Bloodwise Ambassador Katie Ruane
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Catching Up

Bloodwise Ambassador Katie Ruane
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28 Sep 2014

Well my lovely bloglets,

I feel like I haven’t written in a while, so thought I would do a little catch up of what’s been going on.

Firstly, I have succumbed to a horrible lurgey that has been circulating.  Day 9 today and feeling so much better but still coughing, bit snotty and my voice isn’t fully back yet.  My body took drastic measures to make me rest and sleep and re-charge. I am currently at the rentals, have been here since Thursday and heading back to London on Tuesday for the expert chemotherapy reference group meeting I sit on as a patient voice.

I have been manic.  I have business cards!!!  A room to use on Wimpole Street, looking for a room in the City, approving the last tweaks to my website, which should be live this week, saw my first Naturopathy patient, have a massage patient and generally telling everyone what I do so encourage more people to see me. Oh, and a business bank account – so grown up!

I am now doing a Sunday blog spot on a blog called the Yellow Dress Project writing about nutrition and nutrition type things which is amazing, and an honour to be asked.

I have sent off an example of my more narrative style of writing to the person who wants to publish my book to see what they think of it, so hopefully I will hear back soon and then I will start writing in earnest.

I am also launching, with my mother, a new networking group in Marylebone, which is part of Women In Business, a national women’s only networking business.  I am already a member of one group at Holborn, which is where I got my first patient from.  This is very exciting and a whole new experience for me, so as of tomorrow, I will be working hard to get people to visit the launch and then hopefully join.

I DON’T FEEL FAT!  I know, amazing.  And in general I am feeling pretty happy.

Last week was a bit of an emotional roller coaster.  The funeral of a much beloved lady was, I’m not going to lie, pretty horrific.  Bringing up so much of my own cancer related stuff. But.  I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.  Saying goodbye is so important and then enjoying being with her family and friends afterwards whilst eating the most monumentally enormous piece of brie is something that I will treasure forever.

Then, two days later, the wedding of one of my most favourite girls.  One of my little gang that have been there for me no matter what, especially since my diagnosis.  That group of girls keeps me going, and I am so incredibly lucky to have them.  You know who you are, and you had better read this!

And then, a private party at Boodles with one of my most favourite people in the world.  A school friend.  We don’t see each other very often, in fact, I think I have seen him about 3 times in the last 3 years, but that doesn’t matter.  We just slot back to how we always are.  He makes me smile so much, a very special boy.  AND I was his plus one to his father’s 70th. So, clearly I’m his most favourite person too.  Possibly the best moment of the night was finding in the bedroom, yes, I could have gone home, but I was offered a bed, (obviously not going to say no, I might never step foot place in there again), was step by step instructions of how to make a cafetiere of coffee. Ha ha ha.

So, I’m feeling pretty loved at the moment.

And I suppose the thing that makes me smile so much at the moment, and I smile every time I unlock my phone as my lock screen photo is of course, my niece.  I couldn’t see her last week because of the lurgey, so my sister sent me photos of her.  Seeing her change as she gets bigger is amazing.  I just sit and smile at her.  The love for her is overwhelming; I can’t imagine how it is when the baby is yours.

Another thing I have on the horizon that I am looking forward to is that an artist I follow on Twitter, Matt Forster, has an exhibition next week in London.  I supported a crowd funding project he did to get a book printed of some of his art, which I think I will get this coming week.  I love art.  My first degree was History of Art at Edinburgh and I loved it.  Exhibitions make me smile – paintings, sculpture or photos, and I love buildings.  Those of you who follow me on Instagram will know that.  I can’t draw, but I can and enjoy taking photos.  Anyways, going off point.  I love Matt’s watercolours and drawings, although I think he sold my favourite picture – an elephant – instead of giving it to me, so that’s quite frankly, rude.  I have a folder on my phone of screenshots of paintings that I want from him, I’m at over 100, so if any of you feel like buying me one, his website is

I’m still knackered, so need to have a chat in a few weeks with my consultant when I’m back in my clinic.  The fatigue does feel different, not so heavy, but on Friday night I had about 7 hours sleep and all of yesterday I was exhausted with burning eyes and face.  Not good.

Well, I think that’s it.  Ramble mode is approaching, so I should go.

Still thinking of an angel wing – when I look down at my wrist I can see it, I think it’s going to happen; my parents are going to kill me……
With love and hope,