Royal Ascot Ladies Day🐎

So yesterday myself, my friend Emily and 3 of her friends helped me tick another thing  off my list, attending ladies day at Royal Ascot. 

The fun began when I arrived at Emily’s Wednesday evening where we had dinner and a glass of wine before I was attempting to fake tan Emily and sort out the hampers for the following morning. 

Waking up to sunshine Thursday morning was fab and we got excitedly ready. Finally after a rushed job at putting fake eyelashes on my non existent ones we got the taxi to the train station. 

We met the other girls in route to ascot and finally made it there by midday. It was the most glamerous train I have ever seen with dresses and hats of all colours filling up the carriage. 

Once in we set up camp on the grass with our picnic rugs and plenty of food and prosecco. We had a few bets on the horses winning a few times with the winnings being spent on more bets but still managing to come away £15 up. 

Such a fun day and lovely spending the time with this gorgeous girlies.

Watch our day out and see what we got up to by following this link – ☆☆Royal Ascot 2017☆☆

A little about me!

Hi, I am Laura and at 28 I should be out and about enjoying life, having babies, getting married and buying a home. And yet I am sat at home in my PJ’s with my laptop on my lap and a cup of tea to hand writing this new blog I decided to do.

So who am I…. well as mentioned I am 28 years old and I live in Norfolk with Brad, my 7 year long boyfriend, and for the past 3 years I have been travelling on a roller coaster of a journey after getting an aggressive breast cancer diagnoses at the age of only 25 back in February 2014. Since then I have been through the mill… chemotherapy, losing my hair, mastectomy to my left breast, radiotherapy, hormonal treatment, reconstruction operations including choosing to have my good breast taken off too and writing all about it in my original (and ongoing) blog which can be read here. Bald, Boobless and Beautiful.

Unfortunately after only a year off treatment and getting normality back I was re-diagnosed with cancer in October 2016 when I discovered the cancer had spread into my bones on discovering a large tumour in my humerus head or my right shoulder, therefore back to more surgery (shoulder reconstruction) which I had in November and now I am on more chemotherapy with an outlook of constant treatment now ongoing for the rest of my life. I have also realised life is now extremely precious and mine may be shortened quite a lot from my original plan so I have decided ever day counts. I can’t do much whilst I am undergoing chemotherapy (it makes me so ill and tired) but the plan is come April/May time I can begin to enjoy life. So I have come up with the idea to have a Lauras Life is for Living List to occupy my time and give me plenty of things to look forward to and plan.

And hopefully along the way it will encourage and inspire all you you to also life life to the full and do the things you have always wanted to do.

So to follow me on this journey please follow this page, spread with you friends and input where necessary (suggestions of nice things to do) and generally enjoy seeing me live my life any which way I can.

Thanks for reading this

Laura x

 

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Another task completed!

So one if my life is for living list tasks was to read the weather on TV. Someone suggested it so I thought why not stick it on the list and see if anything comes of it. Thinking it will be one of the harder ones to complete I hadn’t thought much about it until yesterday…. the local Mustard TV and Brad had been plotting together to get me into the studio to read their weather. And it went out yesterday evening. It was fun to do and means another task is ticked off my list.
Here is my weather report… https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1453243138072612&id=425462824183987
Thanks Mustard TV for my suprise.  

Full Activity List!

I had previously put together a list of my first 25 tasks but here is an updated and bigger list of things to do and see with a couple I have already completed which are shown in green.

I would like to get to 50 activities therefore I need a few more suggestions. Also if you wish to do something with me or can help me achieve one of my activities please do let me know. Send me a message with the activity number you can help with or want to attend. I am looking at getting somethings booked in soonish.

 

The List!

