Thursday, December 7, 2017

Day 2969 - The Lovin Life Linky - Making the most of it edition

If you open your eyes, the good stuff is still there.

The view from my cousin's apartment as I eat breakfast each day

A lot can happen in a week.  And at the same time, not much can happen at all.

Two weeks ago on Lovin' Life Linky day I left you with Chelsea's Go Fund Me page as she was heading to the OR for life saving surgery to remove the T12 vertebrae to eliminate the cancer in her spine. That didn't happen due to complications discovered in her pre-op procedure that meant to go ahead was too risky. Surgery was rescheduled.

For last week's Lovin' Life Linky I left you with the Active Gran of the Year Awards as we awaited Chelsea's revised surgery to remove part of her tumour in the hope they'd get enough to make a difference and would be able to blast the rest with radiation.  Again that didn't happen.

While surgery actually went ahead this time, they couldn't remove even the tiniest fragment of tumour due to continuing complications which would paralyse her if the intended surgery went ahead.  Instead they simply propped up her spine with metal rods so that it doesn't collapse as the tumour weakens her vertebrae.  Radiation to blast the tumour will commence in the New Year.

During last week's surgery I walked through the cemetery next to the hospital and got on my knees and prayed.  Actually put my hands together and spoke out loud to God, to the saints and to any angels that may be floating around the area.  I asked for a miracle.

Gore Hill Cemetery - one of the oldest and largest remaining cemeteries in metropolitan Sydney
The bottom line is Chelsea still has cancer.  This journey she's been on for the last 4 years continues.  The emotions are heavy because we'd hoped that by Christmas she'd be cancer free.  She's not. But she is a fighter and we take strength from her as we fight right alongside her.

Making the most of it.

With all of this heaviness it's important to find the good in the every day.  She's managing to continue smiling despite the constant challenges.  So there's no excuse for the rest of us.  We've just got to do the same. So today I give you the "making the most of it" edition.

While Chelsea recovers in her hospital bed with views of the Harbour Bridge (bonus), Derek and I are lucky enough to be staying in my cousin's apartment in downtown Sydney.  Which means when we're not at the hospital we can take advantage of what Sydney has to offer.

This includes walks, train rides, city views, beach side wanders, Christmas spirit and the occasional cocktail.

"Hundreds and Thousands" cocktail at Lil Darlin, Victoria Street, Darlinghurst

Part of the DJ's Christmas display at their city store

The view from Icebergs, Bondi Beach

We're pushing ourselves to take advantage of what's around us.  Even on the days we don't feel like it.

Sometimes you've got to search harder for the good stuff.  But when you open your eyes wide, it's still there.

What are you lovin' about life this week?

Do you have to search far for the good stuff?  

How cool is my breakfast view! 

I'd like to take this opportunity to send lots of hugs and strength to our Lovin' Life team member Min from Write of the Middle whose father passed away this week. She's taking a break for a week or two as she gets through this difficult time. It's been a rough year for a few of us and Min has been by her dad's bedside a lot in the past couple of weeks.  We wish her and her family all the best and look forward to seeing her return to Lovin' Life when she's ready.  

It's Lovin' Life Linky time.

The Lovin' Life Linky is brought to you by Team Lovin' Life: Deep Fried Fruit, DebbishSeize the Day Project, Write of the MiddleAnd Anyways50 Shades of Age and Lifestyle Fifty  


  1. So sorry to hear that Chelsea's surgery did not proceed in the way it was originally planned. Here's hoping that God, the saints and the angels heard your prayer and the radiation treatment will provide the miracle required.


  2. I'm really sorry to hear that. I hope the radiation shrinks it out of existence completely. That happens occasionally. She's amazingly resilient to keep smiling through it all. That alone will carry her far. I wish I had better things to say. Thinking of you all.

