Laura Boyd’s leukaemia video blog: the flat I never thought I’d live in

When I decided to film my cancer blogs, I wanted to give people an insight into what it’s like living with the disease and a little look into my life and the lives of others touched by leukaemia.

So, what better place to do this than in my own home (yes, I have watched far too many episodes of MTV Cribs)…

Now, I fully expect my mum to be straight on the phone when she watches this, shouting at me for not dusting or fluffing the cushions but this is my little flat that I love – as I so nearly thought I wouldn’t ever get to live in it.

Being a bit of a party girl, I always wanted to live in the west end of Glasgow, as it’s close to the city centre and bars, shops and restaurants and I love to be out and about.

So when I got the keys to this place, on a sunny day in August, it really was a dream come true – but very quickly the dream turned into a nightmare.

As there were a few things to do in the flat, I was planning to move in September, but being told I had leukaemia turned those plans on their head.

While I felt like I was living in a bubble, thoughts of moving out of my parents and into my own place slipped further and further away.

Every time I went to visit it, as friends and family rallied round to help get the place in order, I had this numb feeling, as though it wasn’t mine and how would I possibly ever get to live there? At that point I was convinced the end was nigh for me.

I spent the next few months at home, being pampered by my parents and it really was like being a child again. It was exactly what I needed at that time as my head was way in the clouds and I didn’t know whether I was coming or going.

But, come November, my mum urged me to move out. She insists she didn’t want rid of me but I know I am not the tidiest person to live with, so I’m not sure about that!

I am so glad I took that step as although I was terrified to be away from the comfort and safe feeling of home, I think it really did make a massively positive impact on my recovery as I had to give myself a shake and start living again.

Three years on, and I really do love my little flat. It’s a great party pad and also the perfect sanctuary for the times when the inevitable tears come.

This week, I had the wonderful Angela MacVicar come to visit, to talk about her new venture – Rainbow Valley, a retreat for cancer patients and their families and friends. Angela is an incredible lady who lost her own daughter, the gorgeous Johanna, to Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (what I have) seven years ago. I will be putting up this blog tomorrow and it really is worth watching as what Angela and her family and friends are doing to help others going through what her beloved daughter did, is truly inspirational.

For now, it’s back to work for me after a crazy busy week, which included interviewing Melanie C and Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber – as someone who could give Rachel Berry in Glee a run for her money in the jazz hands stakes, that was one of the most exciting moments in my life.

I just want to say a huge thank you for the lovely comments and emails I have had since my first video blog, especially from the people in America on a Susan Boyle forum who stumbled across the blog x

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