Hamley - great news!! What a relief, and so pleased that they're letting you do what you want, which sounds like the bestthnig for you xxx BIG HUG
Mandy - the bit about the perfect murder was a quote from one of us Crackers, a few weeks ago, although I can't remember who said it - the image of having no fingerprints and being able to commit the perfect murder really stuck in my mind!
Shellebelle that sounds like a complete nightmare - so sorry you had such a terrible time xx
QD - sorry to hear of your loss xx re the Woman With No Side Effects, she was having chemo as neoadjuvant therapy to shrink her tumour, and it didn't have any effect at all, so I assume she had an MX, although I didn't ask her.
I've been thinking about her a lot - no side effects, and no shrinkage of tumour - it sounds as if her body is totally resistant to chemo in every way, which makes me wonder if there is anything in the idea that if you have bad side effects, it shows that the chemo is working, which doesn't seem to me to be necessarily true.
For example, I know that chemo will only be effective on 7 or 8% of every 100 women who have my type of tumour, ie early IDC, grade 2, favourable tumour characteristics, one micrometastasis in sentinel lymph node. So for 92 of those women the chemo doesn't work, but it seems unlikely that they all have mnimal side effects.. I would have thought that there were relatively few people who have very light side effects.
I think Chemo Brian has got to me, I can't get the logic of all this clear in my head....
I dunno, I think it would be unwise of me to assume that my extreme nausea, stomach probs etc have any relation to the effectiveness of the chemo on knocking out circulating tumour cells.. It would be nice to think so, though.
Cressida - hope you're reading this - I am missing you VERY MUCH. Your mordant humour cheers me up every da. Hope that your condition is improving, that the docs have got their act together and agreed how to treat you, and that you will be rejoining us shortly . WE NEED YOU xxxxx
MASSIVE HUG xxxxx
In other news, my toothache has abated, root canal is scheduled for Tuesday - 2 days before FEC5, why does God hate me? - and a friend is coming over this morning to take me on an outing to Chiswick House to see their camellia festival, which I am very excited about, as I've hardly leftthe house for days.
Love and hugs to everyone, and especially those who are in days 5-10 of the chemo xxxxx