Uncertainty, in the presence of vivid hopes and fears, is painful, but must be endured if we are to live without the support of comforting fairy tales.

Nik thanks for sharing your account of cancer, sharing this is the least I can do.

Bad To The Bone

The above passage from a book called ‘A History of Western Philosophy’ by Bertrand Russell jumped straight out at me as I scanned across the pages. I recall being half way through a seventy-two-hour chemotherapy cycle, I was bored, pissed off and was just doing my best to pass the time when I was stopped in my tracks by this passage. For some reason those words had evoked a sense of calm amidst a whirlwind of frustration and anger.

My name is Nikky Gibbons, I’m thirty-two and have had to battle cancer twice in the last five years. One thing to note is that I’m not usually very open or forthcoming when it comes to expressing my feelings or sharing my experiences. But it had been pointed out to me that I had been through a fair bit the past five years and by sharing my story I hope…

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Prettys by Claudia 

A friend has strated blogging, support and have a read.

Covell Capers

So, have you ever wanted art and craft items with a difference? Something quirky? Or have the creative ability of a flea like me?

If the answer is yes, I would definitely recommend having a look at Prettys by Claudia. I spotted her fabulous craft items on Facebook, after a friend liked her page.

Claudia describes her craft items as home decor and I completely agree.

I was after something quirky, something different, to celebrate my daughter growing up. Prettys by Claudia delivered it! Photo jars! Just what the doctor ordered.

Loving them

Words can not describe how chuffed I am with the outcome of them. I was actually speechless when I saw them. I have even brought two more for Christmas presents! How organised I hear you say! Erm, not really. Still have more to buy.

I thought the cost for the home decor jars was good. £18 for…

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7 days and counting


In Great Britain the broadcasters are doing lots to make people aware of the Paralympics.  As I start to type this blog entry Channel 4 are showing a programme and the presenter opened by saying “Seven days and counting”.

As an official yesterday we received more information and oh boy this journey is getting closer.  It is actually 5 days until I report at the Paralympic village.  I am packed & will probably check and double check that I don’t forget anything.  Surprisingly even though I am really excited I am also calmer than I thought I would be at this stage.  A dear friend texted and asked “Are the butterflies testing their wings?”

As I walk around my day job colleagues keep asking me if I am looking forward to the Paralympics and the beaming smile I have been wearing says it all.  It has also been great sharing…

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