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maria I do like the photos how did you get three on? I only just managed the one with my wig! I wouldn't dare show me with a bare head I look sooo awful!! You look good in all of them.

I have a blood test tomorrow ahead of my next chemo on Tuesday (my final FEC) - as its bank holiday I have to go to a different hospital for it which is ok.. but not a nice way to spend a bank holiday...

at least the sun is shining a bit today although it is very windy here, was going to go into the garden today and finish my planting but a bit chilly - am watching the football instead.. England 1 nil down boo hooo...

Will put the chicken in for sunday lunch soon and plan a relaxing afternoon. Hope everyone is ok xx

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OK done it, changed it from tiff to gpeg, and now I can see it, so I hope you can.
What a lot of things we learn on this adventure !!
Maria

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Oh dear, my photo does not seem to work, maybe you can see it if you go to my profile. Or maybe you can see it. Let me know please. It says use avatar on my screen and I don't know how to.
Maria

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Hi Everyone,

Here is my my new look, no hair, scarf and with wig.
Those that don't know me well enough for me to tell them my story must think I go to the hair dressers more often than a celebrity !! Slightly ginger hair until 15th May, then bright orange hair, then on 24th short orange hair, them since yesterday brownish slightly longer hair !! Yesterday I was told by someone who didn't see my short hair, that my new hair cut looked really nice !! It made me feel better about my wig.
It's good to share my new looks with you, it helps me come to terms with what is happening to me. Tomorrow its back to reality, see my onc at 3 pm, and will have blood test to see if I can have my second FEC on Wednesday as planned.
Tuesday will see my kitchen demolished if my kitchen men are better than my tree feller.

Sandra, I am glad everyone at your end are enjoying chicken pox ! "Titbits" for Bliss, lovely. You are right "tit bit" now eh !! So I presume she is feeling better.

So I hope all is well with every one, feeling OK and no wobbles for anyone.
Hugs Maria

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Hi Ladies,
Heather......still laughing.....l must have told everyone in Enfield!
wish l lived near you, l could pop in for a chuckle everyday!!

Gill, you reminded me of when we had just got married, l put the oven on, but like a newly wed, forgot to light the gas, a short while later realising l hadn't lit the oven, l opened the over door and put a lit match in!!!! l felt the heat on my face, l screamed and run upstairs to the bathroom, with my husband behind, wondering what the hell l had done! I scorched my fringe and eyebrows, never did that again, did change to electric a few years later!
Gill, we have to look after our wigs, so l think it may mean no more cooking!!

Chickenpox grandchildren are quite happy, the youngest was a bit grouchy this morning, but he did have a high temp. so he was allowed, eldest grandson Ben, who has the most spots, has been absolutely fine. Jack who is 3 keeps saying he is a chicken that has pox!! (that sounds bad) l said no DARLING! you just have chicken pox.

Good to have you back Maria,
So pleased you had a lovely time and was spoilt, oh poor hair!! yes l think l will have to shave it off when the time comes, not sure l could stand the thought of it falling around me!

I hope your kitchen men are better than your tree feller!! although he did get there in the end!

Love to see a photo of the 'new' you!!

My little bliss had a treat tonight, l fancied some fillet steak from marks, thought l would be healthy and have salad with it, all cooked and ready, and bliss looks at me, nose twitching! now unlike my husband, l never feed the dogs titbits (that word doesn't sound right anymore) But something about those eyes tonight! so she had the steak and l had the salad!!
Soft touch or what!!
Typical Bank Holiday weather, rain, rain, and a bit more rain..
Hoping for nicer weather on Sunday!
Love and Hugs
Sandra xxx

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Hello everyone,

I think I have caught up on your news by reading all your posts. Everyone seems in good spirits.

My short orange hair lasted me my trip home to see my parents, niece and nephew. I was spoilt, ate well and they all thought I looked well, and I was. The flights were all on time, no volcanic ash, no strikes with the airline I went with, in fact no stories to tell at all !! I shopped till I dropped on Wednesday and bought all sorts of things I didn't know I wanted !!
However I did not wash my hair as it was coming out in clumps, but I wanted to stay looking good while I was there.
Last night I was able to pull out clumps at a time, and everything was itchy, so I washed it this morning and so much came out in the sink, it was horrid. Then it was all patchy and thin, so I've shaved it all off now, with the help of my sons. I put my wig on and thought: another corner has been negotiated on my adventure. Photos may follow, but I need to get used to myself without orange hair first.
Two friends came over yesterday and helped me clear out the kitchen ready for it to be demolished next Tuesday, so now I am camping in my own kitchen, and praying something essential has not been packed away.

Heather, the tea-bag story is the best so far.
Saffronseed and Gill, I glad you also had a good break.
Carol, don't wait for the train to hit you, jump out of the way now !!
Sandra, superwomen, it seems all your lot want to keep you busy and be more ill than you. Tortoise, dog, grandkids. Who next ? I ask myself. Don't forget to take care of yourself. You are number one.

Hope you all have a good weekend. I'm off to do a weekly shop and I hope I don't buy too much as I must remember I don't have a kitchen any more.

Hugs Maria

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Hi Saffronseed, Was wondering about you tonight! and there you were on holiday, good for you, hope you had a lovely time.
Looking good Kid! love the photo, you look normal!!!! Lol xxx

Isabelle, Have a lovely few days with Sonny, my grandchildren never want to go home, once they are here, and l never want them to!! Enjoy

Heather, l am still laughing!

Lots of Hugs
Sandra xxx

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Hi everyone, been away in Cornwall for the past week so not been around will catch up on the news from everyone by reading posts. I Hope everyone is well and things ok. I am ok and have now posted a picture of me and my wig (yes sandra and my prothesis but its in my bra so not too revealing...). I must admit my wig doesn't look that bad really and not that itchy if worn in short bursts - my prothesis is comfortable and feels like me - take care and speak soon xx

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Hello ladies,
Well Heather, I feel much better after having such a good laugh about your teabag!!!
Sandra sorry to hear that your boys have chickenpox, at least if they both get it at the same time it will be over all the quicker, hope they are feeling better soon. Iv'e got my oldest grandson Sonny (aged seven)staying over for tonight but it could last all weekend because once he gets here he likes to stay for a few days! He's a loverly boy and very good company.
I hope everyone is keeping well this weekend have a loverly bank holiday.

