Hello there everyone, another guest blog coming your way - don’t worry it’s not Teenie, it’s Rona. For those who do not know me I am one of Mairead's younger sisters.
I never thought writing a blog could be so difficult. I have been sitting here for nearly an hour trying to figure out what to say…
Well, since it’s New Year’s Eve it seems only right to reflect on 2010. Maireads shock diagnosis at the end of May changed everyone’s life. Overnight everything had to be different. Thinking back on that time it’s almost as if we were all suddenly transported into this new world. Everything changed. Initially it seemed impossible to envisage things ever getting better, my whole family were heartbroken and scared and I don’t think anyone knew what to do or how to move forward. So I guess it seems easy to think back on 2010 with negative emotions. We have all been faced with difficult times, Mairead more so than anyone else.
However, there have been some positive outcomes. The way Mairead has dealt with the cancer and everything that comes along with it is inspirational. She has shown courage, strength and a determination to fight. The love and support of family and friends has been truly amazing and we are all so thankful for this. Additionally, we managed to raise over £10,000 for Cancer research UK, an amount that will most definitely have an impact to the work of this charity. Most importantly what has happened this year should hopefully give everyone a new sense of perspective. It has done so for me and I intend to make the most of 2011.
We are currently with Mairead in the hospital and shall bring in the New Year here. As we normally spend the New Year with family in Skye it certainly feels different. Hey everyone in Skye – don’t miss us too much!
Teenie and Ruth are currently trying to persuade Mairead to put some make-up on. Mairead has agreed if Teenie does not speak for 10 mins, blissful. James and Ally are watching Step Up 3 and now all pumped up for a dance off – who do you think would win?
2010 may always be remembered as the year Mairead was diagnosed with cancer but 2011 will be remembered as the year in which she fought it.