Life at No.22, New Zealand

When Life throws a Curveball

It isn’t a matter of if you will experience a “Curve Ball” it is when it will occur.  By the way, they never come at a convenient time!

For us, it happened when I finally released my head from the proverbial sand and acknowledged that I had to get a sore on my hand checked out.

It wasn’t healing.

After two biopsies it was diagnosed as being skin cancer.  The Big C.  Not a major and certainly not life-threatening it just needs to be dealt with so the medical establishment informed me.  So in between sorting out our apartment, buying furniture and emptying our storage unit, I have had a few trips to doctors and specialists.  With a nod towards the other typical “things” in life.

From the beginning of December, I won’t have the use of my left hand for a week or two,  if not longer, as it will be in a sling.  So, for December, I will also not be tapping out a blog post. Unless, I get myself organised and get a few posts completed before the big day and after we are entirely shifted in, as my focus won’t be on moving and choosing what to sit on and lay our bods.  On a few occasions this past week, I was starting to feel like Goldilocks, though porridge wasn’t involved just a wide range of beds and an assortment of furniture.

Fingers crossed we receive our new bed and entirely shifted in this weekend. 

Getting back to all things blogging.  What I can concentrate on is reading your blog posts and generally have my left-hand man, the Squire, to be just that, my left hand within reason.

Our change of plans in returning to Europe had to be replanned and which are now going to happen from April next year, instead of this month.

So apart from this glitch.

We are feeling positive about having to spend more time back in New Zealand.  As the saying goes, there is always a positive to every negative.   Then there is the bonus of enjoying and living in our new apartment straight away instead of waiting for a year.

Not forgetting the bonus of spending more time catching up with family and friends.

With future planned housesits next year to look forward to completing plus many more adventures in between.

So there ends the life of another curveball.  It was caught and thrown back with much more energy and enthusiasm than when it was received.




69 thoughts on “When Life throws a Curveball”

  1. Hi, #BryntinsBLT came by your blog today.
    (Unfortunately the BLT bit stands for Blog Leap Tour, not that I am about to bring you a tasty sandwich.)
    I’ll be leaving a link to this post on a #BryntinsBLT post on my blog later today and will now be leaping off to visit someone who has already liked your post before I got here.
    The idea is just to randomly jump around and see where I go in the world and I hope the (sparse but growing) readers of my blog, seeing me discover yours, might leap around the links too.
    (If you have pingbacks turned on you can see where it came from if you like and join in the touring!)
    Anyway, sorry to interrupt. Carry on.

    Oh,, and best wishes of course Suzanne.

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  2. Tough news Suz but glad you’ve caught it early and can get on with sorting it out. How nice to be able to spend time recuperating in NZ, can’t imagine a better place to be. Hope youre back to 100% very soon.

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  3. Thanks Liesbet and yes, luckily it isn’t melanoma. Too many people are affected by skin cancer down this way. I am right handed. I know what it’s like having the use of one arm as I fractured my left elbow. All good and we will be rearing to go after a long break. Looking forward to more adventures!

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  4. Sorry to hear about the glitch, Suzanne. Luckily, it isn’t melanoma (the one I feared it would be and the one Mark is highly susceptible to) and you are in your home country to deal with it. Every negative comes with a positive, you are so correct. Wishing you a speedy recovery and an OK adaptation to the new plan – at least it will be summer! Are you right or left handed?

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  5. All the best Sue. It does come as a shock but after a wee pause, I’m sure you’ll be back up and running, better than ever. On the upside, for me anyway, we might actually get to catch up before you’re off again. Take care.

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