Chronology

Sandra dated all of her poetry when she considered it to be finished, although she might return to change a word, or punctuation mark, here or there; sometimes she finished a piece months after she started it.

This chronology is intended to place her poetry into the context of what was happening in her life at the time. I have dated her poems with the dates actually used by Sandra, unless she made any comments which suggested another date would be more appropriate for full understanding.

2004

   

14 July

Sandra's 60th birthday

October

Routine 3-yearly breast scan picks up anomalous areas in right breast.

17 November

Sandra (coincidentally) retires from work.

7 December

Inflammatory breast cancer diagnosed

12 December

Shadow

   

2005

   

5 January

Chemotherapy started

20 January

Crash

13 February

Prism

24 March

Warning, Forest

6 April

Itinery

21 April

Chemotherapy finished

23 April

Noise

May/June

Nightwatch

24 June

Mastectomy

23 July

Our silver anniversary

24 July

Arimidex started

28 August

Herceptin started

11 September

Exile

27 September

Radiotherapy started

8 October

Cyclops

7 November

Radiotherapy finished

13 November

Snake

December

Kidnap, Check-up

14 December

Guiser, Prisoner, Roc

   

2006

   

8 January

Crab

13 March

Told Herceptin & Arimidex not working, so both stopped. Must expect to have about 6 months left, but further chemotherapy might buy extra time.

14 March

Chemotherapy (Taxotere) started.

22 March

Thief

26 March

Wrote Penpicture

10 April

Destination

19-23 April

Visit to Innerleithan

15 May

Bluebells

22 May

Journey

28 May

Kidnap, Late Fruits (?)

12 July

Chemotherapy finished

28 July

Freefall

1 August

Final illness starts

14 August

Admitted to hospital

19 August 8:22 pm

Dies

23 August

Cremation service

9 September

Ashes scattered at Innerleithan