It's so amazing that such lasting friendships can develop from something as cr*p as cancer treatment Louise.
Looking forward to seeing everyone again and raising a glass to absent friends.
Just 5 days to go until the Valentine's second reunion -- this time in London. Sadly not all of us can be there, but those of us who can come are getting pretty excited!!!
Hi everyone. My first visit here for over a month!! It's a bit like coming home, bittersweet. Sad memories, but some good times too. Thank goodness for our FB page. Just thought I'd mention that I've had my 2nd annual mammogram and check up. Still no evidence of disease. What joy to hear those words. Sending love to everyone xx
Happy 2015 Ladies! I'm a Marchie but know so a few lovely Valentines so want to post!
Can you believe it's about 2 years since we were diagnosed! Seems like yesterday. The memory of finding my lump is crystal clear but I'm pleased to say I feel positive mentally. Still scared but positive. Not positively scared - ramblng now!
How was your new year? We went to Barcelona for the first time and it was fabulous! Sunshine and blue skies everyday, amazing architecture and such a beautiful city.
I'm writing to update you on the amount raised for Wessex Cancer, my local charity through christmas light sales on our website. We sold a total of £140.71 and the amount to be donated is £7.05 (5%).
Thank you so much for your support!
(cut and paste from my Marchies post)
A friend sent me this and I'd love to share it with you ...
A Psychologist walked around a room while teaching Stress Management to an audience.
As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "Half empty or Half full" question.
Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired:
"How heavy is this glass of water?"
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm.
If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralysed.
In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change,
But The longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.
She continued, "The Stresses and Worries in Life , are like that Glass of Water...
Think about them for a while and nothing happens.
Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt.
And If you think about them all day long, you will feel paralysed – incapable of doing anything."
Remember to put the Glass Down.
Much love and hugs xx
Popped into wish all the Vals a very Happy and Health New Year. Dont know what i would have done without you all over the last few years. Looking forward to our meet up and a large group hug xxx
Yes Louise, it would be lovely to hear how everyone is getting on. I too wish all the Valentines a healthy and happy 2015.
The "hard-core" Valentines are still in touch via FB, sharing our non-BC related lives, but I am so pleased that we only decided to migrate over there after treatment had finished. This forum was so important to us at the time.
To all the "extended" Valentine family -- hope that your Christmas was very special and that the year ahead will be healthy, happy and rewarding -- in whatever definition of that word best suits you! Most of the Valentines who have moved to facebook are doing well and getting on with their lives, as we near 2 years after our journey began. If we haven't heard from you for awhile, we would love an update on how you are doing too! With lots of love and cyberhugs XXXXX
Thank you so much Kath. Did you manage to get the link and the code before it was edited? We have raised £5.54 so far!
Thank you so much for your kind words. I popped into the Feb thread and read nearly a whole page of posts before I realised I was on the Feb 2014 thread!! No wonder I didn't recognise the usernames! Haha, shows my brain's not quite there yet!
Hope you are all well. It's been absolutely manic here as hubby's business is selling Christmas lights I've been working really hard on our new website over the last few months and it finally went live last Wednesday. Still sleeping after midnight every night since then as lots to do plus cooking, cleaning - you know what it's like!
I'm hoping to raise lots of money for my local cancer charity, Wessex Cancer Trust who have given me so much in the form of moral support, alternative treatments, holiday in their caravan and a cancer retreat which really helped me to move on. All this has been instrumental in my speedy recovery.
If you are looking for festive lights please send me a private message as 5% of all sales will be donated to the charity.
Would someone be able to pass on the news to your Facebook page as I don't have access nor an account? Thank you!
Valentines busy planning our 2nd reunion in February! Fantastic counterbalance to quite a few worrisome health and personal issues a scary number of us are going through. Life certainly doesn't seem to have gotten easier -- but hey girls, we're still here to worry and complain!
Sending prayers, love, positive thoughts and many, many ((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))) to Annabelle and her family. xxx
Our thoughts are with our Valentine sister Annabelle ("Cherabel") and her loved ones. Stay stong, we'll support you all the way. xx
Oh Linda, so sorry to hear of the loss of your Marchie. It's as devastating as losing a family member, we become so close, especially because of our shared experiences. xxx
Will you have another go at making cider? Perhaps not if it involves a complete redecoration of your kitchen afterwards. or maybe the taste made it worth it.
It is lovely that there are Valentines still posting on this thread. I pop in occasionally to see how things are on the forum in general. I too would have been lost without you all. xx
Linda, I couldn't understand him, but he said he wouldn't prescribe immunosuppressants "because of my cancer"!! I don't know if he thinks that I still have it, but that shouldn't make any difference anyway. Most docs are scared of Methotrexate, which might be the reason why, but I know my rheumy isn't as she put me on it the first time, So I'm hopeful. 12 more days and counting.
Enjoy your cider. I had to read it a second time, as I thought it said sparkling cyanide!! Which of course is the title of an Agatha Christie book...
