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horace
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Dear Jane I am so sorry-I too join the circle of love and support for you and your Mum-mine was only 69 when she died in 1993 1nd I have missed her every day since.I hope you have some quality time with your mum.
Love valxx

Debs4
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Oh Jane, I'm so so sorry. As others have said, I wish there were words that could ease your pain, but in the absence of them I - too - am joining that SR circle to surround you with love and support. I am sending vibes of strength for your mother to help her cope with today's news and every wish for her to find peace and feel no pain.

With much love
Debs xx

Eliza
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Jane, sending you [[[hugs]]], love, prayers and thoughts. Like Sandra, I wish I could find the words, but do want you to know that I am part of that SR circle that is surrounding you with our love. There is never a good time for news like this, but just before Christmas when the general mood is celebratory makes it all the more difficult.

I do hope that she is kept comfortable and out of pain; and that she is given just as much information as she wants at all times.

Love,
Eliza xx

sandra44
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Hugs Jane, wish I could find the right words to give you some comfort,just want you to know that we are surrounding you with love and friendship and thinking about you.

Sandra x

scottishlass
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So sorry to hear the news about your Mum Jane. I will be thinking about you tomorrow. It will be a hard day for all of you. I hope they can make her more comfortable so that she does not need to suffer. Oh the bl**dy cancer just affects more and more people, it's scary. Hugs, Val

Piper
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Hi all,

Just called in to see how everyone was doing and was so saddened to hear your news Jane. I can't imagine what you're going through but just want to send you the biggest hug and the strength to get through the tough time ahead. So sorry Jane, not much anyone can can say but hope you can make the most of whatever precious time you have together, take care and will be thinking of you, Di xxx

jjane123
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Hi girls, like Mary, I am going to give a donation to cancer research. I just don't have the heart, to write Christmas cards this year. I would however like to say I hope you all have a very happy peaceful one.

Great news to all the N.E.D girls and so pleased the worry has been taken from your mind, Val(sl).

My news isn't so good. I decided to phone my Mum's specialist nurse on Wednesday. She has been given permission, by Mum, to speak with us all.
The results of her scan had come through and it's just awful. She has pancreatic cancer and her only treatment will be palliative care. From the way she was speaking, I don't think Mum has long and I can see her gradually becoming worse each day. Mum doesn't know she has cancer yet and will be told in the morning, five days before Christmas. I'm in complete turmoil over it all. She has convinced herself that the pain she is suffering, is down to a gall bladder operation she had two years ago. However, she has said, that if they tell her it's cancer, she doesn't want to know how bad it is. Just what they are going to do, to get rid of it. The last few days have been almost unbearable due to her not knowing but when I asked her if she wanted me to find out, she said 'I'd rather wait until Monday'.

Tomorrow is going to be the worst day ever and I just don't know how I'm going to get through it. Nobody knows more than us what devastation those words are going to bring.

I hate this disease. I can't believe she is going to be taken away from me in this way at just 73. Up until now, she has always been very healthy and fit. I thought she was going to outlive me and that would of been easier. I just love her so much and it hurts like mad.

Sorry girls, to bring the mood down.

Take care all and have a good one
Love Jane xx

kittenkat
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hi gals!!! Just popping on to say a big hello, send you all hugs and say that instead of sending cards this year I'm sending a donation to Sharon's charity in Tamworth......so here's to you and yours having a peaceful lovely break....and for all of us with worries and family probs I just hope things go as best as they can in all directions ((((hugs))))
I know I don't post much but I promise I think of you all soooo much - little snatches here and there, things remind me...horses, eamonn holmes etc etc - did I ever get up that tree with him as a lookout or was it a dream......uuummmmm you're all like family and it helps me so much to know that you all understand all the crappiness and worries - my mammo is due jan/feb time.....
Val - hope you're feeling better chuck....see you soon hopefully and it was so lovely to meet up with you girls recently....I can't believe Phyllis had the neck to dump all those empties on our doorstep - she obviously wasn't impressed......
Happy Christmas one and all to you and yours from me and mine and here's to a peaceful, healthy, happy 2011 xxxxmary xxxx
ps I'm looking forwrad to meeting some more of you storm riders next year to put a face to the names!!

