It's random moments like these that I treasure forever - the times when unexpected plans just seem to happen and fall into place - like you've planned it. I had such a beautiful and memorable day on Friday 4th September for the first of my walks for Bowel Cancer UK's Walk Together fundraiser.
I was already looking forward to the day because my best friend Penny was going to be walking the route with me and just before she arrived, the day was made even more special when 2 very dear friends visiting from Germany, were also able to take part in the walk with me. I hadn't told them about it, as their original plans meant they weren't going to be here for it - but thanks to the weather, their plans changed and on the morning of the walk, Thomas asked if he could stay one more night in their van. It was like it was meant to be and I told him about the walk and the rest is history. It was so unexpected but it was like it was meant to be. The whole day I can only describe as magical.
Connie and Thomas are very special to me, as they helped me and Marty through the three months we spent in Coswig, Germany, while Martyn underwent his 2 operations on his lungs to remove his secondary cancer. We lived in their holiday home and a very special friendship was formed. Me and Connie are very alike and despite not being able to talk to each other due to the language barrier, we have so much in common and communicate in other ways - often with the help of Thomas!
We were met at the start of the walk by a very special lady called Chrissie Jackson, who has been fundraising for a number of local causes since being diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer. Sadly she was too unwell to walk with us but I am so grateful to her for coming along to see us off for the start. It really meant a lot to me.
Throughout the day, so many people were in my heart and mind including Chrissie, my friend Neil who was starting his first day of chemo for his stage 4 bowel cancer, my online friends that have sadly lost their lives to this disease, Marty's dad, who's birthday it was and my parents 44th wedding anniversary!
I'm absolutely bowled over by how much has been raised so far - £310 and would like to thank everyone for all of their support. I'm really looking forward to the next walk which I will be completing privately with my family one day next week and then the remaining 2 planned walks on Sunday 20th and Saturday 26th September.
If you'd like to take part or donate to the cause, please visit my Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/team/CornwallWalksTogether
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This blog is to carry on Marty's fighting spirit and help raise awareness of bowel cancer to others. It is also a place for you to share any of the things you have done or are doing in memory of him.