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Yes very true Rosie! A big improvement than a bald headed frump!! O/H home soon- so going to walk at a lovely canal close by called Foxton locks and take dogs and of course call in the lovely old fashioned pub halfway round🍺!!
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You should have strangled her with the ball of wool Lovewine! You do not look like a helmet headed old frump- your hair is recovering very well from having none at all!
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Well, shopping trip not very fruitful,couldnt really be bothered to look! Then to cap it all i bumped into my YSs spiteful, awful ex girlfriend- she looked really pretty and young, made me feel like a helmet headed old frump!! So i came home with a ball of wool from John lewis.
Tij, you are seeing the end in sight then for your herceptins- well done😄, i have number 7 next thursday so a while yet for me.,have a good trip to the u.k and half term. My YS is doing a sky dive in april fundraising for " children with cancer" charity, so hope you raised lots of money too.
Rosie, hope you are not too uncomfortable, at least you will be warm when weather turns colder next week with your log burner!! Think i may get mine lit ime so damn cold!
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Good morning Tlj the sun is shinning today but next week it will be cloudy with rain and lower temperatures so I will be needing to use the log burner all day I am managing on the heating from the air con unit which will be costly but I am unable to handle the logs this week.
The surgeon won't do the reconstruction before I have healed which I think will be a while.😁😔 I can't believe I am still going through this a year later! I have had 2 herceptin infusions so won't finish these until the end of the year. Enjoy your son's play. Hope you made lots of money for the children's cancer charity!💰
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Morning ladies, another week has gone by and another herceptin done (number 12), so on the home straight now.
Rosie, I hope you are feeling less sore and infection has cleared up now. Am I right in thinking you can have your reconstruction anytime? If so, maybe it would be better to have your surgery after your cruise to guarantee you do not have any hiccups that could ruin your cruise. Hope the sun is shining for you today. I've managed to keep our log burner going since Sunday, which has involved several wheelbarrows of logs to be shifted. Husband has been away all week so I was the labourer. He is returning tonight and then tomorrow we are travelling to the UK to watch my son in his house play, back Sunday night.
I spent the morning of the Cancer Day at the hospital. I had herceptin first and then went to help on the stand of the children's cancer charity I help. Always find it interesting who makes donations. It's the people who look like they can least afford it!
Hope everyone is feeling good and has a good weekend despite the freezing temperatures.

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Enjoy shopping Lovewine! 👜😉
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Morning ladies, Joan, your day yesterday sounded pretty much ideal to me! Nice lunch and then comfy sofa in front of fire! I expect you are on grandchild duty today? Hope you are not too frazzled by this evening.
Rosie, I couldn't sit and look at washing up either all day- how irritating ! O/h does a similar thing with weekly dustbins- " don't get dragging those bins out I will do it before I go. To bed" he says- only for me to wake up at crack of dawn and look outside to see he's forgotten and as bin lorry is very early I usually rush down in pyjamas and put out- seething with temper! So I now do them myself last thing at night! O/.h was fine at work and gone again today - so can now get on with my usual jobs without wanting to ram the vacuum cleaner into his legs!
Wildpurl, enjoy your long weekend, what are your plans?
Cassie, hope the physio is helping you- have a nice weekend.
Thinking of all you other ladies, hope things are going well.
I am going into Leicester today as I have Fridays off generally if I can- marks and spencer to begin and then have my eye on a very nice handbag in John Lewis I might have to liberate👜!
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Good morning hope you are all managing to stay warm. Your evening by the fire sounded lovely Joan after your lunch expedition. I love mushroom risotto😜
Glad you have the necklace sorted. My friend stayed with me until half past one and then we had a meeting at home with a work colleague in the evening. DH heated some pizzas and put a salad together. I crawled into bed at 11.30 ans he said leave the washing up I will do it! It was still there this morning with a note on saying do not touch! I was so cross I ripped the note up and proceeded to do the washing up!😁 all he said was I thought I told you to leave that!!! If he thought I was going to sit with it all day he couldn't have been more wrong!!!
Hope,everyone has a Good Friday. Lovewine hope your OH got on ok at work and that your travelling isn't hampered by weather conditions. Wildpurl enjoy your long weekend are you off to Pilates today?
Cassie hope you aren't working too hard also Kirstie and Lisa- one week until,half term! Tlj I expect your son will come home for half term?
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Evening ladies. Reclining on the sofa again in front of a lovely fire. Went into Bristol for lunch with an ex colleague, now fit for nothing. Still it was a lovely lunch at Jamie's Italian, mushroom risotto out of this world.

