Hi, I've not posted for a while but have been reading your posts. I can hardly believe that I am starting 15th week of my 'chemo holiday'. Had CT on Friday and remembered not to wear a bra so I didn't have to get changed into a skimpy gown with confusing tapes!!
I have stayed busy making healthy cup cakes to sell for a Charity - Fat Free, Gluten Free, No Added Sugar - they are knitted!!!
I offered them to my Onc. (7th July) & he laughed, but I must have distracted him as he forgot to give me a blood test form!! I rang his secretary a few days later & got it sent out. See him again next Monday for results.
I have joined a couple of Knit & Natter groups - one at the local Library and the other at a C&H shop. Some of us go to both when we can & they said if hands get too sore to knit again I can still go for a natter. Monica
Thanks for the book recommendation I'm going to check it out. I certainly seem to be getting through more books at the moment with all the appointments I have to hang around for! Perhaps we should start a 'good reads' thread? Xxx
Hi Helen, I have a cat of my own too but the kittens I foster are kept in a spare bedroom so there's no contact thank heaven. If you have a spare room of any kind, perhaps you'd like to give it a try, it's worked wonders for me!! xx
Hi ladies.....thought I'd tell you about a fab book I'm reading...a really happy distraction. Its written by another breast cancer survivor, Sarah Jane Phillips, its called Worms on Parachutes. An amazing account of her journey after having cancer first at the age of 16.
Its published in paper copy but downloaded it free this week to kindle on Amazon. A really good read for family and friends to help them understand what we go through emotionally and physically xxxxx
How satisfying. So good when you find what you're after. Also I love the sound of your garden Bev. We're working on ours but there's a way to go. Xx
Enjoy your shopping Bev. I love spending. Wish I could do it more often! Hope you find what you're looking for.
Yes Helen, it was a fantastic day. Wish I had seen Monty too but she had heard his voice while queuing for ice cream so left the queue to look for him.
Belinda, Cornwall is beautiful. My friend is so lucky to live there and so near the sea. When I was still working she used to text me and say ," lovely day. On the beach with grandchildren. " grrrrr. Xx
Lovely day at the Tatton Park Flower show.😁 my daughter wanted to see Monty Don and not only did she see him, she asked him if he would have his photo taken with her and he said yes! He had just finished filming and one of the team took the photo. It made her day.
Ice cream sitting on the grass. Ideal weather. What more could you ask for? Xx
OK definitely adding food to my list - the steroids I'm on right now have me permanently hungry! My Yorkshire cousin's have just sent me a big Betty's hamper to tuck in to! I didn't know you could get them and I know some of you on here have said how much you like them so I thought it might be handy to know they deliver in case you need to indulge xx
Thanks for the tip about the book Belinda - I'll check it out. He's only 2 right now so as long as a box is big enough for him to get inside and I can cut a hole for posting things in and out we're both pretty easily entertained! xxx
What a brilliant thread! I love the idea of fostering kittens - if only my OH wasn't so allergic. We'd always talked about getting another dog (the last was a grumpy old Scottie, an heirloom when my granny died, but still surprisingly good company). I think I might have to try and persuade him!
So far my best distractions are: pottering in the garden and the house, we moved just before I got my DX so lots to do! Trying to learn to sew, getting out walking, and building cardboard box creations with my little boy. Hope everyone's feeling well today. xxx
Hope you are all coping with weather. I have had a very happy distraction this week with my holiday in Cornwall. It was lovely seeing my friend after many years. It didn't feel like I hadn't seen her for so long because we keep in touch such a lot. Took her dog walking every day before we ventured farther. Missed my own two though and enjoyed walking them today even though the rain was bad this morning.😃
Climbed up St Michael's Mount last Tuesday which made me very chuffed considering what's wrong with me!
Back to normal now but going to tatton park flower show on Thursday with my daughter. Another happy distraction!