Best Wishes

Isabelle xxx

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Heather, That was so funny! good job you don't drink green tea like me, you would have thought gangrene had set in!!
Lots of Love
Sandra xxx
PS oh sorry not the fall, just the teabag xxx

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Hi everyone,
Well I went to see my doctor today about all the tablets I am taking, and to see if I can come off some. She has reduced my Lyrica which I take for Fibro, I don't know what its suppose to do, but if it is suppose to help the pain it's not working lol I asked about my swelling feet, the doctor gave me water tablets last time I saw him, and said you will be going to the loo a lot, no I wasn't they never made any difference. Well now just for a change I have to have a blood test,this time to see if my kidneys are working ok, there's always something isn't there.
I never told you ladies when my breast problems started. It was in Febuary 2000, I was working in 2 different places and going from one job to the other I fell over a broken paving stone and hit my face smack on the floor. Well you should have seen me, I broke my nose, broke my elbow,broke my front teeth, and I split my nose in half I had to have 20 stitches inside and out, I looked like I had been in a road traffic accident lol. Anyway the fall started a lot of problems for me and I had a lump and bruising in my right breast. So the doctor sent me for a mammogram, and the next thing I heard I had got to go to the breast cancer clinic. All my family were so worried, and I was terrified. We were 2 months into the new millennium and I had got so many problems. Anyway a couple of days before my appointment at the breast clinic I was sat watching tv and I was sat with my foot underneath me and I looked down and all the bottom of my foot was a browny reddish colour. I felt all the blood drain out of me and I thought oh no not something else. So I went up to the bathroom, bathed my foot and tried to see if I could see anything, nothing but a little mark. So I thought I must have burst a blood vessel or something, and by this time it was starting to hurt (so I thought). Anyway I rang my daughter because I was in a panic, and she said ring the doctor, but I said no let me get Tuesday out of the way first (that was my appointment at the breast clinic). So I had 3 days to wait, and I kept looking at my foot and the colour seemed to get deeper, and I was starting to limp. Work said have a few days off, but I said no I'll be ok. So Tuesday came and off to the breast clinic, I was terrified. However that time it was nothing to worry about, it was calcium spots. So in the car on the way home my daughter said, right now ring the doctors and get your foot sorted out. Anyway when I got home I thought I need to relax first then I will ring the doctor. So I took my boots off and then looked and saw something on the floor and guess what it was, a tea bag !!! I had been walking around with a teabag in my boot and it had been dying my foot, and that is were the strange colour came from lol I had even been limping. When I rang and told my daughter she couldn't stop laughing, and my son in law nearly chocked he was laughing so much lol, so you see I am a bit scatty and I have done lots of stupid things lol. Anyway back to buisness.
Carol, love the sound of your nice hat, I love hats. So sorry to here about the loss of your dog, when we moved here a couple of years ago I thought Blue was going to be really ill. We put him in a cat basket but he hated it, and when we got here he wouldn't stop panting, think he was just scared.
Gill, glad you enjoyed your few days away. It is awful when that letter comes, but hey its a few more steps forward 🙂
Sandra, I will get hubby to take a new pic and put it on for me. Glad Bliss is a little better, I have my 2 both insured because if anything was wrong I would pay has much has was needed. I had to go to the dentist before chemo and I had to have a few things done which delayed my chemo, but they said better to do it before because they really cant do much when your on chemo.
Izzy, hope your feeling better now.
Lee, not seen you about for a few days, bet your busy with all that catering.
Well all you other ladies hope your ok, and have a good weekend.
Love Heather,
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Hi Ladies
Gill,Good luck with the dentist! as well as the chemo!!! I suppose because you get such a rubbish taste in the mouth with chemo, the last thing you need is a problem with your teeth! never ends!

Just a thought Carol and Gill, l know there are a lot of posts about Chemo, but do you think a new one starting June 2010 would help, asking for hints on surviving! There are so many to look back on, thought the ladies would come along and make suggestions! Oh sorry Carol, just realised you started in May!

Maria, Hope you have had a safe journey home, and thoroughly enjoyed your stay with your family, you must be exhausted, or perhaps the word l am looking for is exhilarated! Be good to 'see' you back

The start of the grandchildren on half term, my grandson Ben had a non uniform day today, and a cake sale after school, he was really excited about it, But......................when he woke this morning his tummy and back were covered in spots, yes the little man has chickenpox! l thought good job l hadn't started chemo, that would have upset me if l hadn't been able to see him!! went down to see them this afternoon with some treats for them and Mum and Dad,While l was there his brother came over and said "Grandma scratch my back" when l looked..........yes he has come out in it too, My poor daughter-in-law had so much planned for next week!! oh well l said, at least they will get it over and done with together, and you could always take them to Epping Forest, not much chance in bumping into people there!! But as her plans were going to the seaside and the zoo and out with his school friends......Not quite the same, already he is saying he is fed up and wants to go to school!! going to be a long week!!
My little Bliss is holding her own, blood tests stable, but still too low, no vets until next Thursday, unless she gets worse, then decision time :{
Hope you all have a lovely relaxing weekend with some lovely weather
Sandra xxx

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Carol, Has the effects of chemo set in? Just wondered who 'Rosie' was!!! Lol!! Laugh out Loud, or in our case 'Sol' Scream out Loud!
Really pleased it went well for you, long may it continue! Love the sound of the 'flowerpot man hat' Bill and Ben were amongst my favourites!!
Take care
Sandra xxx

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Good morning, everyone!
well I have survived my firs FEC (should that ne a U instead of E, I am far too old for thoughts like that!) I was pretty cool. Kerry my Kiwi Chemo Nurse put me at my ease. It took ages for her to find a vein she was happy with. I didn't realise how quickly those drugs go in. I didn't experience all the imediate side affects she warned me of with each one but did get the metallic taste at the back of my throat, that was weird, but didn't last long enough to warrant sherbet lemons. I felt a little spaced out but that wore off. Once home felt queasy on & off but ate something each time. This morning I feel fine but waiting for the feeling of being hit by a train. Hope it doesn't happen.

Heather:- thanks for your experience re hair. didn't ask the OH to shave me as his shaver's a bit dodgy ( I think he keeps it blunt by trimming his beard! We are really happy with the wig I chose, but don't think I will want to wear it when working on the allotment. I have bought a Flowerpot Man sun hat for £3 from Asda so will probably wear a scarf under that.

Sandra
Perhaps your poor Doggie has come out in sympathy with you!

My Muffin was 11 when he suffered a stroke. I blamed myself as it was shortly after we moved back up to Hyde after our 3 years in Cornwall. Because we were skint we couldn't afford to get a removal van and had to cram the car full, the only space for the dog was in the passenger footwell between my feet. At his age, I think that was a bit traumatic for him.
After the stroke, he bacame a little incontinent which he hated & couldn't walk very well so I had to make the decision to have him put sleep ( he was my dog really). We have never gor round to replacing him. I do hope Rosie responds well to her treament

By the way what does lol mean? I can't be bothered trying to find the glossary

Best Wishes, everyone

Carolx

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Hi Ladies,
How long is your hair now Heather? long enough to put a photo up for us to see?
My dogs sit at the window, watching the world go by! My Bliss is still quite poorly, although her blood count has gone up from 16 to 24 which my vet said was excellent, but very early days! and at nearly £50 a day for blood tests!! good job she is insured! would need to take a mortgage out! so it is a wait and see, touch and go either way, seems they can go up and suddenly drop for no reason, and they don't know the underlying cause, seems her blood count should be between 35 and 69 so it is still too low.
Heather, l did laugh at you asking the onc that question! how brave were you! l will be too frightened to ask anything, in case they tell me something l don't want to know!! they tell me our onc is very good but makes no friends!! Help! well l suppose he doesn't have to be my friend, just do what he can!

Carol, hope your first chemo went as well as you expected!! let us
know how you are? The ins and outs of it all!