Rosie_Womble
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Hi all

Woo hoo for Val (SL), great news there!

For those of you not on FB, I spoke to Ros (Tumbleweed) the other day and she has also had the happy news that she is still 'dancing with NED' following her mammo on 6th Dec. She also says thanks for all the birthday wishes, but she is still computer-less so can't access this forum or FB at present.

Stay warm SRs!
Calamxxx

scottishlass
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Just to let you all know that my Oncologist phoned me last night regarding my recent MRI. Nothing new found so I am feeling a weight off my mind. I see her again in January. So glad she called me to put my mind at rest. Love to all, Val

Eliza
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Hi Val,

It isn't! Seriously just logging in to see how everyone is and will post properly next week. Just back from taking my mother to a funeral (my godmother, her cousin) and am quite tired after all the driving.

Hope the pre-op went smoothly, Helen.

Yes, that BL exhibition is wonderful, Victoria, but I think that most of their exhibitions are good. Hope you enjoy your visit on Sunday - at least the Library is quieter on Sundays with no Readers lurking around while waiting for their books to be delivered!

Love to all,
Eliza xx

horace
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Please dont let my post be the last.....

horace
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Big apology-I was trying to save and print the list of contact details so I could send Christmas cards but I have managed to delete them completely!All that remain are phone numbers for Mary and Carole.I am so sorry-you are all so special to me and I did want to send a card each-I cant even create a 'group' email for some reason 😞
Anyway............
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR
in advance-yes its a bit early but today is card posting day!
Love
Val the virus ridden

nell
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Morning gals....Hope the snow disappears for you girls further up north...and doesnt come back!!!
Val (too)rest up and get well soon love....nasty little virus bug!!!
Debs lots of positive vibes for your friend...same with your friend Victoria...it does bring it all back for you doesnt it....still time has flown by and we are on our 2nd year, a good good thing.

Carole...how are you my little chickadee? You sound like things are 'growing' slow but sure, ie breasts, and a busy SR next year. You are an inspiration to us all...keep it up love...

Jacq hope your mammo is good. Sure it will be, after a certain time span, you know that things are going to be normal....Great news on your results Eliza...
Di I hope you get your appt for the shoulder soon...then you can start thinking about the recon....I'll shine my brain up in readyness for any questions 🙂

Linda I've been to see 2 nativities at different schools, enjoyed them sooooo much, especially since I was on the audience side this time....enjoy your much needed and earned rest this christmas, let evvery one else run round after you lovey....
Nicky they must feel ok about your micro calcification, or you would have had an earlier appt. I have a few fat necrosis, they're hard but quite ok.Aaah you are keeping us on tenterhooks as to who 'monkey' is ..mmmmmmmm a mystery to be solved...

I saw my ps last week and I'm on the list to have another op on my eye..this time a 'non elegant one' , his words, it leaves a scar but my fringe will hide it, and it should lift my lid, so I have better vision. He asked if I wanted local or general, short op, if it had been anywhere else I'd have said local, but not where my eyes are concerned. My OH spoke up before I could and said 'a local', I put him straight and asked him afterwards why he piped up with that! 'You've had enough generals'...was his reply. I've nearly always been fine with them, they dont bother me, I think he was thinking of himself a few weeks ago when he came round from a general anaesthetic!! Going for pre 0p assessment this friday!

Keep safe, keep smiling, keep thinking about Sandras mincepies!
Helenxxx

brightlight28
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Good evening SRs,

Sorry ladies, having gone down with two colds in quick succession I've not been using the computer much in the evenings (hence not writing on here) or done anything particularly interesting. Yesterday though I was at the British Library near St Pancras for a meeting about teaching English. The BL hosted it as they have just installed the most wonderful exhibition on the English Language - for example that's displaying the oldest surviving copy of Beowulf. I'm planning on going back there one Sunday afternoon - as there wasn't really enough time today to look at everything as we were mostly in the meeting.

Congratulations on the NED Eliza - hope yours is the same Jacq. I must admit my anxiety is begining to rise a little as my second year one is due in Jan or Feb. I've just learned that on the other strand I write that one of my friends has just been diagnosed with a recurrance - so that's making the fear of the disease palpable again.

I hope you have recovered from fainting Val and that you didn't fall badly.

