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Laura BoydWed 30 Mar 2011 14:43
This time last year I had just returned to work following my diagnosis with leukaemia.
I began to write a blog about Mother’s Day and how I longed for a baby of my own, but I knew the difficulties that lay ahead.
Fast forward a year and I am doing well. My latest blood results showed that I am on the right track but there is still a long way to go and as another Mother’s Day approaches, I am not really any closer to becoming a mum.
Not that I was planning on being pregnant any time soon, but I now know that day, if it happens, will be another couple of years away at least.
As I began to get down in the dumps about the prospect of all my friends ‘growing up’ and me being left behind, my own mum, who has been incredible through all of this, worked her mamma-magic and put things into perspective for me.
She helped me make a mini-life plan with goals to focus on and told me two years is nothing. It seems like forever but when I think how far I have come from the moment I was told I had cancer in 2009, to where I am at now, time really does fly.
So this Sunday, my sister and I are going to focus on treating our lovely mum who deserves the best day possible for all she has done for me – I will never be able to thank my family enough.
Angela and I will venture into the kitchen – not sure this is really a treat mum – and attempt to create culinary delights. We have some lovely prezzies planned and will enjoy a special family day, aware that these times are more important than ever now.
My own baby dreams will remain on the back burner for now…
I am still suffering from my dreaded cough and yes, still embarrassing my boyfriend with my donkey wheeze. Thank you to all my Twitter followers, especially Dancing on Ice star Matt Evers, for your cure suggestions of honey, ginger and steaming - not getting steaming sadly, steaming to clear my lungs. It has helped slightly but I still sound like an old man. I will persevere.
Feeling like this has given me a great excuse (as if I needed any) to have early nights in front of the TV.
I have been completely inspired by Katie Piper’s My Beautiful Friends series and the people who feature on the show.
For those of you who don’t know, Katie is a model who endured a horrific acid attack arranged by a man she had just begun dating.
Katie’s face and body was left horrifically scarred but against all odds, she has got her life back on track and has set up the Katie Piper Foundation, helping people overcome burns and scars.
She has endured painful surgery and is determined to do all she can to live a normal life and help others in a similar situation.
Her attitude and positivity is inspiring without being sickly sweet – she talks about the bad times and down days too – and the programme helps me see that for so many people, life isn’t straightforward but we have to carry on and give it our best shot.
Katie also managed to get influential people, including none other than Simon Cowell, to be patron of her charity.
Not quite on the same level, but equally as important, I am continuing my mission to get footballers involved to help encourage young men to sign up to the Anthony Nolan register. Men make the strongest bone marrow donors but we need more of them!
Happen to know any footballers who would be willing to join the campaign? Pass them my way – email@example.com
Happy Mother’s Day mum, you have kept me going and truly are the best. This blogs for you xx