Went to the dentist today, thought l would get a check up before l start chemo, the nurse asked if l had any health problems since last time!!! just as the dentist was looking in mouth, l mumbled a mastectomy! chemo! tools went down, chair went up, and all eyes on me! oh l said don't or l will cry!! Lol, so she plonked me straight back down and said 'open your mouth, we will talk later'
Just as l was going the nurse said to me, how do l spell Mastectomy!! l thought, a while ago l might have had to think twice, not anymore!! Well at least my teeth are healthy!
Lots of Hugs for happier days
Sandra xxx

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Hi Everyone, hope your all feeling ok, well has ok has we can be expected.
Sandra, read your post about Bliss and tears came in my eyes, I am so sorry and I know what your going through. I love animals so much and I hate to lose them. I really hope she is going to be ok. Hope Toby is ok after his ordeal. We had a panic station the other day. We have had some new furniture and moved things around and Blue our Persian cat hates change, so he keeps disappearing and getting in strange places. Anyway every day at around 10 30 he comes mi-owing for his food (he has to have a fresh chicken breast everyday, the dog has cooked braising steak or chicken with his biscuits every day, and we cant afford to have meat every day lol). So on Saturday morning I was in the kitchen and I thought were is Blue, so I went and looked in his favourite spot the bedroom window, and no he wasn't there. I then started to get a pit panicky because he is a house cat, he has never been outside, so I shouted hubby to ask if he had seen him and he had not. So then we started searching the house in a panic, because I had been talking to my next door neighbour, and I had stood on the doorstep with the door open. I started to think he had slipped outside and I had not seen him, hubby was in the lounge pulling out chairs, couch and the tv in case he had got behind them. We searched bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, in cupboards, wardrobes, anywhere you would think a cat might go. I then went out on the back garden, hubby went on the front, and I am shouting Blue Boy and the dog is following me whining. Anyway after much searching I said he has gone, and I started to cry , I said he will die if he is outside. After a few minutes we stood in the lounge and I said to hubby will you go a ride round in the car, and he said yes in a minute when I get the use back in my legs. I just stood there tears streaming, dog whining, hubby has white has a sheet and looked across the room and there he was, sitting behind a plant and a vase on this new unit we'd had. He just sat there looking at us, and he had the look of a Persian cat (if you know what I mean), we had both searched everywhere in the lounge about half a dozen times lol and the dog was whining has if to say "I tried to tell you" lol but it made me and hubby both feel ill. These pets are wonderful, but sometimes you get so much heart ache. Anyway fingers crossed for Bliss Sandra.
Isabelle, hope you antibiotics are making you feel better, that is awful having to wait longer for your results, you would think these doctors would realise what stress it puts us under.
Gill, hope you've had a good few days away,it is so nice to get a change of scenery 🙂
Suzi, Good luck for your treatment plan, my oncologist seems ok now, a few nurses told me how nice she was, but on my first visit I didn't find her very approachable. I asked what I thought was a normal question to ask and that was "when can you tell me I haven't got cancer any more" and she just looked at me and snapped at me "I CANT ever tell you that! we will never no that! " so I didn't ask any more questions lol
I have seen her a lot of times now and she does seem a bit more friendly, have you met your oncologist yet ? Anyway Good luck.
Carol, hope your feeling ok after your fec, hubby shaved my hair off when it started to come out. The thing was I'd had the chemo 2 weeks, and I got up on the Monday morning 2 weeks exactly to the day and my hair started falling out. And it was falling out really quickly,so hubby said he would shave it off for me. Oh I did cry, it bothered me more than losing my breast. But I got use to it, I never went out without my wig, but I was quite happy walking round home, and in the garden without it, which I never thought I would do. It's grown back lovely now, just nice and curly, I just wash it scrunch dry I, and then pull the curls out a bit with some product.I got through it with thinking if this is what I have got to do to live then do it! I am sure you will be fine Carol.
Maria, I hope your having a brilliant time with mum and dad.
Hope the rest of you are ok 🙂
Well ladies off to watch Great British Menu.
Take Care,
Love Heather
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Hi Ladies
Isabelle, These dogs! you get so attached to them don't you? My Bliss is a real softy she loves everyone, even the cats that visit the garden. She will stand over Toby tapping on his shell until he comes out, poor thing must have a headache!
But sadly my Bliss is very ill, she spent 9 hours in the vets today, and was diagnosed with Autoimmune Haemolytic Anaemia, she is now on 8 tablets a day and a syringe twice a day! I will have to take her every day to the vets to get a blood test done! not sure yet how long for, he said if no better in a day or two, she will need a blood transfusion, but no guarantees she will be ok! my thoughts are at 11years old, do l put her through all that? The vet said we will have a chat in a day or so, about his thoughts on her quality of life! Not what l need at the moment, but we will see what is best for her.
Well fingers crossed for good results next week xxx

Carol, Getting nervous? or are you cool as a cucumber, hopefully you are as cool as a cucumber!
Hope the foxes haven't tried to eat the hedgehog!! that would teach them! xxx

Last week my 3 year old grandson came out of playschool and said they had made some gingerbread men, my daughter in law asked him if he had eaten it? no he said, they disappeared! He said the Aunties said they had all run away!! she thought the Aunties had eaten them!!

Today when he went into playschool, there were photos all around the room of gingerbread men in our local shopping centre and outside the library, and at the park, in McDonalds! and there was one photo of a gingerbread man with a policeman. The aunties told them when they ran away they got lost, so they asked a policeman where the playschool was! and he made sure they all got back to playschool safely. And on the table were there little gingerbread men!
Such imagination these 'Aunties' have!
Not sure where the sunshine has gone? but then again we are heading for a bank holiday!
Lots of Hugs to all
Sandra xxx

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Sandra, sorry to hear about your poor animals. a few weeks ago we had a hedgehog visit so began putting out the hedgehog food. he or she came every evening at almost the same time ( about the time the bats come out) then the visits just stopped and we havn,t seen it since. we do get a fox coming through. Don't know if foxes eat hedgehogs.
thanks for your good wishes for tomorrow

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Hello Ladies,
I hope everyone is ok today.
Sandra, I hope Toby and Bliss are both feeling better after their ordeals. It's loverly to here your stories about them, I love animals and I had a beautiful border collie called Tess but she died a year gone November and I have been working too much to get another one, now is still not the right time, but I will get one sometime in the future, it will have to be a special one to replace my loverly Tess who I had for 16 years.
When my BCN rang yesterday, she had told me last week that they only ring with the results if all is ok, otherwise they ring and get you to make an appointment to come back into the hospital to tell you any news about grades and margines ect they will not tell me much over the phone, just if there is good news I suppose so roll on next week.
I've just had a couple of friends from work ring me and we are going out to lunch together tommorow. At least it takes your mind off things if you can keep occupied for a while.

I hope everyone has a good day today,

Best Wishes to all,

Isabelle xxx

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Hi Ladies,

Isabelle, Results…………what a pain. Although good they will phone you with the results! xxx

Jackie, More tails of Toby the tortoise….

