World Cancer Day 04/02/2015 – My Family Ties


It’s World Cancer Day today and I wanted to show my unity in fighting this indiscriminate disease by sharing my story and photo’s with the thousands of other’s who’s lives have been touched by cancer.
Nearly 10 years ago we lost my sister in law Clair to cancer, a heart wrenching and emotional time for us as a family, leaving wonderful memories of a beautiful soul in the wake of a terrible disease. Clair was an incredible lady, a fighter to the end, she was positive and determined to beat cancer but while having treatment in Melbourne (she lived in Australia) her health declined and before my OH could fly to be by her side, she was gone.  The blessing was her mother was with her, giving her comfort in her time of need.  
It was a hard time for all the family, and nothing is quite the same since, as her absence is always felt.  We remember her with such warmth, happiness and laughter, as she was always full of fun, and this was the overriding characteristic that everyone remembered her for.  So writing this post is a mixture for me of loss, and of remembering, and by sharing my story I am uniting with the numerous people who feel the impact that cancer can wreak upon a family, to unite and come together against cancer. 

So this World Cancer Day as every year I am standing up and celebrating the life that Clair lead and the wonderful memories she left, as a daughter, sister, mother, aunty and friend.



  1. Carol Wilkinson
    February 4, 2015 / 10:48 am

    I can relate to this. 2 and a half yrs ago I lost my amazing sister in law. It's left a huge void in all our lives but it also makes me want to seize every opportunity.

  2. February 4, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    We lost our Mother in law to cancer a few years ago. Her suffering still haunts me.

  3. February 4, 2015 / 1:45 pm

    I can definitely relate to this. A lovely, touching post. #wewillunite

  4. February 4, 2015 / 1:54 pm

    I have been so lucky to never experience loosing someone through this dreadful illness. I have seen friends lives ripped apart by it though and would do anything to stop anyone going through that pain x

  5. February 4, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    I lost my Mom last April. It's such a horrible disease that will rip any family apart so quickly and so devastatingly x

  6. February 4, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    Horrible disease and after listening to the news today about the new statistics it is horrifying. My mum died of cancer just over 2 years ago. She died 8 months after being diagnosed, I still can't believe it 🙁

  7. February 4, 2015 / 3:11 pm

    A lovely post Caroline, we have just lost our Nan to cancer so I can relate totally. Its such an awful disease and I really hope one day we can find out exactly what causes it in certain cases. Thank you for sharing xxxx

  8. February 4, 2015 / 4:25 pm

    What a beautiful post. So many of our lives are touched by cancer, here's hoping that one day that will change xx

  9. February 4, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    aw such a lovely post , i think we all have to have been affected at some time in our lives either our own or some one friend or family with this , such a great cause x

  10. February 4, 2015 / 6:37 pm

    It seems like everyone you talk to has been affected in one way or another by this awful disease. Great that awareness is always being raised with days like this.

  11. February 4, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    Stunning images and a lovely post. I lost my dad when I was 10, Gran and Aunty to cancer and mum luckily survived breast cancer. Cancer is such an awful disease x

  12. February 4, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    Such a lovely post xxx

  13. February 4, 2015 / 10:22 pm

    This is lovely. I like the idea of celebrating people's lives rather than mourning their deaths. Though the loss must be so painful x

  14. February 4, 2015 / 11:20 pm

    I can totally relate to this post. Our family has been dealing with 2 aunts who have been fighting breast cancer for the last 3 years and a third aunt making the decision to have operations to try and stop getting it herself. Their brothers and sister (my mum) have all had to be tested to see if they have a higher risk and thankfully my mum's test was negative so I don't have to have the test.

  15. February 5, 2015 / 12:06 am

    This is such a beautiful post Caroline.
    Both my parents are cancer survivors and my sister is going through something now just had an opp last week but I don't like talking about it 🙁

    I absolutely agree with celebrating their lives rather than death.

    Thanks for sharing lovely.
    Charlotte x

  16. February 5, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    Such a beautiful post. Very personal and emotional.

  17. February 7, 2015 / 2:59 pm

    Cancer is a terrible disease – I hope they find a cure and very soon

  18. February 7, 2015 / 3:05 pm

    thanks for sharing lovely, I've lost an uncle to cancer, it's such a terrible disease xx

  19. February 7, 2015 / 11:04 pm

    Cancer seems to be taking everyone. It's terrifying. I'm sorry for your loss. I lost my brother to liver cancer three years ago. x

  20. February 8, 2015 / 9:48 am

    Cancer sucks!!!!
    We are living through this nightmare currently with my mil

  21. February 8, 2015 / 6:01 pm

    My Mum found out she had breast cancer a few months after my eldest was born … she's one of the lucky survivors having had a mastectomy and rebuild.

  22. June 16, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    Lost both parents to cancer – my Mum had it 10 times (honestly). 8, 9, and 10 killed her. It's such a random disease. Can't see a cure being found soon