Monday, March 27, 2017

Day 2720 - Three months in review

Soooo, where are we at?

To be honest I wasn't looking forward to 2017.  Actually, that's entirely not true.  It's just that 2016 was such a great year for us personally that I didn't want to see it go.

But here we are in 2017 and we're already a quarter of the way through.

So how's it shaping up so far?

Well, there are probably more challenges than I'd hoped for.  But the further we get into the year, the more those challenges are becoming part and parcel of the ride.

Here's the Deep Fried update:


There was time spent at the coast, a soccer academy camp, the normal to'ing and fro'ing from Sydney, discovering Bundanoon, the near death of our dog due to tick bite, another cancer diagnosis for Chels and our boy became a teenager.


We celebrated my MIL 80th birthday, school started with one child in year 8 and the other in year 12, I launched my new children's magazine, soccer grading commenced, more Sydney day trips, my role in the GUFC Executive increased, we waited for decisions to be made about how to treat the cancer and some new clients came on board.


Chels started radiation and qualified for a new trial to treat her sarcoma, the model daughter flew to Honkers with my folks for a few days, we spent time with extended family each weekend, I made it my mission to make more time for friends, I launched the 9th book in my Cheer Chick Charlie series and our girl got offered her first international contract (she will be moving to Korea in August).

As you can see, it's been a bit of a weird year so far.

I've just subtly mentioned the monster that's lurking in our house not wanting to give it the spotlight. Monsters don't deserve fanfare.   

While there's stuff to look forward to and positive forward movement in many areas, there is a shadow cast over it all due to the enormity and reality of the cancer.

Each day feels heavier than it should.

It's amazing how emotion can be transferred into physical symptoms that confirm that heaviness. .

She's not alone.  We're all on this journey to her wellness together.

How's your year going so far?

What does 2017 look like to you?

Any monsters lurking in your shadows?


  1. Hopefully the doctors have all the right answers and the wear and tear don't know your daughter around too much. Good luck with all that.

  2. Exciting news for T and hopeful news for C. Plus your own book launch. Shaping up to be a year of courage and achievement already.

    SSG xxx

  3. Wow, a lot has happened already. Wishing you all the success with your books and hoping Chels can kick cancer's butt.

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  4. It's already been a topsy turvy year for you. Some great stuff, some monsters - who don't deserve fanfare.

  5. That's a big mixture to kick off the year with. Here's hoping that Chels' treatment gets some good results. Best of luck to your daughter in Korea though, she must be so excited!

    1. Korea is exciting and scary and all the other things that go with leaving home.

  6. What an exciting year so far Leanne and it is only the end of the first quarter. Best wishes for Chel's treatment and wonderful news for your daughter. Wonderful to read such positive messages on a Monday morning.
    Sue form Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

    1. Monday is the best day for positivity I reckon. Start how you intend to continue ...

  7. I remember my late mum's saying 'if you have your health you've got everything' and this resonates with me and with your post. Life is not fair nor certain and that is tough when this rotten disease appears and re-appears ...I am so sorry for your step daughter and it's testament to the love you all share that her treatment and care will be top notch. PS Congrats to model daughter..will she be completing year 12 over there or here...Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek 13/52 Next week: Daylight Saving is Over.

    1. yeah, damn cancer sucks. As for Tahlia, Korea wanted her to come ASAP but she'll be finishing school first. She has taken the accredited route at school (because of all these other opportunities in her life) and she's been working hard to get enough points to finish in June. She does this via work experience and volunteer work in the local community. So far she's still on track to finish at the end of this semester. No Korea until year 12 is finished :)


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