C is for…

C is for...

C is for….


Shortly after I received the diagnosis that I had cancer, Mrs B and I made a conscious decision to stay upbeat and positive. At the time, it seemed like the only response if this sorry scenario was to have a favourable outcome.

Every day I made a conscious choice to focus on the positives, even when my physical body was a mess, there was always something to celebrate. The infections I warded off, the gifts, the words of encouragement, the great friends and family I was surrounded by and above all the love of a God who sustained me through every horrible, painful minute.

Mrs B planned from early on how we would celebrate the end of my treatment and what she at least saw as the inevitable news that I was cancer free. We booked a hotel for the Friday after I was due to receive my results and added tickets to see ‘The Girl from the North Country‘, the Bob Dylan musical.

Now, if I’m honest that trip to the theatre and the ensuing celebrations seemed miles off and some days seemed like it would never come. Don’t get me wrong I never doubted I would come through this ordeal, I just wasn’t sure what that would look like. What I did know, is that full healing or not I would celebrate, especially the God who loved me. You see, as my physical body deteriorated, miraculously my faith increased and that increase in faith was not dependent on any particular outcome. Surely that’s a cause for celebration?

So, the day finally came and with the news that the treatment had worked, that theatre trip took on a whole new significance. It was no longer something in the distance to look forward to and sustain me, it was now a marker to signify a whole fresh start, a new chapter in the life of ‘Team Brown’ and a massive Alphabet Dating…


So, back to Dylan and anyone who knows me knows the love I hold for the man and his music and the fact that the show contains several of his Christian songs, was to me especially significant. The night itself was magical, the first night in a long time I was able to forget being ill and celebrate where God had brought me. It was the end of an awful period in my life and I was able to celebrate with the woman who I love and cherish and who has shared every painful step. The woman with whom I am now looking forward to sharing the next chapter.

As Bob so aptly put it, “There’s been a slow train coming”.

Well all I can say is, It’s pulled into the station and we’re heading wherever it takes us next.


Brown’s Alphabet Dating 

A is for…Arlo and Moe

B is for…Beckenham Place Park

C is for…Celebration

D is for…Dulwich Park

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