Six months ago, when undergoing internal radiotherapy, in the form of radioactive iodine, for the first time, something extraordinary happened. They called it Shoulder to Shoulder to Day #S2S2D.
I had to have this treatment, for Thyroid Cancer. This treatment meant I could not go near my husband or children (or anyone else) for a length of time. The first few days were spent in an isolation unit in hospital, the rest at home, in a separate bedroom to my husband. It was originally predicted, that this could go on for up to 28 days. To my enormous relief, I managed to flush the radiation out of my system in just 7 days. However, that was without a shadow of doubt, the hardest week of my life.
To show their support for me, and to give me a virtual hug, at a time when I was starved of human affection, two bloggers set out to cheer me up. Bloggers Phil (Fragments from Firefly Phil) and Victoria (Verily Victoria Vocalises) set up the #S2S2D (Shoulder To Shoulder To Day) campaign. The idea was, that each and every day, for 28 days, a host blogger would write a post to cheer me up.
Other bloggers were also welcomed to join in.
Some of these posts made me happy, and some made me sad, as they made me miss my children more. Some restored my faith in humanity, and some made me appreciate how diversely different we (and our senses of humour) are. But every single one, made me feel blessed, to be amongst such a kind a caring community. Blogging has really changed my life, and I think it would be so much harder to go through this, if I didn't have each and every one of you right there - standing shoulder to shoulder with me.
Now seems the perfect time to post a THANKYOU. As I am now radioactive again, in preparation for a scan on Friday, which will tell us whether or not, that dreaded treatment worked.
So the campaign...
Would you believe... by the end of the 28 days, there were over a HUNDRED link ups, of blog posts, there to support me!
I am HUGELY greatful to EVERY SINGLE PERSON who blogged for #S2S2D. It really did cheer me up. And more than anything, it kept me busy. It helped me through that difficult time. I'd love to mention every single one, but instead I have added the linky with all their posts, below.
Some bloggers went to extra lengths to cheer me up and I'd like to give them a special mention...
Suzanne who writes 3 Children and IT. Your post was absolutely, by far, my favourite EVER! Suzannes daughter and "IT" made a brilliant video, that put a massive smile on my face. Please go and take a look - you'll walk away smiling too, I guarantee it!
I'd also like to mention this post by Life as it is, who put so much thought and creativity into this poem, it actually made me cry (in a good way)!
Sarah not only blogged for me, but she ran Race For Life for me too. She ran twice the distance that I ran, but on the same day, at the same place, so we were like moral support for each other too. It was the hottest day I can ever remember in Cheltenham, but through the blistering heat, we did it! Over the last year, Sarah has gone from being a supportive fellow blogger, to a close friend that I'm proud to know.
Mary (Keynko), in addition to blogging several things to cheer me up as part of #S2S2D, she also got me a pair of Cheeky Shoes to cheer me up! I opted for a bright yellow pair, and they are very comfy!
Jacinta from the blog Jacintaz3 arranged for us to have a Cryoow doll made for Bunny. Bunny spent ages designing her doll, but unfortunately she then lost the piece of paper, so we have yet to order her doll! It was such a lovely gesture though.
The mum with the silk scarf, bought and lit a candle for me at The Relay for Life, to support my fight against Cancer, which I think was a really beautiful gesture too.
Charly of Podcast Dove looked at my 30 before 30 list on my blog and decided she wanted to help me achieve some of those things. After contacting some brands, she arranged for me and hubs to go to GO APE, the treetop adventure course. We haven't done it yet, but I'm very much looking forward to going in the new year!
Joy, who writes the blog Pink Oddy, not only came up with a thoughtful and symbolic gift for me to take into hospital (and drove all the way to my house to deliver it). No she didn't stop there - she also took two things from my 30 before 30 list and got me tickets to a ballet and an opera. I haven't yet been, so I would like to ask you Joy - would you like to come with me?
But most of all, I want to thank everyone who donated money, to buy us a family holiday. Without your generosity, we couldn't have had a family holiday this year, and I cannot begin to tell you, how much we needed it. We had the most incredible week at Coombe Mill and I met the lovely Fiona, who couldn't do enough for us. Thankyou so much Fiona, and everyone else who helped pay for it.
I don't think any of you realise, how much your blog posts, tweets, gifts and generosity meant to me and my family. From the bottom of our hearts, THANKYOU for all your support.