Happy Christmas 

Tonight I took my Pump class again for the first time since I was diagnosed on the 29th of October. I am still on a high. Although I couldn’t do some things like the press ups, I managed ok and maybe some people may not have noticed that my operation was quite recent. The hardest thing was having to use such low weights, especially as I felt able to use more at times. However, I am not supposed to use my right arm much due to increasing the risk of lymphoedema so I wasn’t going to create any complications now!

I cannot tell you really what it is about teaching fitness that I love so much, but tonight was like ‘coming home’ after a long and uncomfortable absence. I so love being there with everyone and still I would say that the most difficult thing about coming to terms with my diagnosis is not the cancer itself, but the fact that I have been ‘thrown out of my life’ and cannot do one of the things I most love doing.

I think that there is something extraordinary about being privileged enough to take a class through an hour of instruction. Tonight was certainly a highlight for me. One of the amazing things is the people in my classes. I would choose each and every one of them as a friend if I met them in another walk of life, so it makes spending time with them all the more enjoyable. So here I am, eating another reindeer and having a very nice glass of wine (given to me tonight by some lovely people). I find myself mulling over how ironic it is that after several different career stages, ranging from teaching to editing, I have only just found the best job in the world in the past three years and now I have to give it up. Hopefully just for 6 months or so. I am sure there is a reason somewhere, but right now I fail to see it. Well, of course it could be that the poor unsuspecting members of my classes get to have a break for a while…..!

I am off to St Lucia for two weeks on Sunday so I won’t be posting for a while. I will have a cocktail by the ocean for you, under a gently swaying palm tree…..Some of me may return more quickly than others if my new and most valuable left breast should escape from its special hiding place in my bathers and float in the opposite direction to the rest of my body! That could bring a whole new species to the jelly fish family!

Have a lovely Christmas to you all and I hope you bring in the New Year in style! I will miss your funny and supportive comments on my blog whilst I am away but I look forward to more to come. I cannot begin to thank you all for your support over the last two months – whether it came in the form of sincere comment, a funny story, a delicious meal, a special card or a chocolate (usually fashioned in the shape of a reindeer) I have taken much strength and determination from your concern for me . It is because of you that I can see a positive light at the end of this rather gloomy tunnel. Thank you. And see you soon. Lots of love, Deb x

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