Monday, 3 June 2013


Shoulder to Shoulder to Day

It is weird, blogging on behalf of someone I do not know. And for that matter, with a whole load of people I do not know. But what's not weird, is that we have all been touched by this woman's story, and have all shared a wish to help make what she is going though, a little bit easier.

Emma Day, who blogs at  Crazy with Twins, is a 27-year-old mum of twins (age 1) and Bunny (age 7). She is fighting cancer for the second time. Over the last couple of weeks she has been isolated in hospital for radiation treatment, and then isolated at home, due to emitting harmful radiation from her body.

The good news is that those radiation levels have dissipated far quicker than the docs predicted, and so she's now out of isolation, reunited with her family, able to cuddle and comfort her children once more.

On a bid to help Emma, the blogging community (I'm really rather new to all this, but there's quite a family it would appear), continue to stand in support, passing a digital baton of cheer between them, hosting a blog hop called Shoulder to Shoulder to Day.

Me and Karen over at themadhouseofcatsandbabies(do go and take a look at her amusing story), are co-hosting the hop today and spreading the positive vibes, as well as raising awareness on Emma's behalf about Maggie's Cancer Centres and The Race For Life (which she is running soon). Emma is also hoping to find a sponsor to buy an iPad for the iodine room at the Cheltenham General Hospital. If you can help, please get in touch! 

For now though, a poem for Emma. 
ps. Still rooting for you kiddo!


Do a jig in the rain, and sing to a star. 
You're out. Prison's over. Don't stay so far. 

As if! We all know, you can't wait to get near. 
Leave behind all the pain, desperation and fear.

Now you can; you are able to have and to hold.
A fresh new beginning is about to unfold.

A process to go through, perhaps that may be,
But it won't last long, they remember, you see.

You are mum, you are lifeline, unbroken will.
And they loved you before, and they love you still.

Smile, laugh, even cry, but do not weep.
Your children, these memories, they will not keep.

Your babies, your daughters, your husband: All yours.
As the whirl slows down, you can take time to pause.

Blow bubbles, paint rainbows, hum lullabies too.
Keep your family tight, squeeze them in close to you.

Play dollies, but do it with real ones instead.
Pat them, stroke them, and then kiss their head.

Get up early, sleep late, climb into a cot.
Be smug, be delirious, for lose you have not.

So jig in the rain, and sing to a star. 
You're out. It's over. Enjoy where you are. 

© Emma Oliver


The Mad House of Cats and Babies said...

That's beautiful! I wish I could write like that. Made me cry!

Emma Day said...

Thankyou for writing such a beautiful poem for me. It's lovely. And as if you know me... Kissing their little heads is the best thing ever! :)

Thankyou. Xx

Emma Oliver said...

Glad you think so Karen. And sorry about that!

Emma Oliver said...

You are welcome. Enjoy being reunited, so happy for you that it is earlier than you first imagined. x

Suzanne Whitton said...

Can't believe you wrote that poem - it's lovely! PS I was brought up in Haslemere and my parents still live there :)

Emma Oliver said...

That's so funny, and isn't the Mere a lovely place! I had another connection from someone that now lives in Scotland, last week. Small world huh. Glad u liked the poem... haven't written rhyming poetry for a long time, was something that just came to me... obviously inspired by Julia Donaldson's visit to town! Thanks for the comment Suzanne.

Nell Heshram said...

I bet Emma will really appreciate this, and be touched by the gesture. I didn't know she was trying to get an ipad for the iodine room - such a good idea.

Emma Oliver said...

And Emma Day herself OBVIOUSLY!

Emma Oliver said...

She inspired me! The ipad is a genius idea. Sponsor anyone?!

Charlie Hughes said...

What a lovely poem Emma and a great post for Emma too. This blogging community is pretty special isn't it? It's all new to me as well but I'm so proud to be a part of it xx

Jen Walshaw said...

That is a lovely heartfelt poem. Fab

All At Sea said...

Gorgeous words! I was so pleased to hear that Emma was able to cuddle her girls and hubby so much sooner than expected x

Tori Wel said...

This is an absolutely fab poem Emma, I LOVE it. Thank you so much for hosting today - and for working out the tecchie side, you have done great :) x

Jaime Oliver said...

Another fantastic poem honey, thanks for linking up with #magicmoments

Coombe Mill said...

Lovely poem with such a great message for Emma.

Sarah Wheeler said...

Lovely poem, and great to see the blog hop blossoming. "Enjoy where you are." Great message.

Sara Murray said...

What a beautiful poem - a wonderful host post for this fab linky xx

Stephanie said...

Lovely and joyful!

dragonsflypoppy said...

So lovely and well written x

Emma Oliver said...

Hear hear! x

Emma Oliver said...

Thanks Jen.

Judith Kingston said...

A poem to make you get up and dance about and hug your children close! Shall I wake mine up to hug them now? Maybe not, wait till tomorrow.

Jaime Oliver said...

this is so beautiful xxx

Helen said...

Such a beautiful and joyful poem!

Emma Oliver said...

Thanks everyone for your generous comments and thoughts on the poem I wrote for Emma. xxx