Hello Linda -- thanks for enquiring about me. Had my knee replacement on Friday, August 15th. It still hurts like holy hell, but everyone in the know tells me that I will soon be counting my blessings about having it done. I get a few months to pull myself together, and then they will probably do the other one in the run-up to Christmas. At least that should mean that I can launch into 2015 fit and well and pretty much painfree! That would be a real treat!!! In fact, nearly a new experience!
I can't say enough good things about the orthopaedic department at Basingstoke and North Hampshire! It is a really nurturing and well run operation. Now that the Hampshire Hospitals have amalgamated, it would probably be your location of choice anyway, should you need such care.
Glad that your trip home went smoothly! With all the storm and terror going on around the world at the moment, I'm pretty relieved to be hidden away here in rural Hampshire with not much family elsewhere to worry about.
With love, Louise
So glad you enjoyed your trip to see family. But sorry to hear your MIL was unwell, I hope she has improved.
You are training your sons well, I think most boys/men just drop everything on the floor and leave it there. Although my OH is always cleaning...lol.
My next appointment is with my rheumatologist as my RA has worsened. I'm really looking forward to see her, as now my itching has been diagnosed but the dermatologist just keeps giving me sterod ointments and creams but won't give me immunosuppressants, I'm depending on her to put me back on Methotrexate which should, hopefully, sort out both problems. Fingers crossed.
Louise is back home. She is in a lot of pain and needs 6 weeks to recover. Poor Louise, as if she hasn't been through enough. But hopefully when she can be up and about, she will notice the difference.
We haven't heard from Louise yet, she didn't take her tablet into hospital with her. I'm sure she will pop back as soon as she can.
Hope you enjoyed your visit to in laws and that you are getting on well.
Today is our Sandra's birthday. Sending love to her family. Happy birthday Sandra, we all miss you so much. xx
Been a lot of hospital activity with the Valentines lately! So far all the suspicious lumps have turned out to be fibrous tissue, fatty lumps or pooling fluids -- just what we want to hear! A couple of our number still are waiting for scans or results, so we hope all that goes well! The end of treatment certainly does not mean the end of worry! All the best to everyone who drops in here! Louiser
Nipinuk -- I'm having my first op at Basingstoke on August 15th. I was scheduled to have it there last year on the same day I started chemo. Considered changing to Sout;hampton, as we had been so pleased with the BC treatment there -- but after some research discovered that although it is a much smaller hospital, Basingstoke does 3 times as many knee ops, so we stayed put!!!
Jenny went to the funeral, she said it was standing room only.
I will be glad to get rid of the itching and hope there is some light at the end of the tunnel. As for the RA, I've had it almost 30 years now so I'm used to it. xx
Nice to hear from you again Nipinuk Linda, but sorry you are having problems. I'm not sure what it is you have but it sounds like some immunity problems?
I'm doing well, touch wood. I finished my last Herceptin in April, and prior to that in January I had my first annual review mammogram, which was clear. We were euphoric after the mammogram results but only for 4 days as I then got a diagnosis of diabetes! Came as a huge shock, but after reading loads it seems it is quite common for such a diagnosis after chemo and whatnot. Anyway, I'm in tight control of it through diet, weight loss and exercise. No medication.
Take care xxx
Thank you for popping in and giving us an update on how you are. Sorry to hear of the 'wonderful' side effects that Tammy is blessing you with. I hope they manage to get you sorted out.
As for me, I'm still itching - that's one year of it now. They thought it was histamine, but after trying 3 different types of antihistamine (double dose) no joy. I've had a punch biopsy in my leg and have to wait until 16th June to find out results (if any). On Thursday I shall be restarting Anastrozole after several months on Tammy with no problems. Although my RA is beginning to show itself again.
It was Sandra's funeral today at 12pm. Like you say, she always took great joy in hearing good news about others and would want us to enjoy our lives from now on.
All the best, poemsgalore xx
So sorry to hear that you are having ongoing problems Nipinuk! What do they do for that condition?. I'm still suffering some fatigue, but gradually getting better. Having summer will certainly help! Although in August I have to go back into hospital to have the knee replacement that was scheduled to take place back when I started chemo! Dreading more hospital time, but looking forward to lessening the pain!
Good to hear from you!
Farewell lovely Sandra. One of our Valentine sisters lost. We thought we were invincible. Heartbreaking.
My thoughts are with your family. xx
A very special lady and Valentine, always in our hearts. RIP Sandra.
There is a glade deep in the woods
where Violets bloom all year.
A place of peace, a place of love
a place to lose all fear.
Just rest within this wondrous place
and listen to the sounds
of Robin's song and Dove's quiet call
such comfort can be found.
Remember those who bravely fought
and shed a silent tear
for those we loved and those we lost
whom we still hold so dear.
So bring your sadness, bring your pain,
to Sandra's woodland glade,
to be consoled and find great peace
beneath its leafy shade.