Category Christmas


Things have been burbling along since all the drama in June. B self-injected an anticoagulant daily for a month or so but now he’s just on warfarin to keep his blood at the right consistency for artery healing. He’s still having regular blood tests to monitor it. A CT scan will happen in a few […]

Merry Christmas!

It’s been absolutely ages since I last posted. In the world of brain tumours this means things are either very good or very bad – I’m happy to report that in our case it’s the former. With Christmas and the end of 2013 fast approaching, it’s time to recognise the highlights of our year: B […]


B and I have had a lovely and lazy Christmas. B felt good on the 25th (‘fine – 1’ in the diary) so luckily I was not forced to eat the entire Christmas dinner. We received loads of great gifts, but my favourite is probably our wooden listening magpie from my sisters. I remember being […]

Frohe Weihnachten!

The title of this post is ‘Merry Christmas’ in German, as I’m sure you know. I can write it down just fine but saying it is more of a problem. I’m not too bad on ‘Weihnachten’ although I tend to pronounce the ‘ch’ as ‘ck’ which is wrong. My ‘Frohe’ rhymes with ‘thrower’ which is also wrong. […]


Following on from my post about Christmas cards, I’ve been mourning the loss of my favourite type of card – those containing a ’round robin’ letter. These are generally written by wives/mothers and provide an annual summary of family events and achievements over the past year. They aren’t always appreciated, but I miss them. I […]

Buon Natale!

A couple of you may be wondering how the 6-week carrot approach I wrote about in November is going. It all started so well. I embarked on the outdoor boot camp with zeal and really enjoyed it, even at 6am in the dark, cold, mizzle and on one day, sleet. On the ‘long run’ day […]

Seasons greetings

This week I have been writing my Christmas cards. In addition to all of the usual recipients, this year I’ve included B’s consultants and even his health insurance provider. I don’t think it hurts to thank people at the same time as spreading some festive cheer. And you never know, there may come a time […]