Take time to spend time with your loved ones this Christmas

FIONA Welsh on her battle against breast cancer

This week has been a good week. I have managed to combat the tiredness a little and am in control of my emotions again.

I was even able to get into town earlier in the week, on my own, and am very pleased with my effort to get some Christmas presents, but it was an effort. I had to really plan my visit and park close enough to the shops that if it got too much for me I could soon escape back home. I still have to be very careful of crowds due to my lack of immune system and luckily for me, town was not that busy but I was very aware of others coughing, and sneezing in my direction and not covering their mouths! I could have spent my entire time offering out tissues and disinfectant hand gel to people.

I was given a voucher that if I spent �5 or more on hair products I would receive bonus points. I smiled as it was handed to me, as I nearly said if only I had hair to warrant spending �5 on, but didn’t – my sense of humour can sometimes be lost on others.

I am grateful I have managed to get out to buy some gifts this year. But my main gift I want to give is “ME”. Being told you have Grade 3 cancer, risk to life, really puts things into perspective. It’s not how much you spend on someone’s gift or what you get them or how it is wrapped; it’s how you spend your time with that person.

I know I am not out of the woods yet with cancer but do aim for 2013 to be a great year to be with those who really matter in my life.

Regardless of what you are doing this Christmas, take the opportunity to spend time with those who matter to you.

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