In January 2015, following a routine check by my vigilant GP, I was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer.

As a Brit living in Sydney, Australia since 2008, I realised over the following days just how many of my friends and family were scattered across the globe and different timezones.

The Fellowship of the Ringlets was originally just a tremendous pun and the title of a closed Facebook group I created to keep those distant friends and family in the loop and worry-free.

But over 12 months, my little group somehow grew from 80 to 800+ and became a veritable band of brothers, a support team like no other and a true Fellowship in every sense of the word.

Their love, laughter and rallying cries have been the greatest tonic a little ringlet'd cancer-face like me could have wished for.

The following letters, musings, incoherent ramblings and occasional bouts of bad language are for them all.

Welcome to the Fellowship of the Ringlets.

VC x

Tuesday 31 March 2015


Dear Fellowship, 

Chemo #2 done and dusted and now officially one-third of the way through! 
Am slightly concerned that my 'round 2 done' hand gesture actually makes me look a bit like a touristy weirdo getting a pic taken of herself making a victory sign outside a cancer centre. Just going to add that to the growing list of inappropriate cancer things I say or do over the next few months and move casually on...
Thanks to you all for your sensationally positive feedback on Wiggy Pop / Wiggy Azalea / Wiggy Smalls (amazing what 3 bored minds can come up with during chemo) - you will never truly know how much easier you all make it every day to keep riding this cancery wave with a smile...
Special thanks today to my two ports in a storm and boys on the ground Jez Clark and Matt Furlong for coming along, holding my metaphorical and literal hand and keeping me fed, watered and entertained. As ever, you both absolutely rock this weird little world of mine. 
I'm feeling pretty good right now but if you need me over the next few days, I'll be largely taking it easy in my tremendous loungewear and devouring back to back eps of House of Cards. See you on the flip side!


Post-chemo celebratory Gelato Messina, anyone?

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