I live my life in the 30/60 syndrome. I coast along with the dreams and goals of a 30 year old woman but I’m actually accelerating towards my 60th birthday. This is a common syndrome experienced by both men and women of a certain age. Support groups can be found around the country in the form of gyms and trendy cafes.
As a thirty year old I had scoffed at the oldies mixing it up with the 30 somethings but now I totally get it. It’s not that we are clinging on to our past or looking for the elixir of eternal youth, it’s because we are frantically reversing away from the grave.
The gym has a great cross section of the 30/60 group, bizarrely flexible with amazing stamina. With steely eyed determination they keep lifting, stretching, running, cycling and swimming their way to the holy grail, an impressive ‘health span’. My lifestyle of riding and taking care of 8 horses is it’s own intense work out, so I have always been relatively fit but in 2009 my life took a turn in a different direction.
Actually, it was Christmas eve 2008 but the NHS were on holiday so I was advised to take my triple negative breast cancer home for Christmas and go back when the festivities were over. The treatment lasted throughout 2009 and into 2010 and was pretty gruesome, taking me a while to navigate my way through it and around it (mainly in my head!) I’m sure that being reasonably fit helped me through the worst of the physical stuff and since then, I have tried to keep up a reasonable level of fitness.
More recently, I felt strong enough to consider taking on a challenge and came across Action for Charity who were organising a fund raising bike ride from London to Paris in aid of women’s cancer charities, Breast Cancer Care, Ovarian Cancer Action and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust. So, in 2018 I will be setting off to Paris on two wheels – best get learning to ride a bike then! I will be logging my progress on here.
As a true Gemini, I tend to flit from idea to idea, hobby to hobby and this blog site will reflect that. There will be no tomes or hypothesis on anything in particular, I’m not that clever and my attention span just isn’t up to it. Of course, eight years on I’m still blaming my memory lapses on ‘chemo brain’ because obviously it can’t be my age can it, after all, I’m only 30!
Apart from waffling on here, you can also find me on
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If you would like to support me in my fund raising for Women’s Cancers, you can find me here – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Joanna-Wiggins1
Thank you for looking in and I hope you’ll pop by again soon. I might even bake you a cake!