Remembering Helen

Today marks the 3rd year anniversary since my beloved friend, Helen Mardi Petrou, passed away in 2018 after a long battle against multiple cancers across her life. She’d fought on and off for almost thirty years – pretty much the length of time we were best friends – but the bastard cancer finally got her. Before she passed, she asked … Read More

Remembering Helen on her 51st Birthday

Yesterday, the 5th of May 2021, was Helen Mardi Petrou’s 51st birthday – my bestie of almost 30 years. It is three years since her 48th birthday bash – the last one she got to have. At that stage, we thought she might make her 49th, but it wasn’t to be. The 12-18 months the doctors gave her quickly dwindled … Read More

A tribute to my Helen

Today marks the last of the firsts. The year after someone you love dies is full of firsts and I have been through them all except this one – the day my best friend of 30 years, Helen Mardi Petrou, passed away, taken by that arsehole cancer. It’s a sad day, because she, like so many others, was taken way … Read More

Another post-loss first – Helen’s Birthday weekend without her

As many know who follow this blog, my best friend of 30 years, Helen Petrou, passed away last year in August, after a brief, final fight with cancer. As anyone knows who has gone through a significant loss, the year following a loved one’s death is full of horrible firsts, firsts that bring their own fresh round of welling sadness … Read More

Grief is a strange thing

As many of you probably know, my best friend passed away last year in August after a short final fight with cancer. It was Helen’s fourth bought of cancer and she’d always said to me after the third bought that if she got it again she was certain that would be it for her. So, when she got the diagnosis … Read More