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Journey’s End

November 23, 2016

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This blog has been a bit sparse recently in both frequency and content. This is entirely because I have been somewhat pre-occupied in caring for June. Sadly her battle with cancer and Alzheimer’s ended on October 18th 2016.

I have deliberately not mentioned much of this over the past months, you may have gathered from the odd reference to hospital visits etc that all was not well but June was very private and did not want her illnesses openly discussed. However, it might help now if I filled in some of the blanks.

We realised that with the early signs of Alzheimer’s, June could not adapt to new surroundings easily and learning French was therefore completely out of the question; that is why we had to beat a hasty retreat. Her cancer was diagnosed soon after we arrived in Wales and was the real reason why we got an extension on the rented bungalow as she had to have surgery and radiation treatment. When we finally arrived in Norfolk the CT scans were OK for a while but early this year they started to show signs of deterioration and a course of chemotherapy was started. It proved ineffective and was stopped in early September. There followed a period of decline and escalating need for in-home care and she passed away at home on October 18th.

We held a simple non-faith cremation service and get together yesterday Nov 22nd and bid her a final farewell.

Her passing has changed my life completely, I am now adapting to living alone for the first time in my life and it is presenting a few challenges. This blog is now ended, I may start another sometime as I have found it a useful way to record memories and share experiences.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. alicewaimea permalink
    November 23, 2016 16:46

    I am so very sorry to hear of your loss David. Although I did not know either of you personally, I enjoyed reading about your trials with moving. Only now do I realize how much more you were doing behind the scenes, and how hard that must have been. It should be a consolation to you that June’s wish for privacy was kept, as I never had an inkling as to either of her illnesses.When you feel ready I do think you should consider another blog, perhaps on an interest you have, as you seem open to new ideas and discoveries. The blog is an outlet to the wider world, even if you do not know whether it is being read.
    I wish you well,
    Alice

  2. jo anne bingham permalink
    November 23, 2016 17:15

    Dave – our sincere condolences. We noticed June was absent in some of your posts.
    A very sad time for you. No words can heal.
    Please know that we have enjoyed your blog, followed you from Ca to Brittany to UK. Your life has changed again but this time you have to go it alone. None of us desire that, but usually one half of a couple has to carry on.
    My mother suffered from dementia, possibly Alzheimers, but died of lung cancer (non smoker) and I was thankful that she would never become that person sitting staring into space in a home. It is not easy to reconcile.
    We hope to hear of your life again, via blog, when you are ready,
    Regards, Jo and Brian

    • November 23, 2016 18:05

      Thank you Jo. Yes we were spared the terrible end that is dementia. I’ll continue to follow you & Brian on your travels

  3. Gerda Bolton permalink
    November 23, 2016 20:48

    David, I am so sorry to read this. I had realized June was ill, but not that it was going to be so final so soon. I hope you can find the strength to find solace in the small daily joys of life, keep looking for the silver lining!! And if there is anything at all I can do, please let me know.
    Gerda

  4. Ann L permalink
    November 24, 2016 20:37

    So so sorry for you loss. I’ve followed yours and June’s blog since 2011….always looked forward to your posts and I’m sure you’ll soon be able to look back on your adventures together with a smile.

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