Helen, Di - I too had problems with a smear test because of fibroids, and in the end had it done under general anaesthetic during my last reconstruction operation in April.

Well sorry ladies, I'd like to write more - but I'm sitting here sneezing and with my eyes streaming, so I'm going to have turn off the computer and lie down.

Thinking of you all.
Victoria xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

elljaydee
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Hello girls,

just popping in to say hello. I have read last page but have not read much else. I think I have my two year squish in January - doesnt time fly? I have been very busy as most teachers are at this time of year, did a brilliant school play and now winding down with lots of creative activities that make a mess everywhere!!
I am also putting weight back on, on account of not going to ww anymore (pointless before christmas) and not running regularly (too cold and plays havoc with my lymphoedema arm in the cold) I do want to look ok at the crimble parties so will need to stop shovelling it in.

Want to ask, are the SR's doing christmas cards this year or are we doing a mass donation to bc or something similar. I havent written all my cards yet so wondered what the consensus is on this?

Anyway, hope you all recover from the various nasty bugs that permeate the air at this time of year, before christmas day. Good luck with tests, jobs etc...

All the best
Linda

sandra44
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Lol Jacq, you should have told them you were a Storm Rider and needeed it for the hoof pick !. Glad to hear you had a great break tho.

Good news for the mammo Nicky,at least no more til next year but not so good re the shoulder,ouchy ouch. Lunch? Let me know when they are in fairer weather and I can tootle over.

Market tomorrow,ooh tis a bit chilly indeed but only 3 more this year so gota get out there and sell my mountain of mince pies and Christmas cake or will have to eat them all myself !

Hope you are feeling better Val(too),norovirus and winter vomiting disease used to be the bane of my lfe when worked in environmental health as used to have to investigate outbreaks as if they were food poisonings,got severely peed off when I used to come down with said virus but thus proving we were not dealing with a food poisoning case ! I should have got danger money !

Hope you are doing ok Val(sl),what a nightmare up there ! Have got friends in and around Edinburgh and they say it has just been ridiculous and not in a funny way, hope you ready for the next lot coming our way and everybody stocked up,well I will be ok for mince pies for a while if I can't get out and the scone express is snowed in !

Thinking of you all .

Love and butter pastry

Sandra x

notyetinthebox
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Morning lovely ladies. So pleased you had a great weekend - you certainly didn't go thirsty, as there was probably at least plenty of teabags to go with that monkey - yeah - course that's all you drank!

Lots of good wishes for your friend, Debs. Also hope things turn out well for your mum, Jane - it should be the season for miracles, even mini ones, hopefully. Pleased about your mum, Di, and glad she had a great 80th. Also pleased about your sister, Nicky. Can you have a regular top-up injection for your shoulder?

Hope your 'retirement' do was good, Helen .... did you get a clock? Why did they use to dish those out, when you didn't have to get up for work any more?! Perhaps you could give it to Sal, as I'm sure she'll be snapped up soon for regular work by somebody with an ounce of sense.

Who is Phyllis .... what is she?

Glad you're in the clear, Eliza. Hopefully, I am too, as they said they wouldn't be in touch unless it was doom and gloom stuff, and that otherwise he would just see me at our next appointment in January. So, as it's been 3 weeks now, it should be OK, phew!

I expect Sandra is buried under a mountain of mince pies at the moment, god, it must be cold out on that stall!

Just got back from weekend in Dublin with my youngest - birthday treat from my girls. Got stopped and searched - not quite the rubber glove treatment - but had to have all bags and luggage took apart. Apparently something dubious had shown up on the machine, and showed up a Swiss Army knife that I'd had in my handbag for yonks! This woman flicked all the gadgets and knives open in a flash (I've never even been able to open them without the aid of another tool), and asked my why I was carrying it. I could have died - I just said I thought it might come in handy one day! Hence youngest (who is normally the naughtiest in the family!) couldn't wait to text eldest at home, who promptly put a 'funny' story straight onto Facebook, about her mother - 'the terrorist'.

Well, this internet keeps flashing on and off, so will send this now before I lose the lot.

Love and hugs to all for lots of good stuff, xxxJacqxxx.

