About Me

Hello and welcome!

Once upon a time (as in 2011) I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Twice.  So maybe that’s twice upon a time. Anyways, diagnosis and treatment moved fast in those days and in the space of 6 months, I had  two operations,  including a total thyroidectomy, and radioactive iodine treatment in what seemed like the blink of an eye. My life was moving and changing so fast, I could hardly keep up with it, let alone make sense of it. My brain was so busy, that I experienced what I like to call the word tsunamis. I needed somewhere to empty my brain. So I started writing a blog.

Originally this blog started as an outlet for me to share my experience of my cancer diagnosis and treatment. As I’ve travelled along the road to recovery, the blog has evolved into a celebration of  life, kitchen capers and running;  just a few of my favourite things.

This is a  space where I share my love of life and everything in it. I’m happy to be here, and I hope you are too!


Who am I?

I’m Sam. I used to live in London but now I call Sydney home. I’m living in my favourite city on Earth.

I’m married to David who is all kinds of awesome. He loves me even more than Manchester United, tastes my cakes, drives me places, and is the world’s ficklest eater.

I have no kids and no thyroid but  my life is full.

Since turning 40, I’ve had cancer twice, lost 20kg, gained 20kg and run seven half marathons, two of which were in  Disneyland. I am living proof that anything is possible.

Exclamation marks are far and away my favourite punctuation and  I use them with wild abandon, even if they’re not necessary or not necessarily correct.

If I had to choose one food for the rest of my life, it would be dumplings.

I’m a feeder. The only thing that makes me happier than baking a cake, is sharing a cake.

I’m not crafty or arty, so if you like either, I’m sorry to break the news, but you’ve come to the wrong place.

Oh, and I love looking for the flip side. Because there is always a flip side. I  also love to dream. Because everyone needs a purpose, right?

Enough about me! Let’s get back to the blog and get this party started!