If that title didn’t get your attention, then I don’t know what will. Listen up! This is super important.
The bit about the boat
On Monday I shared my salty tales with a public audience in Oakham – all good fun and we raised some more cash for Arthritis Care, which is great news. My thanks to Oakham School for hosting the event and to everyone who came along.
The bit about boobs
I was particularly excited because a new friend came along and this was the first time we had met. Ever. I have to introduce you to the inspirational, quirky, wonderful and indomitable Kristin Hallenga of Coppafeel. If you’re reading this with a blank face than worry not, I shall explain.
Back in October I happened to be in front of the TV when the ‘Pride of Britain Awards ‘ came on and instead of returning to my book writing, I sat and watched. And I cried and I laughed and I shook my head in amazement as I watched the incredible people being honoured on the night. One was 23 year old self proclaimed ‘cancer warrior’ Kristin Hallenga. She is incredible. 18 months previously she had been to the doctor about ‘lumpy breasts’ and was told not to worry. After some time abroad travelling she returned with more pain and worries – but was told it was nothing. A second doctor then diagnosed Stage IV breast cancer. There is no Stage V. Let me say again – she is my age. 2.4 decades young.
Determined to ‘nip cancer in the bud’ Kris has set up a charity called ‘Coppafeel’, spreading the word that breast cancer knows no age and encouraging young women to check their boobs for oddities. She is undergoing treatment and doing well at the moment. I dropped Kris a line to send her some salty energy and see if I might be able to help. In doing so, I have landed a new friend and mega source of inspiration. We are planning a couple of joint gigs in the future – more to follow when it’s cooked.
After my talk, Kris and I had a debate. I won. She had told me I was inspirational and I refuted it. For I draw my inspiration from folks like Kris, those like my brave Dad marching on some painful journeys and those friends of mine battling cancer at the moment – all with spirit and courage and fight.
I am absolutely behind Kris’ campaign and spirit, especially since four women I know have been diagnosed with breast cancer this year. One of them is now trudging through chemotherapy on the long and winding road to recovery.
Please pass the message on: Get feelin’ those boobs and get checked out if things aren’t right. And for some of the most inspirational stuff I have ever read then check out Kris’ site. Amazing.
PS 124 days back on land now – the same time I was out on the ocean. Happy days. Less crazy now.
PPS If you are a publisher and reading this and in search of a salty tale, then do get in touch
PPPS Little sizes of polo shirts now available for little people. 7-8 yrs/9-10 yrs/11-13 yrs ~ £10 ~ Navy polo, embroidered logo on left chest, ‘Dream. Believe. Achieve.’ across the back. Email me