A really bad day yesterday, not for me (for a change) but for Toby the tortoise, although he has the ‘run’ of the garden, at night we always put him into his ‘house’ Monday evening l looked everywhere for Toby, not a sign of him, having brick wall all around the garden, l knew he had to be here, he can climb but ……….not over a 4foot wall!
Well in the end we gave up, he does bury himself! We thought it was a warm night, so what harm could there be………..Little did l know!
The next morning l went out, he often wanders back to his house, but no sign of him, so l wandered down the garden, and there was this poor tortoise upside down, looking very dead!! I picked him up, no movement from him, l couldn’t even see his head, he was so far in himself!! I blew into his shell and nothing.
I remember speaking to a lady who kept them, and she told me if they are upside down for more than 15 minutes they would die, because their organs are at the top and the pressure would kill them!! Goodness knows why l blew into his shell!! Just didn’t know what else to do, kiss of life l think!! tried to put my finger in to touch his leg, but nothing, bought him indoors, and saw a movement in his leg, then his little head came forward, he looked at me and hissed!! I told him, it wasn’t my fault he was upside down! Then l got the most awful smell of foxes!! They had obviously been playing with him in the garden! I have heard of foxes attacking them before, hence we have always got him in at night, but that night l thought he has buried himself really well!
I gave him some food, but he wouldn’t eat anything, he just went in his shell, l thought he was going to die of shock! He slept all day, l woke him again about 4pm and bought him in the kitchen, he took a bit of lettuce from me, then went back to his house! Poor thing, must have been terrified.
He is now firmly tucked up in his house, with the door closed, and he will stay there until the morning.
And yes l have learnt a lesson, stop worrying about myself all the time, there others out there that need my help, if l hadn’t been so wobbly, l might have made a bit more of an effort to find him!
PS. Yes l did give him a bath, didn’t want him to have bad dreams with the smell of the fox on him! xxx

Suzie, Not long now………………………………3rd June Good Luck and Hugsxxx

Carol, Good Luck for tomorrow, hope it goes very smoothly for you, pleased the physio is working for you!! As for the hair, not even going to wait until it leaves you…….bit like taking the bull by the horns!
Well done for being so brave xxx

When does it stop? woke today to find my American Cocker Spaniel (Bliss) looking very poorly, l tried to stand her up, but she just just wobbled and sat down, she felt very hot. Tried to give her a biscuit, she is such a pig, she doesn’t stop eating, but she didn’t want to know. That told me she had a ’big’ problem! Never goes off her food!
Phoned the vets who said bring her straight up. She was diagnosed with Addison’s disease 3 years ago, and is on 5 tablets a day. He said she is anaemic and dehydrated! Yesterday she was her usual self. Even though she is taking tablets for the addisons, they soon go down hill when it gets bad! My poor little girl, is now having blood test and whatever else they decided to do.
Now waiting for the vets to phone with results………

Hope everyone is well, and having a happy day
Hugs to all
Sandra xxx

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HI, everyone. My first of 8 x FEC tomorrow so will probably be posting on this thread at rgular intervals. I had problems with my armpit and movement when the numbness began to wear off. I saw my BCN who refered me to the physio at hospital. she has had specialist training in post breast surgery problems. I have had 2 sessions with 2 more booked. I am really impressed with the results and it's half an hour of massage-heaven. Perhaps other hospitals have the same facility?
I had my hair cut short shortly after DX and have arrange with my heardresser to shave it next week now that I have my wig.

Take care

Carol

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Hola los adventurers!!
Just checking in...
Sandra (or do we call you superwoman now?) glad the wobbles have stopped for now and you have sorted the wee problem (crikey we do have a lot to put up with don't we). My oncologist appointment was fine, he explained everything to me very clearly (which at one time may have seemed patronising but it actually helped me to get the info into my head)and was very kind and considerate. My bcnurse came in to visit me and they took a blood sample but it's nothing to worry about really....I'm more worried about the next bit ...talking the treatment is fine it's the now I have to begin it that's worrying me lol :-)) The water party sounded fun :-))

Heather...the creative writing course...you have already passed it I think!!! I wanted to do that one but it was full so I did world archaeology instead....not much different hahaha. Your posts are so entertaining thank you xx

Izzy....ohh poo what a pain ...no results. Mine came through in dribs and drabs cos I had had so much done and on the third attempt last week the consultant asked me to 'remind me why you are here today!!' as it had gone on so long.....charming!!!Then he just flicked through my notes and said well everything is fine I'll see you in 3 months!!! That was the point I thought sod It I'm going back to work!

Gill..enjoy your break and have a good time ready for the next part of your adventure . Re the lymph nodes discomfort, it was about 4 weeks after op before mine felt okish....i thought all was fine but 2 more weeks down the line and theres more improvement so I don't think theres a quick fix for this just time whilst all settles. Like Sandra I still have a fair bit of numbness in armpit and one bit that is totally numb, don't know if I'll ever get the feeling back. Last weel my left op area was hurting a bit and in the end I have gone back to wearing my sports bra 24 hours and it all feels much more supported and not painfull now so maybe experiment with different types of supporting the area. Good luck with that...we do need to be as comfortable as possible ;_)) xx

Maria, welcome to England,, love the new pic, I had a haircut on Thursday as the 1st step of going shorter. I haven't had the urge to go orange yet though maybe that will come soon lol . enjoy your stay xxx

Sarah and Vickie, hope you are both feeling ok and the good days are returning a bit. Murdo said she tried emend anti sickness tablets which has worked for her, I think it must be a case of trying different ones to find which suits you best...all part of the fun!!!! never thought my only experimenting with drugs would be to stop me feeling sick ( okay I never intended to experiment with any drugs ever!!!)
Well its bedtime sorry if I have missed anyone out...not intentional....happy adventuring everyone...and positive thoughts for a smooth ride love Suze xxxx

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Hi All Heather I love your post, you should have no probs with the creative writing course loads of humour not to mention material.Sandra hope ypu are OK I have loved the tales of Toby the tortoise and the domestication of your OH. Izzypal what a b****r that your results were not ready, hope you do not have to wait too much longer.Hope everyone is able to enjot the sunshine and hope it continues. LOL Jackie

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Hello ladies ,
I hope everyone is ok today. Well I've spent all weekend waiting for my results and today was the day. Then the BCN rang me this afternoon to tell me they were not ready and I have to wait another week. Doesn't this waiting just do your head in? Also she is going on her holidays next week so she is going to leave a message for someone to let me know my results after next Tuesday's meeting, and so it goes on. I think the waiting for results is just plain head battering, I just want to get on with the next step whatever it maybe, at least once your told what happens next you can at least try to start to get your head around things. Sorry to rant on but it's just been one of those wobbly days!!!
Maria have you arrived in England yet,stupid question as you probably will not have your computer with you!! Have a loverly time with your Mum and Dad anyway.
Sandra I hope you are having a better day after your wobbles of yesterday.

