Monthly Archives: June 2013

You never forget, always remember, your first time.

I remember being really pleased I had a ‘window seat’ when I was told my bed number. And it was a really sunny day and weirdly I felt quite perky and calm about the whole thing.  I’d had my Hickman line fitted (Though that had been a gruesome experience where they made a cut in […]

Death is ever present

Lou told me, a little time ago, that she was thinking of starting a ‘cancer’ diary, charting her long journey with the disease that would ultimately take her from us. I didn’t think it had ever gone beyond that initial chat. But last week I stumbled upon a couple of journals in which she had […]

Ineradicable memories

There were four of us, young women from Ilkley, Dewsbury, Northallerton (via the RAF) and Newcastle, who met on our first day at Somerville College, Oxford, on an October day in 1988. We were nervous and excited but mostly nervous. Me and Nathalie were the brunettes, Lou and Charlotte the blondes. Charlotte remembers Lou coming […]

The life in your years.

The following piece is my own tribute to my wife, read at her service the 29th May 2013. Thank you, all of you, for coming here today and celebrating my wife Louise, or as I called her Lou Lou. Firstly, I have to say she would have been quite put out with us making such […]

The word “loss” is just not enough.

  Two weeks ago today, Louise (Lou) Page, my amazing wife passed away. Since then tributes have poured in from many sources. From friends, to those who have shared our journey through the blog or through what’s been published about Lou in the press. To everyone, a very sincere and heart-felt thank you from myself […]