So I’m guessing you have no clue what #S2S2D is. I didn’t, until a couple of weeks ago when I finally risked looking really dumb, and asked what the hell it was, and why people kept tweeting it.
Turns out it’s really something quite marvellous, and I’m currently feeling very lucky to be a part of it.
A lovely lady called Emma, who blogs at Crazy With Twins, was recently diagnosed with cancer. After an operation, she then had to have treatment with radioactive iodine. I have a friend who had this treatment a few years ago, and I know it’s not much fun. The clue’s in the name there. It’s radioactive, so you’re kept in a room, away from everyone. They bring you meals on plastic plates, and throw the plates and cutlery away when you’re finished.
Emma had to be in complete isolation for 5 days, and was told that after that she couldn’t go within a couple of metres of anyone for 10-16 days. Bad enough?
Emma has twin babies, who would be especially at risk from radiation. She was told she wouldn’t be able to go within a couple of metres of them for up to 28 days. Four weeks.
Well, this is where the story gets a bit more heart warming. Victoria and Firefly Phil came up with an idea called “Shoulder to Shoulder Today” where bloggers would write cheerful, inspirational or uplifting posts each day to help Emma keep going while she was having to stay away from people.
Even better than this, Emma’s treatment was more successful than anyone expected, and she’s been able to cuddle her twins much earlier than expected.
The blog hop is continuing though, because we said we’d do it – and because it’s proving to be quite useful for raising awareness.
And really, who doesn’t want to read something cheerful and uplifting for once?
We’re also trying to find a sponsor to buy an iPad for the iodine room at the Cheltenham General Hospital (where Emma was treated). Anything that’s used in the room can’t be taken back outside because of the radioactivity. It must either be destroyed, or left in the room. It would be amazing if we could get an iPad to be kept in the room, so that future patients can maintain contact with the outside world.
So there we have it. Do you feel educated?
If you have a positive, uplifting post to share, please do so in the Linky at the bottom of this post.
And now, because it’s me, and I love my rubbish jokes, here are some things to make you giggle:
How do you tell the difference between a weasel and a stoat?
One is weasely recognisable, and the other is stoatally different.
What’s black and white and moans a lot?
A nun carrying a piano.
Two blondes walked into a bar…
You’d think one of them would have seen it!
What’s orange and sounds like a parrot?
What do you call a judge with no thumbs?
If you didn’t laugh at any of those… you may be broken beyond repair.