[LIFE] A week back in the UK … after that rather aborted ‘trip of a lifetime’ to New Zealand

Today is the day that I should have been landing back in the UK in the early hours of the morning, having spent 2 months on a writing scholarship in New Zealand, and then a week in Melbourne doing some public speaking (and had treated myself to tickets to Harry Potter and the Cursed Child). This year had felt like there was a chance after 2.5 years of treatment, whilst NEAD, to seize the opportunity…

[LIFE/CANCER] 8 Weeks in New Zealand

So, what do you say, nearly 8 weeks into a trip that you dreamed of for about 8 years ... and officially coming into the last week of the planned trip - and coronavirus has completely upended everything you were trying to do! I last blogged a couple of weeks ago, when New Zealand was a couple of weeks into Level 4 lockdown. At the end of Monday, it will go to Level 3 Lockdown,…

[LIFE/CANCER] 6 Weeks in New Zealand

So, we're over 2 weeks into lockdown in New Zealand (and since I last wrote). I don't know about you, but I'm still feeling so tired and weighed down.... I feel super grateful that I'm safe, looked after, and it looks like I can get all my meds here (even if I have to pay for them), but obviously this is not the trip that was anticipated, and the anxiety I have been left with…

[LIFE/CANCER] Nearly 4 weeks in New Zealand amongst #COVID19 Crisis

So, when I got on a plane to New Zealand around 4 weeks ago, who knew that by this point at least 1/4 of the world would be in lockdown, and there would be so much uncertainty about when this would all finish Yesterday I spoke to John Pantry on Inspirational Breakfast (Premier Radio) about being overseas, high risk, and not quite sure when I'll be back in the UK: I came out to New…

[LIFE] 2 Weeks in New Zealand (amongst the COVID-19 crisis)

So it appears that I blogged on Friday 6th (a week after leaving the UK). If I was entering New Zealand in the next couple of hours I would have to self-isolate for 14 days (which is the length of time that I've now been here - in some ways feels longer, in others it's rushing past). 7/8 March The world's news, the amount of work to do, upcoming birthday (always seems to spend my…
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