21st Thanks everyone - we're taking Sally Home to her much loved 'Lahuna' near Dorrigo - either very late tomorrow night or on Friday depending on when she's up for travel. Our trip to Brisbane was fruitless as the Gamma Knife and radiation treatment was far too risky as the tumours are growing and the inflammation is still there. We're keeping her pain at bay with strong pain relief. I am blessed by the exquisite beauty of this remarkable soul. She'll soon be in her private sanctuary and gardens with her beloved trees, birds and other visiting wildlife.
Facebook Post I was leaving the Urunga cafe with Sal on 21st October last year when she stopped to give a cheery good morning to a ’stranger’ who was sitting at a table outside having his breakfast. In one split second, I could see that magic was about to happen and continued on walking to allow them to weave their serendipitous meeting one-on-one. Thus began what I call the ‘Yin and Yang Lovers’ and ‘Then Sally Met Nick.'
Sally’s loving partner Nick Texidor writes
One moment I am thanking the stars for bringing me one, the next I am asking them for a miracle.
Sally and I embarked on the most amazing journey just a few short months ago, yet it feels like we’ve talked, and listened, shared and laughed, loved and adored for years.
It took one look, as cliched as that sounds, to know we were connected. I was magnetised, unable to avert my eyes.
It is a once in a lifetime connection... beginning with what I can only describe as the universe, not just guiding us toward each other, but removing all subtleties, and casting us together with incredulous signs and synchronicities. Even then, it had to metaphorically slap me hard and give me a second chance!! It was a series of events that I wouldn’t have believed had It not happened to me.
Our first meeting set the tone of what was to come. Nearly fifteen minutes of conversation that seemed to touch on so many subjects, we both left wanting more. So we exchanged numbers (a first time either of us had given our number to someone we'd just met), and arranged to meet the following day, and we simply carried on where we left off. It took an hour and a half just to order breakfast!
The seed had been planted, and despite Sal leaving on a three-month trip a week later, it grew. Two weeks after she left, out of nowhere, my phone pinged, and a stunning photo of Sal looked up at me. My heart skipped. She’d just finished her workshop and was on her way to Perth.
Re-connected, and with Sally settled in Perth, our ‘story’ took off at a rapid rate... messages bouncing back and forth in seemingly unsustainable quantities, yet they never abated. Within a week, we had arranged to meet in Melbourne for a long weekend and had everything booked. A few days prior to leaving, it was clear to both of us, this wasn’t just a weekend hanging out... we were hand delivering our hearts to each other.
We had a life-changing weekend. We were the only two souls in Melbourne for four beautiful days, no one else existed on the planet. Sal’s comment said it all “I’m so happy, I could eat apple pie and custard”. Leaving her behind after that weekend, knowing we wouldn’t see each other for almost four weeks was heart-wrenching. There was no doubt from that point we were moving forward together.
Following a couple of long weekends in Sydney, including seeing in the New Year with Cedar and Paul with great excitement and anticipation of the year ahead, Sally returned to the Mid North Coast where we began a new phase, turning homes into ‘our’ homes, buying furniture together and choosing to alternate weekends between Megan in the mountains, and the beaches of Urunga. Sally and Ross met, and he was as smitten as I. The roly poly’s across the lounge room floor sealed it for him.
In her presence, I am home, and the world just about stops turning. We could sit together for hours, talking and laughing, or in complete silence, just enjoying each others company.
Within three weeks of arriving home, our world was turned upside down. Sally’s cancer, which looked like she’d had it beat, had worsened and tumours had spread to her brain.
We are now temporarily residing in Brisbane, wishing upon the stars for a miracle.
Sally has a beauty that radiates from the core and a heart of gold to match. She is one of a kind. The most amazing person I have ever had the pleasure of meeting: inspiring, beautiful, courageous, brave, generous and loving. She's a fighter, a warrior, an angel.
You are my guiding star, Sal, my hero, my ‘one-perfect-love’. You touched my heart and soul. I will love you forever, and beyond.
Your FM xxxx