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 24 April 2015


Dear Fellowship,

Finally! I'm a motivational tool for people who like exercising and stuff! Soon I shall bring out my own one-armed fitness video! It shall be immense! 
Some kind words below from my long-suffering friend and new trainer Rich, written in an attempt to guilt his proper paying clients out of bed and down to the beach at 6am for daily training. Good luck with that, Richard Overstall
I'm not loving the pics - the combo of cap, baldy head and angry little punching face is not my finest of looks - but I've put my vanity to one side momentarily in the hope that I look back at these in a few months and say 'blimey, day 3 post chemo #3 and I was kickboxing on Bondi Beach. What an absolute eejit'.


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