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

Friday 12 February 2016


Dear Fellowship, 
Best Valentine's surprise ever - 'Tales from the Fellowship of the Ringlets' is now in print!! 
It's something of a limited edition right now - limited in fact to one copy, so that makes it literally one of a kind! Priceless, in fact! I may have to get contents insurance on the flat! 

Massive shout-out and enormous thanks across the seas to my little Welsh pal Nicola Daniel for spending her days and precious time secretly doing this when she should have been tending to the needs of her perfect new daughter, Cassie Valentine! 
Seeing it all written up like this is fairly overwhelming, not least because I've realised how much I MISS that GODDAMN wig *sob* but also because I've been dithering about over the last few weeks, wondering whether to write FotR up properly or just leave my cat litter'd memories languishing in the bowels of t'interweb for people to eventually stumble across. I am going to read it by the pool this weekend in the Hunter Valley and see if I get bored. If not, then we may just return to this publishing quest...standby for my Amazon rating of my own inane ramblings! 
Whatever happens, this is frankly one the most sensational, thoughtful and fabulous gifts ever. If the internet ever collapses (which it eventually will do, probably under the weight of the Fellowship posts), I now have a proper book to remind me of the cancery madness of 2015. 
Love you, Davey-Daniel, you Welsh legend. You have made my year (all 6 weeks of it)!! 

Have great weekends, all... 


VC x

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