Tough Old Chicky Award

ZoffielZoffiel Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 1,935
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: 1,371
    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
  • Summerhill38Summerhill38 Member Posts: 745
    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: 418
    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 Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 2,456
    Decent cuppa!  Makes all the difference! 
  • RomlaRomla AdelaideMember Posts: 1,371
    Remarkable women - maybe harsher times taught them to appreciate what they had and to savour the moment 
  • nonkyboynonkyboy IngleburnMember Posts: 186
    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 
  • SisterSister Adelaide Hills, SAMember Posts: 2,032
    Tough Chucky's like her are what inspires me. My Mum was one and if I have half her strength, I think I'm doing well. Tell your friend best wishes from me, too. And enjoy that cuppa!
  • ZoffielZoffiel Regional VictoriaMember Posts: 1,935

    She is doing very well. Bounced back like a lithe rubber band. She's decided to not chase any more treatment and to wait and see what happens.

    She called in a couple of days ago so we could finalise things like the font for her book and she made me feel about 110 years old! Sitting cross legged on my couch (I'm as stiff as a board and sort of fall on to it and lie down) and complaining because her local pool was 10 minutes late opening which put her whole schedule for the day behind. She turned 89 a few weeks ago...

  • AfraserAfraser MelbourneMember Posts: 1,551
    I can't be the only one that thinks having a schedule when you are 89 would be wonderful. I have times when I seem besieged by people who assume I am retired or dying to do so (they probably push rubbing kale on body parts too!!) and I can't think of too many things that are less desirable.   Things to do, places to be, people to meet!   Sounds good to me.
  • Summerhill38Summerhill38 Member Posts: 745
    Great news @Zoffiel
    Any additional treatment at her age would be too cruel.
    You will have to keep us updated with her book.
  • wendy_h67wendy_h67 Member Posts: 409
    Definitely an inspiration to us all, old or young. I'm 71 yrs and find it tough going at times, but I  have to agree that a good cup of tea  makes all the difference. 
  • Brenda5Brenda5 Burrum Heads, QldMember Posts: 1,971
    It must be a maturity and grace about 80 yr age group. I had one in my hospital stay who was much the same. Fiercely independent too although she did have a very patient carer.

  • primekprimek Broken HillMember Posts: 4,293
    The era of just getting on with it. And tea is shite...especially in those plastic mugs. Blerrk..
  • goldygoldy Member Posts: 2
    Well, I'm back to loose leaf tea after reading there is plastic in some tea bags.  What a woman and what a life she has probably had.  Good on her.
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