Rosie, how frustrating to be able to do less than you were. Hopefully once you those painful stitches out it won't be too long before you get back to your previous level of activity. And how disappointing that you are not able to get to Dubai, would have been just the thing in the middle of winter. But at least there is some compensation with your friend being over. Yes, I did get the necklace so all sorted now. Thank you for asking.

Lovewine, glad to hear your husband has recovered sufficiently to be going back to work. Hopefully risk of strangulation now over or at least much reduced. As you say, Cancer much in the news at the moment. Quite horrifying to read that half the population born after 1960 are going to get some form of cancer. Hope your cancerversary was not too painful a day for you. I am still struggling a bit to get away from being a patient.So it is not surprising that having the injections is making that more difficult for you. Hope the snow doesn't give you too many problems. It has been bitterly cold here today but no snow as yet.

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Thanks Lovewine😄x
My friend is out in Cyprus at the moment for another week I have just invited her round for coffee!☕️☕️😃
Sorry about your snow we got back just in the nick of time! Have a good day!
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Morning Rosie, at least you will have the sunshine later☀️, we have woken up to snow again and bitterly cold , at least O:H gone off to work-thankfully!! Bloody annoying you back to not being so active again- next week things will improve when stitches have come out- keep your chin up, you have come a long way in 12 months with everything you have overcome- I am in awe of you! I think too with having the herceptin as I have said before- it still feels very much like we are cancer patients still in the chemo system almost😬 I am still having regular blood tests which is a struggle as no veins - checking white blood cell count, so that makes me anxious too💉😔.....a sympathetic hug for you! X
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Good morning ladies!
Well I certainly appreciated the warmth of waking up,to central heating and carpet in the UK. Hate cold mornings here! Supposed to get to 21 today ok over weekend dropping to 12- 16 next week cloudy and rain so I will be burning the logs next week!
Next escape form here April1st on the cruise but I can't see me having the reconstruction done by then!😫😬😭
I hate having to go backwards again and not be able to do tasks like walk the dog- just imagine her face if I set out for a walk without her!!! Will have to watch what I eat this week, sampled too many coffee and homemade cake venues and drank wine in the evenings!
Fed up about not being able to go to our friends in Dubai at half term! 😫herceptin right in the middle of it! When will this nightmare end?????
At least the sun is shinning here so need to be thankful for small mercies!
Have managed to put washing in the machine I think I will have to take it out in 2 journeys using my right arm and side.
Hope everyone is going along ok nearly the weekend!😉
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Yes Rosie, i can sympathise with that feeling- feel very grumpy when i cant find the energy to do what i want to do sometimes, so you must feel really frustrated😡,
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Oh yes Lovewine I forgot to ask you about the strangulation situation!!😄 glad things have improved! Yes the the stitches are sore and tight and I am in a bad mood now I am at home as I am frustrated at not being able to do things! 😁
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Hi Rosie, good to hear you are now back home, must be nice to be warmer back in Cyprus! Expect the stitches are becoming quite tight now and uncomfortable, poor you 😬. Cancer is on the t.v news a lot today, due to being national cancer day! Apparently 1 in 2 of us will get it now😕, an untimely reminder at this particular time...hope everyone is doing ok. I have had quite a busy day with work, O/H is returning to work tomorrow, so strangulation is on hold! He will be on light duties as still quite sore, but at least he will be back into the work routine!
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Good evening everyone we are back in Cyprus where it is warmer!!! The house was cold though as all the blinds had been closed and shutters upstairs! Got the log burner going now' dog glad to be home I have just sent DH out to get a few things as I can't drive again!!!! Saw the surgeon and have to go back next Wednesday for stitches out!😫😬
The return flight was much better and only 4hours 20 mins instead of 5 hrs!
Joan glad you managed to get tidied up at the hairdressers it makes you feel more normal! Did you get the necklace to go with your dress? I bet you looked very healthy after you Nordic walking with your red face!😃
Lovewine how lovely to be able to visit Canada - I like Thousand Island salad dressing😜
I think possible today- our DD birthday, is the anniversary I went to the doctor to get the lump checked- no it would have been yesterday because it was a Monday I had to wait all weekend!!!😒
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Evening ladies, Rosie, safe trip home and good luck at your surgeons appt tomorrow!! O/Hs parents still live in canada, they live near Kingston in Ontario, Ottawa is about 100 miles from them, which in Canadian terms is quite close! We have been over to stay with them quite a few times, but air fares are very expensive at about £600.00 each, so only visit every couple of years!! They came over 18 months ago for eldest sons wedding and also the previous year for both of my sons graduations. They live in a lovely area called The Thousand Islands- where the salad dressing originated!
I managed my rounds without too much problem, the rural roads were quite icy and snow quite bad, tomorrow is my " cancerversarry"! A year since discovery of " the lump", feels quite surreal sometimes.
Joan, glad you enjoyed your walking and a bonus too finding a necklace!
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No snow here. Hope you managed to do your rounds without too much hassle, Lovewine. Rosie, hope snow doesn't disrupt your travel plans and you have a good journey back home.