P.S. They let me through City Airport with it on the way out .... bit worrying .... well done London - major city in the world!

nicky63
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Val I hope that you feel better soon. You were missed at lunch, but we're going to make it a regular thing so fingers crossed for the next one.
I went to the surgeon today and apparently my mammo was "confusing"!
I have microcalacifiaction which they have decided is due to fat necrosis due to the surgery. Why didn't it show up last year though if it was due to the surgery? I didn't think to ask that at the time. Next appointment is in a year.
Debs - vibing for your friend.
Helen, no Monkey isn't mine - he doesn't belong to anyone. More will be revealed at a later date!
The injection I had in my shoulder a few weeks ago was like a miracle. Unfortunately the pain is gradually building again. I really can't take more time off work for yet more surgery. I feel like they are going to start charging me rent at the hospital!
Well it's getting late and I have work tomorrow so it's night all.
Nicky x

horace
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Thanks Val-I am having a liquid diet today so maybe I will lose the 2lbs I put on on holiday [hunts desperately for silver lining!]
Valx

scottishlass
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Sorry to hear you have been unwell Val. missing a get- together too. hope you have a speedy recovery, love Val

horace
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I'm a bit disappointed today as I was going out to lunch with 3SR friends then had stomach pains yesterday pm dollowed by d&v and to top it off I fainted in the bathroom so I had to cancel.
Have been to GP who said 'Novovirus plus high temp and low bp'He thinks I'll be ok by Thursday so fingers crossed.
Love to all
Valxx

Piper
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Hi all,

Like Val (TOO) I get the Storm Rider call every now and again and have to pop back to see how everone's doing, this thread never disappears for long does it?

What a fab weekend you all had, the photo's are great - intrigued about Phyllis too!

Jane, am keeping everything crossed that your Mum is okay, we had good news Friday in that my Mum's scan showed a polyp to be removed and diverticulitis which is quite bad at the moment. Great news that no sign of her cancer returning so we were able to have a great celebration for her 80th last week.

Helen, sorry you had the same problem as me with the smear, I'm glad in a way though as I thought it was me being difficult again! Still no date for my shouder op but have seen my breast surgeon who is happy to do the recon once I've got full range of motion with my shoulder. Have a lovely time today at your presentation - you deserve it, I'm so glad they insisted.

Good luck with the job hunting Sal, my OH has an interview Friday having been seriously job hunting for months now, most companies don't even reply so he was getting a bit downhearted about it, fingers crossed for good news.

Thinking of every one of you, and hoping you're keeping warm!, Di xxxx

Debs4
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Hello StormRiders,

Can I ask you all for your prayers/vibes/positive thoughts (whichever is your preference) for my childhood friend, Debbie. Our mothers are still very close friends and I've just been told that she has a very aggressive BC, so has elected to have a double mx and is now undergoing chemo. Her mother had BC just over 5 years ago and feels wretched about the possibility of this being genetic, also that her health (due to subsequent serious illness) means she is not permitted to fly (my friend is in S Africa).

Jane, I missed the opportunity of chuckles at your chattiness in recovery. I think I was guilty of talking utter gibberish at that time too 🐵 Eliza, so pleased to hear about NED ... just waiting on Jacq now I think. Nicky, so pleased to hear the news about your sister and keeping fingers crossed for future biopsies. Helen, so sorry to hear that the eye op wasn't a success and that smear test sounds ghastly. I hope your GP/Onc help to sort that out for you. Good luck with your retirement presentation - I imagine it must feel odd, but am sure they really want to say goodbye and good luck to you properly. Have a hug (((Helen))) for the inevitable tears but hope that its enjoyable. Victoria, hope you're doing OK m'dear ... you've been a bit quiet both here and on FB.

Rather late, but my SR name (if no-one else has it) would be Josey, with my trusty mount being 'Lil Day (named after a racehorse my grandparents had when I was growing up).

Love to all, especially those waiting and with worries
Debs xx

nell
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Morning girls...you sound to have had a humdinger of a time SRs, and already organising another meet..good stuff. Is the little 'minkey' yours Nicky...cutesy.

