Hello to all the wonderful readers of the Miss Chief new website.
I am so honoured to have been asked to contribute to this amazing new website and without wanting to bore you, I thought it would be a good idea to just give you a little background on me and the reason I am covering as much as I can to do with health & wellbeing and how important it is to look after yourself on the inside as well as the outside.
My name is Di Cannon and I have lived in Liverpool all my life….all 50 years of them. I have had the good fortune of being raised by a very loving family and although I doubt my mum, after having 4 children, was expecting to have another little bundle of joy at the age of 40, she did and here I am to tell the tale.
My parents worked hard all their life and that’s the environment I was raised in. I left school and started work at the National Girobank 2 weeks before my 17th birthday and having served the company for 25 years, I finally left in 2008 to start my own consultancy business and I have never looked back.
My company helps other businesses grow by getting them ready for finance/funding…..now before you turn off, I am not going to put you to sleep about double digit growth or Brexit, there is actually a reason I need you to know this as working with so many companies over the years opened my eyes to my passion and that is health & well being. Some of the business owners have looked at me as though I have gone a little mad when I tell them they must create a happier & healthier workplace because ultimately if staff are happy & healthy then they perform at their best….I think we can all relate to that. I now get the best of everything as my business owners listen and make changes wherever possible to do this so I can put my passion and business together and make a real difference.
Sadly in 2013 I was hit with a personal tragedy when my niece who was re diagnosed with melanoma skin cancer and this vile disease killed her in December 2014 at the young age of 38. Claire was originally diagnosed in early 2000 when her mum spotted a mole on her back that just didn’t look right. After a number of visits to doctors and finally an oncologist, she was diagnosed with early stages of melanoma. Back in 2000 I don’t think any of us would know what melanoma was, we certainly didn’t think it was a killer but it was and it is. Claire had her mole removed and was given the ‘all clear’ 3 years later. We now sadly know, you never really get the all clear and in 2013 when taking a shower she found a lump under her arm which turned out to be stage four melanoma. The following 12 months went by with chemotherapy, radiation and then finally she was days away from getting on a new melanoma drug trial only to find there was a tumour on her brain.
This photo was taken on her wedding day 2 years before she died.