|Hampton Court RHS Macmillan Garden 2013|
We pray for the big things and forget to give thanks for the ordinary, small (and yet not really small) gifts. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
In this photo the silhouette of a woman almost disappears into the foliage of the surrounding plants. The garden, Macmillan Cancer Support Legacy Garden was designed by Rebecca Govier who survived thyroid cancer. The figure looks down, almost lost. A path winds through a woodland glade and strong architectural structures.
It reminds me of invisible illness in all its form. You can’t see pain. You can’t see the way someone makes an effort while out and about or receives visitors and then collapses afterwards. You can’t see the loss and confusion of the life the person once had disappear. There are many long term illnesses and disabilities like this including different types of cancer and ME.
Today I want to think about all who have an invisible illness. I give thanks for everyone who helps to make that illness visible in some way to others - for all who give time, thought and money, through local groups and national ones, visiting someone, listening to them, keeping in contact, raising funds for research and support – THANK YOU!
Macmillan Cancer Support has a show garden at RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May this year. http://press.rhs.org.uk/RHS-Shows/Malvern-Gardening-Shows/Malvern-Gardening-Shows/Press-Releases/Mary-Berry-and-Alan-Titchmarsh-Headline-RHS-Malver.aspx
Invest in ME, a small charity with a large vision, holds their 11th International ME Conference on 3rd June 2016.