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Survival Mode

Survival Mode

It’s been two years since we last caught up with Heidi and Andy. A lot has happened. Monty happened. They are now a content family of three with their longed-for fur child. A human child did not happen. “We found out that our second cycle of IVF failed on the same day we were told … Continue reading

There is no “I” in team

There is no “I” in team

In August of last year Dave and I took a trip to Rydal. In the middle of winter, with snow falling, we needed the wood fire. Dave just so happens to be an expert at setting fires. He has mad skills. He has a sixth sense about where to find the perfect amount and substance … Continue reading

When Heidi met Andy

When Heidi met Andy

In 2011 Heidi Prowse had an absolute cracker of an idea. To cajole friends and family into stripping down to their Speedos, donning Santa attire, and running laps around a Canberran lake in the middle of freaking Winter. These crazy-but-in-a-good-way people were not focused solely on a chilly exercise session but would find sponsorship for Cystic Fibrosis … Continue reading

The oak

The oak

Samantha Steele 20th January 1988 – 1st November 2014 “If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever.” I took Sam to the historic cemetery across the street from our house one Spring a few years ago. She was skeptical about that particular outing but I like to think that by the time … Continue reading

Winter of discontent

Winter of discontent

This winter has been hard for Dave. Hard for me. Hard for us. Dave’s daily function has been dwindling and impossible to ignore. CF has been asking more of us since Easter and I can’t shake the feeling that this is merely the start of what CF is going to exact from us. It’s natural … Continue reading

We did it

We did it

We did it. We made it one whole week without illness. A-mazing. Rydal was everything we needed it to be. It was filled with marshmallows, roaring fires, the tiniest snowflakes imaginable, King Parrots and Rosellas, beanies and gloves, Kelpies chasing kangaroos, terrible coffee, litres of Twinings lemon and ginger tea, 447 steps down into a … Continue reading

Rydal bliss

Rydal bliss

My dad often asks me “What are you looking forward to?” Over the last four months I’ve been stuck for an answer because I honestly haven’t been looking forward to much. I’ve been in survival mode. After a lengthy pause during which I cast around for some sort of response I often replied along these … Continue reading

You look so well!

You look so well!

I took a break from visiting Dave last week. I stayed at home for a couple of evenings to remind our dogs what one of their parents looks like and gave them lots of cuddles. I even let them sleep on the bed. Oh my. When I finally visited Dave again, the change in his … Continue reading

The long shot

“It’s a long shot and I say why not If I say forget it I know that I’ll regret it It’s a long shot just to beat these odds The chance is we won’t make it But I know if I don’t take it there’s no chance” Long shot – Kelly Clarkson When I was in … Continue reading

Not forgotten

“You have a choice in this world, I believe, about how to tell sad stories, and we made the funny choice” – The Fault in our Stars, John Green –