Natasha Oakley - British Romance Author

Writer of tug-at-the-heartstrings, feel-good romance for Harlequin Mills & Boon

Saturday, June 16, 2007

More bad news!

I'm so sorry about this but I'm here to report more bad news.

As anyone who's read my website knows the reason I started writing was because my husband was diagnosed with cancer. At the time our five children were 6, 5, 3, 2 and 1 years old. I kind of took stock of where we were and realised I was never going to say 'mum, will see you all in ten weeks' and disappear off on some acting job. It was the end of one passion and the beginning of another.

Unfortunately my husband's cancer has now returned and he begins his chemo on Tuesday. I'm glad, of course, there is treatment but I will freely confess to feeling very low about what's ahead of us. It's particularly difficult for our children because of my mum's very recent death from cancer. Additionally a good friend who was initially diagnosed with her cancer at about the same time as my husband is now in her final days/weeks and will leave behind a 7 year old.

Tough days. The upside is that our children are now older. The youngest is now 8 and the eldest 14. The big downside is that this diagnosis has also coincided with him being made redundant which introduces all kinds of additional worries.

I very much suspect that this blog will continue to be shamefully neglected. I think, perhaps, I shall try and post something once a week and I'll try not to be too depressing.



  • At 8:37 am, Blogger India said…

    So very, very sorry to hear this, Natasha.

    Thinking of you all on Tuesday and over the next difficult weeks.


  • At 2:42 pm, Anonymous Kate Hardy said…

    Soory to hear the news, Natasha. Sending you a huge hug - will be thinking of you.

  • At 11:36 pm, Blogger Jopee said…

    Im so very sorry to hear your news, Natasha. Wish I could give you all a big hug but will be sending up a prayer for your family instead.

  • At 5:54 pm, Anonymous Mary Blake said…


    I am so very sorry. You, your husband, and your children are in my thoughts and prayers. One of the the beautiful things about prayers is that they can reach us from great distances. Mine is coming from the other side of the pond in Mississippi.

    Hugs to you,


  • At 1:43 am, Blogger Jennie Adams said…

    (((Natasha and family)))

    No words, but as Mary said, sending prayers long distance for you and your family.

    I hope your writing proves to be a good escape hatch. I confess to using mine that way a time or two.

    The Niroli Collection is gorgeous! You must be so proud. I'll have to watch for them here in Aus.

    Love and hugs


  • At 11:46 pm, Blogger Barb said…

    Hugs to you, your husband and children, Natasha. I wish I could spirit myself across hemispheres to help you in some way.
    If only the universe could give back to you some of the relaxation and joy you provide in your lovely books. I'm sure there are good times ahead.
    Barbara xx

  • At 1:29 am, Blogger Marcy said…

    My thoughts are with you at this very difficult period in your life. You sound as if you're an amazingly strong person, and your family is lucky to have you there holding it all together.


  • At 6:38 am, Blogger Liz Fielding said…

    Marcy's right, Natasha. Your strength is astonishing and your husband and kids are incredibly lucky to have you and I know your wonderful kids will be looking out for you.

    You and your friends are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    God bless

  • At 11:40 am, Anonymous Phillipa said…

    Natasha - have just read your news and I'm sending (()) and love to you and your family.

  • At 10:52 pm, Blogger Brown said…

    I wish I could think of something to say...but words seem too fragile to hold the weight of what I'm feeling.

    I'm so terribly sorry to hear about your husband.

    You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers...

  • At 7:56 pm, Blogger Lee Morrison said…

    Natasha, so sorry you and your family are going through this.

    Praying for a speedy recovery for your hubby, and continued strength for you and your children.


  • At 9:00 pm, Blogger Teagan Oliver said…

    I know that I'm a day late and a dollar short with this comment, but since I'm brand new to the blog I hope you'll forgive the late words and take them as they are... my best thoughts are with you and your family. Cherish all moments, good and bad and find support for yourself as well as your husband. This will go a long way in helping to fight the cancer. I know, I lost my mom almost four years ago to it. Again, best wishes from this side of the Atlantic.


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