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Kirstin Russell
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Bery sunny but a bit sold today so we're all wrapped up for a walk at Muckross House.
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This.
 
This is Not My Wife

Well, it's a photo of a part of who she is, but at the same time, who she was. This was a few years ago, and in some ways seems like another lifetime.

But, that's not the point. Something's been bugging me for a couple of weeks, and I think talking about it on Tuesday is appropriate - halfway between #manlymondays and #womenwednesday

I found out that one of Kat's friends is getting divorced, and the reason she's stating is that basically, ever since she was diagnosed with cancer, her husband has increasingly become a complete and utter dick. What doubly bothers me is that they started chemo about the same time, and have been done with that for a couple of years now.

Not cool.

I'll be the first dude to say that living with a cancer survivor ain't always easy- especially during treatment. From the biopsy to reconstruction, a lot of thing suck. And they suck a lot. There's surgeries. There are tubes, and drains for seroma, and watching helplessly while someone you love is in pain, or vomiting more than you ever imagined humanly possible. There's horror, and fear and fatigue. I won't lie about that.

But you know what, Mr. Soon-to-be-kicked-to-the-curb? You decided to e a dick about it. In my mind, you may as well have cheated on her. You broke that vow.

In sickness and in health.

We all make some variation of that vow. We all hope that there's going to be a lot of 'in health' and that that 'in sickness' means someone gets the flu now and then. And I'm sure no one expects something so heavy to happen to anyone - woman or man - in their late thirties. But it happens. Bad things happen to good people all the time.

And in that, you missed a golden opportunity.

You could have focused on the positive. How wonderful your wife is. What a survivor, and a strong spirit, she is. How much just the fact that she's fighting is a testament to how you married a good lady, and how she brings so much good into your life despite the fact that she got sick, but no. You had to become a dick.

Again, not cool.

I'm going to say something right now - I know you had a couple of good years, and lots of sexyfuntime before things got 'hard', and that's a difficult change, but you know what?

I got three months. Suck it. We got married in April and she found the lump in June. I nearly lost her before our life even began. We never even had a honeymoon.

And that doesn't matter. Even at the worst, we found things we could do together. She got me to pick up the camera again and do things with it. She let me take this shot, for example, bearing all her weights and still they weren't so heavy because we were (and are) a team - and honestly I leaned on her nearly as much as she did on me - and just made it work.

And no, things aren't perfect. I've got my issues, and she's got hers. And we both try to not think about the statistics, because they're not rosy. But such is life. Each day is precious, even when it suck ass. Instead of it being a wedge, it's become something that binds us - by experience that we can never fully share, and just by the sheer growth that we've had to do to survive. Being a dick about it was never an option. For either of us.

tl;dr: Nothing would make me happier if everyone that reads this hugs their spouse/SO/lover/whatever and thinks about what 'together' means. In sickness, and in health, and hopefully 'till death do us part'. And, be excellent to one another.

(and, I know people seem to be reticent to share what I post - even publicly - but really, It's okay)
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+Dave Bennett I want to say something in reply but that is just so sad that as a society we seem to have become so sheltered from life.
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I've had loads of people add me and I honestly don't know where to put you. If there's something about knitting and fibre in our profile you've gone into my Knitting group. If you're not a knitter, crocheter, spinner or weaver I'm afraid you're going to have to give me a reason you added me or you will just float.
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Knitter! :-)
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Looks like it's summer in Ireland. 18C and sunny, I'm hoping this isn't the only summer we got.
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So do I. We've been stuck indoors for so long that we need to get out.
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Woah! I disappear for a few days and have endless people circling me.

OK I didn't really want to do this but my stream is becoming insane and I would LIKE to be able to keep up.

I'm on here as a knitter. I know some people have added me because of other things but I'm really not going to be posting many things about Dr Who. I'm also not a photographer other than for yarnie projects.

For your sake as well as mine could you only include me if we know each other IRL or you are a knitter/spinner/designer/dyer please?

Thanks muchly.
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Knitter, crocheter, sewer! :)
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I love The Cars and Counting Crows. This is a brilliant cover.
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SAHM of 3 who knits to avoid the madness. LSG and proud!
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Killarney, Ireland - Edinburgh, Scotland - Huntly, Scotland - Munich, Germany