I had planned to go to India for 6 weeks in July and August in 2015, on my way home to Australia. But the was not what my life wanted to do. The brain tumour came back in the May scan and I’ve started chemo in the UK. I had to forgo my India flights etc, but the yoga teaching course (www.yogapoint.com) that I was to attend understood my situation. They kindly agreed to defer my deposit and my place in the course to a later day, when I would be in a better position with my health. After all, my plan later is to teach yoga, among other things.
I left the UK on the flight I had originally planned on 25th June. My close friends in Manchester, Becky, Denise and Laura started raising money in my name. The funds were to upgrade my flight with Cathay Pacific, and as I will not be able to work in Australia, to live off while I go through my chemotherapy treatment.
As it played out, Denise, Sarah, Ra and Laura (as well as others I didn’t even know, but thank you) all play their part in consistently speaking with Cathay Pacific to see what they could offer me. Their efforts paid off! I arrived with Becky, Denise, Luke and Laura at Manchester International Airport and they allowed into the executive lounge, but also upgrade me to premium economy. Its no business class, but I was happy, very happy. I did not expect any upgrade, and am very grateful for my friends efforts and for Cathay Pacific to upgrade me.
I’m writing this blog on the plane from Manchester to Hong Kong. I will spend three nights in HK as originally planned, seeing family and friends there. Then rather than continue on to India to complete my yoga teachers training, I will head back to Sydney to see my family, to get home the day before my birthday, and to continue my chemotherapy with the wonderful staff at Royal North Shore Hospital (RNS). Although my appointments are not completely free, Medicare (the Australian version of NHS or public health) will cover much of the costs associated with my appointments when I get back to Australia.
Thank you to everyone I have met and got to know in the UK and Europe. It made my 2.5 years on that side of the world an unforgettable, break taking, emotional and joyous time. I feel like I am leaving a better person than when I arrived, stronger, smarter and much more appreciative of life. Thanks for all the love that everyone has shown me through my experiences!!
Here’s to the next chapter of my life, where anything is possible…