stories of grace, hope and life beyond cancer

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New seasons – from Cambridge to London!

It has been a very long time since I wrote anything on this blog, and for good reason. In my mind, this blog was about cancer, my treatment and how I coped with all of the physical and emotional effects of cancer. Since my active treatment finished just over a year ago, cancer has played a smaller and smaller part in my everyday life. I am EXTREMELY grateful for this, but it also meant I didn’t have too much to say on the topic, hence my silence. 🙂

Anyway, so much has changed since I last wrote that I thought it was seriously about time for a little update on what team Sales are up to!

Just over two weeks ago we left Cambridge (*sobs*) and moved down to London (*cheers*) as Joel had finished his degree. On Saturday Joel was ordained in St Paul’s Cathedral, which was amazing, and he is now a Rev (major proud wife moment!!) Yeaterday he started work as a curate in a fantastic church in South West London.

And so, the next chapter of our life has begun.

Leaving Cambridge was bittersweet for me. Cambridge was for us, to misquote Dickens, both the best of times and the worst of times. It was where my beautiful son was born, it was a place where we forged deep friendships and where we were privileged to be part of an amazing community. But it was also the place where I had all of my cancer treatment, where I grappled with my own mortality and fallibility. Spiritually it was both rich and desolate, full of joy and sorrow… So leaving all of that behind has stirred up a mixture of emotions.

Similarly, starting over in a new place is a bittersweet experience. I have no doubt in my mind that we are in the right place for us as a family, and I am excited for what I am going to see God doing here. Yet, I am mourning the rhythms of my old life, the familiar places and people, not just for myself, but for little Jonty too. He is missing his little friends! 😦

But…in this bittersweet time, I remain so thankful! I am thankful that I am still here! I am thankful for my beautiful family and precious friends. I am thankful for the kindness of the Lord and for his provision!

I am thankful that I am well, so well in fact that I have (in a moment of madness probably) joined a group that is trekking to Machu Picchu in Peru in September for the charity CoppaFeel! (the breast cancer awareness charity that I volunteer for – CoppaFeel.org).

This is SUCH a huge milestone for me, as two years ago I was so poorly I could barely walk around the block. Then a multi-day trek would have seemed like an impossible reality! But, my training has begun and I am walking up any hill I can find!! Who would have thought I would be thankful to walk up hills! 😉 (Should you want to sponsor me, I would so appreciate it. You can do so by clicking here )

In all of it, God continues to restore me and my hope for the future! The future is bright and I am so excited to see what is in store!


Some of the Machu Picchu team!