Daughter of Les & Joan Allan and sister to Chris, Katie originated from Belfast and settled in Fradley, Staffordshire with husband, Stuart, and two children, Sam and Sophie.

Katie wrote this blog to share her story, improve awareness and spread inspiration & positivity amongst families, friends and others 'battling cancer - one day at a time'

Katie Scarbrough
04 March 1981 - 02 May 2013

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

We’ve been back from Disneyland for a few weeks now, and its been pretty hectic. We had a magical time in Paris, the kids had a great time going on the rides, meeting the different characters, seeing the shows and parades. It is definitely something that has brought us amazing memories which will last forever. As a parent, and I’m sure other parents will agree to see your children smiling and happy is the best feeling in the world. It was like a little bubble of magic, that got burst pretty quick when you get home and realise your in reality.

I have already had chemo number 3, that was last Wednesday. About 3-5 days after treatment I have joint pain, that is one of the side effects. My ankles, shins, knees and lower back hurt and to be honest it does get me down. I hate it!! My next chem was scheduled for Boxing Day but we decided to put it off for a week, so we can enjoy Christmas. Also my CT Scan to see if this treatment is working was scheduled for this week and again we decided to put that off too until January so we didn’t have that hanging over us. Both the CT scan and chemo number 4 will be on the 2nd January.

The kids and Stuart have had colds and coughs for the last week and I have been trying to stay away from them, which is hard, as I love my cuddles. But, I think they are clearing up now so I can’t wait to have loads of cuddles to make up for it.

Christmas is not far away now and you don’t realise how grateful I am for my laptop. The on line shopping I’ve done is immense, so much so I completely forgot exactly what I had ordered and where I had ordered it from. We still have some more things to get, just bits and bobs really. The thought of walking around shops when its busy is enough to pull my hair out……if I had any lol.  This is the busiest time of year with everything the kids do school trips, swimming, football, beavers, parties, school fairs, school discos…the list is never ending.

Sophie had her first ‘Nativity Play’ at primary school this week. I have to say I am one proud mummy. She only told me the night before that she was Mary. And because she hadn’t said anything before I wasn’t sure if I should believe her or not as she may have gotten it wrong. So I tried not to get to excited about it and wait to see when I was at the school. Whilst we were waiting to go into the classroom I looked through the window in the door and there she was dressed as Mary. She looked so cute. When I got diagnosed with Cancer back in June, one thought that had gone through my head was the fact that Sophie was starting Primary School and I wanted to see her in the Nativity. The fact she was Mary and I got to see her was the icing on the cake for me!!



  • Natalie Says

    AAAw Katie, your blogs always have the same teary effect on me. Sophie was a wonderful Mary and looked beautiful as always, and biased or not she seemed to have found herself a lovely Joseph too!

    You have so much to keep you so busy right now and so many fun things to be sharing with both Sam and Sophie and your manic family Christmas too, it will be lovely for you all.

    I will be thinking of you on 2nd January and will be keeping everything crossed that the new year can start with some positive news for you.

    You are doing amazing, and are looking fabulous too x x x

  • Kath Says

    I’m welling up at the last bit too lol. She did make a lovely Mary.

    Hope everything goes to plan on the 2nd and that the results show that the treatment is working. Xxx

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