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28 Sep 2016 13:39 in response to haze44

Thanks Hazel,

When my youngest grandson first started school, he couldnt talk because of his trachy so the shool taught his classmates sign lanquege so he could communicate with the other children. But being the determined lad that he is, against all what the docters had said about him never speaking, he found a way to talk through his trachy. Now this term, ha has just started senior school. He has to have a classroom assistant who is trachy trained with him virtually all the time. It is good he has been able to stay in mainstream school, Brian

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28 Sep 2016 15:25 in response to woodworm

This is a truly wonderful article and what pleasure it must give her to do this. Jules

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28 Sep 2016 16:34 in response to haze44

Oh Hazel, this one is so emotive as was watching the Brownlee Brothers. It is also wonderful to see/read of such stories when so often the papers are full of doom and gloom . Thanks for sharing.  Jules

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29 Sep 2016 11:40 in response to jules54

Hi folks

Here is todays good news story.

It was in June of this year that we heard the words no parent ever wants to hear. We’d taken our three-year-old, Millie, to the doctor’s because she’d been experiencing tummy pains and sickness. A series of tests revealed that Millie had stage four neuroblastoma — a rare form of cancer that mostly affects young children.

That was almost six months ago. Since then, Millie has endured intensive courses of chemotherapy, a seven-hour operation and numerous bouts of stem cell collection. Despite spending nearly five months in hospital, Millie has continued to smile and been an inspiration throughout.

She’s been an absolute superstar, from the moment we cut her long hair into a short bob to ease the coming hair loss, to coping with the tiredness and nausea during the long rounds of chemotherapy  -  every ten days for 80 days in the first round alone.

We’ve also drawn strength from our community, too. We couldn’t have got through those first few weeks without the support of our family and friends who rallied around to offer help and support. From help looking after Millie’s two brothers while we were in hospital, to the ‘Millie’s Champion’ football tournament that our local community organised and constant messages of support received from friends, neighbours and well wishers.

We’ve also learned that focus on the little things brings so much joy. From Millie’s first trip outside of the hospital building in July after four weeks on the ward, to a few days at home when she was able to sleep in her own bed and spend some quality time with her brothers. And last, but certainly not least, we’ve come to understand how powerful and inspiring the kindness of strangers can be.

Since Millie’s diagnosis in June, the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow and the nearby Ronald McDonald House have become our second home and the staff and volunteers have been incredible. We captured a video of Millie’s nurses singing and performing a dance routine with Millie to ‘Let It Go’, the song from her favourite Disney film, Frozen. When I posted the video to the ‘Millie’s Journey’ Facebook page I could never have envisaged the response it would get. Hundreds of people have left messages of support and commented on how wonderful it is to see the commitment and passion of the NHS nurses and it’s been viewed and shared by hundreds of thousands of complete strangers.

An astonishing testament to the kindness of strangers and the power of the crowd has been the number of those people that have gone on to donate to our JustGiving crowdfunding page which we launched to raise the £100k needed for Millie to get special treatment in the US. Although Millie will only be eligible to start the treatment in the 120 days after her UK treatment, the knowledge that more than 600 strangers have already donated more than £12,000 gives us so much hope. It’s this show of generosity, the human spirit, the support of our family and warmth of our community, the focus on the little things to find joy, and, above all else, it’s Millie’s smile that will ensure we get through this.

Hope you like this like I did, Brian

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29 Sep 2016 15:40 in response to woodworm

Thank you for sharing this Brian.  It is heartwarming to read that the kindness of strangers (as well as family and friends) will help Millie continue her treatment.  I am pretty sure there are many more such stories out there.  Jules

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17 Oct 2016 11:02 in response to jules54

Hi everyone,

Here is another heart warming story.

Hope you like this one, Brian.

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17 Oct 2016 14:45 in response to woodworm

This is lovely. Would not have worked for me and hubby though as he hated to go shopping at the best of times!! It does bring back a memory of when I was in hospital having our daughter and bless him he got all the right things for me despite being on cloud nine  at his unusual  valentines day  gift - she was born 12 days early! Think we fell in love all over again when our chidren were born. He was a great Dad and granddad. Jules 

 

 

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18 Oct 2016 09:10 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

Thanks Jules.

Found this and wanted to share it with you all, Brian.

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18 Oct 2016 13:13 in response to woodworm

Beautiful, thanks for sharing. Jules 

 

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18 Oct 2016 15:00 in response to woodworm

Yesterday's and today's are really lovely, thanks Brian. Hazel xx

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19 Oct 2016 09:05 in response to haze44

Hi Folks,

Here is another story I hope you'll like.

And some people say animals are daft, Brian.

