For a while we thought she was getting better; she was her usual chatty self, albeit in pain - then in mid 2018 she passed away.
I've thought for a long time about whether I really wanna do a swimathon without her; not least because she was always the competitive energetic one, and neither of us could do 5k alone. After a lot of thinking it through, I think the fact that it's raising money for cancer research is something she'd approve of, and in time her memory is less of thing to grieve for, than a force to inspire, a voice reminding us all to get off our asses and live the best we can.
So I'm swimming 5k for Cancer Research UK and Marie Curie. I don't know anyone who hasn't been or won't be touched by cancer at some point in their lives, whether through illness or watching loved ones suffer. Every penny helps - please be generous.