Come Away With Me To Ireland and Beating Cancer

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Hello out there, how are you coping? I hope life is treating you well, despite everything. If you feel overwhelmed, remember you are not alone. We all feel like this, and you are in my prayers daily.

I am a bit embarrassed. Last week I told you I start chemotherapy and then didn’t. I got an infection and the doctor decided to wait a week. They gave me antibiotics, and they seem to work. So today, I am not writing; I stared chemo because when I am writing this, I do not know if I start or not.

How am I coping? Ok at the moment but the week before chemo should have started was a hard one. The best husband and I tried to figure out how to deal with shielding. The advice in the UK is that everybody who has his or her immune system compromised should keep to their own. So, in theory, I should stay in one room on my own and just get out to the bathroom when no one is around. Not possible in a small house like ours.

Image of a young woman having her hand on her breast. Several glas candle holders and a shadow which appears to be a monk
Image by Grae Dickason from Pixabay

So we compromised. I will wear gloves and something over my nose and mouth at all times. The best husband already strips down when he comes home, puts his clothes in the washing machine, and has a shower before we come close. He also disinfects everything he took with him that can’t be washed. And we will clean all surfaces after use as best as we can. And we don’t worry about the virus because if we do, we certainly catch it. That must do.

Otherwise I occupy myself with reading, blogging, TV, light housework and every now and then some gardening. Since my operation I have only been out of the house to go to the hospital and go for a walk in the morning. I just fully started this last week because tiredness is one side effect of chemotherapy which can be counter acted with light exercise.

And I started to learn Dutch via Duolingo and to improve my French with reading books in French. I found out that you can translate foreign language books with google translate if you highlight what you need to have translated on google books. That is ingenious. I read a sentence and try to understand as much as I can. Then I look it up with google translate. I know its translations aren’t always perfect but its better than using a dictionary.

image of a dilapidated hut in an Irish coastal landscape
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Not to forget my ” beating cancer” project ” Come Away With Me.” This week I am rather excited because our journey leads us to Ireland, one of my favorite countries in the world. I was lucky enough to travel around the republic of Ireland ( Northern Ireland is part of the UK) in 1992. I can’t believe that it is nearly 30 years ago. Ireland was a different place then. More rural and, of course, the conflict in the North made everything more difficult.

I had met my first husband when doing a gap year and luckily he liked travelling. So at the end of said gap year we decided to visit Ireland a place I always wanted to see basically because the rumour went there are many people with red hair. I don’t remember seeing many more than otherwise but it was a wonderful journey. We went from the West of Germany by car to Belgium and from there too via ferry to Dover in the UK. We then manoeuvred our way around London to Fishguard in Wales. Again a ferry and two days after we started we managed to end up in Ireland’s Roeselare.

Colourful houses in Kinsale
Image by Klaus Hausmann from Pixabay

Our plan was to go around the coast of Ireland and camp, which worked very well. What stood out most for me were the people we met. In Kinsale, a young woman asked us for money, but she didn’ just wanted to beg. She sang us a song. A shopkeeper told us that the Irish prefered Germans to the British because they fought the Brits in the war. I found that rather strange to hear, but it also made me feel welcomed because German tourists didn’t have the best of reputations.

We met two German students in Waterford. After chatting for a while, they figured we were camping and never had stayed in a B&B, so they offered us to stay with them. So we did. But it was night by the time they took us o heir house in the middle of nowhere. Literally. I got somewhat scared bu just at that moment one of them said:” Don’t worry, we live entirely remote, we are not going to kill you,” and all of us laughed.

Image of a ancient lighthouse called the beacon in Baltimore Ireland
Image by Klaus Hausmann from Pixabay

And then there was that pub in Baltimore, I think (yes there is Baltimore in Ireland 😉 ). It had a music festival on, and a band of three were playing. Their expressions were severe, like they were playing for the government. Suddenly a patron stood up, grabbed an accordion, sat down with them, and played as fast as them with exactly the same expression on his face. You can’t make it up.

