My Macmillan Star!

"It's the most wonderful time of the year"... I am a firm believer of that, as a self confessed Christmas lover; however, for many people it can provoke sadness, something which I am well acquainted with. 

I'm sure Cancer is an illness which is close to many people's hearts and has no doubt affected many of you in some way.  For me, it is something I'm only too familiar with after my dad lost his battle to a cancerous brain tumour back in May 2011 when I was 17 years old. It's hard. Ridiculously hard. There's no way of dressing it up, but it is something that starts to get easier over time. I think you just learn to live with it... well, you have to. Over the last 3 and a half years I have learnt a lot about myself, and become even more grateful for the amazing family and friends I have around me; also, I have learnt that there's no "set time" to get over the death of someone you love... everyone has their own way of coping. I like to think of it as a wound... it will never fully heal, but over time, the hole gets smaller.

When driving to dinner a couple of weeks ago with my boyfriend, I heard an appeal on the radio for Macmillan cancer support. The idea is that you text the number to donate £5, and in return they send you a star to hang on your christmas tree in memory of someone you love. As soon as I hear to advert, I text the number.... it's for such an amazing cause and I think the idea behind this christmas capping is wonderful. 

A few days ago now, my star arrived in the post and so yesterday, I decided to find a picture to put in it and hang it on my tree.  It looks really lovely, and it's a great sentiment as whenever I look at it I remember all the great memories of my dad and all the things we did, and it just helps coping with him not being here  - especially during such a family orientated time of year - that little bit easier. 

I am aware this is more of a personal post on my behalf, but I wanted to share this great cause with you all, and in some respects, I think you all know me better for it.

If you're dealing with the loss of someone you love to cancer or anything else, no matter when it happened; just keep going.... you're doing amazing!


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