  1. Afternoon Tea at Claridges 
  2. Ride on the Orient Express
  3. Walk the Alpacas in North Norfolk✔
  4. Fly somewhere Business Class
  5. Get a Puppy ✔
  6. Go to an Opera at the Royal Opera House
  7. See Strictly on Tour ✔
  8. Punting in Cambridge
  9. Visit Cornwall
  10. Have drinks in the Shard in a cocktail dress
  11. Day out at Ladies Day at Ascot✔
  12. Go Whale Watching
  13. Indoor Skydiving
  14. Hold a 30th Birthday Party (April 2018)
  15. See Cirque Du Soleil 
  16. See Lord of the Dance show
  17. Take a trip to the Maldives with Brad (organised for Oct 2017)
  18. Ride a Gondola in Venice
  19. Visit friends dad’s Italian flat.
  20. Create a random pop video with friends
  21. Have a horse riding lesson
  22. Visit Barcelona to visit a friend
  23. Go Husky Sledging
  24. Have a weekend in Brighton to visit the Pavilion
  25. Present the weather on TV ✔
  26. Help with Lambing 
  27. Go Champagne Tasting in France (organised)
  28. Visit New York and go to Woody Allen Jazz bar
  29. Watch a Rugby Game at Twickenham
  30. Have a girls weekend at Center Parcs 
  31. Hold a Cheese and Wine night 
  32. Stay in an Igloo hotel
  33. Have a night out at Monaco Casino
  34. Attend a Silent Disco
  35. Have a pampering weekend at Chewton Glen
  36. Go Skiing 
  37. Spend a few nights on a sailing yacht watching the stars (organised)
  38. Go to Chelsea Flower Show
  39. Fly in Debbie’s small plane
  40. See Beauty and the Beast new film✔
  41. Go for drinks at the top of the Eiffel Tower
  42. Visit Amsterdam
  43. Visit Disney Land Paris
  44. Fly in a Helicopter 
  45. Go on a cruise
  46. Hot air balloon ride
  47. Go on game show
  48. Narrow boat
  49. Visit Rome (organised)
  50. ?

I am hoping I can complete most of these over the next 2 years so I need to get booking things in.

Activities in purple are to be completed

Activities in Green have been done.

Laura x

Activity 2, Getting A Puppy

Before my re-diagnoses myself and Brad had many conversations about getting a dog but thought with us both working and other commitments we would wait for a few years. Then came the news my cancer was back and we both decided there and then that we can’t keep putting things off therefore we would ask our landlords if getting a dog was a possibility and if so we agreed that although a puppy would be hard work it would be nice to get one instead of an older dog. Our landlords were fine with it however we had to also get permission off the building freeholder as we live in a block of flats. This proved quite a tricky task and a lot longer than we hoped therefore the first choice of puppy we saw unfortunately went before we were able to agree to having one. But then the day came where we had permission granted and just by chance that day, whilst having lunch, Brad came across an advert for cocker spaniel puppies in Norwich. There was one ginger and white girl which was the colouring we wanted so we phoned to ask about her but she had already been sold. They still had others but they were black and white ones or a male lemon and white one. But whilst on the phone Brad was told they had 1 other which had not been advertised as they were unsure if they wanted to sell her but said we could come meet her and have a look. She was ruby coloured so would be perfect. We decided to head over to seem then that afternoon. On arrival the little ruby girl was brought to the door to meet us. She was perfect and so pretty but at only 5 weeks old she was so teeny. We stayed a while meeting the other puppies and the mum who had such a beautiful nature. We decided there and then we would have her and named her Tilly.

We had to wait a few weeks before we could take her home but we managed to visit a few times allowing us to get to know her before she moved home with us. Each time she had grown so much and become a confident little girl. Due to me being in hospital for a week in Birmingham we had to wait until she was 9 weeks old to collect her but finally on the 12th February we finally were able to go and bring her home.

Since then she has settled in nicely, grown lots and become a very fun and cheeky little madam. She loves people, cuddles and her squeaky toys. Life is now forever entertaining and she has already helped take my mind off my cancer treatment. It is tough at times when I just want to stay in bed as she needs us to get her up and out but I wouldn’t have it any other way. She brings a smile to my face even if she is being a little shit and you cannot be cross with her gorgeous puppy face for too long. Her endless enthusiasm and lovable nature keeps me going through the hardest of days so for that she will always be my special girl. 


 

Activity 1 – Strictly

​Saturday 11th February 2017 I completed my first activity from my list (is 7th in the order of my list). I went to London to the O2 Arena with 2 of my good friends Heather and Emily. 

The day began with an early start to get the national express bus at 9am. This took us to Stratford where we then were able to get a tube straight to the O2. On arrival we decided to get some lunch as we had just over an hour until the doors opened. We met Emily just as we were finishing off lunch and all headed into the O2 arena. Emily decided to buy me a strictly 10 paddle to use in the show and as something to keep. 

