Thursday, 28 June 2007

Just a quick note from my mum:

"We landed safely in Orlando and got to the hotel about five hours later. The delay was due to check in and baggage as it was put on two belts. We were taken off by a long white limo that took us to the dolphin hotel".

Sunday, 24 June 2007

Nerves have got me!!!

I am so worried today....Am I going to forget the tickets?.....are we going to get stopped at customs because I have my Flaxseed granules?......Am I going mad?.....
I don't think I have felt this nervous and OCD'd up since I had my driving test.

I shall be so glad when we land in Orlando...we will have a limo waiting to take us to our hotel, Walt Disney's very close to the Epcot centre.

The children are very calm...I am a bag of nerves.
Hopefully some of their calmness will rub off on me.
And finally...just a short note to say happy birthday to my cousin who is *&% years old today.
FOOTNOTE: Apologies to the lady who was offended about my use of the words "OCD'd up". This was not meant to offend anyone and was potraying how bad it can get with OCD. I was very wound up about the passorts and flight tickets, checking every 15-30 minutes that all was in order. It was not a pleasant feeling and I would not wish anyone to go through it. Apologies for any upset caused.

Saturday, 23 June 2007

Work it then wing it !

I have a shift to do at work today and tomorrow we will be off.
My daughter isn't coming with us as her boyfriend can't get time off.
Her philosophy is that she will be miserable missing us or missing him, She thought it would be less expensive to miss us.
I am going to miss her so much...we will make up for it when we go to Egypt in a few weeks. calls and I will try and leave a quick mesage before we jet off to a sunnier climate.

Friday, 22 June 2007

Getting ready to go

It has been a very eventful day today. I went to see my 2 of my sisters before I jet off to Florida. I am going to miss them both.

I then went to do something that I have been putting off for a long time....I finalised my will. It is so hard to face up to the fact that my future maybe shortened and I have to prepare for my demise and make sure my children are taken care of. It isn't so much about making the will but my children are so young. They should never have to prepare to lose their mother.

The third thing I did was to do a piece to camera about the start of our holiday and I will be taking a camera (on loan from ITV) to make a video diary. Both of the boys were on camera and Richard said his piece which was quite moving.
I am willing to do this as it will be a great piece of footage for my children to keep and will also bring some publicity to the cause.

I got emotional as I was talking abot the reality of the situation. I am sure the children will enjoy this holiday but I know they feel the same as me, that they would give it all up to have my health back.

Thursday, 21 June 2007

Catching up

In between sorting out the Florida trip for the family and working, I have been catching up with friends.
My friends are wonderful and are there for me and my family when ever we need them.

I went to a friends house for coffee this morning and she sat and listened to all my woes, hardly saying anything about her life and then gave me a small gift. (Notelets that depicted a fairy on a dragonfly) It was so sweet of her to do that.
Afterwards I went into Plymouth city centre to meet another friend for lunch. She is amazing too, Thankyou to all my special friends, you truly are wonderful people. After saying goodbye to my friend I went to my GPs surgery and had my jabs for Egypt (ouch!) and finalised a few things for Florida.

I am looking forward to spending valuable time with my children and as we are going to Disneyland first, regressing back to my childhood.

I will add some pics when we return and will post on my diary if I can over there, if not, I will do it when I come back.

Saturday, 16 June 2007

Fathers day

On Sunday 17th June it is Fathers day.

My Father, Phillip Northmore died on 26th August 2006 of an asbestos related illness. He had pleural plaque which turned to small cell lung cancer. He was 68 years old, far to young to leave this earth and the family that loved him. He left a wife, daughters, grandchildren and great grandchildren

I miss him terribly, he was a cheerful man with a wicked sense of humour. He loved his old silent films, Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton to name but a few. He was a collector of many quirky things like carrier bags and bubble bath bottles.

He always had great advice to give although a lot of it was ignored when I was younger but a little did get through in later years.

When I started to learn to drive again after leaving it for nearly 12 years, his advice came back into my mind, "always drive for the person in front". This advice has been at the forefront of my mind since I passed my test in 2003 and I have found it works very well.