Best Wishes to everyone and sorry for the moan,

Isabelle xxx

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Hello Ladies,
Maria, l hope you have had a safe journey to England, and lots of family hugs, sorry the weather is not as good as it has been, but for people a bit stressed and wig wearers, it was a bit too hot! xxx

Heather,Well done for winning a 'boys haircut' good prize for us ladies! hopefully the little grandson will appreciate it!
Must have been very stressful looking after your dear mum with Motor Neurone Disease, sorry to hear that. But very happy to hear you are now married to a most wonderful man! there are still a few about!
My 'wee' problem is now sorted, Thankfully! Yes l did laugh when she gave the the little pot, actually wrapped it in toilet paper, l thought there is no way l am going to get it in there without it going everywhere!! but as is happens l couldn't go anyway! Lol xxx

Isabelle. hope your little problem is sorted now? those antibiotics soon get to work! xxx

Gill, Hope you have a lovely few days away, just what we need! and yes while the children are still at school!!
With regards to your lymph node removal, l had it done in the middle of March, and l thought by the Middle of April when l went back in for a wider margin it wasn't too bad....... Thankfully l never had to take any tablets for pain after l got home. (think l was too numb!)
Having just had a mx, my arm feels really good now, still numb in the armpit, and a little around the top of the arm. Not sure l could dig the garden, but then the mx is a bit uncomfortable! Have no problems now with lifting or pushing down.
Nightime was always a bit of a pain, l slept with a pillow under my arm, l think it did help a bit, well at least it made me lay still. xxx

Today has been a lot better!! no wobbles as yet!
Been to the hospital today for the bcn to remove seroma from the mx, she said there wasn't a lot there and it is looking really 'good!' she said the skin was looking really thin! but that is because l have had three ops on the breast (as was) looks like they went in the same place each time!
So next Tuesday the onc! really frightened about that one, just me!
Told the bcn about my wobble yesterday, she said "just accept it, you are not superwoman, you are allowed a wobble" and there was me thinking l was 'superwoman'
Hi to all you other ladies, hope you are all keeping well and happy
Lots of hugs
Sandra xxx

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Hello Ladies, wish l could get a tablet for this nervous finger of mine!

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Hello ladies,
Been to the doctors this morning and been given a new course of anti biotics, so I should be right as rain soon,I hope.
Maria, love the new hair cut it really suits you, I hope you are all ready for your holiday with your Mum and Dad now, won't be long before you are here!
Sandra, I think we are all allowed a wobble now and again, this stuff messes with your head a bit doesn't it? When I spoke to the doctor this morning I said that I still felt a little bit sore at times and I felt that I was just being a bit of a whimp but she reassured me that I wasn't, just being nice I thought but she was very kind.
Your grandchildren sound very livley just like my three, they brighten up our lives and are a joy to us all aren't they?
Vickie, I hope you are feeling a bit brighter today, get sat in the fresh air if you can. Thinking of you, take care.

Best wishes and hope everyone has a good day today.

Isabelle xxx

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Hi Everyone, what a lovely weekend, doesn't it make you feel a bit better when you see the sun shining.
Well me and hubby made 150 cakes on Saturday for youngest grandsons fun day at play school, and I won a prize in the raffle, a boys hair cut, so that went straight to little grandson.
Went to my daughters saturday night for a pre birthday Bar-b-que, it was lovely, ate to much though.
Suzi well done on gaining your Bsc Honours, I have just sent off my last assignment for this course. Hoping to start a level 2 creative writing course in October, I have plenty of stories to tell lol. I really envy the work you do, I use to look after youngsters that had been taken into care, I loved it. I was out of work and wanted a job and I had got fed up with catering so I went for this suppport workers job and I got it. I had to leave the job though because I spilt up with a violent husband so I had to move from Derbyshire. However I had to come back to look after my mum when she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. I stayed here and got a divorce, but he is not allowed to know were I live. This was 11 years ago and I am now married to a most wonderful man.
Izzy sorry you've not been feeling to good,you need to learn how to be lazy lol. It is really hard but once you accept it you'll love it, just go out and enjoy the sun when you feel ok 🙂
Vickie, I dont know what tablets your on for sickness, but I am on Domperidone (sounds like a good Brandy lol) but there really good. My GP put me on these before I was diagnosed with cancer, I was feeling sick all the time with the other medication I take. When I had my chemo and they knew what tablets I was taking the nurses said to stay on them because they were better than the ones they were going to give me.So if there not what your taking ask your GP.
Sandra, hope your wee problems are better, I know what your going through. I hate going to the doctors and then him asking me to go to the toilet and give him the sample. Well you can bet I never want to go, and if I do I miss the bottle lol. Now I have a plan,if I am going to the doctors, and I think he is going to ask for a sample I just say ok. Then hidden in my bag is a small plastic jug from a old tea set my grandson had, so I take that with me and I can wee ib it lol.I come home and bleach it, hope he doesn't want it back lol I love the sound of the water pistol fight, what is it with boys and men when they see water for a social occasion they have to wet everyone, I am glad you had a good time.
Maria you sound like youve been really busy, hope you have a fantastic time in the UK, hope the weather stays nice, were are you flying to? hope you have lots and lots of cuddles, I am sure you will. Just take care, try not to do much, easier said than done though.
Lee I would like to learn bridge, my mum in law goes every week to a friends house, there is quite a few off them go and they have a real good time.I really envy you being able to have new spuds out of the garden. Sandra asked for our memory smell,tomatoes out of the green house and runner beans remind me of my dad, and those big chrysanthemums with like a football heads reminds me of my grandad. When I was small I use to help him tie brown paper bags over the top to make the flower grow nicely.
Well look I have written a book and not even told you a story, I will tell you about my story of what happened in the park the next time I come on lol
Well all of you have a good afternoon, IZZY get sat outside and relax, and all the rest of you can relax to, whatever your doing can wait till tomorrow ok lol
Take care
Love Heather.
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Wish l was as brave as you Maria! keep thinking, perhaps l should get it cut a 'bit' shorter, but not quite managed to get there!
No doubt l will regret it, when it falls to my feet!
These 'boys' can't have anything without them wanting it! bet you are glad your son just helped with the blow drying? we have enough problems without a bad haircut!!
Must be lovely and cool in this heat, oh you may not have our heat!!
Suits you Maria, some people can get away with really short hair, lucky you are one of them. Not sure l can, but l will have to!

Sorry can't help with the shops here, you are at the opposite side of the M25 to me!

I had a bit of a wobble this morning, not sure why, just one of those days, probably being my husbands birthday today! doesn't take too much to set me off these days! poor man can't have a birthday without me crying!

Took the dogs for a walk, and then to get the paper, walked straight by the papers to pay, she said you haven't got your paper! oh l said, head all over the place, l will get it on the way out! had a bit more of a chat, walked out.........yes straight by the paper! Good job she was on the ball! a good shout, at me soon reminded me!

Lots of paperwork to catch up on, so that is my job for today, keep my mind busy!!

Hospital tomorrow, just for a check up with the nurse and remove seroma from mx, such a shame l almost have a small boob! certainly got a clevage with it. but she will put her needle in and hey presto 'flat' again!
Lots of Hugs
Sandra xxx

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Sandra, I glad the party went well, even if you had to wash the kitchen floor, water pistols are such fun if you are on the right end of them !!

Well, here we are and I feel comfortable. The photo is not the most flattering, but never mind.
My hair cut cost me more than I had anticipated because I had to go with my down's syndrome son, and of course he wanted a a hair cut too!! He loves a pretty girl and there were plenty there, so he had fun and they all enjoyed his sense of humor (he is very cheeky) He wanted to have a go and cut my hair too, but ended up helping blow dry it. I think he wants to become a hair dresser now when he "grows up". I then looked around the shops a bit (not much with my son in tow though) and saw some lovely summer hats. I'll probably treat my self, maybe when I am in England. Any ideas of where to go, Ladies ?

