Day One: Segedunum to Heddon on the Wall. Happy 30th Birthday Laura!!

I’m going to keep this short as I am shattered! We did it. We completed day one. We walked 16.72 miles from Segedunum to Heddon on the Wall.

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We thought it was going to be a 15 mile day but the route ended up being a bit longer than expected and we only stopped for lunch after 12 miles. We stopped for lunch at The Boat House in Newborn and Uncle Tim checked over our feet and gave us all foot massages and SOS treatment.

Carrying on we were chased by dogs playing with our shadows, chatted to some lovely families, saw upside down rainbows and cloud Angels. Mum was certainly with us today but would have been in the pub at the end with a large gin and slimline tonic laughing at us crazy fools.

What a day! We started through industrial paths to walking along the River Tyne, through lovely parkland and wooded walkways to finally up one MASSIVE hill!!!! Finishing at the Three Tuns in Heddon.

Our legs are shredded. Our feet hurt! and we have sun burn.

As it was Laura’s 30th Birthday today we went for dinner to Ottoman a delicious Turkish restaurant not far from the hotel. Stuffed and aching it is time for bed.

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These two places we ate/drank today were great: The Three Tuns and Ottoman

 

 

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40th Birthday celebrations at The Cock Inn – collection fundraising

Thank you everyone who donated to our fundraising collection we raised £96 and thank you Gemma for cooking the cookies an cupcakes and arranging the collection. The cookies were delicious and appreciated by everyone. Thank you lovely!

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King Of Belgian Easter Raffle

On the 14th April the King of Belgians in Huntingdon held an Easter Raffle to help us raise funds to support our Hadrian’s Wall Trek for Cancer Research UK. We would like to say thank you to the King of Belgian pub and the the patrons for the collection. They raised £335 which has taken us past our target to £4190.40. Thank you so much!! Now we just have to complete the 84 mile walk. If you want to support us please donate via our just giving page:
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Live the Life you Love

One year ago today I lost my best friend and the best Mum that I could have asked for. I was blessed to have her in my life for 38 years, to have her guide and support me and shape me in to the person that I am today. Mum always helped others and put others before herself and delayed many things that she wanted to do. So in her honour and because life is so short I’m going to live life to the fullest and with abandon. Her favourite saying was always ‘Live the Life you Love’. So I will.

So much has happened over this last year that I wish I could talk to Mum about, troubles I wish I could have worked through with her, wonderful new experiences she would be so proud of me and Dad for, watching my nieces grow and flourish, and new friends that I wish she could meet and tell her all about. I know though that she is here within me as she has made me the Woman that I am today. Thank you Mum! Oh and I am finally learning to drive Mum!!!

Mum was diagnosed with Ovarian cancer at the start of 2016 and after a very short and violent battle passed away on the 6th March 2016. To help prevent other families feeling the pain and grief that we did and all too painfully still do, my Dad, my Aunt and my friend Laura are going to be walking Hadrian’s Wall on the 31st May for Cancer Research UK in memory of my Mum. Watching someone suffer like that makes you want to do all that you can to help. We could only be there for Mum in the end so if we can help by raising money to help fight this vile disease then we will be content. We have set ourselves a £4k target and we are already on £3.6k so please help us to reach our target by sponsoring us and by sharing this blog.

Be at peace Mum and your family hopes we make you proud xxx

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Blacks Personal Shopping Trip

Last Thursday Rosemary’s Cruisers met up in Chelmsford with our Cancer Research UK representative at Blacks Outdoor Store to start getting our equipment for our Hadrians Wall Walk.

We met up with Paul Draper for a photo shoot and to discuss how our fundraising was going. Thank you for your continued support and advice Paul.

