Thursday, December 6, 2018

Day 3333 - The Lovin' Life Linky - More Important than ever

Just eat the damn doughnut ...


I've been laying in bed contemplating if I should get up and blog today.  It's Lovin' Life day but how can I bang on about lovin' life when Chelsea lost her fight yesterday?


Somewhere between 4.30 and 4.45am on Wednesday 5 December our Chels got her wings.  Surrounded by family with her mum holding one hand and her dad holding the other, she passed away knowing we were all by her side.  She took her final breath within 10 minutes of Derek and I entering the room. She'd waited.

As I lay staring at the ceiling this morning with Chelsea's Esmeralda pug on my lap and her big fluffy Alfie on the floor beside me, I wondered if it was a appropriate to continue with the Lovin' Life Linky.

This written celebration of life seems so forced.

Then I thought of who Chelsea was on Tuesday.  On Tuesday she was smiling, talking, eating doughnuts, laughing and she even went for a lap around Clare Holland House on her wheelie walker.  She later played naughts and crosses with her daughter and then ate more doughnuts in bed (covering herself in sprinkles) before falling asleep.  She spent her day wearing a Seven Dwarfs Christmas tee.

During her final 24 hours she was Lovin' Life.

That's who Chelsea was and will forever be.  The girl that fought like a warrior to live for as long as possible.  Because every single day was precious for her.  Every day she managed to fight the tumours was another day she got to be a mumma, a wife, a daughter, a sister and friend.

Every day, despite the incredible pain, she managed at least one smile.

So who am I to lie in bed and stare at the ceiling wondering if Lovin' Life is appropriate?

Lovin' Life is more appropriate than ever.

If Chelsea taught us anything it's to appreciate each day, stand tall, smile daily, love lots, eat the doughnut and don't give up without a damn good fight.

There's always something to love about life. 

Gone is the pain.
Forever at peace.
We love you Chel Bel.


(photo tribute to Chelsea to be inserted here shortly)

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It's Lovin' Life Linky time! 

The Lovin' Life Linky is brought to you by Team Lovin' Life: Deep Fried Fruit, DebbishWrite of the MiddleAnd Anyways  and Lifestyle Fifty  


19 comments :

  1. No words, just tears for you all, and hugs, lots of hugs

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  2. I'm so sorry for your loss, Leanne. I've been thinking about you since you wrote that Chelsea was moved into a hospice. Hugs and hugs again.

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  3. Oh Leanne. My heart is breaking for your family. Chelsea is looking down at you from heaven. She is pain free and always in your hearts.
    SSG xxx

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  4. I want to hug you all so much.

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  5. I expressed my condolences via our group on FB yesterday but my thoughts and heart are with you all the time Leanne. I never knew Chelsea but I've shed tears for her and for all of you. It's so terribly sad. What a gift she was. A beautiful and brave young lady. Lots of love and hugs for all of you. xoxo

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  6. Oh Leanne.... yes. It's important to remember. Life is precious. EAT THE FREAKIN' DONUT! xxxx

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  7. Oh I am glad you posted....and I am glad to have been sharing the life to the max with Chelsea you have written about here and elsewhere. Today I have dedicated my post (which was a bit of cancer whinge...something everyone does I guess) to Chelsea and our common connection: cancer & Chris O'Brien Lifehouse. If I could be there with you now, the hugs would be coming hard and strong. Sending my love to you all. Denyse x

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  8. What a powerful post Leanne. Thinking of you and yes I agree, more than ever, Lovin Life is appropriate. Take care #mlstl

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  9. This is so sad. I'm sorry for your loss xx

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  10. Such a sad loss. My thoughts are with you all. Through your words I can see how Chelsea has been a guiding light in how to live and love every day - an inspiration for everyone. Yes, eat the doughnut :) xx

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  11. I'm so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful Chelsea. I was thinking about Chelsea the other day when you popped up somewhere in Facebook. Sarcoma is so evil .
    I love the final line of your tribute
    If Chelsea taught us anything it's to appreciate each day, stand tall, smile daily, love lots, eat the doughnut and don't give up without a damn good fight.

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  12. The world is a poorer place without your lovely Chelsea in it. Enormous hugs to you xxx

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  13. Beautifully written Leanne - and I'm so sorry that Chelsea lost her battle. Her legacy of love and sunshine will live on with you all though and that has to count for a lot xxx

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  14. I am truly sorry for your loss. What inspiration your beautiful Chelsea is, may she rest in peace. Beautiful words and tribute.

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  15. Sorry for loss and prayers go out to you and Chelsea. Chelsea is truly an inspiration and yes there is always something to love about life.

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  16. Gosh, i could't read this without tears. no words, but the donuts say it all
    XOOX
    Jodie

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  17. I would love to send you real hugs, not just a virtual one. I'm sorry for your loss.

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  18. I am so very sorry to read this post. What a terrible, terrible loss for you. May Chelsea's bright spirit shine on through you and others always.

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