Have a happy day
Love to all
Maria

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Hi
Well not sure what happened to the 'bit' l posted about the 'party' We had great fun, within minutes of grandchildren arriving we were all soaked to the skin! the water pistols were at the ready when they arrived, but l soon regretted that! Why do children not understand the words "keep the water pistols outside" there l was in the kitchen checking what time what will be ready! along comes grandson, "look grandma! l turned round and spash" never realised a water pistol held so much water! my daughter-in-law came to see what was going on, by this time the other grandson came behid her, before l could say no! the kitchen was like a paddling pool! At least she was as soaked as l was. I thought this isn't fair, so decided l needed to soak to others in the family!! called them into the garden to help lift something and..............yes!
The grandchildren decided they would put the candles on the cake, could hardly see the cake for candles, and thought once l lit it, l may need the water pistols!
The children decided they would have their 'bath' in the garden, which they did, then it was home to bed for them!
They have a week off next week, so a few outings will be arranged!
Thank you for the Birthday wishes Maria, l will make sure he doesn't work too hard today!
Good luck with the hairdressers, probably make it feel better being short, might not notice so much when it does decide to leave you!
Look forward to the photo!
Love and thoughts to all, have a lovely day
Sandra xxx

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Hi Everyone,

Isabelle, I'm glad you are feeling better, we all have bad days and have the right to them, makes the good ones more special.
Sandra, so how did the party go? I hope you enjoyed it. Say Happy Birthday to the birthday boy from me. Don't make him mow the lawn today !!

I'm off to have my hair cut really short, as it is starting to come out now, although I have always had lots of it so it shouldn't all come out it the hairdressers hands, at least I hope not. Not my lovely orange hair!
I'll put up my new photo later.

Hope everyone has a good day today.
Positive thoughts to you all
Maria

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Hi Ladies,
Isabelle, sorry to hear you are/were suffering too!! Mine seems to be under control now! Thank goodness.
Hope you get the results you want on Tuesday, Good Luck!
Enjoy the sunshine while it is here! xxx

Vickie, Really sorry to hear you are feeling yukky, so hopefully different anti sickness tablets will help! hope the aches are easing as for the mouth!! seems everyone has that problem, such a pain. but as you say, you did have some good times before the next round, and you will again. Half way through........sounds good to me!

Maria,
Just to wish you a safe journey on Tuesday, and that you enjoy your stay with your parents, it will be lovely for you to see your family, big hugs all round!
I am sure your 'boys' will have fun without Mum there watching them! think of all those John Wayne films they can watch!
Are you far from the airport? and what about this end, hope you haven't a long journey, sometimes the road journey takes longer than the flight!
As you fly over England, look out for a very large flag, it will have 'Welcome to England Maria, Hugs Sandra xxx'
PS, Oh Maria, just seen your other post, re hair!! what a pain, don't forget to pack your wig!
No wonder you are tired! you have been keeping yourself really busy, l can't wait to dig the garden, l have been doing the odd tidying up jobs, but not ready to 'dig' its good to be in the sunshine!

Hi to all the other Ladies, hope you are all keeping well
Lots of Hugs
Sandra xxx

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Hi ladies,
I hope everyone is having a good day in the sunshine if possible.
Maria, I hope you are having a good day today, a meal with the girlfriends and a massage sounds good.
I am feeling much better today after getting medicine from the chemist yesterday.
I have not had my results from my WLE and SNB yet so I have not started and futher treatment yet, so I'm not having chemo or anything else yet, was just feeling a bit lousy the other day, thanks for your concern. I hope all goes well with your chemo and that it doesn't interfere with your taste buds too much to spoil those loverly girly meals out.
Vickie, sorry to hear that you are feeling so awful with the chemo. I can't really comment as I don't know what I have to come yet, but thinking of you and hope you feel better soon.

Best Wishes to all,

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Hi everyone,

I've not posted for a while, so if I forget anyone, please forgive me.

Vickie and Isabelle, I am sorry you are both having a hard time, don't forget to drink loads of water all the time, it seems to help me. But then you are both on your 2nd chemo already and I am only 12 day after my first one.
Sandra, Sorry to hear about your we-wee. Hope you are better now and that your family party is going well. Don't do the ironing today though !
Lee, you seem to be busy in the garden, I am impressed. I did some weeding yersterday and actually enjoyed it ! Not managed planting anything though, but where I live is the height of Ben Nevis and not a lot grows, that's my excuse anyway.
Heather, you always have a story to tell, great stuff and congratulations on your university studies Wow.
Suze, don't look at it as the dreaded chemo, look at it as part of your journey. Some parts of good and other parts have to be done.
Gill, I live the French part of Switzerland, but I have been to Grindlewald, it is beautiful.
Chris, Thanks for tagging along.

I have been so busy, since I last told you anything, I don't know where to begin. Going out with girl friends for a meal, getting a massage, choosing a wig (my orange hair is still stuck to my head), gardening, organizing the clearing out of my kitchen for June, organizing my trip to UK, visiting the zoo, hovering my internet modem ( keeps stopping) and goodness knows what else, I can't remember!
I get tired very easily, so I do a lot of resting in between, and my mouth is feeling worse and worse, but my appetite is OK, although nothing tastes as it should. Well now I am going to wash up before having a bath and watching Britain's got talent ( yes, got Sky TV, here)

Love to you all
Maria

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hi everyone,

still feeling yukky today, am going to see about changing my anti sickness tablets next time, and whether i can get some others from gp in the morning, have been using my emergency ones today. Also achy this time, wasn't so much last time, but i have had the neulasta injection rather than the 5 i had last time. For the mouth problems, i have had difflam ( i think its called) but yes my mouth was sore too, and throat is already revving up now! Thaks for everyones encouraging words, at least this time i know i did have some good time before the next round, and the next rund will be half way there.

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Hi ladies,
Thought I was having a good day yesterday until last night that was.
I finished my anti biotics on Thursday and by last night I had cystitis just like yourself Sandra.
I was too late to go to the doctors (emergencies only at weekends) so I stayed up late and drank loads of water to flush out my system, then I was up seven times through the night for the
loo!! Went to the chemist this morning and they sorted me out with drink sachets to last me over the weekend and said I should get anti biotics on Monday if it is still bothering me, feeling much better than last night though. If it's not one end it's the other!!I can totally sympathise with you Sandra. Just waiting now for Tuesday's results. It's been a loverly day and I am getting used to this sitting in the garden lark, I will get lazy if I do it much longer, I'm not used to having this much time to myself as I'm usually at work, it's good that it's such loverly weather to be able to enjoy the fresh air...
Hope everyone has a loverly weekend,

Best Wishes,

Isabelle xxx

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Hi Ladies
Another glorious day! With the family coming tomorrow, l had better get the paddling pool out for the children and any adults that want to dip their toes!
Yesterday turned into an absolute pain, in more than one way. I had been feeling a little uncomfortable early in the day when l went to the toilet (wee-wee)! Could have said urine, but wee wee is so much nicer!! By 4pm l was running to the toilet every 10 minutes, oh and the pain, if any of you ladies have had cystitis you will know what l mean! the pain went right through my body, I have had it a couple of times before, so l knew what it was. So l phoned the surgery and asked for a prescription for antibiotics, didn’t fancy a weekend of pain!! Such a coward these days!
She got the doctor to call me, and she agreed to leave a prescription but said l had to do a sample and leave it at the surgery. Well would you believe, there was not a drop wanted to leave my body, after going all afternoon!
Wouldn’t give the prescription until l left a sample, so l came home drank so much water, l thought l was going to drown, but it still took 50 minutes before l could fill that little container. I thought the surgery would be closed by the time l could get my sample there, but thankfully all was well and l now have my antibiotics.

