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 10 March 2015


One chemo sesh down!

Dear Fellowship 

I am please to announce that Chemo No.1 is done and dusted!

Despite a minor league drama (of course there was going to be one) when Lefty failed to produce any decent veins, resulting in two canulas in my hand for the price of one (ouch) , all went as well as an inaugural chemo day could go. The Kinghorn Centre is as lovely as a chemo centre can be, the nurses are ace and excellent Fellowship support provided today by my trusty twosome, Victoire and Old Furls.
Not feeling too ropey this evening, Vix and Jez Clark slaving over a hot stove for me as we speak and overall, just very happy to now be a sixth of the way in!

Team Cheem #1

Willing my veins to come to the chemo party

Thanks for all your support as always from far and wide. Your words and messages properly bring a tear to my cynical eye. But then, watery eyes are a side effect apparently so could just be that.. 

VC x

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