Friday, 30 June 2017

Mum 1 - Cancer 0

Cancer. When you hear that word, it fills you with an overwhelming sense of fear. Fear of the unknown. You hear so many stories about the dreaded C word, thankfully many positive ones now but, unfortunately, the bad ones spring to mind first. Well they did for me anyway. When we found out that Mum had cancer in March it hit me like a tonne of bricks. The thought of my Mum (or Dad) ever not being there was so scary and upsetting. They only live around the corner from us and I pretty much speak to my Mum every day. She does SO much for me and I will forever be grateful for that, I'd be lost without her. My Mum, on the other hand, took the news amazingly well, and has continued to be so brave, optimistic and her usual happy self throughout the whole ordeal. Cancer well and truly picked a fight with the wrong person.

After the doctors confirmed that Mum's routine mammogram had picked up on a lump, she was booked in for a lumpectomy at a local hospital within a week or two. I think the urgency of the operation shocked me too, but looking back its amazing how efficient they are to get it all sorted as soon as possible. Unfortunately, that had to be followed up by another operation to remove a few more cells and then radiotherapy started at the beginning of June to finish off her treatment.

I am ecstatic to say that all the cancer has gone and my Mum is now recovering after her last radiotherapy session which was on Wednesday. She looks bloody incredible, I can only hope that I look half as good at her age! She is a bit tired but that's to be expected, but she still doesn't let that get in her way. She's been going to slimming world with me, started cycling and still loves to look after the kids for us. I am so proud of how she has dealt with this whole whirlwind. I am very lucky to call her my Mum and I'm very grateful for the NHS and their speedy and effective diagnosis and treatment 💗

I know that not everyone's cancer story is so brief and positive, and my thoughts are with anyone who's personally going through it too, or know someone who is.

The all clear from Cancer and the last day of treatment on Wednesday deserved a celebration. So I got my friend Leanne to babysit the kids and I booked a surprise meal for Mum at Wildwood in Llandudno. We bought her a new Pandora charm and I got her a card too (some people would find it offensive but it totally suits our sense of humour).

I've been wanting to go to Wildwood since it opened about 6 (ish?) months ago. They're menu is pasta, pizza and grill dishes so there was a good variety for the four of us. The food was AMAZING and the service was exceptional too. I had the wild boar and chorizo burger (*all the heart eyes*), Aled had lasagne, Mum had wild mushroom and chicken risotto and Dad had a stone baked pizza (which is totally what I'll be having next time). Then it was finished off with a pudding.... chocolate honeycomb fudge cake. So so good.

I loved the actual restaurant too. The decor was so classy, fresh and really clean. It's nice to actually go somewhere new for a meal to be honest. There's not many places to choose from round here but we finally have a few new ones to try. Along with Wildwood, I desperately want to try Johnny Doughs (pizza place) and Dylan's in Craig y Don too.


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