Ireland’s pub had to shut down at 11pm in those days. So the landlord called for the last orders at a quarter to 11. Then he asked the audience to close the curtains behind them and the concert went on until 1am. It was awesome! Oh, and we were in Hollywood too :-). That lies in the Wicklow Mountains by the way 😉

I know that Ireland today is a different place than then but I am still very fond of the country and hope to have the chance to visit it again with the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world. And to give you an idea how the country looks like a video by Wandering Wolf and their journey around the island.

video credit: Wandering Wolf via YouTube

Ireland is renowned for its musicians, and at least when we were there back in the day, there were musicians everywhere. It was brilliant. The band I have chosen today is called TOUCAN and consists of 10 musicians all from the county of Munster but different towns. They brought out their debut album last year and are on tour on and off. Conor Clancy and Martin Atkinson, the founders of TOUCAN, played together at a house party in 2015 and thought about creating a band. But it didn’t hit off until recently when they started to play live shows. But find out more at ILoveLimerick and their page. And now to one of their songs without more words.

video credit: TOUCAN via YouTube

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday April 26th, 2020

I am taking a somewhat random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Great Britain. Find out about interesting musicians from the UK on the Culture Trip page.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks, my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. May the fourth be with you 😉

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We Can Do It but what day is it anyway? (27.3.2020 just so you know!!!!!)

Hello dear readers, how are you doing? Maybe I shouldn’ ask this question at the moment? I still try to get my head around how life has changed since I had my operation and I suspect I am not the only one who thinks “reality” has become even more surreal than it was anyway.

However, my spiritual habits haven’t changed. I still send out my blessings to all of you daily. So if you feel like everything gets too much, know that someone thinks of you and believes you can do it!

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When I saw this quote, I immediately thought: “Now isn’t that true!”. All this panic buying that is going on all over the so-called “first” world societies is utterly driven by fear and not by reality. There is enough food. People just buy faster than any shop can fill up the shelves. And at the same time, food waste must have doubled because there is only so much you can eat no matter how much you hoard. What unnecessary waste that could have fed a nurse or cleaner who will help you when you get ill.

But enough of the moaning. We won’t do it if we concentrate on covidiots. Not that I have any answers but I strongly feel that motivating posts are more needed than ever. So I decided to step out of my cancer-induced reading spree and send you some encouragement, ideas and a giggle that might brighten your day.

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Can you remember what day it is? Yes, it’s really Friday but I can’t get rid of the feeling that in quarantine countries that day has lost its valour. “We ARE home! Please let us out!” you might cry in desperation. Sorry, my dears, I can’t give that but guess what? There is a blog event for that 😉

Linda over at “Life in Progress” has started the “What day is it anyway” blog event. She invites us all to share a little of our new daily routines, struggles and successes. She writes: “

Why I’m writing this post:

Because if you’re like me and stuck at home already, or if you’re going to be like me soon, the days of the week are going to be hell to keep track of. We have a wonderful community here on WordPress and all over the Internet as well, and I’m sure many people are feeling nervous and/or isolated. I want to make sure every one of us has somewhere to congregate and someone to talk to.

I want everyone to know that you can start discussions with each other in the comments, and if you’d like to write your own “What Day is it Anyway?” post, you can link to this one. Hashtag #WDIIA.

Let’s keep in touch!

And I can only encourage you to take her up on the offer 🙂 . Here is her post from yesterday.

Yesterday, was the first day where I felt I could walk around a little and do something. It’s nearly a week that my operation was done ( lymph node clearance and removal of Tumor) and up to Wednesday, I was riddled with a drain and a bottle. The drain sat at the back under my left arm, which made sleeping a little tricky. At first, it didn’t bother me that much because I was still full of painkillers from the hospital. But on Monday my stomach had enough of all the chemicals it wasn’t used to so it put on a full-on revolt. After talking to my GP, I went on stomach tablets and left the more potent painkillers out. Paracetamol must do it. My stomach is now ok, but I am a little more in pain, and I felt the drain more. Luckily, it stopped draining by Tuesday, and the community nurse came along on Wednesday to take it out. What a relief. 🙂

I am posting this post at half twelve in the morning, so I can’t say much about today yet 😉 . Yesterday though I had for the first time some mind to start doing stuff. Yes, I am supposed to do stuff. No moving the furniture or writing for hours (typing with one hand is rather cumbersome I can tell you 🙂 ) but making a cup of tea and walking up the garden is absolutely fine. And that’s what I did. I even took to ripping out some dried up sweet peas so I could guide the new ones where I wanted them.

image of wooden trellis and sweet pea shoots growing along

Then I went inside and wrote this post. That’s currently enough to make me feel like I climbed Mount Everest 😉 . But don’t worry I’ll make it because I’m teaching myself to always look on the bright side of life.

video credit: Monty Python via YouTube

But humour aside what do you do all day at home? I assume if you have children or pets, it won’t be a problem to fill your time, but if you are alone? What about learning something new? Last year I had started a new download for my newsletter, which was called “101 Learning Possibilities for (mostly) free” and collected lots of links to pages where you can learn things for free. Some of them are entirely free, some have upgrades for their courses, and some just ask for a fee for proving you took part. In the next few days I’ll share some of them with you, and maybe you find something you always wanted to learn, and now you have the time to do it:

Academic Earth: The US site Academic Earth was launched in 2009 with the idea, that everybody deserves a high quality education. They started with college courses from first-class universities which are offered in video lists and broadened it to University courses. As far as I can see you cannot gain a degree with them or get a certificate, however, you can gain insight into many topics on University level and keep up-to-date in your field for free. The good thing here is that you do not need to sign up: Just choose your topic and start watching. Acadoceo: Acadoceo offers a vast range of free articles from improving study abilities to advice for startups. They also have an academy that you need to sign up for. However, there are only three courses available one of which is “How to start a WordPress Blog”. This topic is available widely for free on the internet so I feel its not yet necessary to sign up here.

Alison: Alison is one of the oldest free online learning organisations. They offer courses on topics from healthcare to lifestyle, and if you finish your course with an assessment score of 80%, you can become an Alison Graduate. There are certificates that you can purchase to add to your CV. Unfortunately, they fund themselves via advertising, which can be a little annoying. However, if you have 50£ to spare you can have it ad-free. It’s an easy way to learn in your own time, and the learners’ dashboard shows your stats which can be very motivating.

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So peeps I am done here. Mount Everest is climbed, and I deserve to wander off to the long earth or simply to a cup of tea.

Take care of yourselves, be kind and don’t give up because we can do it!

video credit: Radio Free Europe via YouTube

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me for cancer is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

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Come Away With Me To Estonia & Beating Cancer

Hello dear readers, how are you rocking and rolling this week? I hope it is to a joyful tune and if not then feel good vibes coming your way. You can do it! No matter what you are facing!

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I decided to make the “Come Away With Me” Musical Challenge my project to beat cancer. I love to travel, and while I can’t at the moment because of my situation and our decision to instead going on holiday to paying a mortgage, our last one was in 2015.

So I go traveling virtually. I love to watch travel programs, read travel blogs, and now to visit every country on this lovely planet and find an exciting musician. You can find out which country I have planned to visit over the next couple of years here on the “Come Away With Me Musical Challenge” page.

Brainyquote Image with quote about music by Jean Paul
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Well, I hope beating cancer won’t need several years. At the end of this week, I will have managed the first stage. I am going to have an operation to have my lymph nodes and two affected areas from my breast removed. Thank goodness, I am not losing my breast. It is rather astonishing to me how much I was relieved to hear that. I never had a particularly good relationship with my body but would hate to lose any part of it.

My mother’s cancer also started on the left breast so maybe I subconsciously connect this measurement with a worse outcome. Who knows. I don’t want to fret over it because the only way for me is to beat it! (Yes, that ancient Michael Jackson song comes into my head a lot recently 😉 )

As long as no complications happen, I’ll be out the same day and can recover at home with the help of the best husband (Jeremy Clarkson voice) in the world and a district nurse. That suits me very well. The breast care nurse assured me that my operation would only be postponed if the whole hospital is shut down because of coronavirus, and it doesn’t look like its come that close yet.

However, that virus is rather resourceful when it comes to infecting people so who knows. But I have to admit I am not bothered. What comes, comes, and I will roll with it.

So, we are travelling to Estonia today. I do not know much about those little Baltic countries. Estonia sits at the Eastern end of the Baltic sea nestled between Latvia and Russia. From what I can see on its homepage “Visit Estonia” it’s cities and towns look rather mediaeval, and the Estonians are into fashion, food and music. Sounds a lovely country to visit as far as I am concerned 🙂 .

Photo of Talinn in Estonia by Falco
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I think the Hairy Bikers went to Estonia on their Baltic Tour in their “Northern Exposure” series. I seem to remember a lot of foraging and modern cuisine going on but maybe I am mistaken. Enough though of geography and food. Let’s have a look at Estonia’s musicians.

For today’s post, I had a look at the Music Estonia page, and it’s a database of musicians. There seems a lot of Jazz and electronic music going on, but I chose a folk musician. There is nothing like a good accordion tune. I have to admit I used to hate the accordion and found it quite funny that a friend of mine learned it in school. Not that my recorder learning was much better LOL.

However, I have learned in the last couple of years that you can make rather experimental music with oldfashioned instruments and Tuulikki Bartoski’s tune “Tempest in a Teacup” fully captured me:

Video Credit: Tuulikki Bartosik via YouTube

How on earth do you come up with a title like that? You know how much I love my cup or mug of tea, and there has been enough tempest in my life to fill a thousand teacups ;-). This title is brilliant in my books 🙂 .

So who is Tuulikki Bartosik? Arusa Qureshi from The List wrote about her music: Bartosik blends the traditional with the experimental, with small phrases and her occasional wordless vocal accompaniment providing unexpected surges of emotion. The character and feeling that she injects into her compositions and arrangements allows for a renewed appreciation of the accordion as a contemporary instrument.

Tuulikki grew up in the South of the country in which two ethnic minorities reside. They are the Seto and Voro people with a distinct language and culture. Voro is captured on Wikitongues online library of endangered languages. Unfortunately, I could not find out more about either group.

They are native peoples of Estonia, and I assume that their culture is closely linked to the Sami people of Northern Scandinavia. But your guess is as good as mine, and unfortunately, I don’t have any time to research that further.

Tuulikki Bartosik has several music projects and is working with musicians from all over the world. She has two albums out but collaborated with several musicians, for example, with Hanna James, fellow accordionist and clog dancer. Doesn’t feel like I could find out much about Tuulikki Bartosik but maybe she’ll find more success in our countries and then we’ll hear more.

Are you intrigued by my musical journey around the world? Then feel free to take part. And here are the suggestions on how to do so:

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 16th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Belarus. Find out about interesting musicians on the BelarusGuide page about music.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part.
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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And now for something different 😉

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Boudicca Appeal

I would also like to encourage you to support the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Appeal. They are fundraising 800 000£ to create a dedicated breast cancer unit. The hospital today sees almost double as many breast cancer patients than they did five years ago. That is an enormous rise and puts a lot of pressure on the current facilities and staff. 

For me, that meant so far five journeys to Norwich within a month. That is between 35 and 45 minutes travel each way and the worry, not knowing what comes. On Thursday the 5th of March, we went again. We found out that my cancer needs an operation and probably radiotherapy. But I won’t know for sure until two weeks after the operation. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me. 

They say on their page they want to build:” An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results.”

That would help a lot. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. So it is essential to create better facilities for breast cancer care. The staff I have met so far are doing an excellent job. They are so caring, being extremely effective and supportive. They do deserve a better work environment.

So please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

And just to make sure you recognise the symptoms of breast cancer here a video that tells you all about it.

video credit: Oncology Central/MacMillan via YouTube

So, despite everything have a wonderful week, my dear friends, and don’t forget: You rock!

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Happy Music Monday to you all!

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Good News Tuesday is back on “The Bee Writes…”

Hello, out there all you good people of the blogosphere. How are you doing? I hope you are well, and life is treating you well. And if you have a challenge to face, then know that my thoughts and prayers are with you!

It’s Tuesday, and I think we all need some good news with Coronavirus, Brexit and lots of other challenges around. So isn’t it good that JoAnna of “Anything is Possible” hosts “Good News Tuesday?” I think it is brilliant.

First of all, I want to say thank you to all who have been kind to me in the last couple of weeks and include me in their prayers, take part in my blog events or just think of me. Even though I do not know yet at what stage my breast cancer is I feel carried by a wave of positive energy from family, friends and even strangers. I think that is an enormous help to face whatever it is that’s coming my way.

That is why I looked for a good news story about helping and encouraging cancer patients, and I did not have to look long. Over in the United States, Gina Mulligan created the non-profit charity “Girls Love Mail” after she received hundreds of letters when she was fighting cancer. She said she realised that a supportive letter has the power to heal and I absolutely believe in this. (please follow the link underneath if the video does not play here on the blog)

Video Source: Girls Love Mail via YouTube

Yesterday, I let you know about the breast cancer care unit the hospital I attend is fundraising for. But I know that not everybody has money to give away but still wants to do something. So if you like to write a good old handwritten letter and help a woman newly diagnosed with breast cancer then check out Girls Love Mail and support them in any way you feel you can. And please remember: you rock no matter what you do!!!!!