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We were so lucky to have the team at Blacks supporting us by giving us a team discount and arranging for us to have a personal shopping experience on their late night shopping day. We would love to thank Peggy, Tom and Hannah for all of their help, advice and patience. Planning what equipment we would need for our  Hadrians Wall walk in May and for a trip to Peru in February proved difficult to know what equipment we would need for both. If you want to visit their website follow this link: Blacks

After having emptied our pockets we needed refreshments so we headed to A Canteen in Chelmsford. We had a delicious meal there and as always the service was absolutely brilliant. We discovered this restaurant when Dad and I were shopping for a suit for him for Mums funeral and we have always found the food to be perfect and no matter what mood we were in when we arrive we always leave feeling a little better. A great place to visit if you haven’t been there yet. If you do go make sure you try the Lamb Kofta Burger or the Pigs Pizza, oh and the Prosecco is very good too.

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Whilst we were there we talked about training and logistics for the walk. Watch this space for lots of updates soon.

The day after our personal shopping trip was Black Friday and today is Giving Tuesday. So if you are feeling like giving please follow the link to our Just Giving page and donate to our fundraising for Cancer Reasearch UK in memory of my Mum who passed away in March from Ovarian Cancer.

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Addenbrooke’s Hospital. BRCA1 Gene testing results.

I’m just back from a visit to Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge to get the results of Mum’s BRCA1 & BRCA2 gene mutation test. My Mum had Breast Cancer over 10 years ago and passed away from Ovarian Cancer in March this year. Before she passed away she had a blood test and gave approval for us to do a gene test to see if she carried either of the hereditary gene mutations that could have meant that myself, my brother, and further generations could have been at a higher risk of getting Breast and Ovarian Cancer.

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It was a long wait as the DNA testing process takes two months, and then it was a while before I could get an appointment on a date that would allow me to have someone there to support me when I got the news. Thankfully the news was good and Mum didn’t have the gene. This is great news for my family and a huge relief. There were many tears shed in the appointment. I know Mum would have been smiling down with relief herself.

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As Mum had literally turned 50 (a matter of days) when she was diagnosed with breast cancer I have been put on a high risk list and I will be starting regular breast screening as soon as I turn 40. When I turn 50 I will be in contact with Addenbrooke’s again to discuss my Ovarian Cancer risk again and if there have been any further developments in the gene testing field for cancer as they keep Mum’s sample on file and will re-test in the future.

The team at Addenbrooke’s have been so efficient, supportive, caring and respectful. They are so thorough when you start the process ensuring it is something that you have really thought about and are mentally prepared for. I would recommend to anyone in a similar situation to consider going through the process.

It’s made me even more determined to raise the money towards our £4k target on our Hadrian’s Wall Walk for Cancer Research UK  as every penny could help develop new tests that could prevent future families suffering like ours has.

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My Aunt and my Dad came with me today and I am so grateful for their support. We went for a celebratory lunch after at the Red Lion in Grantchester which was absolutely delicious. The service was wonderful there and we were so glad to have found the Pub. They were also filming the TV series Grantchester in the village and we got to black our noses for a little while. I didn’t realise until the waitress took a picture of us that we were all wearing the same colour, Rosemary’s Cruisers all in Blue.

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Here are some useful links

Genetic Testing BRCA1

Breast Screening

Breast Cancer Signs and Symptoms

Ovarian Cancer Symptoms

Addenbrookes Hospital

Red Lion Grantchester

New Training Programme Starts Today

I’m currently resting up as I had my first Personal Trainer session today at the gym to get me started on a strengthening programme. I’m hoping to get my knees ready for our Hadrian’s Wall Charity walk. I have Osteoarthritis in my knees, with no cartilage at all. I literally walk bone to bone so I need to ensure that my muscles are as strong as possible to support my knees to take on the challenge of walking the 84 miles of Hadrian’s Wall. I already do strengthening exercises every night with leg weights but I wanted to introduce more in to my work out at the gym. I’ll be doing pool running when I go swimming. Using the leg weight machines, seated squats, ball presses between the knees, standing and floor leg raises, using the step machine and introducing more stretching to relax the muscles. All of this on top of increasing my walking mileage each week. I had my first session today and I am absolutely battered. It is all worth it though and helps me to get myself ready for this mammoth trek. It’s six months ago today that Mum passed away from Ovarian Cancer and I am determined to smash our £4000 target for Cancer Research. Please help me do this.

To read more about Osteoarthritis please visit here Osteoarthritis (OA)

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