All posts filed under: Blog-tober

That’s A Wrap

Woweeee…. What a month and what an experience to write specifically about my life before, during and after breast cancer. It certainly took me back in time that’s for sure and that in itself wasn’t always easy. Every time I completed an article I would find myself with mixed emotions… Pure joy… in celebrating how far I have come physically and mentally. Fear… because talking about it, refreshed the question of what if I suffer a recurrence? Gratitude… for the fact my words reached and touched so many people, I was incredibly moved by the kind, honest and grateful feedback I received. Anxiety… both from a little pressure on myself to write well and often, but mostly the emotions being felt all over again, leaving you with that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. When I wrote, my memories were felt vividly. Bravery… I respect myself so much more having reflected on what I went through and bravery in the fact that I shared really personal aspects of my life for the world to …

Simplify.

Can we have it all? All at the same time… All working harmoniously and simultaneously… All with equal prioritisation… All with equal attention and focus… What am I talking about? The ‘all’ refers to all the different pieces, or facets of life, (the ‘slices of cake’). Can we eat the whole cake? Should we eat the whole cake? No… I don’t believe that would be healthy for us, both literally and metaphorically. Why? If we try and cram too many pieces or facets into our everyday world, we will overindulge, we will eventually feel sick and eventually it will all come unstuck. Who struggles with balance? Work, kids, hobbies, ‘me’ time, relationship time, family time, study time, exercise, healthy eating, cooking, kids sport, extra curricular, chasing dreams, working on a project, working on yourself??? How do we get the balance right? For me it’s piece-by-piece… It’s imperfection and it’s a constant balance between learning and listening to myself, my intuition. If you feel torn between two facets of life and it leaves you feeling like …

Go Easy on Yourself.

I’m back after two days of ‘missing in action’… though I was not short of action with plenty to be done, places to attend, business to sort and a never ending list of things to organise. With that being said, you can understand why my words needed to be put on hold whilst I was living life… And so, I granted myself a reprieve to get through a couple of busy days. Let’s do a little re-cap and make up for day twenty-six, twenty-seven and the fabulous, ‘sunshiny’ day twenty-eight… If you do nothing else but scroll to the bottom and read the section in Pink… then you will gain the key message from this particular blog. Sending smiles and sunshine for your weekend ahead.  Also – my garden is blooming, I just LOVE this time of year. In my shoes for a few spring days… I then went on to write precisely 492 words below, which I have omitted, because I didn’t think anyone would really need to know, nor would be interested in my movements over the past three days…. …

Time Out

Sometimes you need to know when to take a break… Today is that time for me. This week I have been very busy with Ellie’s (my daughter) crohns disease flaring up, toing and froing from tests and liaising with her doctors to whether her treatment would proceed this week due to infection etc. Today I didn’t have time to place the finishing touches on a blog. I was busy with the kids all day and then chose to take them to afternoon tea instead of rushing home to study, prep dinner and polish a blog. It got to after dinner and I thought SH*T I nearly forgot to blog. My remaining topics were too much to punch out prior to bed. So… here I am typing in bed, very ready to fall asleep and recognising in myself that sometimes you just need to take a break. We all lead such busy lives these days, squashing in so many events and extra curricular activities, running our children around, organising and adhering to medical schedules that we …

What about invisible illnesses?

What happens when you are unwell, but nobody knows? Nobody knows the pain behind closed doors, the perseverance shown despite things not being ok? What if you were unwell and nobody ever really understood, in fact, a very small percentage of people you cross in your lifetime will ever truly ‘GET IT’? What if you knew that you would battle this illness for the rest of your life? There is treatment, however, there is no cure? What if one treatment caused another problem which lead to another treatment or procedure, and another problem… and it all just kept going round and round with no real long term solution? What if you’re ‘good’ for a few months and then you’re not, but people say, ‘Why, what’s happening now”? Like there is a new issue, even though, this is a pattern that becomes your life. Let me introduce you to my beautiful daughter Ellie and every other Crohns Disease or IBD fighter on the planet. My daughter has been through hell and back. She is polite, well …

One Life – The Blog in the Media

The month of October is breast cancer awareness month across all fundraising organisations such as the Cancer Council, Jane McGrath, National Breast Cancer Foundation, Pink Hope and the list goes on. In particular, the Cancer Council host pink ribbon day each year and the Riverina celebrated this day on Friday of last week. Nationally, pink ribbon day is tomorrow (24 October). Last week I was both surprised and honoured, in being asked to comment on two media avenues. Firstly the beautiful Nicole Barlow approached me to do a personal story in light of pink ribbon day, she wrote a lovely piece in the Daily Advertiser and I felt extremely appreciative of the fact they found my blog beneficial in awareness, hence promoting it to other woman in the Riverina. I first met Nicole over twelve months ago when I was an ambassador for the Biggest Morning tea (see story here).   I felt extremely happy when Nicole and I were talking and reflecting on my life and what I’ve been up to since we chatted …

Busy Having Fun!

I thought it was timely to take my own advice, after sharing three days of reality I knew I wanted to pick things up. In saying that, I honestly believe that whilst I shared some difficult sentiments of facing cancer, I also highlighted just how important life is and why you should make the most of it… celebrate life and enjoy life. So that’s why, my blog stops here today… I’m off to my first ever Melbourne races (Cox Plate) and I endeavour to soak it up and not worry about getting a blog up in time.  Whilst I know it would be entertaining for me to post a blog after a day of champagne, I won’t do that to you all. So today… I’m busy having fun! Happy Saturday everyone… you can see some pics of my day on Instagram (@becbraid). Bec x P.S. I have been receiving some beautiful and warm messages of support from likewise beautiful people.  I always write back to everyone, so bare with me getting back to you as I’m …