It's been 10 years since Oli got the all clear. He's almost 21, in his final year at uni, in full health and has a bright future ahead of him. There isn't a day goes by that I don't remind myself of how lucky we are. How lucky I am to have a child who has survived cancer. I'm well aware that not everyone makes it and there are Mums and families out there who have to live with that pain. My heart breaks for them every single day as I hold Oli a little closer.
Sadly, four young girls we met during those times have since gained their wings; Alice, Ellie, Jade and Sian. I think about them and their families every day. One special girl Alice Pyne certainly lived by her motto; 'One Life Live it!'. Alice's Mum Vicky and I met at RMCH when we realised our children had the same diagnosis. Our families formed a special friendship and continued that journey together.
This year, rather than giving and receiving gifts and cards I'm donating money to Alice's Escapes. I'm hoping that those close to me don't buy me gifts/cards but rather make a small donation to this special charity. It would mean so much. It's more than enough that I get to spend time with you. Time is the best gift I've been given. For me, it's more important to embrace the value of 'time' rather than receive gifts. I'd like to contribute to giving terminally and seriously ill children and their families some special memories. Next year I will do the same thing but for Ellie’s Fund and Manx Cancer Help.
Continuing the hopes and dreams of seventeen-year-old Alice Pyne, Alice's Escapes provides complimentary holidays for families with terminally-ill and seriously-ill children - a time to make precious memories and simply enjoy being together. Alice's Escapes also offer bereavement breaks for families who have sadly lost a child.
Wishing you all a special Christmas time.