It's all been a bit radio silent from me for the last month or so as I had my final reconstructive operation and have been recuperating quietly at home (this heatwave was perfectly timed and the tan's coming along nicely - thanks weather!)
I'm thrilled to say that this week I was discharged by my surgeon, the very lovely Mr Mansoor Khan, who has stitched me up and put me back together beautifully. It's great to know that my treatment is all done and dusted, and neatly within 12 calendar months of my diagnosis too. So it's back to work now with a renewed sense of purpose, knowing that I won't have to pack my camera away for any more extended periods while I recover from this, or that operation. It's a great feeling ;-)
My breast cancer portraits really seem to have captured the imagination of the wider public, which is wonderful, and I've had the great pleasure of photographing some amazing ladies as they seek to feel good about themselves once again. There's another blog post coming about that, but for now I wanted to tell you about running (well, trotting is probably more accurate) the Race for Life in Salisbury this morning. Boy it was hot. By 10am the thermometer was already reading 27°C and us ladies, mostly clad in pink, were already 'glowing delicately' while we waited for the off. First though I had to get on stage and talk to several thousand said ladies about my experience with breast cancer and the photography service I now offer as a result of my experience. I hope I didn't blither on too much! It was the first run I'd done since my op, but it felt good to be back out there and looking at all the messages of support pinned to the backs of the other runners there was this lovely bubble of positivity as we all slogged round the course in ridiculous heat. Never has a Calippo tasted so good when I'd finished! Here I am with my two little supporters...
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