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Laura BoydThu 30 Sep 2010 17:32
In the past few blogs I mentioned Rock Chic: the charity music and fashion event my friends and I were hosting for the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre.
Almost two weeks later, I am pleased to say it was a resounding success - more than I could ever have imagined. As a result, it has taken me all this time to recover which is why I am just getting round to writing this now.
It wasn’t an easy night to pull off. Catwalk shows with six different brands and over 20 models, five bands, 3 DJs, a cocktail flare show, goodie bags, raffles and an auction was a lot to organise by anyone’s standards, but when you’re trying to hold down a full time job and your body is fighting leukaemia, well, it was slightly overwhelming!
Luckily, I had the support and help of my incredible friends and family and although I have thanked them all relentlessly, I once again have to give a special mention to Kirstin Lynn – drummer/ scientist/ organiser extraordinaire, without who, Rock Chic would not have happened.
The sold out event took place exactly a year and a day after I was diagnosed with leukaemia so I always knew it would be emotional, but on the whole, I was too busy to even think about the enormity of it all. When the incredible Professor Holyoake from the Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre gave a speech, my bottom lip did start to wobble but there was no time for tears.
Come two o’clock in the morning, when we had danced our sparkly tights off to The Soul Foundation and B-Tone from Spectrum, I was almost too exhausted to move. I practically had to be carried to bed which was no mean feat in the massive feathery frock I was wearing.
It was a fantastic night and thanks to everyone who came along, donated and helped out. We are waiting on the final total but are hoping it’s close to £8000 which is fantastic, considering tickets were only £10.
Everybody seemed to love the night and that meant so much to me as it was always my goal to make it very much a celebration of the fun things in life.
A few people have now asked if we will be doing Rock Chic 2011 – ask me in a few months when I have recovered from the first one!
I am now back at work as busier than ever.
X Factor is in full swing and as of next week, you will be able to chat to me and the lovely STV Entertainment girls online, as the show goes out. Can’t wait for that as I love a good gossip / bitch about what the judges are wearing and how Louis always loves the awful acts. Will give you more details on how to join in our chat next week.
I am also keeping up my charity work, meeting with Leukaemia Care next week to discuss being an ambassador for the charity and also getting involved with the Daisy Ball for the amazing Anthony Nolan Trust. Again, more on this next week but lets just say I have met some truly inspiring people over the past few days.
Health wise? Well I am exhausted. More exhausted than I have been in a long time but I have been doing a great deal so think I just need to take it easy.
I have just had my twelve month test at the Beatson and while I wait on the results, I have been asked to take part in a new drugs trial for CML.
It means that I will take two tablets a night instead of one but hey, in for a penny in for a pound and if it’s going to increase my (and my fellow patients') chances of survival, then it has to be worth it.
The only thing is, it means a great deal more hospital visits and, of course, the dreaded bone-marrow removal test. I knew it was on the horizon but was keeping my fingers crossed it would somehow slip under the radar. No such luck!
I have been quite down recently about the lack of control I seem to have on my life and how I feel I can’t quite plan for the future in the way that other people can. When I can have children, is technically out of my control and at the mercy of the disease and this saddens me but hey, I am here just now and all I can do is simply embrace the positives in my life, of which there are many.
It is lovely to hear from you so feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on Twitter @STVLaura
PS - a big thank you to Gavin Sturgeon who came along and filmed the night. His first edit is playing above... more to come.