Seven years ago I bought this red duffle coat in BHS in Coventry on the way back to Glasgow having visited my Mum soon after my cancer diagnosis. It was an act of defiant self-indulgence at a time of incredible fear.
Today it gets its first outing of this season. It's pretty shabby. The cat hair refused to be brushed or picked off, the fabric is 'pilled' but I don't let that worry me... this is my symbol, my way of celebrating life, as well as remembering others less fortunate I've met along the way.
BHS is long gone. I no longer have cause to travel via Coventry. But I do have many blessings to count, and more defiance to express!