Enjoyed the Nordic walking although now feeling the effects. It was quite cold so I layered up with the result that by the time we got back I was overheated and bright red in the face. Not a good look, especially with my red and pink woolly hat. Went on to the hairdressers, who managed to make something of my hair. I wouldn't say it is a style exactly but it certainly looks tidier. And I spotted a necklace in a nearby shop which might just go with my dress.

Quiet board today, hope everyone else is OK.
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Joan good luck with your Nordic walking hope you haven't got snow like Lovewine?No snow in Ludlow cold but blue sky and sunny!
Joan I like Lovewine get very tired by 9pm and go to bed as soon after as I can. Not sleeping as well at the moment as I can't turn onto my left side! Can't believe we will be on a flight home this time tomorrow! It's been a quick busy visit. Sad we haven't been able to see any of our children this visit.😔 not seeing any of them until the summer!
Lovewine hope you manage to get all your calls done safely.
Which part of Canada is OH from have you ever been?
My dad had a cousin in Ottawa. When he visited England he gave my sister and I a shinny dollar and a charm bracelet with a maple leaf on. My parents did go out to visit him many years ago!
I don't think the surgeon will take out any stitches tomorrow I bet I have to keep them for another week! Hopefully then it will all settle down.😏
Have a good day everyone!
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Morning ladies, woken up to a covering of snow so trying to deliver/collect my work will be interesting this morning! Most of my clients live in very rural villages so will be challenging. O/H is canadian, so finds our little snow falls and subsequent disruption highly amusing- he was used to digging the cars out from under 6 feet of snow, hope all is well with everyone? Wildpurl, havnt heard from you for a few days, hope you are ok too.
Rosie, hows the wound healing, not giving you too much pain i hope😬
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Evening all, Rosie, not surprising you are tired, hope you accomplished what needed to be done , always very sad having to sort out a loved ones belongings/legal obligations. I hope you can rest when you return home and recover from your ordeal.

Joan, i struggle with fatigue too, somedays i can accomplish a great deal, others can hardly be bothered to get off sofa, always by 8.00 p.m i am really tired, usually retire to my bed at 9.00 p.m to watch t.v Or read! I also have very stiff and sore joints, particularly hands and feet, at last onc appt 3 weeks ago he said it was the taxotere even after 6 months! It is very frustrating. This is why i am trying more healthier eating and trying little changes in the hope it will improve things😟 enjoy the nordic walking tomorrow!
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Sorry, my internet connection cut out just after posted that. Also meant to thank Lovewine and say I'm with you on feeling the cold more. It doesn't help not having a full covering of hair. Nice and warm now though, curled up in front of the fire. Spent most of the afternoon on the sofa. Went swimming this morning and came back feeling great. Did about three hours work on the computer, but then just managed a very quick trip to the shops before completely running out of steam. So frustrating. Tomorrow I am planning to go Nordic walking but in order to do that it looks like I will have to take it easy in the morning. How are other people doing on the fatigue front? Rosie, it's not surprising you are feeling tired. And you have the return flight and then the hospital appt. hope you manage to get some rest soon.


