Why you should still love Roald Dahl in your twenties

I’m at a loss for words of my own at the moment, but really enjoyed this post from Louise Williams. Hope you do too…let me know what you think in the comments!

Everyone knows who Roald Dahl is. And I can guarantee almost everyone reminisces about their childhood when you think about his books.Being full of imagination and often written from the point of view of the child, Roald Dahl’s books are perfect for children.

I loved his books when I was growing up. Recently I went to collect a box of books I still had stored at my Mums house. Books I knew I wouldn’t read again for a long time, most likely until I have children to read them to. But they were books I was fond of and didn’t want to simply throw away. Most of these books were by Roald Dahl.

Living in a tiny city centre flat doesn’t allow us to keep things ‘just because I used to like them’. I’ve had to teach myself to be ruthless when it comes to hoarding but when it came to these…

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Stones in the Road: Poems of Grief and Growth is now available

Dear friends,

I hope this post finds you well. I’m writing to say that Stones in the Road: Poems of Grief and Growth is now available for purchase at £1.50 a copy, £1.37 of which goes to METAvivor, who are the only charity currently directing 100% of their funding into stage IV breast cancer research. Just click the ‘Stones in the Road’ button to get your copy!

Once you have it on your computer/device, join us here: https://www.facebook.com/events/299042096949498/

Thank you for supporting this cause,

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Why METAvivor?

This is the second post in my series on my forthcoming e-book Stones in the Road: Poems of Grief and Growth. If you’re new here, you may wish to start at the beginning.

Hi, friends.

I hope this post finds you well. Carrying on from where I left off last week, I’m going to talk a little about my reasons for choosing METAvivor as the cause supported by Stones in the Road.

Until a couple of years ago, I was none the wiser about the specifics of breast cancer. Back then, I was regularly writing for my other blog, Navigating Cyberloss. It was a ‘mission’ of sorts to raise awareness of this issue – for a while, I really felt I was the only person talking about it.

Then, I read about the death of Rachel Cheetham Moro, by way of blogger and breast cancer activist Nancy Stordahl.

It was a bitter light-bulb moment, in which I finally appreciated the seemingly abrupt turn of events which led to Chris losing her life. Breast cancer, when it remains localised, does not kill, except in rare circumstances. It is only when the disease spreads (metastasises) that it becomes ultimately fatal.

In the US, 30% of breast cancer patients will progress to Stage IV disease. Only 2% of research funding is spent on stage IV disease, which is dismal when you consider that it claims 40,000 lives annually. In the UK, the picture is somewhat different. 5% of patients progress to stage IV, and yet the disease claims 12,000 lives annually.

METAvivor are the only organisation directing 100% of their funding towards stage IV breast cancer research. Their stated aim is to reach a point where metastatic breast cancer is a chronic disease. I can think of no better way to donate money to breast cancer research.

Thank you for taking the time to hear me out on why I have not gone down the ‘typical’ route of raising money for the well-known breast cancer charities. I look forward to sharing Stones in the Road with you next week.

Take care,

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Why ‘Stones in the Road’?

Hi, friends.

I hope you are well. I wanted to write a series of posts elaborating on aspects of the Stones in the Road project which might be of interest. Though the subtitle is perhaps self explanatory, the title itself is not.

Back in 2006, I came to know a woman in Argentina through a George Harrison fan forum. Although we never had the opportunity to meet in person, we became very close, talking on a nightly basis via MSN Messenger. Looking back, it amazes me that kind of closeness was possible in the days before widespread social media, and even before Skype.

My friend Chris was very open, in that she shared her thoughts and feelings with us whilst undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Amongst many pearls, one particular line has always stayed with me from Chris’ public postings.

Due to the sad fact that the forum where we communicated is no more, these messages have disappeared into the ether, so I no longer remember exactly when this exchange occurred.

Her words have never left me, though. Another member asked after her, and she replied with the words ‘What are friends for? They’re there to help us cope with the stones in the road.’

That quote would come to take on new meaning in the months that followed, particularly after Chris died as a result of her illness. I only later learned that not all breast cancer is equal, and metastatic disease is the only point at which it claims lives. Finally, I am able to use my gift to help people, with your help, my friends.

If not for Chris’ unwavering support of my creativity, the poems within Stones in the Road would not exist. Though the bulk of them emerge from yet another experience, the title remains applicable.

Thank you for coming with me on this journey. You can keep up to date with Stones in the Road on Facebook, or follow me on Twitter for more or less live updates as the project develops. If you know anybody who might be interested, please share this post, and spread the word far and wide.

Next week: Why METAvivor?

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