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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A Little Training Walk and Some Light Refreshments – only £500 to go to our Fundraising Target – Help us to help Cancer Research UK

Dad and I finally got together again after our trip to Peru and did a little training walk around Danbury today.

Having not done so much walking since we got back from Peru and as I was heading to Dads for tomorrow for the One Year Anniversary of Mum passing away, we decided we needed to stretch our legs and start getting back in to training. It is only three months until we do our Hardrian’s Wall trek for Cancer Research Uk in memory of Mum, so we have a lot to do!

The walk was a lovely little circuit around the Church and Danbury Country Park. It was quite muddy in places and we had to jump over a little stream but it was nothing in comparison to our trek through the Amazon a couple of weeks ago. We were lucky that the rain broke and held off until we had finished our walk and found shelter in a great little pub.

We had a delicious Sunday lunch at The Cricketers and I think we will be going back there again when we do a longer walk around Danbury next time.

We have raised over £3,500 so far for Cancer Research UK and we only have another £500 to go to our target we have set ourselves. If you want to support us please donate via our just giving page or share this blog to help us gain followers and supporters.
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To find out more about Danbury Country Park please visit here:Danbury Country Park

To see more about The Cricketers please visit The Cricketers

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Stand Up To Cancer! Fundraising at Tesco


My Dad and I are exhausted. We have just spent the last two days fundraising for Cancer Research at Tesco, Princes Road, Chelmsford where Mum used to work. We wanted to boost our fundraising and awareness for our Hadrian’s Wall Walk next year in aid of Cancer Research. Rosemary’s Cruisers were there on the 21st and 22nd of October timed perfectly to support Stand Up To Cancer.

It was humbling to meet so many people effected by cancer and so many cancer survivors. It made us appreciate even more just how important the work of Cancer Research is and how every penny we can raise to help fight this vile disease really does help to make a difference.

We split our time between walking on the treadmill and talking to people whilst we took donations. This was the first time my Dad had been on a treadmill so it was hard work for him. I am so proud of him for organising this and for every second he spent on that treadmill. After two days our legs are a little sore. We averaged about 18 miles a day.

We’d like to thank the staff at Tesco for enabling us to do this fundraising event and of course to thank the shoppers at Tesco who helped us raise so much money. It was also great to see so many of my Mum’s work colleagues and shoppers who remember her so fondly. Thank you for your support and coming to chat with us on the day. We are now on 75% of our target for the Hadrian’s Wall Walk in Memory of my Mum Rosemary Alexander.

We’ve still got a long way to go to our target so please support us by donating on our Just Giving page … Thank you.. Keep well and Stand Up To Cancer!!!

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Ovarian cancer test on horizon as scientists find earliest signs of disease


Ovarian cancer could be detected years before any symptoms emerge after scientists at Oxford University found a way to spot the first signs of the disease.

Ovarian Cancer Test Article


Number of lives which could be saved with earlier diagnosis


Number of people diagnosed with cancer each year (2013)


Annual deaths from cancer (2012)


Chance of living at least 10 years after cancer diagnosis (as of 2010-11)


Percentage of cancer cases which are preventable


Help us to help funding invaluable research that Cancer Research UK are developing to help save lives and give people a fighting chance by donating via our Just Giving Page. We are going to be walking 84 miles of Hadrians Wall, every penny you can spare helps Cancer Research UK to keep making breakthroughs.

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This early surgery could benefit women – I’m off to Addenbrooks on Monday to start the BRCA1 gene testing process. With extra funding Cancer Rsearch UK could help with so many other ways of testing to help prevent the loss of loved ones to Cancer.

This early surgery could benefit women

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