Had a letter to have my prosthetic fitting! 5th July, says to bring a tight fitting top, and at least one bra, so that sounds easy!
Also had a letter from the oncologist, to say they had made me an appointment for the 1st June, feel quite afraid of that appointment!! You know, my usual rant about my lymph nodes!

Really pleased with my mx scar, it seems to be healing nicely, lets hope it continues! All those salt baths are doing there job!

Seem as though l am on a bit of a washing day today! Washing machine has been kept busy, all lovely and dry, waiting for the iron!
The tortoise l thought was looking a little dehydrated, wrinkly skin!!!! So gave him a soak in a bowl, and now the dogs are looking at me, and yes……………….

Vickie
Hope you are feeling a bit better today, a friend had her first chemo about 10 days ago, and she has had such a sore mouth and throat, poor thing has really been suffering, so if anyone has any good remedies for the mouth ? she does have a mouthwash, something her dentist recommended xxx

Gill,
Hope you are getting all your Lunches, Dinners and Chocolate in before chemo starts, do you have a date yet? xxx

Isabelle, you sound as though you are doing really well, hope it stays like that. xxx

Lee,
The smell of tomatoes in a greenhouse, always remind me of my granddad! Does anyone else have a flower/plant that reminds them of someone?

I do have a couple of bra’s from Marks and Spencers that have pockets in them, but l also wear my normal bra’s sometimes. On another thread a lady told me the NHS pays for 3 of your bra’s to be fitted with a pocket once a year, l will ask my bcn, l have quite a few bra’s and it seems a shame if they can’t be worn.
Decorating, Yes good idea Hope, l think l will decorate our bedroom, having had the others done recently it is looking a bit sad! And it will give me something to do in the summer, when l can’t sit in the garden! Xxx

Suze,
Not long now then until chemo! That will soon come round, fingers crossed for an easy ride, is the wig similar to your own hair, or have you gone different?
As for the tap classes, lf l ever do it! I will make sure l am firmly fixed with lots of pins, would hate it to jump out and hit someone! might get done for gbh! xxx

Heather, You remind me of my uncle, always a story to tell, keep it up!
You also reminded me of one of my dogs, it must have been just after Christmas, because we had cold turkey for dinner! I set the table, leaving the turkey in the fridge, everything ready l placed everything on the table, went to tell my husband and two sons that their dinner was ready, they all sat down, and l went into the kitchen for something, l heard a lot of noise then they all came out and said “very funny, now where is the turkey” l looked blank, then looked in the fridge, thinking l hadn’t put it out, then l went to look and there on the table was the plate with foil over it just as l had left it, l lifted the foil and there was a lonely turkey wing, there was loads of breast meat, but it had gone! The funny thing is the foil didn’t look like it had moved, but we hunted the culprit down, yes my Benji, he was fast asleep with a very fat tummy! Good job l had a tin of cornbeef in the fridge!! Must say at the time l was very concerned about Benji, he had eaten an awful lot, thought he was going to bust. He must have had a mad Christmas, because the day before we were all sitting talking, Benji was asleep, all of a sudden he woke up, walked over to the Christmas tree and cocked his leg!! I couldn’t believe it, my youngest fell off the chair laughing. Poor old thing, he was getting old!
Hope you all enjoy the lovely weather, they say it will change for the end of next week! but what could we expect it is a bank holiday!!
Hugs to all
Sandra xxx

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Hi ladies,

yes it certainly is another beautiful day. Long may it last, I will definitely have to set off on a dog walk soon before it gets too hot.

I love reading all the posts, Heather you do make me smile with your stories...glad you were no more than bruised after the"jump" episode!

Suze, well done on completing an OU course, I have great admiration for anyone focussed enough to do these courses at home (that's you too Heather) but I guess there is, perhaps, more motivation if you didn't do the university thing straight from school. I did that then went on to professional training instead of doing my PhD and always regretted not hving done the further research. Could never really get myself motivated to do it later even though I thought about it and then when I had more time to do it realised I wouldn't remember enough from my original degree to make it feasible (I did Maths!) so maybe my studying days are over though I am still threatening to learn bridge with a friend!

I've planted mainly potatoes in the vegetable patch this year as I'm hoping to move but didn't want to tempt the fetes by leaving everything bare! So greenhouse is full of its usual tomatoes and have planted lots of spinach for the chickens! Asparagus is now growing well with the warmer weather ...delicious!

Sandra, I hope you wake up today feeling positive! I had an immediate reconstruction which is a completely different set of issues and I always had a lump there of some sort even if it was much smaller (an expander was fitted) it still is smaller actually! Aren't there bras that have secure pockets that hold the prosthesis in place? I hope so as I am thinking that this would be the route for me to take instead of having yet another operation to balance the boobs. I also use a very, very padded bra which fits my left breast and just skims over the smaller one. I just don't look at them and hope that noone else does! I guess not having a partner means I'm not forced to share my revised body secrets with anyone else...probably helps a bit.

Having said that I was recently in a bikini (well, I was never going to see these people again so what the heck I thought!) and this was the first holiday since diagnosis and was still trying to tie the bikini straps around my back to not get strap marks (why did I even bother?) but of course I have no real feeling there and it's quite solid so the bikini triangle just unpeeled without my noticing ! My eldest daughter could see this from the pool and was gesturing to me frantically to let me know I was exposing myself...I went to the beach after that!

Gill, that's the spirit, making the most of this time before you retreat a little for a while. x

Vickie, I hope you're feeling bit better today, two down though! Plus you may find each one gets easier, my body did seem to start to accept them, and on the good weeks in between I took as a huge bonus and even decorated (probably not the best idea soon after an mx and recon but hey, painting the ceiling was good stretching!!). Just wanting to say that you will have better days.

Isabelle, glad the healing is going well, the waiting is awful I know. I also did chemo through the summer and to be honest there were times when I felt forgotten as everyone seemed to be away on holiday for weeks and I often felt alone except for my poor teenagers who did what they could but it was hard for them at times. We're here to offer any support we can, however you feel, as there are several of us who have been there and understand the variety of emotions experienced.

Oh look at the time...still in my dressing gown so off I must go!

Have the best possible weekend.

love and hugs
Lee xx

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Hi there sunshine girls!!

Heather, your lovely long posts are so fascinating and entertaining, from Shirley Temple hair to OU assignments!!! I finished my OU course last Oct (thank goodness) so I am now salsasuzi BSc hons lol!!! Thing is my career dreams are now on hold but at least I have the certificate for whenever!!

Hope, awww your chickens, eggs and you naturistic posts...you conjure up all lovely visions of flowers..I can almost smell them. While I have been at home I planted some seeds and have peas and radiishes, beetroot, cucumber toms and courgettes developing in the garden!!! Nice to watch them grow...there's a sign that I'm not doing so much !!!