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Good evening everyone been very tiring for me today feel like I have been shot through my left side! Seeing DH mother tomorrow and heading back towards Bristol for early flight on Wednesdays!
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Thanks Kirstie, that's very helpful.
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Morning ladies, Rosie, not many muffins left at all! Good luck with the rest of your stay, it is supposed to stay cold all of this week❄️😟. I think we feel it even more with short hair!! Must say since chemo etc i have felt the cold much more, used to be quite good in cold weather- now i just want to hibernate.hope your wound heals well, it sounds quite a big one😬.have a good day everyone!
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Good evening lovely to hear from you Kirstie glad your reconstruction went well!
Joan glad you had a good day in Stratford! I braved it this morning and took off the dressing in the shower. There are several very big stitches both in my chest and side!😁
Met my sister and her husband for a very nice lunch and some even nicer wine!!! Staying with them until Tuesday morning then off to see DH mum before returning to Bristol. Finding it very cold here!!!
Lovewine your muffins sounded delicious are there any left?😜
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Great to hear from you Kirstie and even better you are on the mend and are so pleased with the results- I agree with you about longing for summer!
Joan, apparently coconut oil is really good for you and can be used for all cooking instead of olive oil, vegetable oil etc- has no unhealthy fats!
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Lovely to hear from you Kirstie, it's great that you have not only had your reconstruction but are so pleased with it. I'd be interested to hear why you switched to coconut oil and Lovewine why your niece suggested it. I've heard it recommended but haven't gone into it.

Lovewine, I'm sorry that your dads shingles are still painful and that life is so difficult for your mum. I'm sure she really appreciates having some time away from it with you.

Managed walk this afternoon along the coastal path, though very grateful I'd taken walking poles with me. Then spent afternoon on the sofa reading the paper.

Rosie, hope you had an uneventful journey to your sisters and are managing to get some rest alongside sorting things out.

Wishing everyone good weeks.
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Hi everyone sorry I've not been on much.

Rosie you poor thing I can only imagine how disappointed you must feel, sound like you are really going through it still x you have had such a lot to deal with x. Fabulous hair btw, mine is super curly !

I still haven't got the cooking hug but we switched to 100% coconut oil for cooking most things last year and you can't really taste it my husband doesn't like coconut and he said it's fine for him.

Lovewine I hope you got through the weekend without carrying out an major crimes !

I have had my reconstruction done it will be 2 weeks tomorrow so just the nipples next I will be going back in 6 weeks to plan the when that will be done - he has done a fab job I have to say, I bottled out of the diep thou and just went for implants.

Glad to see everyone has popped in to say hello lately, at least January is done ! to be honest I'm just looking forward to summer because hopefully then it will just those horrible tablets that make me feel nuts, but no more surgery !
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Evening ladies, Joan, sounds like you had a nice day in stratford, glad you enjoyed the play, if you are still looking for jewellery the website " not on the high street.com" has some nice pieces at reasonable prices.
Regarding dad- he spends a lot of time asleep, very hard for mum as she is very fit and active, i think she is frustrated at not getting out and about, said i would take her out for a couple of hours again next saturday. Dads shingles are still very painful, but the spots are not quite so red and angry looking.
I had a nice couple of hours with my niece, she is very keen on healthy eating, so picked up some ideas for healthier cake baking! Bought coconut oil to use in baking /cooking and spelt flour! Made some dark choc and raspberry spelt muffins when i got home- really yummy😄, i always hated cooking, but since BC have developed quite a liking for it, think its because i have made more time to do things and also because i would rather know what i am eating more!
Well, another week begins, at least january has gone, O/H off work for another week too- not sure if my patience will last past monday night! He is becoming a little more active and the dressings have been taken off, looks like he has 5 stab wounds in his stomach!
Rosie, hope you are getting on ok, wildpurl, hope you have had a good weekend.
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Rosie, your hair looks wonderful, I am so envious of that, just 10 minutes walking from the car to a coffee shop yesterday made my hair stand on end for the rest of the day. I'm going to have to do something about it soon or I will be back to wearing a hat. But you deserve something going well for you. Friday sounds quite brutal. Horrendous to do all that under a local but on the positive side you are not having to fly while still suffering from the effects of a general. Glad the brandy and coke helped and that you weren't awake all night. You must have been exhausted after the flight though. Just what you didn't need. Good job you're not teetotal although if you had been before you started treatment you would have had to be a saint to remain so through everything you have had to cope with. Hope the wound doesn't look too bad when you take the dressing off and that it settles down quickly and you can get on with the next stage before too long.

Wildpurl, your suggestion about Lovewines projected scarf made me laugh. Would it count as incitement to violence though? On the other hand there is written evidence that the idea had already occurred to Lovewine.