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19 Oct 2016 09:08 in response to woodworm

Great post mate. Its good to be alive. Thank you.

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19 Oct 2016 09:09 in response to woodworm

What a story. Good to brighten up the day.

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19 Oct 2016 09:22 in response to ianwoody

Thanks Ian,

I started this thread to offset the bad news we kepp hearing everyday on the news. There are good stories out there and I find it gives me a lift just reading them, Brian.

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19 Oct 2016 15:12 in response to woodworm

Quite right Brian and I love reading these uplifting tales. Maybe the should publish a good news paper. Jules

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20 Oct 2016 08:56 in response to jules54

Hi everyone,

Some elderly people have a great sense of humour. She certainly cheered the fireman up judging by the smile on his face. It made me smile too when I looked at his happy face. 

I'snt it strange how disasters always seem to bring out the best in most people. I have seen it time after time and often from people you wouldnt normally expect help from, Brian

 

 

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20 Oct 2016 15:08 in response to woodworm

Still waiting for such a lift but an amazing spirit in difficult circumstances bless her. Jules

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20 Oct 2016 17:39 in response to woodworm

We can only guess what she said to make him laugh, but I bet it was something naughty!  Lovely picture, thanks Brian.

H xx

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21 Oct 2016 07:44 in response to haze44

Hi folks,

As we approach Christmas and are thinking of gift we can give each other, what greater gift could this young boy and his parent have been given than the gift of sight, Brian

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21 Oct 2016 11:44 in response to woodworm

This is an absolute joy to see, isn't it?

hazel xx

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21 Oct 2016 14:20 in response to woodworm

This means so much more than the commercialism that the festive season seems to bring. Great story and  truly heartwarming. Jules

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22 Oct 2016 10:11 in response to jules54

Good morning folks,

Thanks Jules.

Just goes to show there is no greater love than a mothers love, Brian

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22 Oct 2016 11:34 in response to woodworm

Hope they all recover from the ordeal as well as any humans caught up in the incident. One very brave pussycat. Jules

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22 Oct 2016 17:59 in response to woodworm

Look at her poor face, bless her, but her babies all look unscathed thanks to mum.   Marvellous.  Fingers crossed they will all be okay. 

Hazel xx

 

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23 Oct 2016 09:49 in response to haze44

Hi Folks,

Thanks Hazel and Jules.

Shannon Strang's mum  heard people clapping on the beach, then her daughter came up to her and said: ‘Mum, I just saved a wee lady from drowning. A heroic 12-year-old holiday hero turned down her offer of a €5 reward after saving the life of a drowning pensioner.

Shannon Strang was swimming with her rubber ring in Majorca when she saw the old lady in trouble in deep water with waves crashing over her head. Despite being frightened of the waves and going out of her depth, she swam out to the pensioner, took off her ring and put it over the lady’s head.

Then she pushed her back to shore, reports the Daily Record. Shannon was swimming in her rubber ring when she saw an elderly lady in trouble. Shannon said: “I was scared but I had to help her. I felt really brave afterwards. “The lady was very grateful and offered me money but I said I didn’t need it.”

Shannon held the lady's head up and helped her back to shore. Shannon, of Falkirk, saved the lady at the resort of Alcudia last Wednesday while on holiday with her parents, brother and sister. Mum Amanda, 39, said: “She was out of her depth and worried about the waves but she got to the shallows and helped the woman out. “I heard people clapping on the beach. Then Shannon came up to me and said, ‘Mum, I just saved a wee lady from drowning.’ “She said she didn’t need the five euros. All that mattered was that the woman was safe.” Shannon and Amanda hope her example will encourage more kids to learn to swim. “I’m glad I had my swimming skills,” the youngster said. “You never know when you might need them.”

Well done young lady, Brian

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27 Oct 2016 09:53 in response to woodworm

Hi folks,

here is a lovely strory I came across about a homeless person adopting an abandoned dog. Looks like they get a lot of comfort from each other, Brian.

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27 Oct 2016 11:36 in response to woodworm

Keeping each other warm.  Lovely picture, thanks Brian.

H xx

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27 Oct 2016 15:20 in response to woodworm

A thought provoking picture. Wonderful companionship and many of the beggars round our streets seem to keep dogs. I would imagine they are putting the dogs before their own welfare but I sadly stopped giving in the street when seeing how my money got spent as soon as I had walked on. Jules

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28 Oct 2016 09:34 in response to jules54

Hi folks,

I have a doggy story for you this morning.

Bet he doesnt know which one to play with first, Brian.

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28 Oct 2016 12:49 in response to woodworm

This is just lovely, thanks Brian.  Happy

H xx