Tough Old Chicky Award

ZoffielZoffiel Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 884
I'd like to nominate my friend Ms M for the inaugural Tough Old Chicky award. Ms M, at 88 and following a formal BC diagnosis a week ago, had a mastectomy this morning and tells me she feels fine. Except the tea is shite.

We are never sure what goes on beneath the surface but this lady, who has seen more than her fair share of adversity, is an inspiration. Dry and erudite, she has taught me heaps about accepting what you can't change. With grace. Lessons about how to do the best you can with what you have and concentrate on what you do well. 

I'll take her decent tea tomorrow.


  • RomlaRomla AdelaideMember Posts: 362
    There are some remarkable human beings @Zoffiel in this world - sounds like you have found another one. Oh for a return to loose leaf tea brewed properly in a pot , served in bone china and HOT
  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 925
    I long ago gave up any hope of emulating tough old ladies. My mother managed to crack jokes and be charming in spite of a fused spine, legs that didn't work, arthritic hands, AF, a hernia and a host of other bits and pieces. A lot of unpleasant things happened in her life and all I ever heard her talk about was how lucky she was. She stopped living, as I always expected, when she was good and ready, which turned out to be nearly 94. I hope I've learned something but I'll never manage it with the same intrinsic authenticity. 
  • Summerhill38Summerhill38 Regional Vic Member Posts: 554
    Please tell Ms M we are all proud of her !  She is one brave lady and I am not sure I'd want to go through it at her age.  There is no God.
    As for the cup of tea - that is just what my Mum would say.  Mum also hated being given tea in a plastic mug at the hospital. Tell her my Mum actually threw a cold hard crumpet at the back of the tea lady one time !
    Give her hugs from us
    Summer  :-)
  • Molly001Molly001 Member Posts: 295
    I'm constantly in awe of older ladies, their drive and their ability to battle on. Truly inspirational. I'm 39yo and had my fair share of adversity and I feel that a lot from mine and younger generations are spoiled, entitled and plain soft. Don't get me wrong, I can cry and melt down with the best of 'em but I don't expect others to sook and baby me or do things for me when I can do it for myself. More than once during treatment I've been told I'm very stoic. I hope I'm like your 'tough old chicky' friend @Zoffiel
  • iserbrowniserbrown Member Posts: 1,655
    Decent cuppa!  Makes all the difference! 
  • RomlaRomla AdelaideMember Posts: 362
    Remarkable women - maybe harsher times taught them to appreciate what they had and to savour the moment 
  • nonkyboynonkyboy IngleburnMember Posts: 148
    A decent cup of tea is how I showed everyone I was home from the hospital today so I totally get this ladies woes. How brave she is going through such a surgery at her age. I wish her only the very best for a good recovery xx Lesley 
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