Jane well done you love. I can really imagine you nattering like nobodys business after the op. It is strange what the after effects are to some.....my first op, i was coming round and the girl who went in at the same time as me, was sat up and gassing away to anyone who would listen to her...wished I'd had some of what she was on.
Big big hugs Jane for you and your mum. Difficult to hear bad news at any time, never mind christmas, so hoping that their is a silver lining for your mum this time. As the others have said, always here for you....:-)

Nicky good news about your sister...
Sal I think a lot of us have gone through that job centre trial, doesnt feel great does it...but hears hoping they find you more banked work for now anyway....
Great about your mammogram Eliza...onwards and upwards...

My eye op months ago, never was a great success, so seeing my ps this friday. Might have another one or might just leave it now...
Di I had smear yesterday or rather didnt, after 6 attempts she called it a day. Had same problems as you and she offered me a course of oestrogen. Decided to wait until my review with my gp next feb and will ask him about it then. Or could ask my onc in Jan, forgotten about him, could ask him for info.

Going down to my old school this dinner time. Believe it or not its a retirement presentation for me. Seems rather odd, apart from 6wks earlier in the year, I've been left 2yrs, or so it feels like. But they insisted,. And Sheila I'm stopping for the nativity afterwards. So I think that will bring a tear or two...glad I'm on the audience end of it this time though hehehe

sees ya later all
Helenxxx

Eliza
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Appointment went well thanks, Debs. Mammogram was clear, thorough grope and poke found no problems and he was pleased that I'm feeling generally well. So, safely through Year 2 and now into Year 3.

Not too late to choose a SR name. The main story is done now (I think Carole just has to finish it off at some point), but we can always have the odd epilogue or two, or ...

Good to hear that you've got some bank work, Sal. Hopefully something will come up before too long.

Great news about your sister, Nicky.

Love,
Eliza xx

nicky63
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Jane, glad your op went well and still vibing like mad for your Mum.
Brilliant news that NED is still with you Eliza.
Good news from here too - my sisters lump is benign although she will have to have 2 further biopsies done in the future just to make sure.
Sal I hope that the bank work develops into something for you.
Debs aswell as your own SR name don't forget your horse either.
Love to all,
Nicky xx

Debs4
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Hello everyone,

So pleased to hear that those of you who were able to make the weekend away had a great time - am loving the pictures on FB. I am positively inspired to make the next meet-up, as well as the London meet up which is already in my diary for next year.

Val(SL), I do hope that you're not being driven crazy by all the snow you're having. I went utterly bonkers being stuck indoors and was only just saved from tipping totally over the edge by the thaw at the weekend. Thinking of you m'dear. Sheila, that sounds ghastly ... I had no idea that things got quite so fraught. How on earth do you all recover from it year after year? Jane, what can I say, other than that I am sending every positive thought and vibing like mad. So sorry to hear that you've been told to expect the worst, but completely understand you staying in positive mode - I'd do the same. Lots of love and concur with Sal that we are here for you to provide whatever support we can. Huge hugs to you for the waiting. Eliza, hope the appointment with your surgeon goes well today. Also have to say I'm looking forward to the new chapter. I never chose myself a Storm Rider name ... am I too late? Sal, you're right, there's nothing good about the Jobcentre experience - so sorry that you're having to go through it, but pleased to hear you've got some work. I've always said, the only way to look for work is when you've already got some, so hope that works for you.

Continuing positive thoughts to everyone waiting for results or with other worries, not forgetting those of you who are just jogging along happily.

Lots of love all
Debs xx

salopets
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Jane, so sorry your worries continue. It's a horrible time for you and just before Christmas too. I'm sure your mum will be well looked after, whatever the outcome and I hope you are getting plenty of support too. You know we are all thinking of you and you also know how to get hold of us if you want a chat/rant etc. Don't hesitate if you need to.

Glad your op went well and I can imagine you in recovery rambling on. lol. Funny how these drugs affect people. I have a friend who gets aggressive, but she's really sooooo unagressive normally. Very strange.

Thinking of you too Nicky and I hope all goes well.

Sheila, it sounds like the spirit of Christmas is sorely lacking at your school. What a shame that everyone has to take it all so seriously.

I hope you're keeping warm and managing to get supplies in Val. It's still freezing here but thankfully the snow has gone as it poured with rain over the weekend.

