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RAOK Christmas 2016 – Day 8 – Thank those who matter

Those of you who have been following my story for a while, already know that I’ve been handing out ‘random acts of kindness’ (RAOK) following my surgery for stage IV ovarian cancer. This us my small contribution to help make the world a better place.

As it’s December I’ve created a RAOK advent calendar to help others get involved too!

Today is 8th December and so it’s time to say thank you to those who matter.

I thought long and hard about who to thank, I mean so so many people have supported me this year – my wonderful hubby; my incredible parents and sisters and their partners too! My neice and nephews, bless them, have been a great support too! Friends have been there at all hours and of course the whole medical team from nurses to surgeons and my oncologist have been AMAZING – in fact, my ‘thank you’ list is pretty long! But, I dedicate this particular thank you to 7 complete strangers who I haven’t met and may never meet…maybe you are on of them…

You see this post is a thank you to the 7 people who donated the blood that was used to save my life. Without their selfless generosity I, quite simply, wouldn’t be here to celebrate Christmas with my family.

It is my belief that donating blood is the ultimate ‘random act of kindness’, I mean you never get to meet the recipient and you never get to know what difference it makes! It’s just a wonderful thing to do!…

…let me tell you…because of these 7 people, I’ve enjoyed the past 7 months with my loved ones: I’ve been on a cruise; I’ve swum with sharks; I’ve been to The Fat Duck; I’ve watched my first opera; I’ve met Nina Conti; I’ve held my friend’s new baby; I’ve chased my sister’s children; I’ve celebrated my three year wedding anniversary; I’ve watch Bryan Adams perform; I’ve laughed; I’ve loved; I’ve breathed; I’ve felt my heart beat…

…I’ve LIVED.

And, most importantly, I continue to do so!

Because of you, awesome blood donors, I get to celebrate Christmas this year and my family get to hold me in their arms.

If you give nothing else this Christmas, just give blood.

Not only will you save a life – you will get to give the greatest gift.

Love and light, Fi xxx

ovarian cancer

A thank you to blood donors: Chemo 4 – Day 8

Once again I find myself thankful for the care and compassion provided by others. Whilst I’m usually grateful for friends and family and the medical staff providing my care, today I am also thankful for two strangers who I will never meet and whom, sadly, I will never be able to thank.  
Chemo has caused my red blood cells to reduce and, as a result, I am receiving two units of blood today to help my body rebuild these cells and enable me to have enough red blood cells for surgery. 

To receive two units I am relying on not one, but two, blood donors.

I’ve donated blood myself in the past (and was on the organ donor and Anthony Nolan register*), but whilst I knew it was potentially going to help someone I never knew the real impact it could have.

  Today, as a receive this blood,  I truly realise the impact it can have and I’m so thankful for these two people taking some time out of their busy day to make a donation. Without this act I wouldn’t be able to have surgery – which will be potentially life changing in terms of my treatment. It just goes to show how such a simple selfless decision can have such a huge impact on the life of a stranger.

If you’ve been thinking about donating for the first time or maybe you’ve donated in the past but haven’t been for a while, please take some time to donate. You really will make a difference to someone’s life. You really will change their story. And although they won’t be able to thank you, they (and their loved ones) will be so grateful!

It takes less than an hour but it really does save lives.

Love and light, Fi xx

* following a cancer diagnosis it is not possible to remain on either register or to donate blood.