Just before Christmas last year, my dad was diagnosed with cancer which cast a huge shadow over our lives and our Christmas. In the new year we thought we had good news and that it could be operated on but by March they had discovered it had spread and was terminal. Fortunately, the treatment (to and from hospital all year) has contained it so he's as ok as can be expected really and good blood test results recently.
The stress has taken its toll and I have had some meltdowns at work in terms of my confidence and state of mind. I have good days and bad days but overall am feeling better in light of the latest test results.
There's always someone worse off than yourself so I am not pretending to be the only one who suffers but concerns over a mild winter are laughable at the side of this and remember that one winter, no matter how many mild one's we have, will be very cold indeed and we will celebrate.
I leave you with some inspirational music I put on a CD for my dad. Our situation doesn't affect you but I'd like it if some of you would listen to this piece of music as my dad appreciated it very much indeed. The genius that is Hans Zimmer: