Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Best Laid Plans....

My mother would always say "man proposes and God disposes" meaning, we make the plans but God decides the actions. Never has that been so true when, in June of last year, hubby and I made the life-changing decision to spend a large amount of our retirement years renting in Allihies, West Cork. As I mentioned many times before, we fell head over heels in love with this amazing little village the first time we visited back in 2001. Nothing could have prepared us for the bombshell that was to hit four weeks later - my breast cancer had spread to my rib-cage and spinal vertebrae, from neck to base of spine.

Having moved from our lovely rented bungalow in Skibbereen at the end of May to our gorgeous, proposed rental home in Allihies we decided that we'd like nothing more than rent this house for one whole year. I had so many dreams of having our family, including our first grandchild, and friends come visit us for long weekends, we of course, travelling back to Dublin every so often to visit them. This visit, would also for me, definitely include a spot of retail therapy!

Well, that's how these things go.  We're hoping my treatment will finish at the end of March and who knows, maybe this summer we may well return to Allihies for a couple of weeks, God knows, my hubby is in dire need of a holiday.

Just before I entered hospital at the end of August last year our beautiful grandson was born.  This little boy will never know how much he has contributed to my great improvement as shown by my MRI and CT scan in December. The love of my whole family, especially my beloved hubby and the constant contact and great love shown by our good friends has helped enormously in getting me through some really tough times, I can't begin to thank you all.

I'll be in touch very soon.......


Above image of me taken September 2013.



  1. Dear Ann - thanks for posting ... and good luck with your continued improvement, and let's hope your hubby can have that rest sometime soon. The love of the family obviously just gives that extra boost to happiness ... with thoughts - Hilary

  2. Love of family, friends and especially children is everything, especially in difficult and challenging times. Please God, you will go on to have many more years of that and see that little boy grow.

    1. Also to you fsmum, sincere apologies for not replying much sooner, it's almost as if my life has been on hold for the past few months. Now that my chemo has finished I'm really looking forward to getting back into the swing of things, writing blog posts being top of my list!. Thank you both for your lovely comments. Ann

  3. So sorry Hilary for the lengthy delay in replying, my treatment has kept me low for the past few months. Now that I've finished chemo for what, I hope will be a very long time, I'll get back to doing many of the things that were put on hold - namely writing blog posts and replying to comments immediately, lol Cheers for now, Hilary. Ann