Lovewine, glad to hear husband is not only still alive but recovering, at least while you are not looking at him. The scrambled eggs sound delicious, I love chorizo. And fudge too. Hope you had a good trip to Market Harborough. Your carers outing with your mum sounds a welcome bit of respite for you both. How is your dad doing? I made a similar soup on thursday: butternut squash, red pepper, sweet potato and lentil. Looked and tasted Pretty good as well as making me feel virtuous.

Wildpurl, hope you have had a good couple of days and that OH is no longer at risk.

Had a lovely day in Stratford yesterday. The play (Much Ado about Nothing) was extremely well done and very very funny. Afterwards I trawled the shops looking for jewellry (no luck) and a scarf to brighten up my dress for the weddings. Found one in the very last shop I had time to go into before meeting husband and friends for an early dinner. Today is going to be more of a rest day, bit of housework then hopefully a walk this afternoon.
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We arrived after midnight Lovewine airport security had been stepped up! The first 2 hrs of the flight was very turbulent and I hated it! It took 2 hrs for the drinks trolley to arrive as we were in the middle of the plane and they had to keep putting away. When it got to us had a brandy and began to relax a bit!
Off to my sisters today after breakfast at the holiday inn😜
Glad to hear they OH has made yummy fudge and you got out with your mum for a bit I bet she enjoyed it.
Wildpurl hope your OH is in a better mood and you can enjoy Sunday. Joan hope you enjoyed your theatre trip.
I am going to have a shower in a minute and will have to take off the dressing and see what disaster lies underneath! 😁
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Hope you have arrived here safely Rosie. Good luck with all your sorting out regarding your dads estate😟
Hope you are not in too much discomfort.
Joan, hope you have enjoyed stratford today. Wildpurl, hope you have had a relaxing day too, and you too cassie.
I took my mum out for an hour earlier for a little break away from looking after dad and my nurse duties- both of us said we are fed up with looking after them both! Nice to get out for a while. Am taking my lovely neice into market harborough in the morning, she is a budding cook, so taking her to the large sainsburys and waitrose so she can stock up on ingredients- so another break away from possible strangulation!
Am cooking sweet potato and pepper soup tonight, O/H must feel a little better as he made some fudge this afternoon- very nice it is too!! He used condensed milk, coconut milk, pistachio nuts and vanilla extract.
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Lovewine that's a move in the right direction for OH to make scrambled eggs!😜
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Morning Rosie, oh dear, just as well as you are going away later today- definitely O/H in jeopardy at strangulation! 😬😕 men really can be so irritating. My O\H " struggled " off his new home on the sofa on his laptop announcing last night- " i will make us some scrambled eggs for dinner, its all i can manage right now", cue me having to be magnanimous and grateful! Although they were very nice as he put rocket and chorizo in them. He is becoming mobile, until he sees me there and then resumes slapped backside face again😼
I cant believe you had that awful port and cut without a general anaesthetic, you have every right to feel traumatised, really really hope you have no further problems and the implant can go in soon. Have a safe trip to the u.k, at least you wont be looking at dog mess!🐶x
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First stage of potential DH strangulation- " me -"I can see dog mess on the patio"
His reply-" don't look at it then!!!!"😁
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Good morning ladies!
I managed to drag myself out for a meal at our local village taverna with our very good friends who are in Cyprus for 2 weeks. I had a large brandy and coke that seemed to keep me going. I did take 2 very strong pain killers and didn't sleep too badly all things considered. I have just taken 2 more. The worst thing is the cut and the stitching in the left side where he took the port out! I think I am so used to having my chest opened and closed it is numb! I don't know the extent of the cut as I couldn't look. He did say I could shower this morning but in view of flying tonight I am going to leave the big dressing in place and wait until the morning.
It is extremely frustratingly being restricted again - thank goodness we are going alway for a few days into hotels and my sister's where I don't have to get upset by washing up mounting up or things out of place!😬 it makes me realise how far I had come. If we had been staying at home I think my DH would have been added to the strangulation list!!
Wildpurl I hope you are correct and now the expander has been removed I will heal and he will be able to perform the final implant surgery. I still can't believe what a traumatic experience yesterday was!😷😬🙀🙈😿😫
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Thanks Wildpurl!
Now, now Lovewine and Wildpurl I think you both need to have a large glass of something tonight!😃
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Funnily enough Wildpurl that very idea did just occur to me! 😄
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Your hair is looking vey nice, rosie, I really like the colour and your earrings are fab! I too have gone back to wearing earrings with my shorter hair, it's quite fun choosing them to match my outfit.

