Wednesday, October 25, 2006

a very special day, the best in 7 whole years.

1. daniel chirico. you make the best bread in town. thanks for breakfast.

2. my dentist, you do the best fillings in town. thanks for the no-pain session.

3. thanks jane for being at malvern central today so we could run into each other, have a quick coffee and chat, and set a night for our inaugural writers circle meeting next week.

there was one cloud: no thanks to you, dude on your mobile, who i gave way to so you could do a u-turn in the middle of glenferrie road, malvern. you in your green jeep, with rego omu 782.

where was my thank you wave?

you didn't even have a spare hand, did you?


but the best news, the best thing follows. i want to share it with you, for this is my journey and you are part of it now.

the best thing about today was hearing something i haven't heard for 7 years, had given up wishing and hoping for.

when i got home from my busy day of having teeth filled, eating fantastic toast, running into friends, there was a message on the phone from mum. she was at the hospital, peter mac, and said the scans were all clear.




THE SCANS WERE ALL CLEAR.


THE SCANS WERE ALL CLEAR.



this is a woman, my mum, who has fought and battled and survived and worked so hard to stay alive. we have ridden the rollercoaster, my family and i. for seven long years. she has had periods of wellness, and times of terrible illness. she has lain in intensive care, so pale and thin, hallucinating that there was a little girl sitting on the chair by her bed, who when mum felt very, very bad, came and got into bed with her.

she hasn't given up. she has been so strong. she is amazing. i feel very lucky that we still have her. one of my friends, her mother was diagnosed with cancer after my mum, and she died a couple of years ago. different cancer. my mum has one of the better ones. but still, her type has killed a king.

so, i told princess and she did her happy dance. she shouted her wish had come true. turns out one of her friends had told her, write your wishes on a piece of paper. fold up the paper and put it in the garden, cover it with flower petals. and the wish will come true. so she did it. i helped her, but i didn't see what the wishes were. she is so sweet using up her wishes on her grandmother, instead of wishing for a pony, a lolly shop, different hair. every birthday, every star-light, star-bright, first-star-i-see-tonight, princess and i have been wishing on granny. seven years of wishes. that's a lot of wishes.

if i could tap dance, i would.

if i could fly, i would.

if i could give each and every one of you a big, squeezy hug, i would.

52 comments:

elaine said...

*massivest virtual squeezy hug*

with apologies for the grammar and cracked ribs.

BEVIS said...

YAY!!

That is SUCH great news! Well done to everyone and hugs all round. I will give Wifey a big hug in the morning in lieu of being able to hug you.

(I'll tell her the good news and who the hug is pseudo-for, don't worry. Otherwise it'd somehow be dishonest and creepy and weird.)

I'm not Craig said...

That is wonderful. I am so happy for you and your mum I could cry.

Princess must be the bestest daughter in the whole wide world.

If we should ever meet in real life, please remind me that I owe you a giant squeezy hug and a thousand thank-yous for your beautiful writings and for including all of us in your journey.

LadyCracker said...

Wonderful, wonderful news MG.
So happy to hear it.

groverjones said...

That is the best news I reckon you could ever have! Give your Mum a hug on all our behalfs too!

meva said...

I'm so pleased for you all! Happy tears!

Dxxxx said...

That's so fantastic MG, I am really happy to hear this news. That is the BEST!
Big Big BIG hugs to you, Princess and Mumsy.
I wish i was there so we could have share a cuppa as well.
XOX

Pomgirl said...

I'm so pleased for you I nearly started crying. Wonderful news.

Alabama said...

Oh I'm happy for you miss.


*Hugs*




x

BEVIS said...

I'm STILL happy!!

Yes!

Still!

