Category Archives: anal cancer

Eulogy to Deb: This is Ripley, Signing Off

The beautiful eulogy given by Beverly Edgington at Deb’s Funeral on 10 June, 2015, inspired by the words of remembrance of her friends, family and acquaintances, seems a fitting way to conclude the ‘Not Quite Ripley’ blog: Daughter, Sister, Aunty, … Continue reading

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Deb’s Farewell

As spoken by me, Nic Cottham, at Deb’s funeral: I’m pulling up my Big Girl’s Pants, as Deb would say. I am also putting on my old lady’s spectacles. Deb used to say that I would need them too one day … Continue reading

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A Celebration of Deb’s Life by Tiu

I would like to share with you here the beautiful words of remembrance of Tiu de Haan, the celebrant at Deb’s funeral which took place at Lytham Park Crematorium on Wednesday 10th June, 2015. I will also share the other … Continue reading

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The Last Day and a Good Death

I’m Nic. I have been a close friend of Deb’s for fifteen years. For the last four, I have been one of the crew members on the Nostromo, if you will. I accompanied the protagonist as she lived with (don’t … Continue reading

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Push button beds, finding out more about ascites from business end and words you don’t want to hear during a procedure.

Hi Gang, oh hang on let me just (zzzzzppp) that’s better just adjusting my lovely hospital style bed to the “sitting upright” position.  Too far? (ppppzz) Oh there you are! Well I’ve been busy as a busy thing here.  The … Continue reading

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A few wonderful hellos and a couple of sad goodbyes and I learn a new word for another symptom

I know, I know, I haven’t blogged for ages and the promise of every Sunday seems to have gone out of the window but from now on let’s just say I will blog when I have something I think is … Continue reading

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Spring is in the air and our heroine purchases a Thermos flask …

A while ago I waved off a couple of special people who had turned up with a bunch of beautiful flowers, some Singapore noodles, loads of gossip and some tight as anything hugs. It was great.  I sometimes get so … Continue reading

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