Over the last five years, I've booked a round the world ticket, met the man that I would eventually marry, been made redundant, taken off round the world by myself (leaving said man behind me), come back home after seven months away, got a new kitchen (pre-requisite of said man moving in), got a new job, turned 40, got cancer, got engaged, had chemo, got a cold head and then a wig, had a stem cell transplant, thought I was going to die, saw my chances of having children disappear, realised just what amazing friends and family I have, made it back to work only to get made redundant again and then three weeks ago, I married the man who stood beside me through all this crazy, terrifying rollar coaster - in a zoo! Yes, we got married in a zoo!
With this in mind, I feel like I've got a lot to say about a lot of things!
Strictly speaking, I shouldn't be here. I was diagnosed with a rare form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma in August 2009. By the time the doctors had figured out what was going on, it had spread to my spine - I started my treatment that same day. In terms of a cure, the doctors would only ever screw up their faces, shake their heads and say 'Oooooh - it's a tricky one'! In terms of percentages, I was given 40% chance of survival.
But I had my treatment, I gritted my teeth and got on with it and here I am now, over a year since my transplant, with 'no visible sign of the disease'. I feel good and and once more I can see the beauty in a sunny blue sky and more importantly, I can see the point in life again.
So, with that in mind and living inside a body which two years ago was dying, I've got a second chance to do amazing things. I don't want this blog to be all about my illness. I had it, it was horrible, hopefully it's behind me now. But I needed to mention it, to put things into context as to where I am now. I take nothing for granted, so in the mean time, while things are good and I feel well, I have decided that it is my job to have 'a wonderful and diverse life'.
Whether anyone will be interested in reading about my thoughts and adventures I don't know. If anything, it's more about me keeping a record of what I've done and what I do with my 'bonus time'. I need to make sure that I don't waste this time and that the effort that so many people put into me while I was ill was justified - it's my way of paying back.
So, this is the deal - I'll write, I'll try and do it as regularly as I can and we'll see what comes out and where this quest for a 'wonderful life' takes me! I wonder how many people will join me on my adventure?