I’d forgotten this post I published in July last year, “Raising awareness to early signs of prostate cancer“, and so re-posting now before I start my new blog.
The photo above is Rob my brother who passed away 6 weeks after the picture was taken. That’s what Metastatic Prostate Cancer will do to you if left undetected. Get yourselves checked out guys if aged 40 or over. The earlier its caught the greater the chance its treatable.
It brought a tear to my eye reading the original post once more. Not just because of the bad punctuation and grammar, (that’s more a groan of discomfort & sigh in embarrassment), but in memory of my brother Rob and remembering a time I was so skint I couldn’t even travel to see him in Leeds, after he was suddenly taken ill was rushed back into hospital.
At the time I was in my 9th month of unemployment and living the nightmare. Along with many uncounted others in the UK, who are unable to claim benefits of any kind for one reason or another, who are not registered as unemployed and consequently not included on any unemployed government statistical chart.
A period in time when those around me could see I was growing increasingly ill by the day, plagued with worry and drowning in debt, and unable or willing to admit to it.
Severe depression is an awful thing, with mine brought about over a number of years by the remorseless, unrelenting hounding by irresponsible lenders and their wolves, (further posts about this to follow), compounded by a feeling of utter despair at seeing what it was doing to my family.
Trying to deal with my severe depression was, and still is to a point, extremely difficult to achieve, mainly because I’m unable to remove the root causes and problems that continue to feed it.
I did the only thing I felt I could do to overcome that despair and that was to continue dedicating myself in trying to build a preschool business for Linda on-line, in brief an extension of what she does now but available to a wider audience. In the first instance to show her talents and unique style in teaching preschool education to kids up to early years primary. Unique is a word I’ve read a number of times and advised not to use, but in this case it is very applicable, as all her work she’s researched and written herself and presented in her own unique style.
Linda’s preschool video’s, now available on-line through Vimeo and on her Facebook page, are not to highlight my lack of skill in audio and filming, or my lack of knowledge required to start a project like this, (they were filmed on a cheap webcam, originally to promote her preschool activity cards). I, more than any one am aware of my amateurish first attempts.
It was during the editing of Linda’s videos, that I identified what it was, that the kids she teaches, love about her and what makes them laugh. Please watch her videos on the Vimeo review pages to see if your of the same opinion.
As I have already mentioned the quality of sound and filming is dreadful and it’s those areas I’m concentrating on and trying to improve, by attempting to raise the finances to do so. Linda continues to work endlessly on new material which is then tried and tested, as all her work is at a local nursery that she works part time once a week.
Totstunetime is Linda’s preschool creation, her love and passion, the videos presently just to showcase her range in preschool education and to outline what I see as the bigger picture and the next level we are striving to reach.
Linda writes preschool age poems, songs, rhymes and stories, covering a wide range of subjects from healthy eating, exercise, to events such as Bonfire night, Halloween, Christmas and the seasons, recognition of animals, which Linda researched herself and then composed as songs & rhymes. On how to do things like brushing your teeth, to explaining the mystery of the transition from preschool to primary (elementary), in My 1st Day at School and making this information and knowledge readily available to children everywhere as Preschool Classes Online.
Linda continues to write, whilst I continue to showcase her unique talent with only A stub end of a shoestring budget remaining. Linda’s preschool videos will one day be available for kids everywhere and free of charges if we can reach that level of achievement, but only when we can achieve the high standard in production that that requires.
Many thanks for taking the time to read this post.