Thanks for taking the time to visit my JustGiving page.
Most people who know me know that I've been ill for a number of years - nine to be exact.
I fell ill in 2007 and was initially diagnosed with having ME in 2008, with a change in diagnosis to a Physcosomatic Disorder in 2015. In February 2016, a further diagnosis was reached which explained the past nine years - I had bowel cancer. The tumour was successfully removed (it was the size of a male adults brain - I'll let you decide how big that actually is!) along with a proportion of bowel and now I'm going through 30 sessions of chemotherapy without too many issues.
I was very lucky in two respects - the cancer hadn't spread anywhere else AND I had private health care which has made the whole process a relatively pleasant one.
However.....I'm very aware that not everyone is so lucky, so between the mentally certifiable nurses at Spire Parkway's oncology unit (see above picture) and I, we decided that we could do something to help others.
So...we decided that it would be a great idea to hurl ourselves down Europe's longest and the world's fastest zip line at Zipworld in Wales in a vain attempt to raise money for a worthwhile cause.
Our madness is due to take place on 25th March 2017 - more and more of our friends have agreed to do it with us to try to maximise the amount that we could raise, so ANYTHING that you can spare to help us reach our target would be most gratefully received by our charities and used wisely, no doubt, to help people in the future.
We may not raise millions, or survive the challenge without lots of screaming and even a few tears, but I'm sure that every penny will help someone!
With the odds of being diagnosed with cancer now at 1 in 2 and bowel cancer being the second most common cancer after breast cancer, you might just be investing in the future of someone close to you!
A MASSIVE, MASSIVE THANK YOU TO EVERYONE THAT SUPPORTED US!!
I'VE ADDED SOME PHOTOS TO PROVE THAT WE ACTUALLY WENT THROUGH WITH IT. ALTHOUGH I'M SMILING IN THE PICTURE, I MUST ADMIT THAT MY GOGGLES WERE FULL OF TEARS AS I CRIED OUT OF SHEER TERROR ALL THE WAY DOWN!! I'M GLAD I DID IT, AS I FEEL I'VE DONE WHAT I SET OUT TO DO, BUT IN ALL HONESTY, I NEVER WANT TO DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT AGAIN IN MY LIFE - EVER!!! I'D FAR SOONER DO ANOTHER TWO YEARS OF CHEMO, OR WALK THE WHOLE COASTLINE OF THE UK (SERIOUS CONSIDERATION FOR THE NEXT CHALLENGE!) RATHER THAN DO ANYTHING LIKE THAT AGAIN.
I WILL BE KEEPING THE PAGE OPEN FOR A LITTLE LONGER, AS DONATIONS ARE STILL COMING IN AND THE MORE THAT'S RAISED, THE MORE PEOPLE THE MONEY CAN HELP.
MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH EVERYONE STILL GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS AND I WISH YOU ALL A HEALTHY, HAPPY FUTURE x x x x