ovarian cancer

Happy New Year

As 2016 comes to an end so many people are saying to me “you’ll be glad to see the back of this year”…but…in reality….it’s not been too bad a year.
Yes I got diagnosed with stage IV ovarian cancer in January 2016 and had chemo and MASSIVE surgery but that doesn’t make it a bad year.

In fact, in many ways, it’s been the best year of my life.


I mean, if it wasn’t for my cancer diagnosis I would have missed so much awesome stuff!…

• I met so many amazing people

• I made new ‘cancer’ friends

• I learned how to love a little deeper

• I went on a cruise

• I did a shark dive

• I saw my first opera

• I met Nina Conti

• I got a gift from Bryan Adams

• I saw LOADS of comedy shows

• I fell more in love with my hubby

• I learned to love myself

• I stopped caring about body image

• I learned how to share my feelings

• I met INCREDIBLE medical staff

• I gained new respect for the NHS

• I won an award

• I spent more time with my family

• I learned how to relax and let go

• I learned that nothing is worth stress

• I reevaluated my priorities

• I strengthen my old friendships

• I made new friendships

• I learned kindness is the answer

• I started writing

• I realised that people are incredible

• I faced death and embraced life

• I started to really live for the moment

And so much more!!!…

You see, our life, our problems, our concerns…they all require perspective.

Gratitude, love and kindness are always an option to every situation.

You can be in the worst situation imaginable; you can be facing Death straight in the eye; but you still have a choice. You can still choose to have a good life, a happy life, a joyful life.

“You either get bitter or you get better”.

I chose to get better and it’s been AWESOME!

Thank you 2016 for the incredible lessons! I’m ready for 2017!…I hope it’s ready for me!

Happy New Year!
Love and light, Fi xxx

7 thoughts on “Happy New Year”

  1. Hi Fiona,
    Shared your latest with the Kindspring family over at http://www.kindspring.org/my/feed/index.php?cid=&sid=133280#comments just last night and was really pleased to see such wonderful comments posted there this morning, so thought I’d share them with you.
    If the link doesn’t work for you, just go over to KS, click on Community along the top and scroll down a couple of pages, till you see your “very little is needed…” image.
    Have an amazing day.

  2. Wow that is beautiful! Such a powerful message! I love the five points. You don’t need to do anything other than live well and with joy and kindness xxx

  3. I think you’d like my previous blog post about death -fkmunro.com/2016/12/22/what-would-you-do-if-you-had-a-week-to-live/

  4. Happy New Year Fiona.
    Like me you are starting 2017 in a much better state of health than you started 2016 – to say the least! Also, like you, I do not feel as though 2016 was the most terrible year of my life , because ,like you, I have come through six chemos and a big operation to remove an ovarian cancer tumour and ,at present , my cancer has gone, as my CA number is now 15 having been 500 a year ago, which is wonderful news for me. I am so thankful and so grateful ; to all the medical staff who have helped achieve this; to all my incredible family who have been there for me every step of the way, and as a result we are even closer than we were before; to all friends who have rallied round to help in any way they can, for my husband and me ; and to all my new ‘cancer’ friends with whom I can share feelings of where we have been and where we now are in our cancer journey. I decided when I was told about the cancer at the end of 2016 that I could either sink or swim, so I decided to swim, and feel as though I am on dry land now , and appreciating and loving every aspect of this wonderful life.

    You are doing a great job in helping others with cancer Fiona, but also informing so many people about ovarian cancer. You have so much enthusiasm and write so well. With very best wishes for 2017,

    Judith Townson

  5. Judith this is such happy wonderful news! I’m so pleased! Well done in swimming! Wishing you and your family the most incredible 2017 filled with good health and laughter!xxx
    Ps. Tell David I was asking after him!

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