Life is a pretty random affair … there you are trundling along, and suddenly life throws something at you from the sidelines that you didn’t even think about.
I had a great time building up my watch business in 2012, and, most of all, I have enjoyed the contact with clients, watch enthusiasts and colleagues from all over the world. It’s been a fantastic ride, and thoroughly enjoyable.
Unfortunately, my wife has been diagnosed with cancer last Thursday, and it looks as though it’s advanced. This means a year of chemotherapy, operations, and radiotherapy.
My financial mainstay is my software business, which provides most of the income for our family. As these new circumstances will change our family life considerably, I will have to scale back the watch business during 2013.
That means that I won’t take on any new work until we have settled back to some sort of normality again, and we know what my wife can and wants to take on. I will certainly have to take on more childcare, and general work in the household. So cooking healthy food for my wife to see her through all this is one of my new priorities, and my frequency of changing nappies will also go up. Less watches, though.
I will of course deal with all the watches in my workshop, and provide the same level of service to all of you that have watches with me, so not to worry. It might just take a bit longer, and I know you will all understand.
The good part is that we are financially in a stable enough position to see all of this through, so all we really need is your thoughts and good wishes for us. We are also in the excellent hands of the oncology unit of the NHS in Cheltenham, and everyone working there has been fantastic, and I can’t thank them enough.
My wife has been incredibly brave so far, and she is determined to put up a good fight. On a positive note, our relationship has grown a lot stronger over all this, and we will be each other’s rock during the difficult times that lie ahead.
A little update – my wife has almost finished her therapy, and we are two weeks away from the end of her radiotherapy. I have started to take on work over the last months, so please feel free to contact me again.
Thank you for all the messages of support!