Hospital again…..

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so, anyway…. I had a hospital appointment just a few days before going away. The news was not particularly good😦

lets have a recap –

in January I was given those fantastic words’ you are in remission!’

By March I’d had another scan and told that I had nodules on my lungs, only tiny but they were breast cancer. The oncologist didn’t feel the need to do anything but would keep on monitoring me. I was left feeling a bit confused, not sure if it had spread, did I have secondary breast cancer? I didn’t know and no one seemed to tell me. The only thing was to have another scan, bloods etc and see him again in six months. That was, or at least seemed, a long six months.

So six months later, at the end of September, I saw the onc. The last scan showed signs of breast cancer in my bones and my liver. Yes it has spread. Now I have to have oral chemo, oh, and some bone strengthening injection that can cause something nasty to happen in my jaw! What fun!! So very quickly, before we fly off, I need to have a dental X-ray, and I have been sent home with a little folder and a thermometer!

So today it starts  for real – we got home from Spain last night and today it begins.

The horror for today, and believe me I am terrified, is the oral surgery department at the hospital for a dental check up. Most of my teeth are crowned anyway but the last couple of years, since taking arimidex, my gums have been a real problem. Something that a lot of people seem to suffer whilst taking these tablets, and also after the radiotherapy, I wonder if there is a connection?

After today, I get one day off, and then I’m off to the hospital again to start the chemo.

Not a happy bunny…..

 

 

Sun & Sangria…..

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We have just returned from the most amazing week in the mountains of Spain. Normally I am more of a beach and sea sort of person but some friends we met on a previous holiday invited us to their villa in Spain and it would have been rude not to go!!

so we went and were treated like royalty, they fed us fantastically, kept us topped up with beer and laid on beautiful weather for us – so thank you people for being so kind, we are honoured to call you our friends xxx

we will be back but first there’s the hospital to deal with …..

Remember me?…..

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Once again it has been a while.  I really must try harder!

well, life is moving along – slowly but surely. Still having regular checks, scans, blood tests, etc etc but (for today anyway) everything is ok.

I’m not sure if I have mentioned this before, but I have been trying to learn to play golf. Quite a big ask for someone with no eye to hand coordination, no energy and constant fatigue but hey, gotta give it a go. So that’s what I did and what do ya know….I’m rubbish at it!!

But, just because I’m no good at it doesn’t mean I can’t look good does it?

sooo…….

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Knitted Head covers

…..going back to what I’m good at, I knitted some head covers for my golf clubs!

I may not be the best player but looking like a vase of flowers my clubs at least look pretty!

Not mush room in ‘ere…..

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Thought I’d share another of my makes with you.

I’m not sure if I’ve told you before but I belong to a local knitting group where a throng of like minded ladies get together and knit all kinds of things for charities – hats and gloves that go to homeless people or people in cold countries, blankets for neo natal units at the hospital or even animal shelters etc etc. We also knit things to raise money for the fantastic palliative care centre that has helped all of us get through bad times at some stage or another, they are always there with a cup of tea and a hug – I know I have been very glad for them at times. They definitely got me through my worst moments.

Anyway at the moment we are getting together a flower garden to go on display and (hopefully) raise funds for the centre. This is just one of my contributions, a stand alone mushroom garden

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And a photo of the newspaper article it appeared in

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That it for now, gave a great day

Hugs xx

 

My Boy …..

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Good morning peeps, the sun is shining here and it looks like it’s gonna be a beautiful day. Of course, everyday is beautiful – its just the weather that can let it down! Living in England I think I need to be hypnotized into loving cold wet weather!!

Anyway, today I thought I’d share a little picture (or two) of my doggies…

Firstly, here is Teddy

Teddy Edward

Teddy Edward

Then we have princess Lilybett

Lily

Lily

They are both standard poodles and are half brother and sister – they have the same mum but different dad’s. These pictures were taken in June 2015, so Teddy would have been just under 2 years and Lily just under 3 years, and they were both in need of a ‘spa day’

Any hoo hugs for now ✳

 

Scottie Dogs

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I have been crocheting again!

This time I have been making Scottie dogs using a pattern from annaboos house.

I’m really rather pleased with how they turned out,

I have made a mini Scottie….

Mini Scottie dog

Mini Scottie dog

followed by a maxi Scottie …

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Followed by a special request for my daughter…

Blue Scottie dog

Blue Scottie dog

The picture doesn’t do the colours justice really, very much Cath Kidston colours. Very pretty even if I do say so myself!

Hugs for now xx

Phew….

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okay, time has flown by again and I’m a bit behind with my posts!

last time I mentioned that I had to have some further tests done. Well these have been carried out and I have been to see the oncologist for the results….

the news was GOOD! Everything was ‘normal’ (whatever that may be!) and I actually got to hear the words ” you are in remission!”

I still have to be monitored etc but that is reassuring to me. Needless to say we did have a little celebration!! Now I just need to find where I put all my energy – I seem to have misplaced it somewhere and I really do need to find it now! X

How time flies……

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Well, I’m amazed at how the time has flown. It’s a year ago since my second battle with pesky cancer.

i had the surgery, followed by 15 sessions of radio therapy. Once again I got off light and told I didn’t need chemo.

The radio therapy was ok. It was more nuisance than anything else. Because the cancer had been so close to the middle of my chest my oncologist was worried about the normal sort of radio used for breast cancer damaging my heart and both lungs – hearing that kind of thing always makes you feel better! So he decided to do a more shallow version more commonly used for skin cancers.

My skin did burn quite bad and the E45 cream they said to use on it made it worse, but a bit of aloe vera gel did the trick

A little cooked

Recovering quite well from all of this I decided to learn how to play golf!
I joined some group lessons at our local golf course and I really enjoy it. I have even gone out in the rain to play – not like me at all. But I’m liking it soooo much I decided to get a proper membership and take the game up.

Recently I’ve been back to see the onc and get the results of my CT scan that I had done last month.
He was super pleased at how well my skin had healed, in fact you can hardly see where I had the radio therapy
My blood tests came back fine BUT – and there it is. The “but” . Blood starts running cold again.
it now seems there is a shadow in my large bowel and a shadow in my right lung. I was gob smacked. In fact, my gob had never felt so smacked. All I could think was “blink in’ heck…not again!”
Now I am waiting for a colonoscopy (what a JOY!) and a repeat CT in three months.
Rightly or wrongly I am feeling a little bit done for. Should I bother writing my Christmas list?? Will I be around long enough?? Will I get to my next birthday?? Should I bother buying a new pair of uggs?? Will I EVER get a bus pass? (I’ll be bloody annoyed if I don’t !)
More’s to the point should I get a years membership for my golf?
I’ll let you know how it goes

Recovering well…….

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Came out of surgery okay.

I was a little surprised to see a great big dressing and a drain but I have every faith in my surgeon.

when said surgeon came to see me the next morning she explained that the dressing etc was to try and curb bruising. Apparently the tumour was attached to my muscle – not sure if that is a bad thing but I don’t like the sound of it. I really don’t want to lose my muscle, it would end up with an even bigger dent than I’ve got already and I think that this little episode may  have put me off having a reconstruction for a while.

I have an appointment with my consultant on Wednesday, hopefully it will be good news but I have to confess to being a tad worried. Do I feel lucky?…..