The arena was buzzing with so many people ready to watch the glitz and glamour of the strictly show. It was amazing. Lovely outfits and fantastic dances by the celebrities and the pro dances. The winner of our show was Danny Mac and Oti but the others gave us an amazing experience to watch. 

It was great, such a fun show and lovey to watch. After the show it was a nightmare leaving as so many people plus rush hour for the tubes so we hung back a little while until it quietened down slightly. We then headed off back to Stratford stopping for dinner at Westfields before getting the bus back to Norwich. 

A very lovely day out and great to begin my Life is for Living List.

To see my day out take a look at the link below…

The List

I have been talking with people, researching things to do and thinking what I really want to do with my life now I have incurable cancer and the main thing  I want to do is inspire you all to do amazing things and live life to the full also. But to do this I want to prove to you that it can be done and life doesn’t have to have as many restrictions to it as we choose to give it.

So firstly I have 25 ideas to begin with. I would like to get up to 50 therefore I need your help – send me idea’s and suggestions to what made you smile. I shall also be making sure someone does each one with me so if there is something you have always wanted to do this may be your perfect opportunity! (please be aware the cancer is in my bones therefore I cannot do anything which may be dangerous or cause me injury – and no Jumping out of planes!)

The List! (first 25)

  1. Afternoon Tea at Claridges 
  2. Ride on the Orient Express
  3. Walk the Alpacas in North Norfolk
  4. Fly somewhere Business Class
  5. Get a Puppy
  6. Go to an Opera at the Royal Opera House
  7. See Strictly on Tour (happening 11th Feb)
  8. Punting in Cambridge
  9. Visit Cornwall
  10. Have drinks in the Shard in cocktail dress’
  11. Day out at Ladies Day at Ascot
  12. Go Whale Watching
  13. Indoor Skydiving
  14. Hold a 30th Birthday Party (April 2018)
  15. See Cirque Du Soleil 
  16. See Lord of the Dance show
  17. Take a trip to the Maldives with Brad
  18. Ride a Gondola in Venice
  19. Visit friends dad’s Italian flat.
  20. Create a random pop video with friends
  21. Have a horse riding lesson
  22. Visit Barcelona to visit a friend
  23. Go Husky Sledging
  24. Have a weekend in Brighton to visit the Pavilion
  25. Present the Weather on TV

 

If you believe you can either help me succeed at one of these activities or want to join me please get in touch. You can send me a message on here via the contacts page. Thank you xx

A little about me!

Hi, I am Laura and at 28 I should be out and about enjoying life, having babies, getting married and buying a home. And yet I am sat at home in my PJ’s with my laptop on my lap and a cup of tea to hand writing this new blog I decided to do.
So who am I…. well as mentioned I am 28 years old and I live in Norfolk with Brad, my 7 year long boyfriend, and for the past 3 years I have been travelling on a roller coaster of a journey after getting an aggressive breast cancer diagnoses at the age of only 25 back in February 2014. Since then I have been through the mill… chemotherapy, losing my hair, mastectomy to my left breast, radiotherapy, hormonal treatment, reconstruction operations including choosing to have my good breast taken off too and writing all about it in my original (and ongoing) blog which can be read here. Bald, Boobless and Beautiful.
Unfortunately after only a year off treatment and getting normality back I was re-diagnosed with cancer in October 2016 when I discovered the cancer had spread into my bones on discovering a large tumour in my humerus head or my right shoulder, therefore back to more surgery (shoulder reconstruction) which I had in November and now I am on more chemotherapy with an outlook of constant treatment now ongoing for the rest of my life. I have also realised life is now extremely precious and mine may be shortened quite a lot from my original plan so I have decided ever day counts. I can’t do much whilst I am undergoing chemotherapy (it makes me so ill and tired) but the plan is come April/May time I can begin to enjoy life. So I have come up with the idea to have a Lauras Life is for Living List to occupy my time and give me plenty of things to look forward to and plan.
And hopefully along the way it will encourage and inspire all you you to also life life to the full and do the things you have always wanted to do.
So to follow me on this journey please follow this page, spread with you friends and input where necessary (suggestions of nice things to do) and generally enjoy seeing me live my life any which way I can.
Thanks for reading this
Laura x
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lauraslifeisforliving/