MelbourneGirl said...

elaine

bevis

i'm not craig

ladycracker

groverjones

meva

dxxxx

pomgirl

alabama

bevis (again)

you are all ace. you are all the best. the acest and the bestest.

thank you, thank you for your kind words and thoughts and for being so happy for me and my family.

tomorrow night we are having a spesh dinner out to celebrate. the whole family will be there, even my brother who lives interstate. he will be there too, as a surprise. mum doesn't know. the kids don't know. there will be a mess of screaming people in a st kilda restaurant about 6.30 tomorrow night. if you happen to be in that restaurant, or walking past, and hear happy, joyful, out-of-control screaming, and perhaps some sobbing as well, PLEASE come in and say hello.

and any psychos who intend to visit ALL st kilda restaurants tomorrow night at 6.30 and perhaps do something nasty to us.

we will take you down. kids included.

Rowena said...

So thrilled for you MG xxxxxxxxx

Ms Batville said...

How wonderful - I am so happy for you and your whole family.

Steph said...

That is truly awesome news.
I've been where you are with my own mum and it was like time stood still.

You should go visit Audrey's blog. Her mum has just been diagnosed and she's having a rough time.
She could use some uplifting news like that. Every little good news story gives another drop of hope.

http://www.audreyapple.blogspot.com/

Magical_M said...

That is just wonderful mg! Go mg's mum.

[joins in the group hug]

I remember when my mum was given the all clear after her bouts of cancer and how relieved we all were.

Definitely something to celebrate big time!

Anonymous said...

thanks everyone again. we have had a weekend of celebrations and good times.

i'm just about to print out my post and these comments and give them to my mum. just so she knows that people wish her well.

xxx

BEVIS said...

I hope the dinner went well and that her son's surprise visit was the icing on the cake! xx

I also wish I'd been scouring all restaurants at 6:30 whichever-night-it-was so I could bound up to everyone and hug them like I'm an old friend. But I probably would have been beaten to a pulp by various people as I encountered the wrong families (and possibly even by John when I encountered the RIGHT family!).

Still, you know me - I wouldn't have wanted to be recognised ... and yet at the same time, I would have wanted to be recognised. It's a confusing way to be. Maybe if I'd worn a Kermit mask or something.

Nah, in addition to being beaten up by startled family members, I also would have been attacked by restaurant owners who thought I was trying to rob the place.

Better for everyone that I just stay home alone, methinks!

What was I trying to say in this comment, again?? ... !

MelbourneGirl said...

thanks bevis. dinner went well, yes. my brother planned to walk in and try to get to the table before either mum or the kids saw her. so he had to move like a hitman, he planned to be like al pacino in one of the godfather movies. he just about managed it, but just at the last minute, mum caught sight of him, and thought to herself "what a nice looking young man, he looks like my son" then did a double take and realised it WAS her son.

dinner was great. we had speeches, we had the video camera out, and so got lots of great footage, including a cabaret moment in the women's toilets, where several of us did a funny, celebratory dance. i'm glad no one else was in there, cause it was probably illegal to take a camera into a public facility.

sublime-ation said...

loves to you, awesome lady, and your mum and Princess too.

I no longer look like Shane Warne, I want to sit in the sun in your backyard again!
xs

MelbourneGirl said...

we shall do that again, sweets. i want some piano next time, and i shall insist on a hat for you, young lady.

i'm thinking evening martinis, pimms and canapes might be a goer too.

sublime-ation said...

I know a damn fine Martini mixer *winks*. I'll bring my sheet music next time.

Riss said...

Oh, that's wonderful news, mg! Tears welling for me too - I'm a sucker for a happy turn-of-events. Well done to everyone and especially your Mum's doctors/nurses/carers who, I'm sure, would be very happy at the news.

Chai said...

Sorry I am a little late here but am very very happy to hear of your very good news.

MelbourneGirl said...

thanks again everyone for commenting. i printed off my post and comments and gave them to mum. she found the whole thing very moving, and not at all weird, that strangers were wishing her well.

i tell you, this blogging thing. it's amazing.

Susanne said...

Wow, that's fantastic news. :)

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