Wow. I wrote the Silence of the Dying blog, got a great weight off my chest, and then walked off and forgot about it.
Since then everything has snow-balled and I have had an amazing response – on here, on Facebook and via email. People have linked to it and talked about it, newspapers have been in contact.
First, thank you to everyone who has responded. I have been moved by your stories and emotions and thoughts.
Secondly, thank you to everyone who has offered to help as well. I am actually highly embarrassed by this as it not the reason I posted this at all. So to all of you, thank you, I have noted your names and emails, and when I need help I will not hesitate to ask. I will also send you an email over the next week or two, as well. At the moment I am actually doing fairly well due to being given a break from chemotherapy – it is amazing how much chemo can drag you down and how much strength you get back so soon as it stops – but there will be down times ahead, too, and I am immensely grateful to those who have offered help.
On Sunday the WA Sunday Times published a feature article on me – you can download the low res pdf here if you didn’t see it in hard copy. Many thanks to Sheryl-Lee Kerr for writing the story, and for the fun correspondence.