Your ordeal sounds horrible but at least it is done now and hopefully you will heal fully this time.

Lovewine, if you knit a scarf it will be lovely and warm and could also be a strangulation aid if required Smiley Wink
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Thanks Lovewine I love earrings! The ones I am wearing I have had for several years, when all the kids were young and still at home! Good luck with your knitting glad OH has progressed to clothes!
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Rosie, you look great! Hair looks very nice, how awful the removal sounded, it must have been extremely unpleasant for you, you did very well to put up with all that for an hour- definitely a lage drink and something nice to spoil yourself with tonight! I also am admiring your lovely earrings in your new picture- you do wear some nice ones!



Wildpurl, enjoy your day, your menu sounds great as usual, may look into the pumpkin soup, just what is needed on a winters day, i use the Bbc good food recipe website quite a lot as they have not too complicated recipes that are delicious. My O/H gets very grumpy when working extra hours too!

Joan, hope you are not too worn out today, Stratford sounds a nice day out, hope you enjoy the play! Good that you found a suitable outfit for the wedding!

Cassie, any more foot spas!? Hope you can relax this weekend after the wedding alterations of last weekend.

We had quite a lot of snow overnight,it has melted now thankfully. I went to work this morning and then popped into Leicester to marks and spencer, i returned a handbag i ordered online, but it was massive, bought a nice pair of straight leg navy jeans instead, some cornish daffodils and porridge! I also bought some chunky wool so may knit a scarf/snood over weekend to be distracted from imminent strangulation of O/H!!
He has graduated from pyjamas to clothing now-but still huffing and puffing and moaning!!! -poor O/H am sure its very sore, but i am very impatient for normality!

Tij, hope you are enjoying your dog walks, sorry to hear of family problems, just what you dont need at the time of anniversary of diagnosis.
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New haircut now profile picture!
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Well ladies I am back home!! I am sure what I have just been through should not be a local procedure!😫😪
I don't know about his 10mins it took an hour. He got the expander out fairly quicky and then said he would have to stitch the muscle inside first then close me up on the outside. Just when I thought it was all over he said right we will just take the port out and he stood poised with a needle saying this will hurt but it is the anaesthetic! Then he cut me pulled out the port,and of course that has had to be stitched! Two nurses tried to comfort me they were very sweet!
As if this wasn't enough I then had to have IV antibiotics and a painkiller injection in the backside!!! Can't lift anything heavy. Have to return to clinic on Wednesday on the way back from airport.
Thanks for all hugs this morning I certainly needed them! I have been wearing softies inside my mastectomy bra Wildpurl I just need to add a bit more stuffing!
On a better note I did get to the hairdresser and she managed to do the colour and trim it and as you ladies have stated it now looks more like a style.
So we may have 2 strangulations on the cards this weekend?!
Your banana cake and soup sound like wonderful comfort food to me ideal,for the cold weather Wildpurl!
Joan taking in a play should be relaxing what are you going to see? Glad you managed to find a suitable dress for the wedding.
Enjoy your Friday night ladies!
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Goodness, two husbands at risk of strangulation. Hope they survive the weekend.

Rosie, hopefully you will have had the tissue expander removed by now and are feeling more comfortable if understandably a bit despondent. With luck you will also have managed a haircut and this evening I prescribe a large glass of wine and some nice chocolate.

Wildpurl, your hairdresser sounds brilliant. What a good scheme. I wish I did have lots of energy, I'm certainly able to do more than I was but I still need to rest in between activities and if I do a lot one day I'm hopeless the next. Having to learn to pace myself which is frustrating. Hope your mini cold doesn't come to anything and that you enjoyed your swim and sauna. It sounds as if you will need those socks. We had snow here too yesterday, lovely big flakes but it didn't last or lie.

Cassie, glad your weekend went well and that the alterations are nearly done. It sounds as if you had a really busy, if enjoyable time. Do you have your outfit sorted? The footspa sounds gorgeous even at the cost of giving your cat a fright. Good news about your progress with physio although the rucksack with weights sounds a bit of a challenge. It's not surprising that you are feeling emotional though; its a long haul back to,our pre cancer selves.

