Will You Bend My Spoon? 
My brothers will love this next bit! Yesterday I had an email from some lovely friends who told me that someone special they knew would like to talk to me. I emailed them my phone number and, lo and behold, last night I received a phone call from none other than Uri Geller! Yes, that would be THE Uri Geller of the bent spoons that we used to watch and wonder at all those years ago. I distinctly remember my youngest brother Cory going through every possible type of spoon in the house in an attempt to create a kink without exerting any force. In fact, most dessert spoons in our house were warped in some way as Cory was desperate to add the ‘spoon-bending’ trick to his repertoire when he was going through his ‘magician phase’ (that was before the farm boy ‘look my pet chicken will go riding with me on my handlebars’ trick). My other brother Wayne then decided that he had psychic powers and tried repeatedly to make Cory disappear, but without success. After a brief period, where Cory got lost in the supermarket regularly, Wayne decided to turn his psychic powers to more visible and spectacular effects like making Dad’s homemade ginger beer bottles pop their corks in the garage when no-one was there. Anyway, I digress………

So Uri phoned and we had a fantastic chat about the power of the mind and the importance of positive thinking. He is now a highly sought after motivational speaker travelling the world to present at various conferences and seminars and he also does a lot of charity work and work with sick children. I was very impressed by his calm and convincing manner. He seemed genuine and believable, and he said some amazing things. One of the most valuable things he told me, which I was so pleased to hear, was that I should stay happy, laugh a lot and surround myself with people who are optimistic and cheerful. So for that reason, you can only come near me if you have a joke, a chocolate reindeer or an offer of a trip to Bluewater with lunch included. (Uri didn’t specifically mention retail therapy but I feel sure he was implying that anything with a ‘feel good factor’ was an integral part of recovery from cancer.) All joking aside, it was certainly a highlight of my week to speak to such an inspirational man and I keep repeating our conversation in my head to help keep me positive.

I also had a great day at the Breast Cancer Haven in London where I learnt so much more about nutrition and reducing the ‘toxic’ load in our lives. I met some lovely people in the same situation as me and it was nice to be in a place where you know people understand exactly what you are feeling. Mum flew back to Australia yesterday so we are all missing her and wondering where the instructions for the washing machine are, as we have forgotten how to use it. I think she will be glad to get some warmth and sunshine after several weeks of rain here! Better go and listen to my relaxation tape. See you later, Deb x

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