I've had the most amazing week imaginable. On Monday I was honoured by being made an ambassador of my home town of Bray. It's such a fantastic feeling to be recognised by the town I grew up in.
To top it all off Katie Taylor the world champion boxer was also made an ambassador. She is one of my heros and it was surreal to meet her. She's a quiet calm and beautiful girl. It's astonishing to think that she's such a tough lady when she enters a boxing ring! I just know she's going to qualify for the Olympics in May and bring home a gold medal for Ireland. How amazing to meet her and have my picture taken with her. She has a fantastic presence and I know I was in the company of someone extraordinary.
Tuesday went by very slowly... the clock seemed to tick backwards. Why? Because I had a meeting with my oncologist Dr David Fennelly AKA Saint David chez nous. I had scans last week and it was the moment of truth.
I couldn't have had better news - when David uttered the words 'you are now in remission' I could have bounced up and down yelling! In fact I think I would have if shock hadn't set in! For once I was actually speechless!!
So the official score is now Emma 8 - Cancer 0.
Hurrah! Fandabydozie! I have the all clear!
It's been so amazing to be able to tell my husband children parents family and friends some really great news for a change. You see that's one of the worst parts of having cancer - how it affects the people I love. So I'm utterly thrilled that we're all looking forward to a lovely christmas together.
Thursday continued my heavenly week when I attended the Irish book awards, where my book The Pink Ladies Club was shortlisted. I didn't win, but hand on heart I didn't mind. I was so proud to be nominated and be at an evening where Seamus Heaney was given a lift time achievement award and our new president Michael D Higgins addressed us.
There were so many famous faces and talented writers - the style was fantastic and I had a ball. My great friend Rachel Allen won her category which I'm delighted about. Rachel works harder than anyone I know and deserves to be awarded for her dedication. Sheila O'Flanagan won my category and I was so happy for her. I've read her books for years like many others and I was quite simply humbled to even make it into the shortlist alongside the other wonderful Irish Authors. When I got home my hubby and children were asleep, but they'd made a little shrine of all my books with flowers and a note written by my daughter which read:
'You are our winner every day, we love you.'
Aw!!! Heart melting or what? I'm the luckiest girl alive!
The month isn't even over yet but I can safely say that I've just had one of the best weeks of my life. I hope you're all well and if any of you reading this have been touched by cancer - take hope from my story. Cancer doesn't always win. Lots of people like me fight back. I am now in remission and although I've no idea whether or not my cancer will return all I can do is live for the here and now.
Right now - it's a pretty brilliant place to be!
Emma x x