I didn’t think I could wrestle up the courage to write on here again. Maybe it’s my way of sharing without having to speak to everyone individually. Many of you know I started this blog back in December 2016 when I was diagnosed with the big C just after I met the love of my life, now my amazing husband. Writing really helped me through the tough stuff and more so with just telling my story, sharing my feelings.

Well go figure I am about to do this all over again. Yes, cancer has knocked at my door again and reminded me that we take soo many things for granted. I’ve had a hunch about this for a few months now and you just learn to trust your instincts, know your body. I had actually never gave it much thought after all my treatment was over in 2017. I was so sure I had the all clear and could just plough on ahead. I did all the things I wanted to do. I made a come back, got fit, got married. I even ended up with a great new job!

So here I am again, this time it feels very different and the treatment is going to be tougher and much more intense I’m told. I’ll elaborate in another post but just wanted everyone to know what is going on, why I may not have been around much. Covid hasn’t helped either lol! We’ve all been at home for the past 2 years with some wee breaks! To make matters worse Nathan and I both got Covid on the 26th of December. That of course ended up delaying this inevitable treatment. Spent the last 2 years dodging Covid and well, it’s done now, and it was not the type of Covid we have traditionally known, thankfully.

There are angels everywhere and just when you need them too. I have had a few come to my rescue in my lifetime. I am one of the lucky ones. The thing with cancer is you are never the same again, ever. You are forever changed both physically and mentally. There are so many with even worse challenges to deal with and I fully appreciate that. So will this make me the new new me?

Much Love x


  1. Oh Mark, take care my love, sending you lots of positive energy, so sorry you have to go through this again.
    Thinking of both you & Nathan, we are here if you need anything.
    Much love
    The Norms ❤️❤️💫💫

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  2. Dearest Mark
    Nnnoooo this can’t be true!!! I’m so shocked and saddened to hear this news. My prayers are with you and your loved ones.
    May I say this, in the time I’ve known you, you have showed me nothing but strength. You’re a force to be reckoned with! You kicked cancer’s butt once and I know you’ll do it again, I believe in you. Please let me know if there’s anything I can do. I’m thinking of you. Sending you love and hugs
    Laetitia xoxox

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  3. You know i am here for you – you helped me through my journey and it us pay back time. Glad you are finally starting your treatment. Magic drugs is what i call them .

    Lots of love 💕

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  4. Hi Mark
    I am so so sorry to hear this news – my heart goes out to you and Nathan. Sending all my love, healing prayers and positive energy 💕 Melissa xx

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  5. My dearest Mark,

    It was a shock to read this, this morning 😦 …. BUT, if anyone can kick this C in the arse … it is YOU!

    I am sending you all my BIG HEALING ANGELS to guide you through this journey and protect you!

    I am thinking of you, Nathan and Bentley, as you start this journey to battle the cancer.

    Love and HUGE HUGS are sent your way!
    KJ xxooxxooo

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  6. Dearest Mark,
    I was shocked to read your blog this AM!!
    You are a force to be reckoned with Mark Pithers Martell! You are going to take control of this situation and turn it right around just like you always do.
    Sending you positive thoughts & energy your way darling friend.
    I am always here for you even if it is 10 hours ahead here.
    Sending love to you Nathan & Bentley.❤️❤️❤️Xxx

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  7. Godday from Down under darling Mark,

    What a journey you are about to take again thank you 🙏 for posting , as it must be really so hard.

    I went to a little local church this afternoon here in Watsons Bay and I thought about you and I prayed even I’m not religious, but it was comforting to be there in that quiet moment.

    Sending All my love 💕 Leena

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