My dad was wonderful, he was unique, dignified and honest. He was my dad.
My one of wishes for him would have been to take him to the Canadian Rockies. I didn't find out until he was very ill that this was his wish.
He was a very quiet man who always said right up until he died that he was fine and there was nothing to worry about. I wish I could turn the clock back and somehow, pursuade him not to take the job in Plymouth Dockyard (he worked there between 1963 and 1966) he would still be here now if it wasn't for that job.

I love you dad, I always will.

Raise a glass in heavens bar for me dad and I will be raising my glass to you.

Thursday, 14 June 2007

Remembering Liptons supermarket

I used to work in a super market called Liptons which was situated in the West Park area of Plymouth.

I worked there for 10 years on the deli counter and left to have my first child. I have had an email from a customers daughter who I used to give a piece of spam which was rolled up and wrapped around coleslaw , the daughter has contacted me and reminded me of this and says how she still loves spam and coleslaw.

The family moved to Stubbington in Portsmouth. I took their address and wrote to them, this was just after they moved. Since then her mother has recognised me from the paper and her daughter got in touch. It is so lovely to hear from people from the past and ignite memories that I had forgotten about. Another coincidence was that she had been working in Orange mobile call centre, Plympton, Plymouth for 10 months! I may well have come across her as that is where I work.

Monday, 11 June 2007

Media coverage

It has been a mad few days, The BBC have been in touch as well as ITV and the herald.
I have also started to look into booking the holiday and will go as soon as possible. The whole family are looking forward to Disneyland Florida and then off to Egypt with The older ones. They are going to love it. It will build some great memories for them and also for me.
We will have a lot of quality time together and do what is important.

If I had a choice of this wonderful holiday and the compensation I would recieve in return for my life as it was, I know which I would choose. This money can never replace my loss.

Sunday, 10 June 2007

Another TV appearance

I have the ITV team coming out to me today. They have told me that there are a lot of people who are following my story and as I have my interim payment, they would like to do a piece to camera. I am pictured opposite with my sister Jacqui.

I am also thinking very deeply about my dear cousin, Robert, who died 4 years ago.
He would have been 46 today, I will be taking a visit to the cemetary and will be remembering him and my darling dad who passed away in August.
I miss them both.

Saturday, 9 June 2007

Disneyland and Egypt here I come!

I recieved an interim payment from the MoD for me to take the family on a well deserved holiday.
I am planning Disneyland Florida with the whole family and Egypt with my older children.
I am so looking forward to seeing my little boys face when he meets some of his heroes. It will be priceless.

Friday, 8 June 2007

Healing session

I went to my first healing session at the McMillan mustard tree centre today. I would have found it relaxing and enjoyable. The only problem is I forgot I had also arranged to take my sister with me and was a bit stressed throughout the session. After it was over, I called my sister to apologise and found out that she had forgotten as well. Now I don't feel to bad : )

I have booked another session for us next week and hopefully we will both remember.
I am just trying out the photo option in the blog. This picture is from Easter time, I helped organise an Easter egg hunt for all the children at my little sons school. Wow.... Technology is so cool !

Flaxseed granules

My local Tesco store (Transit way Plymouth) has started stocking Flaxseed granules. I am trying this at the moment and am taking 2 tablespoonfuls in juice at breakfast time. I am feeling really well especially after my look good feel better session. I have a new routine with my skin care and makeup. I am feeling much better and have been told I am looking better. Maybe it is a combination of a smart hairdo (wigs!) good makeup and Flazseed granules.

I have some new reading material also which gives a very imformative view on what to eat and what to stay away from. I am going to put it into practice as much as I can.
I have a family which makes it a little more difficult but I don't think there is any chance they will be helping themselves to my Flaxseed granules : )

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Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Look good, feel better

I went to the look good, feel better session at the mustard tree today. I met a lot of brave lovely people out there and watched them all transform into glamour kittens. It was good fun.
I recieved a goody bag which contained skin care products, eye shadow, lipstick, eye liner the whole works, all donated by different companies. The girls who performed this wonderful service also gave us hand massages.
I highly reccommend taking them up on a session as it is so good to see so many people benefit from something so simple.

Next session is on Friday 8th June. It is a Riaki session which is healing, I will post my findings on the board.

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