolutions and Sweetcorn


I used to make New Year resolutions every year. I could usually then count how many I kept up with towards the end of the year on no fingers. In recent years I have gone for a more goal and objective structure, with slightly better success. One year I decided that I was going to cut out loose sugar completely. Years later I have still kept to it. For many years I had tried to curb my high intake of diet coke without success. I would not go as far to say addicted but I made them some decent profits. I would have at least one can a day and over the weekend I could easily make my way through a two litre bottle and still have room for more. This year, not only did I cold turkey it to just one day at the end of the month, I have discovered that on that one day I am not bothered if I do or don’t have one.Read More »

32. The Other Side


I was fascinated by DeeDee’s dad, Richard, from the last blog. I really wanted to learn more about his story. A couple of days later I asked her if she thought he would be up for an interview. She came back and said “Well that was easier that I thought it would be. He told me to give you his number.” I called him a couple of days later and we agreed to meet, two days later.Read More »

31. Déjà vu – Part 2. You’re only suppose to blow the church doors off and collect the cheque!


It was expected to be a simple job, just pick up a cheque, on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK. It was from a church that had recently completed some fundraising. I had volunteered to do the job because, though I didn’t recognise the name of the church at first, it was local to my mums address and I had never done a cheque collection. From what I understood all you needed to do was to go and pick up a cheque, possibly say a few words and it’s a done deal.

Of course, it was never going to be that simple for me.Read More »

30. Déjà vu – Part 1


Work as normal

A couple of weeks after settling back into work my good friend Jem forwarded a google post that she had seen that had been sent internally. There was going to be a lunch and learn session in our workplace (a session on a particular topic heard during lunch time) on prostate cancer. I was very grateful as otherwise I would have missed it completely as sending a message via a google community has a limited audience.    Read More »