Also, find out what the Good News Network wrote about Gina and “Girls Love Mail”. Thank you very much!

This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. Please head over and find more wonderful and inspiring stories. Thanks!

Happy Tuesday to you all despite everything!

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Come Away With Me Musical Challenge and Beating Cancer

Hello dear readers, how are you? I hope life is treating you well, but if you have a challenge to face, that you always have someone at your side to have your back.

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I am going to face a new challenge this year that changed my blogging plans for 2020. At the end of January, I told a little of what I had planned for my blogs. Shortly afterwards I was diagnosed with primary breast cancer.

On Thursday, I will find out how the doctors at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals have planned my treatment. I fear that I won’t have as much time or mind for blogging for some time, depending on what’s coming my way. So I am going to concentrate on this blog to share my journey to beat cancer. Thanks for your patience.

Introducing Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge

In December I started a musical journey around the world with my Music Monday posts. After “Love Is In Da Blog 2020” finished, I pondered how I am going to deal with my cancer journey. Do I want to blog? Do I want to share what’s coming? And how do I deal the best with the knowledge that the illness that took my mother now has caught up with me too?

I so enjoyed to share music with fellow bloggers and also to discover music from other countries than the UK and the United States in February. There are musical universes out there that we know nothing of and that are beautiful and exhilarating. I believe I need an exciting project to get me through my journey to beat cancer. So I invite you to take part in “Come Away With Me Musical Challenge” every Monday. Discover music from all countries of the world with me. You can find all the information and countries to discover music here on the “Come Away With Me Musical Challenge” page.

There will be information on what country to visit the next Monday and a link to find some music, bands, musicians from that country so you have something to start with after my Music Monday post.

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Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country Norway

So let’s start with today’s country Norway. Yes, it’s not that unknown musically. There is AHA and Aurora and many others but do we really hear a lot of music from this Scandinavian country? I checked out “Life In Norway’s” post “Famous Norwegians Bands” and discovered some that I did not realise were Norwegian like Kygo for example. But the one that I want to introduce you to is “Röyksopp“.

Norway has an arctic techno scene in Tromso where Svein Berge and Torbjørn Brundtland the two members of Röyksopp come from. I guess the long dayless winter in the far north might be a good atmosphere to create funky 😉 techno music. From what I understand they are quite known in the world wide techno scene but that is not my usual pad so they are new to me.

According to Wikipedia Royksopp with the Norwegian ø is the name for a mushroom class known as puffballs. But they changed the ø for ö to make it their own. They formed in 1998 and brought out their first album in 2001. However, since then, they only created four more albums. According to their homepage, they feel much music today has no identity. It is their aim to establish their identity and experiment with many techno related music styles.

The song I chose is “What Else Is There” from their 2008 album “The Understanding”. They lyrics are rather mysterious and remind of fairy tales mixed with mining and war. You can find it here. But now enough said. Enjoy the song and if it does no play here on the blog follow the link underneath the video to it’s YouTube location.

Video credit: Royksopp via YouTube

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday 9th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Sweden and you can find some of today’s interesting Swedish musicians here on the Last.FM page for Sweden.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. https://www.facebook.com/ComeAwayWithMe2020/Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity Boudicca Appeal

I would also like to encourage you to support the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Appeal. They are fundraising 800 000£ to create a dedicated breast cancer unit. The hospital today sees almost double as many breast cancer patients than they did five years ago. That is an enormous rise and puts a lot of pressure on the current facilities and staff. 

For me, that meant so far five journeys to Norwich within a month. That is between 35 and 45 minutes travel each way and the worry, not knowing what comes. On Thursday 5th, we go again to find out how they are treating me. While I am holding up well, it still puts a lot of pressure on my family and me. 

They say on their page they want to build:” An enhanced environment. Purport-built, spacious waiting, diagnostic and treatment rooms. Counselling rooms for women with a breast cancer diagnosis.
Better experience for patients with fewer days of anxiety while patients wait for results.”

That would help a lot. According to the NHS, 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in their life time. So it is essential to create better facilities for breast cancer care. The staff I have met so far are doing an excellent job. They are so caring, being extremely effective and supportive. They do deserve a better work environment.

So please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Video Credit: Cancer Research UK via YouTube


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