Sandra, hope you wake with good sunny smiley thoughts tomorrow then your day will be full of those things instead of the nasty stuff that is always shadowing us....push those shadows away and tell em they're not welcome :-)) Keep an eye on that softie (one of my ladies at my adult tap class (years ago) was mid tap dance when hers flew out onto the floor (none of us even knew she had had bc till then), she scooped it up and put it back where it should be then carried on dancing...she is a fab lady and is now well into her 70's and a definite inspiration to me throug all this...but Sandra...please be careful if you go tap dancing!!! ;-))

I start the dreaded chemo on 3rd June with 6 FEC then rads to be done one side at a a time so that will take us to end of this year b4 treatments are done yuk yuk yukky yuk. I have my wig prescription so it will be off to that appointment for me, had hair cut today so at least its a lot shorter now...gonna try the cold cap I think but getting prepared. Tired after working 4 mornings this week but it's been good to get back and see the kids I work with..all my colleagues are fab and so supportive it's untrue, mind you we work with kids with terminal illnesses so naturally they are supportive natured, I work with the kids who are excluded for behavioural issues and even they have been lovely when they saw me....near miss when a new one launched a chair in my direction..lickiny he was a bad shot....need to keep my wits about me tho!!!
Well hope everyone has a fab weekend and much love to all on our adventure
Hugs to all Suze xxxxxx

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Hi Ladies, well a lovely sunny day, I got really hot and sweaty and my hair went into Shirley temple mode lol loads of nice little ringlets. When I was a small child my mum was a hairdresser and she wanted her daughter (me) to have blonde hair and loads of curls, so all my infant photos that were taken at home, I had curlers and pins in my hair lol My mum would love my hair now. Having curlers in my hair wasn't has bad has when she made me a fancy dress costume, she wrote to players a cigarette company and they sent her loads of packets and that's what she made my dress out of, I was a players girl lol she would be strung up if she did that now ( and I still have the photo)lol
Lee your posts aren't long I love reading them, look at some of the stuff I write. Oh I also would love chickens, I think there lovely, my grandma's next door neighbour had loads. They use to let me feed them, and look after the little chicks they had in the house. I just love any bird though, I have to feed them in the garden, in the winter I make them cakes with lard and seeds and things, I get in such a mess. Lee a house full of people how fantastic, when my daughter was still at home I always had a house full. They all came for food, one young lad who wasn't looked after very well at home always came when it was dinner time so I always fed him. This particular day I had just got paid, and I was a single parent so didn't get much money, so treat us I had bought steak. Well there was me my daughter and her boyfriend and I was just putting the steak under the grill and I saw him walking up the road. So I took it out of the grill and cut it up so it would serve 4. I was just putting it under the grill and the dog whipped a piece off the grill pan and I just caught it before he swallowed it. I pulled it out of his mouth and cooked it, I didn't tell them and there all still alive lol (awful aren't I)
Sandra I do need a PA don't think I could afford one though. What a lovely Sunday you will have, my grandchildren come I don't care what mess they make. I wasn't like that with my kids though I was always telling them not to make mess. My daughter has just rung to see if we want to go to a bar-b-que at her house tomorrow night, she said it can be my birthday barby lol
Vickie hope you feel better this weekend, I can understand how you feeling it is hard. I was going through chemo last summer and it made me so miserable, but we have to do it don't we. Soon be over then you will feel like moving on 🙂
Izzy it is awful waiting, that's all we seem to do though isn't it. I will have everything crossed for you.
Well hope all you other ladies are ok and enjoying the sun, going to have a nice cool sit outside now.
Take care everyone
Love Heather
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Hi ladies,
What loverly weather we are having at last. If we can't all be back at work at least we can sit out in the garden if were feeling ok. Sorry to here that you are feeling so unwell with your chemo at present Vicky, hope you feel better soon.
Its great to hear that your feeling so well Sandra couldn't help but laugh about your 'lazy eye'you don't want that softie to go astray ehh!
I've been back to my practice nurse today and got the rest of my dressings off, I managed to take most of them off at home but thought I had better do as I had been told and let her finish the job off and check that I was healing properly, all seems ok up to now, thank goodness. I'm just waiting for next week for my results, the wait seems endless, but I can't grumble as everyone is being so kind.
I went out for afternoon tea with my friend from work today, can't get used to not being there yet, but I was able to catch up on all the gossip!
Hope everyone has had a good day if possible ,

Best Wishes

Isabelle xxx

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hi everyone

had my second chemo yesterady and feel like rubish, but have been reading and thanks everyone for their long posts as interests me and keeps me occupied reading them!

Vickie
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SORRY ALL A NERVOUS FINGER!!

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Hi Ladies,
No Lee you have not killed off the discussions, yesterday was one of those hiccup days for me! you get a good day or two and then back to the 'normality' of having this bc and nodes!
I have come to the conclusion that my first thoughts in the morning are how my day goes! if that makes sense, and yesterday my first thoughts were not good, hence the day......
Woke the same today, so decided to take hold of myself (impossible) but will try.
So with OH birthday this Monday, decided to have a family get together on sunday, a nice meal, with grandchildren running around with not a care in the world, what could be better!

Love the idea of chickens, always wanted some, we had them when l was a child, as did all my Mums family (must be a Yorkshire thing!) l said to my 95year old Uncle, what do l do they get old? "wring their necks and you have Sunday lunch" well that put me straight off, no way could l wring their necks, let alone eat them!!
How long do they live for Lee?

Hi Vickie,
Hope you are keeping well, walking the dogs yesterday, l bumped into someone l hardly know, and she said you look lovely and sunny today (had bright colours on!) l thought if only!! Oh l replied the sun always makes you feel good!! well it does!

Hi Chris
Wish l was brave enough to have the cold cap, really hate the thought of losing my hair, but my onc doesn't like it, and with so many nodes involved feel as though l must go along with what he advises, so a wig it will be, in the hope l can find one that is comfortable, seems very unlikely, not 'met' anyone yet who finds them comfortable, but then again when you think what they are l don't suppose they would be comfortable, l don't even like wearing hats, hey-ho!

Hi Suze
Wow your OH knows how to treat a lady (lawnmower) Lol, but very sensible, and we must be sensible. But he did go on to treat you to 2 nights in Southampton, so that certainly made up for it. When do you go?
Hope your onc was kind to you! when do you start the dreaded, but welcome chemo?

Hi Heather
Well done you on the course, have been thinking about doing something to keep my mind off myself, but not found a course that 'jumps' out and says 'yes, do me!' and will be easy enough for my brain to cope with at the moment.
Me thinks you need a secretary, to help with all your dates!!

Gosh 8.30am already, can't beleive l have been sitting here for an hour doing nothing, how the times have changed! well my surgeon said l need to soak my mx scar in salt water every day for 15mins. never was one for soaking in the bath, love the bubbles but salt water! Yuk, but needs must. Do not want any infections or problems to stop the dreaded chemo!
Just remembered had a letter yesterday, inviting me to 'attend a prosthetic fitting' in July! I have had some invites in my life but............needs must, keep having to check my softie, make sure it hasn't moved too much.

Another lovely sunny day, gone are the days where l just put a top on, now l have to make sure the softie looks 'ok' under it! have been wearing a cardigan over tops, but today it is really warm so l will be brave and keep my left eye on my right boob, people will probably just think l have a 'lazy' eye and not notice me looking at the boobless side.
Well the bath will be overflowing with salt, so had better get in there, with a nice cup of organic green tea, oh the life!
Hope everyone is Well and that you all have a lovely day
Hugs
Sandra xxx

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Oh dear...have I killed off our discussions by such a boring post. So sorry if I have.

Thinking of all of you undergoing treatment and hope today is a good day.

Lee x