Some people your meant to meet.
Our first cancer break this year was in June. The cottage was back up and running and the break was gifted to an old friend of mine Viv.
A lass from my home town she had recently finished 20 plus weeks of radiotherapy at claterbridge hospital for two agresive tumours in her neck.
She is one of the most funny hard working and kind people i know
So I was beyond relieved when the news came she was in the clear.
So Viv and her partner Julie were coming back to.the canal.
The week before they were due to come I received a message from a mutual.friend Sharon
Asking how many bedrooms are in the retreat?
She asks if she can come down the same time as Viv and Julie her friend Bex has cancer she has two young children and is struggling she’s terminal
Yes of course she can come you and Bex can have a week to yourselves I tell her.
But Sharon goes on to tell me she has a broken foot can’t drive and so if they can all come together that would we better.
So after discussing it with Viv and Julie
They all meet up and agree to come together.
Now as I said they are from my hometown.
Salt of the earth so we go into overdrive to make sure everything is perfect for them this is our grand opening after the flood damage.
I was a little worried about the journey here they were coming in Sharon’s beetle
Julie driving as Sharon has a big boot on protecting her foot.
Thankfully they arrived safely but tired .
Bex fitted in from the start.
Bear in mind that I’d known the others for 20 plus years
Funny, bubbly with a wicked sense of humour.
She was so relieved to get away from ‘ cancer’ to just be Bex on holiday with the girls.
We sat around my fire pit on warm evenings drank red wine laughed lots shared stories hopes dreams
Went over to vivs favorite place the mumbles had lunch and sat by the sea.
Lost Sharon’s car keys spent a hour looking for them
Found them in a flower bed 🙈🤣
Bex said she wanted to walk up a mountain she was wearing a back brace due to weakness caused by cancer so Everest was out of the question.
But the tide was out and the light house stood on a small mountain.
Fancy that I asked nodding at the small mountain.
She laughed do you think I’ll make it up?
Yeah why not.
Go on then I prompted..
You not coming with me she asked..
If you want me to or do you want time on your own?
She smiled and off she went.
I sat on beach with my baby grand daughter and watched her become smaller and smaller as she climbed up towards the light house
Viv Julie and shaz where on the pier I walked up to them
Look I sad pointing at the tiny figure striding purposely up towards the light house.
The three of us watched as she got to the top.
Stood beside the light house sun shining wind in her hair
Arms outstretched to the sky .
This is what the retreat is about I thought
I felt so proud of her.
She stood up there for awhile then took her time walking back across the causeway.
She almost shone.
That was amazing she said.
I was just ME with the wind in my hair .
That’s the picture of her I shall keep in my head that day by the light house.
The rest of their time with us flew by.
Viv and Bex had healings and reflexology.
Although trying to get Viv to relax is a task in itself
And all too soon they were leaving with another holiday booked with us
Hugs and kisses exchanged and they drove off the canal top down on the car singing to the radio four beautiful lasses with so much to give.
Since then Bex got married went to Italy and sadly cancer became more aggressive.
She never lost that warrior spirit raising £670 having her hair cut last week for the retreat.
I bloody love that canal.she told me on video chat.
I’ll be back watch out for me.
I don’t doubt you will I laughed .
She died yesterday peacefully in her beloved Liverpool.
She knew it was time
I’m so glad I met her what a girl.
I see her smiling wind in her hair on top of a mountain.
You asked me when we were doing your healing what I believed.
I told you energy can’t die. It can only go on.
I like that you said.
You were a bundle of beautiful energy Bex.
See you on the canal soon my friend.