#ActOfUnity by naomi


Today is World Cancer Day. The theme is #ActOfUnity. I've blogged about it ( https://naomi-jane.com/2017/02/04/please-dont-limit-your-unity/).

The main thing I want to say is that cancer doesn't stop affecting your life when the person dies. Cancer will affect me for the rest of my life. So please don't leave friends/relatives/carers out of your 'unity'.

Days like today, social media can be really hard because so many people are posting about surviving and as much as that's great, I can't help thinking 'why not Mum?'. Thankfully, Kate rescued me and we've spent a lovely day looking at buying adulty things (she's moving to an unfurnished house so we were looking at sofas/dishwasher/washing machine/fridge/freezer/TV/cleaning stuff...) and stickers (because adultworld is scary so you have to balance it out).Tonight I've felt sad/angry at cancer/everything, so I journalled. I don't feel any better but at least it distracted me for a few hours :)
we should all unite and help those who have lost and help the research so others won't have to suffer.
February 5th, 2017  
Fabulous, Naomi. I love the perfectly blurred pictures in the background. I'm glad you kept busy with Kate today. Wishing you peace.
February 5th, 2017  
❤❤❤my heart goes out to you. I feel your pain, I lost my father to cancer. Some days feel unbearable without him.
February 5th, 2017  
Nice focal point - and yes, the world needs more compassion!
February 5th, 2017  
February 5th, 2017  
Focus is used well here and the image fits your narrative well. Powerful words.
February 5th, 2017  
Very nice!
February 5th, 2017  
Your words are always so thought-provoking, and your pictures accompany the words perfectly. I can't help but wonder if the photos beyond your little note are of your mum, and if in the one she's holding a camera up to her face. It's sad, thinking about you missing your Mum.
February 5th, 2017  
This is powerful. Sorry for your loss. Cancer took my grandpa and father in law.
February 5th, 2017  
You create a wonderful vision with your photography and words (and your artist journals as well!) I can fully understand it's crap that you should lose your mom to cancer and you feel set adrift. You saw comments from so many others who survived and wished your mother had as well. Don't forget that some lost the battle, and no individual is without a circle of people they touch profoundly. Only yesterday we attended a Life Celebration for a 47 y-0 friend who died unexpectedly for a brain aneurysm, leaving an 11 y-o daughter and wife. There was no time for good-byes. As well, we heard from friends where we live summers in Nova Scotia, and a couple who were friends, we're killed in a head-on accident, leaving 3 children and 3 grand children and a town that's mourning them so, the flags are at half mast. "Our World" can feel like the entire world to each of us when we're set adrift, but we all must struggle to rise up and to be strong & healthy to help the next in line who will suffer. I understand it takes time, but you've got a family of supporters here who can only hope to see you improve daily! My best to you dear Naomi.
February 5th, 2017  
With Louise. She has better words than I can.
February 5th, 2017  
Great message and brilliantly captured!
February 5th, 2017  
@hjbenson Couldn't agree more x
@janetb Thank you - Kate is a constant lifesaver!
@illumaneight Thank you, I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad. It's an awful disease.
@suklassen Thank you, it really does. It would be a better place with more compassion flying around
@hellie :)
@taffy Thank you Xxx
@fayefaye Thanks x
@lyndemc Thank you - it is Mum! One is of her with her camera, another is of her leaning on Dad. They're old photos that a friend gave me after she died.
@alophoto Thank you, I'm so sorry to hear about your grandpa
@Weezilou Thank you so much for your kind words, it means a lot that you take the time to write such a long and loving message. Mum was 53 and we did an end of life celebration for Mum and it was fab because it was so lovely to see everyone! You have such wise words. Thank you so much.
@pyrrhula Thank you x
February 5th, 2017  
@thelene Thank you Xxx
February 5th, 2017  
Yes, having lost and having survivors in the family, I know what you mean.
February 5th, 2017  
I think cancer has affected most of us in some shape or form unfortunately. Great to see your Mum in the background there.
February 8th, 2017  
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