Mike’s blog still gets viewed by someone around the world each day, there is no better legacy that he could have left of himself. Thanks to all of you for still reading, he just wanted to help others.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 52,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 19 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.
Click here to see the complete report.
I just wanted to say a very big thank you to all of the followers of Mike’s blog. Neither of us had any idea when he started this, that he would end up with so many supporters that reached so far across the world and touch so many lives.
The aim of his blog was to be able to help others, which in turn gave Mike strength to carry on, but also for him to have left a legacy behind. In the early days i thought he was a bit mad and found it difficult to understand his need to communicate so openly with others, but now i could not be more proud of my genuine, kind, hopeful and gracious husband, from whom i have learned so much. Suddenly all his hopes and aims make complete sense.
He would have been so pleased with all the recent messages and emails of support and thanks that we received, as he had managed to achieve his aims and he has indeed left the best legacy to his life that i could possibly think of.
Mike tried to keep the blog as factual, but as positive and honest as he could, which unfortunately i could not quite replicate given, firstly the change in the writer, but secondly the emotion behind finishing his story. Having said that i too have been as honest and factual as i could possibly have been from a different perspective, feeling it was right to finish the journey that he started and we went on together.
Finally a big thanks to everyone for their generous donations, it helps not only to know that there are so many people thinking of you, but there are so many willing to help others in the future. Please stay positive and enjoy life to the full, it is the best tribute you could pay to Mike who always tried to see the best and be the best.
With a big warm and grateful thank you
Kady and Mike’s family.
So a couple of weekends ago Kady and I spent a lovely weekend in a cottage with our friends Phil and Caroline and Murray and Jo. It’s beautiful down on the Jurassic Coast and Kady and I have had some great times down there. I was feeling amazingly sh*t from the Chemo which didn’t help, thankfully still managed to enjoy it although don’t think I was great company as when we weren’t out and about, I was mostly sleeping!
Cerne Abbas Giant, Corfe Castle, the stunning Durdle Door and the Jurassic Cliffs, all stunning and on our doorstep! Have to say, a little more enjoyable in the Summer than in Winter!!!
It was Kady’s birthday last week – she’s proper old now(!) – and for a treat I though I’d take her to the Hawk Conservancy Trust which is not too far from us http://www.hawk-conservancy.org/index.asp
She always comments when we’re out and about and she sees a Bird of Prey and I have to say it was a fantastic few hours and well worth a visit. As an added bonus Kady’s sister and nephew were able to join us!
Check out the photos, we’ll definitely be going back!
Christmas was fantastic and I’m really gutted it’s over. If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know that we were forced to cancel various attempts at making plans due to the uncertainty over biopsies and chemo.
In the end we settled on a lovely quiet day spent with Kady’s family and it was great. We spent the morning opening presents, before going for a lovely crisp snowy walk at Longleat which was gorgeous and I can thoroughly recommend!
Lunch was amazing, how Kady’s Mum Trudy produces such a fantastic meal for so many people is beyond me but she does it. Then it was present time again, I feel really privileged to have been welcomed into such a generous, warm family.
In all it was a really relaxed nice day, exactly what we’d been hoping for. Perfect!
Well who’d have thought it, what a great time I’ve had over the last week being introduced to the world of babies. I never thought I’d say it but I’ve loved it, they’re all so cute. Yeah yeah I know it’s easy to say that when you can hand them back and don’t have to do the messy bits or sleepless nights, I can empathise a lot with the lack of sleep though at the moment.
It’s been fantastic and I’ve loved getting to know my nephew Callum more as well as meeting Ben, Emily and Zach properly, they’ve all been incredibly cute and very cool. What a privilege. Oh and of course it’s been great to catch up with their Mum’s too!