Foody Friday: Food For Thought

Foody Friday: Food For Thought

This week has been a roller coaster week.. A tough week for our family as I’m sure many reading this will be aware (if not.. check out my previous post Life Has Thrown A Gigantic Lemon.. It’s Being Thrown Right Back!!!).

Regardless of the highs and lows of our week so far, I am entering the weekend feeling great relief, whilst also being full of admiration and inspiration!  WHY?

  1. The amazing work of the NHS who have definitely ‘pulled it out of the bag’ this week for our family.. I am left with pure admiration and gratitude for the dedication shown by the nurses, doctors and the surgeon!
  2. Following her double mastectomy (preventative surgery), I can report that Jen has come through the operation amazingly well and is now back home with a ‘new pair of boobs’… so far so good – let the healing begin! It’s definitely on my Vision Board for her!!!
  3. For the astonishing number of prayers, blessings and well wishes that have been sent to Jen and our family during this week… We hear so often that we live in an ‘uncaring’ society… Well this has definitely not been the case as everyone has rallied round to support us and we have been amazed about how people we barely know have shown such genuine care…  Here’s just a couple of examples:
    •  Jen arrived home to a parcel… sent from someone on the BRCA Support Group Forum that Jen has been following. (BRCA is one of the ‘cancer genes’) The group set up a ‘pay it forward gift’… Each person who has undergone the surgery sends a parcel of gifts to the next person undergoing the surgery… It was full of the most thoughtful gifts and reduced me to tears when I saw the love that had gone into thinking of what gifts to include to make life just a little bit easier during the first few weeks of recovery… from someone Jen has never met in person.. Quite unbelievable!
    • The love and well wishes sent to me and my family, from my fellow bloggers has REALLY been an inspiration to me and has also amazed our family and even from a couple of people who are experiencing the more devastating impact Cancer can have.. How incredible that people can still send us such love during their own incredibly difficult times!

Oh and of course… we do have a bit of a ‘warped’ sense of humour in our family…

This is my son’s Facebook Post a few hours before the operation, in the hospital canteen…  Talk about skating on thin ice… haha! (Good job Jen knows us well!!!)


“My very brave wife!!!! Nil by mouth til 1pm so I’m gonna keep our energy levels up xxx”

Wow what an amazingly strong and inspiring woman she is! Here is a photo I received to show her daughters (my granddaughters), to reassure them that she was ok, less than 2 hours after her major surgery….


Thanks again to all of you who have sent beautiful messages of support and an ‘arm around my shoulder’ from every continent on this world which is becoming smaller and smaller as we reach out to each other across the wonder of the internet!





    • December 29, 2016 / 10:28 am

      Thanks – I’m delighted you enjoyed the post! Much appreciated x

  1. November 15, 2016 / 12:18 am

    So glad for her recovery!!

    Prayers your way!

    • November 15, 2016 / 12:23 am

      Thanks Carlee – that’s very much appreciated! xx

  2. November 10, 2016 / 6:50 am

    All our prayers for her fast recovery. We are happy to know everything turned out well. Best wishes!

    • November 11, 2016 / 1:47 am

      Thanks Sumith – yep all good so far which is a massive relief! Still some healing time to go but fantastic up to now. Thanks for caring.. x

      • November 11, 2016 / 5:49 am

        She will be OK soon. Dont worry all our prayers are with her:)

  3. October 30, 2016 / 4:16 am

    I’m so glad everything turned out well Wendy and I wish Deb nothing but the best as she recovers and heals. Sounds like she has a mountain of support around her which is wonderful. Much love to you all. xo

    • October 30, 2016 / 4:45 pm

      Thanks so much Miriam!! xx

  4. October 29, 2016 / 1:36 pm

    No words, just love to you all xx

    • October 29, 2016 / 11:29 pm

      Thanks so much Osyth… xxx

  5. PaperPuff
    October 29, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    All the best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    • October 29, 2016 / 11:29 pm

      Thanks so much – all is going well with Jen’s recovery – so far so good! xx

  6. October 29, 2016 / 8:37 am

    I’m glad it all went well Wendy (www) You have a beautiful daughter. When can I see them new boobs?

    • October 29, 2016 / 10:33 am

      Hahaha – hilarious.. Yep she’s gonna become a ‘boob flasher’ so you never know! xx

  7. Peter Johnston
    October 29, 2016 / 8:09 am

    A wonderful outcome so far, a relief for Jen and those close to her, an excellent example of family support, a demonstration that the world is full of caring people and a great blog that shows all of the above and should provide hope for others. Xxxxxxx

  8. October 29, 2016 / 7:25 am

    I wish her a speedy recovery-amazingly brave! Love and best wishes too 🙂 xx

    • October 29, 2016 / 10:36 am

      Thanks Samantha – hopefully she’s going to end up with the best boobs in the family! x

    • October 29, 2016 / 10:37 am

      Thanks so much Adriana… so far so good which is amazing! x

  9. October 29, 2016 / 3:40 am

    I am so happy everything turned out well. I wish you guys the best.

    • October 29, 2016 / 10:38 am

      Thank you so much .. yep bless her Jen has a bit of a way to go with her recovery and it’s brilliant that all has gone so well up to now.. Your support is very much appreciated! x

      • October 29, 2016 / 11:09 am

        Hey Wendy, I know from research and personal experience that alkaline water, aloe vera juice and raw honey are great to help the body heal and cells to regenerate. Also, alkaline water is helpful for her case as it helps your body produce good cells by aiding cell regeneration. My dad has cancer and it has helped him.

        • October 29, 2016 / 11:39 pm

          Thanks so much for this advice which is very much appreciated. I can see that these would be a great idea to try to help with the healing and I hadn’t thought of it so I really do appreciate the suggestions and will hot foot it to the local health food shop. One of my nieces has a Calgon water filter tap and I’ll ask her to do some deliveries – great idea as she really swears by this water and I haven’t paid much attention previously but we can definitely give it a try! I hope your dad’s ok now…. xx

    • October 29, 2016 / 1:06 am

      How lovely – thank you! xx

      • October 29, 2016 / 1:08 am

        Your daughter in law Jen is a beautiful and strong woman. I wish her a good recovery

        • October 29, 2016 / 1:10 am

          She truly is – Amazing and inspirational – I’m so lucky she is part of our lives.. Thank you so much for caring which we genuinely appreciate! Have a lovely weekend.. xx

  10. October 29, 2016 / 12:57 am

    all good and good improvement & recovery time. It’s great. good protection they

    • October 29, 2016 / 1:00 am

      Yes – thankyou! It’s amazing that we have this opportunity that only a few years ago wasn’t possible. Happy Days to look forward to.. xx

      • October 29, 2016 / 1:05 am

        good luck before she and Angel & stress free week end, and again good improvement & recovery time. It’s great. good protection, I also my battery almost empty it is 2:01 and now I need to find also, I wish you good night.

        • October 29, 2016 / 1:06 am

          Thanks so much for reading and commenting which is VERY much appreciated.. Goodnight my friend xx

          • October 29, 2016 / 10:09 am

            olso very happy and thanks them for everything and my best wish for the week end.

          • October 29, 2016 / 10:29 am

            Thankyou! xx

          • October 29, 2016 / 11:10 am

            Many thanks to spare on Saturday!

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