If you’re new to my blog then you may see a lot of content on positivity and minimalism but what you may not know yet is just why I’m so focused on bringing so much positivity into our lives. We had a crappy 2016 you see and by crappy I mean pretty damn awful. There was good to come out of it; greatness in fact in the form of Jenson being born, my Mum getting the all clear from cancer and us as a family growing stronger by the day but those highs were matched with the devastating blows of losing both my sister in law and my uncle to cancer, and of course my mum going through the terrible disease.

Cancer is evil, it makes me so emotional to talk about and even just writing these words has brought me to tears. I’m sure I will write some day about our experience, about the hell I saw and still see our families endure but right now I prefer to share the strength that they have and the beauty in everything that I now appreciate and admire so much.

One major way that my husband Pete is showing strength after losing his sister is by braving the shave for Macmillan. Pete lost his sister, his second sibling he’s said goodbye to and I feel so heartbroken for him and his family. I have such sadness and miss her so much and can only imagine what they go through everyday especially her two young children who are just about the strongest children I know.

Michelle was just wonderful and she documented her journey on her blog A Woman Interupted, she would have done anything for anyone and she wanted to share her experience with others even if it could have just helped one person – which I just know that it did!

when Michelle was still alive Pete promised her that he’d shave his head when she did hers and now in her memory he’s braving the shave and donating the money that he raises to Macmillan, who support people with cancer and their families from diagnosis every step of the way.

Pete’s having his head shaved on Saturday 13th May by the same wonderful lady who shaved Michelle’s head back at the beginning of her chemo treatment and I know it’s going to be emotional; not because Pete will be cutting his hair, it’ s not that great anyway (jokes) but because we all know how proud Michelle would have been of him.

I know that cancer has affected us all in some way or another and if you’ve been thinking of donating but just haven’t had a chance then please do. The money funds some truly wonderful individuals whose support really is invaluable and life changing to those being affected by cancer. If you’d like to donate then please do check out Pete’s Brave the Shave page or even if you’d like to send him some words of encouragement pop a comment below or find him on instagram – @peteavey

Thanks for reading,

Jess x

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