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Share Your Snaps #6. 30/51*. #LifeThisWeek. 81/2019.

Share Your Snaps #6. 30/51*. #LifeThisWeek. 81/2019.

*The World Head & Neck Cancer Day and Soup For the Soul Version 2019.

Every 5 weeks here, there is a photo-based post called “Share Your Snaps.” I sometimes need to add words…that’s me. This time around I am letting the photos tell the story of World Head and Neck Cancer Day and Beyond Five’s Fundraiser: Soup for the Soul.

July 2019.

July has been chosen internationally (since 2015 I believe) to have one date noted as “World Head and Neck Cancer Day” 27.7.19. Like most ‘events’ health-wise, this one has an origin in the U.S. and the colours for Head and Neck cancer internationally are maroon (burgundy) and cream. In Australia those who follow Queensland in State of Origin would be impressed. Moving on.

The only charity devoted to Head and Neck cancer awareness in Australia is Beyond Five. Regular readers will know as a head and neck cancer patient I was keen to help share information about this little-known cancer and late in 2018 I was invited to become a volunteer Ambassador. I have written more here.

How did this July go?

I held a virtual Soup for the Soul event which raised $355. $385 as of time of publication! Thank you all.

My Soup for the Soul

I promoted Soup for the Soul via social media and there was also a ‘real event’ at the Central Coast Cancer Centre: hosted by the centre and the head and neck support group with donations of soup, rolls, the space in which to hold the event, prizes we got as donations for a raffle and my tiny cupcakes were sold. There were quite a few of our group there and here we are. FYI, in this photo there are 7 of us with head and neck cancer.

Some snaps from the day.

Beyond Five Information Sharing.

Promotion of WHNCD and Soup for The Soul via My Local M.P.

Last year, the Federal M.P. for Dobell, our area, Emma McBride kindly came to our place to meet with me to hear more about head and neck cancer and to support Soup for the Soul.

July 2018.

From time to time, I have kept Emma apprised on my progress, and recently wrote to her about this year’s event. She was able to meet with me, on the ACTUAL World Head and Neck Cancer Day to both offer her support and then share via social media. Emma and I also discussed the importance of carers and she is now the shadow minister for carers and mental health. Thank you Emma and also Jacqui for organising this!

July 2019.

What Next?

I admit I need a little break from all things head and neck cancer but then again, how I would do that when it is part of me, I am not sure!!

I am making a walk each day my focus and I am getting back to noticing nature and of course, the dressing with purpose and going for a coffee EVERY day remains essential to my wellbeing.

How do you go looking after yourself after an intense time of busy-ness?



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  1. Congrats, Denyse, on your successful fundraising! After an intense busy time, or any time one needs to decompress, walking and being close to nature are wonderful for our mind and body. Have a great day! #lifethisweek

    • Thanks Natalie. Once the week of intense activity on-line and in person was over, it felt like the last week of a school term when I was principal. Yes, still taking it a bit easier but also enjoying the feedback from people as well.

      Denyse x

  2. Hi Denyse, what an inspiration you are and such a wonderful ambassador for Head and Neck Cancer. Well done with amount raised for your Soup Kitchen. Your life has certainly changed and I wish you hadn’t had to go through the last couple of years but the upside is that to me, you have become stronger and more vital and living with such purpose not just highlighting Head and Neck Cancer but with your attitude to taking care of yourself and of course your Dressing with Purpose. Have a beautiful week, Denyse. #lifethisweek

    • Thanks so much Sue. You are right about how it has changed me for the ‘better’ even in such a drastic way. That is very observant and caring of you.

      Yesterday (I think it was then) when you posted photos of the stair challenge I was in awe – congratulations- then today on the Beyond Five page, there was a great photo of a group who did this to raise funds for Beyond Five. Wonderful. The Brisbane based Ambassador Marty Doyle also managed to get the Town Hall lit up in Burgundy and Ivory for the evening of WHNCD2019.

      The messages are getting out there!

      Denyse x

  3. That’s fantastic! Congratulations (and as I’ve said before, you pick lovely spots by the water to walk and escape to!)

  4. Congratulations! Well done on all that fundraising and cupcake making! You’re such a great ambassador!

    • Thank you for your support Sammie. I am always appreciative.

      The cupcakes were great. People loved them too.

      Denyse x

  5. When I read this I’m struck again by how much you’ve done & how different your life is these days. Water and nature walks are my way to decompress too, but I’ll take a really good black tea over a coffee.

    • Yes that is true. I know getting cancer certainly jolted me out of the angst-ridden retirement that I was finding so hard. I do admit though, that all the inner work I did for myself in those years 2014-2017 helped me so much with cancer.

      Tea?? What is this….Coffee!!

      Denyse x

  6. Your post shows just how much you have embraced this stage of your life Denyse and I applaud you on your dedication and efforts to improve everyone’s knowledge of this type of cancer. I love your blue pics and to answer your question on how to look after yourself after a busy time – I get cosy and read a book.

    • Thanks so much Debbie. I felt like it was the end of Term 4 as principal over the weekend as I put a lot of physical and emotional energy into the past two months – even as parts of my cancer were being a ‘pain.’

      It is a full-on thing when you want to raise awareness and I also need to be careful not to over do it.

      I am using crafty/arty stuff to help me get centred again!

      Denyse x

  7. You are amazing Denyse – such a wonderful ambassador for head and neck cancer and for courage in the face of adversity. I can understand you needing a break from it all. Your regular connection with nature, your coffee’s out, outfit of the day and of course your arts and crafts are all fabulous activities to help distract from the H&NC and to bring you some balance. Have a wonderful week! xo

    • Thanks Min. I know when I have had enough, I get a bit cranky and teary and I think that would sum me up at the end of a pretty full 2 months helping get the Head and Neck cancer messages out.

      I live with its effects and whilst I don’t talk much about its restrictions in my life, I admit there are some harder aspects of living with it.

      Thanks for caring so much about how I am going.

      I appreciate that.

      Denyse x

  8. I love that you are going for a coffee every day and walking. I’ve started exercising more frequently and I’m really enjoying it!

    Di from Max The Unicorn

    • It’s good isn’t it? Today though I didn’t walk around the neighbourhood as the magpies are starting to swoop. Might need more indoor walks….at my local Westfield when I get a coffee afterwards.

      Good for you starting this exercise thing too!

      Denyse x

  9. Excellent work with your fundraising, Denyse!

    SSG xxx

  10. Lovely to see the snaps Denyse! It’s been great to see how you’ve been fundraising and raising awareness about head and neck cancer and of course, to see your own journey and how far you’ve come.

    • Thanks so much Sanch. I am glad you became a coastie like me (albeit not recessarily forever) and we get to meet for catch ups.

      Denyse x