Take care everyone. Love Sheila. Xx
I work 2 or 3 days a week and once or twice a week I have my sons 2 yr old French bulldog Dexter to take out walking and just for his company..he's amazing. We often have him on weekends too. Hes coming with us to the Race for Life tomorrow as my daughter is running it. He's so quirky and a fantastic temperament and character like all frenchies! He's my handsome little fur baby and has been a wonderful distraction. I love him to bits. Wish I could post you some photos of him. Xxxxx
Hi All, the thing that keeps me going is that I foster kittens for Cat's Protection. It's the best thing I've ever done. You just can't stay sad when a litter of kittens are tumbling all over the room. They've been an absolute godsend for me, they keep me sane in a world gone mad. Hugs to all xx
Blimey Nicky! You did well seeing all that cycling. Wish we had seen more of it but we enjoyed the atmosphere at Harrogate and feel good for having been there. I think it must have inspired my hubby. He did 40 miles yesterday on his bike and he only has one lung so it is an achievement. He used to cycle a lot more but had a lung removed 3 years ago for cancer.
Must add reading to the list, especially a good crime story.
Love to all, Sheila xx
My distraction - men in lycra!! I am a complete cycling nut! Just seen the 2 TdF stages in Yorkshire, my 15th & 16th stages over the last few years in London, Paris, Alps, Pyrenees, plus numerous other 1 day races in Europe. Me & the OH are both cyclists - I just have to be careful I don't fall off (bone mets).
Other distractions - reading, playing in my band, being with my lovely family and friends, holidays in France - and yes, I am off to Paris to see the end of the Tour de France!
Yes, thank you Belinda for introducing a new thread which is concentrating on life away from the dreaded C
My distractions are being outside either walking locally or going for longer walks at weekends with OH, I try to get out most days but won't be for the next week or so due to blisters - more of that later! Shopping is also another 'hobby' but I should say more looking than spending takes place even if it's just the odd plant at a garden centre or a new ingredient from a supermarket. I've also discovered afternoon tea is a lovely distraction Last year when I was not feeling my best physically or mentally I started going with a few different friends to places around us and it has been very enjoyable for all of us. Just the odd afternoon here and there and not a full tea, just a nice cuppa and a scone - cream and jam optional. Unfortunately I am not skilled in the needle arts so knitting and sewing have passed me by but a good book will always keep me happy.
The other thing OH and I like to do is to see sports events and have done several over the years. Earlier this year we saw the last stage of the Paris-Nice bike race and this weekend, like Sheila, we were watching the Tour in Yorkshire - hence the blisters! In fact I'm sure we would have bumped into each other had we managed to get on the train from Leeds to Harrogate As it was we watched the roll out in Leeds then watched the big screen in Sheffield for the end - a collective ouch when Cav came a cropper. Then up to Bradfield on the Sunday to watch one of the climbs - cote de Bradfield. A two hour walk up and a slightly quicker walk down which was surprising given the blisters. But worth it for the view of the countryside and of course the spectacle of the race. Then, to complete the trio of stages in the Uk, up to London yesterday (having got back at midnight on Sunday) to see it all again in The Mall. This time meeting family and, as it was so busy, viewing on the big screen in Green Park. What a weekend and a big tick off my must-do/want-to-do list for this year. Family, sun, sport what a great combination
I never saw Betty's tea rooms but sounds good! Yes the tour was good yesterday too. I think they said that it was the best start to the tour in history!
Forgot to mention I also like swimming. I thought I would not be able to go to the pool when I lost my hair through chemo but I have a really good friend who suggested we both get swimming caps and then people don't know I am bald. Haha. She wears one so I don't feel strange on my own even though we aren't the only ones at the gym who do wear them.
Desi, it is great walking on the moors. I live about 5 mins drive from the edge of the Pennines and you can walk as far as you like. I usually do about an hour that's all but most days I do this twice so I'm sure it helps to keep me fit!
Love Sheila. Xx
Yes it was special. We came home and watched it on record with a nice glass of red wine!😁 I was very sad for Cav too. Peter said it will be hard on him mentally.Haworth is special to me too. It was the first place we stayed as a couple over 25 years ago now. I remember the parsonage well and its a lovely village. I always say if it wasn't for the weather in this country there wouldn't be any reason to go abroad. I was proud of our country yesterday because it looked so beautiful.
I am watching the tour live at the moment but am going out shortly with my daughter so I daresay it will be wine and the tour again tonight! Take care. Love Sheila. Xx
My main pleasure is walking my dogs on the moors every day. I forget cancer when I am out. Like shopping too!
Yesterday me and hubby went to Harrogate to watch the tour de France. Went on the train and had to wait two hours to get on the train at Leeds because it was so busy! They were well organised though and it was well worth it. The atmosphere was fantastic! Hubby has been a cyclist for 50 years so its a big thing for him. Sheila. Xx