Category Archives: surgery

The Invisible Scars

I caught my reflection in the bathroom mirror this morning and was taken a-back by how well the surgical scars are healing. My plastic surgeon was really quite masterful and it’s only now I’m starting to see this. The physical … Continue reading

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Having the time of my life

The second of January is always a day of reflection for me. It was on this day thirty-five years ago that I underwent an above-knee amputation for bone cancer; the day my life dramatically changed course. This was followed by … Continue reading

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Letting go of 2014

In stark contrast to how I felt on the last day of 2013, I have had a great struggle with letting go of 2014. Twelve months ago I thought that 2014 would be the year that I would bounce right … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Monument

The Mount Macedon Memorial Cross is a monument to those who served in the world wars.  This photo was taken on ANZAC Day, April 25th, last year. If you look closely you will see the wreaths laid at its base … Continue reading

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An expression of gratitude

“You don’t hate me, do you?” I was shocked by the question. “No way! You and the people here saved my life!” Did this gentle man really think that the children he’d operated on had gone through life hating him? … Continue reading

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Unfinished poetry

Thirty years ago today I wrote a poem. I don’t have a strong recollection of writing this poem, although I do remember clearly the day I wrote it. It was January 2nd, 1984 and I spent a wonderful day with … Continue reading

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God give me patience…..but hurry!

The lessons I have learnt over the past 3 weeks have been hard. I still don’t know what to make of it all, but I’m waiting until I can get off the roller coaster, sit on the grass, catch my … Continue reading

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