Lovewine, I can only do all these things because a) we happen to have the Penny Brohn centre here and b) I'm not yet doing much in the way of work. But I'm going to have to get down to it soon. Saturday is not going to be a quiet day I'm afraid, we're going to Stratford for the day, taking in a play and a bit of shopping.

Only managing to do this today because grandson is asleep in the car. He is now waking up so must sign off. I did get a dress for the weddings yesterday, only went to one shop and decided that would have to do.
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Good morning all,
Well, first of all, rosie, I read your posts yesterday but was very busy and did not have time to reply. I am gutted on your behalf that you are having to have the left expander removed, but I know my surgeon said that sometimes this is the best option for the person, to allow healing, and then they can complete the reconstruction when everything has settled down. TBH if it were me I would want the right one left in as there is no problem with it. Do you have a breast form that you can use on the left side while waiting for the final implant? You must feel as though it is one step forward two steps back at the moment, but I think that it is very likely you will be able to proceed as planned with the reconstruction once you have healed. Your body obviously does not like these expanders! I think you are at the hairdresser now so sending hugs and good wishes for the implant removal.
Speaking of hairdressers, to answer your question, Joan, the lady who cuts my hair is partly paid by the NHS and operates from the cancer centre at the hospital, which is a charity. She is Trevor Sorbie trained in how to look after hair during and after chemo, cutting for re growth and she also provides wigs and wig cutting. The key thing I think is that she trims the ends of the longest hair and gets rid of the fluffy bits, she doesn't cut it all back to the length of the shortest hair but somehow evens it all up over time. This time she told me that although my hair looks pretty normal now, I still have new growth starting and it is going to be really thick! You seem to have lots of energy and be doing many activities, which is really good to hear.
Lovewine, hang in there, OH will improve! Maybe you need an outing on your own or with a friend? My OH is working late again today and going in on Saturday. He is so grumpy that strangulation is a definite possibility over the weekend...
Cassie, your weekend sounds very productive and enjoyable, the wedding is making good progress by the sound of it
Lisa, you sound on good form, a trip to New York at Easter is very exciting! I am also still working 4 days a week and feel no inclination at all to go back to full time, I love having Fridays to myself. We have started thinking about vegetables for this year and will need to do a detailed plan soon as I will be sowing seeds in a couple of weeks.
Tlj, nice to hear from you. The one year anniversary brings back a lot of memories but it is also an important milestone in getting and remaining well, it is good to celebrate that

It actually snowed here yesterday late afternoon, big rush to leave work and gridlock around my workplace, the snow has largely melted now but it is still cold and more may be on the way. I feel as if I have a mini cold again, most annoying. Will try to go for a swim and sauna, also have banana cake and pumpkin and ginger soup to make plus the usual knitting and crocheting. I have almost finished my socks.

Good days everyone
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Rosie, totally understandable after all you have gone through you feel nothing is straightforward, really hope today will be, fingers crossed at 11.30 (9.30 here!) and things can start to heal. 😬 xx
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Thanks Lovewine feeling a bit wobbly about it now and more so about what he may find lurking inside!!!! My daughter was I insensed by the fact he was leaving me with the right tissue expander. I did consider telling him to whip them both out but then that would be 2 cuts! He is hoping the pocket will have been created and when it has healed he will do the implants. Why do I feel it is not going to be this easy!😁😫
Still aiming to get hair trimmed in the way! Will have to colour it at home. Not a bad thing probably better not to use a chemical product on new hair!
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Cassie, good the wedding plans are in full swing! I can imagine your cat looking horrified at the bubbling foot spa, hope you found it relaxing! I think we are all feeling emotional now, our various anniversarys are looming, ironically i have just seen a commercial for cancer research uk for world cancer day on february 4th, this is the date i found my lump! I hope your physiotherapy proves helpful and you can feel more like your old self,

Rosie, will be thinking of you tomorrow morning- sending you a hug for your appointment and also hope you manage to fit in the hairdressers💇, i am planning on colouring my hair again this weekend with Garnier olia! I keep looking wistfully at the wedding photo of O/h, myself and bride and groom and wish i still looked and felt like the person i once was😟, son and DIL were married just a few weeks before diagnosis.

Wildpurl, enjoy your long weekend, hope you are feeling a little better now?
Joan, hope you found something nice to wear at the shops today!