  3. I am sorry your family is going through this. Some people knock religion, and although I am not a practising christian, I am appreciated of my catholic upbringing, because I know it(he, whatever)is there to turn to when hope is waning. I hope that your family gets that good news into the new year x

  4. As much as your news brings me to tears, it's also given me the kick up the pants I need today. Right in the middle of our down size and move preparation for Monday, my hay fever has decided to show it's face and make me feel terrible. But looking on the bright side, we've managed to find a great new home in the perfect location and this time next week all the stress will have gone. So, thanks for the reminder to search for good stuff.

  5. Sorry hear the news about your family, that must be really tough. But thank you for reminding me of making the most of things. I tend to forget much too often. x

  6. What I love is that as hard as this must be for your family, through it all your strength is incredible - as is your attuitude. That's what I love about the linky - it's a reminder that somewhere there's good stuff...even if sometimes it feels like it's tough to see.

  7. You and your family and of course Chelsea have been on my mind since last weekend's surgery went ahead. I can only add my hopes that Chelsea's recovery and the radiation planned makes a difference to her quality of life.
    This is one post I waited for to see how things went ....and not as expected. However, in your true Leanne style you are telling yourself and the rest of us 'that life is out there, get out and notice it'. It is still hard with tears in your eyes and fears in your heart....I know but you are a shining example to us all. Sending love....Denyse xx

  8. You've all been in my thoughts. So sorry Chelsea's op didn't go as planned. Life and what's thrown our way just completely sucks at times. I've honestly been struggling to find the positives but that doesn't stop me searching for them.

  9. Sending so much love to your family, and also Min's xxx

  10. It is all about making every day count isn't it Leanne? Most of us take so much for granted until we are affected personally. Sending you love to you and your family and best wishes for a happy holiday season. xx

  11. Sorry to hear about the complications, Leanne. Sending you strength and positive vibes during this difficult time.

  12. Sending love, airwave hugs and big buckets of strength to you and your family.

    In true Leanne spirit, which I've come to admire greatly, you are keeping the Lovin Linky faith and finding good things in amongst the bad. I wish you continued courage to keep your head above the mire, find things to make your own life worthwhile, and support your family as you do so well.

    As before, I hope there's some kind of miracle waiting for Chelsea xx

  13. It's horrible that Chelsea has to go through this and I can't imagine what it's like for her and for all of you who care for her. I find myself feeling quite guilty that I'm well, and wonder if I deserve to be so healthy given some of my life choices, when others are suffering and have so much more to live for. I know that's making it about me, but it's also a reminder that we need to make the most of what we have and appreciate it. xxxx

  14. Gosh, I can't even imagine what you are going through, Leanne. But we will continue to pray for a miracle and send you lots of love.
    Your resilience amazes me over and over.

  15. Prayers for all of you and for that miracle Chelsea so obviously deserves xxx

  16. You have been in my thoughts even though we have never met. I am so sorry to hear that news and at the same time I am blown away by your continued ability to focus on the small spots of light. And that cocktail - wow. I hope Chelsea defies the odds with the radiation treatment. Jan

  17. Life sucks sometimes doesn't it Leanne? We hope for miracles and don't receive them but we push on through and find beauty and joy in amongst the sadness and suckiness. Wishing you that joy and beauty as you bring Chelsea home and enjoy Christmas together as a family. xx

  18. Sending you all so much love and prayer right now.

    SSG xxx

  19. I'm so sorry things didn't go as planned with Chelsea's surgery. Thinking of you and her and hoping she can kick cancer's butt with the radiation treatment next year.

    Di from Max The Unicorn

  20. You have been on a roller coaster over the past few weeks and I guess it is important that Chelsea and her family can still see something beautiful in the world (such as the view of the harbour bridge). Yesterday I received news of a friend who has been diagnosed with breast cancer and I'm still reeling from the news. It really doesn't discriminate. I wish Chelsea well on her continued battle. It's good to see that you are finding some lovely diversions in Sydney. #TeamLovinLife

  21. Thinking of you and Chelsea and praying for that miracle. Glad you are finding ways to appreciate Sydney during this difficult time.


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