I'm glad everyone had a good time at the weekend. So sorry I couldn't make it, but I was worried about DH taking Polo for a walk, slipping on the ice and doing yet more damage to his knee. He's been told that the problems he has make him more prone to stumbling anyway and also that he'll probably need a knee replacement in about 5 years. I really don't want to hurry that along!

Well, I've just been to the Jobcentre to claim Jobseekers. I know they try not to make it so, but it really is demeaning somehow. Anyway, just got back and I've been offered a couple of days bank work, so that's a positive.

Eliza
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Oh, Jane, I'm so sorry that the worry is continuing for you and your mum. Still sending prayers and positive vibes that you'll get good news on 20th. Although they've told you to expect the worst, they obviously don't actually know yet.

Seeing the track just disappear like that must be very scary indeed - just as well our Casey is prepared for such things! Good luck with the mammo next week. I should be getting the result of mine when I see my surgeon later today.

Sheila, all will be revealed about Phyllis, Santa, etc when we've got a Return to Determination chapter written. Val (sl), what is your Storm Rider name?

I hope Judy gets on well today, Nicky.

Love to all,
Eliza xx

jjane123
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Sounds like you all had a fab time in Ross and no mention of a grit, just plenty of wine. Wish I could have come. Hopefully next time.

Hope everyone is managing to stay warm and safe. Val(sl)did you manage to get a new boiler last year? I can't remember. Had an idea you were near Edinburgh, with all the snow you keep mentioning. I was up there last Monday, before it got really bad. No problems as far as carstairs. Went round the junction there and the track just disappeared in front of me. Scary stuff. I go through a place called Kingsknowe and at the level crossing there, cars were just slipping and sliding all over the place.

Had my little op on Friday and all went well, apart from me getting into trouble in recovery. Apparently I wouldn't shut up talking. Even with a mouth full of tubes. lol Got my 2nd mamo next week but feeling fine about it.

Still not sure about my mum. We have been to the hospital today for results and she has three tumours. One on each ovary, the largest being 7 1/2 centimeters and one on her pancreas that is 4 1/2 centimeters. They don't know if they are connected or two separate issues and seem most concerned about the pancreas. She will have another scan next Monday to find out if malignant or benign and if there are more tumours in other places. Find out on the 20th but we have been told to expect the worst. I'm staying possitive though (or in denial ) and hoping benign. What is about me and bloody Christmas.

If I don't post much girls, I'm still thinking about you all. Good luck to everyone with appointments coming up and those going through tough times.

Love to all
Jane xx

smelltheroses
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So glad you all had a lovely weekend. Am intrigued by Phyllis, poor Santa and pumpkin muffins!

Oh please count me in for the next meet please!

We are up to our eyes in Christmas plays and we will all fall out this week! Don't let anyone tell you that Christmas is fun in a primary school......

In the rough and tumble of a primary school nativity.... someone is going to get hurt!!! Please remember this when you go to watch your own little "angels" looking cute... the staff stopped speaking to each other a week ago!!!!!

Love to all with appointments etc.

Sheila xxxxxx

scottishlass
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Glad you all had a great time Stormriders and nice to think you were thinking about us when you raised your wine glasses. We have had so much snow yet again and it is feet thick again. There are no buses running in Edinburgh at all. We have no shop within walking distance although a new shop has been built very near and was supposed to be opening on Thursday but I don't think they will have any stock to sell! Glad the scones are still being made Sandra. Love to all "missing" stormriders. take care, keep warm, love Val

Eliza
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Just home after a good journey.

Wonderful time, as always. A lovely house and it goes without saying that the company was fantastic. We toasted all the Storm Riders and thought of those of you who hadn't been able to join us this time.

As Nicky says, we are already thinking about possibilities for next year.

Right, that final pumpkin muffin is calling and the kettle has just boiled.

Love to all,
Eliza xx

nicky63
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Snowy reporting in safe and sound after a fantastic Storm Rider weekend. Glad to hear that the scone express got Scotia home too.
There was no building of snowmen or sledging as the snow disappeared, but we did manage to acquire some spirits including Blind Phyllis who obviously decided to escort Sandra home. The swimming pool was well used but Rosie hadn't been well trained as refreshment officer. She needs to learn to count to 4.
Several bottles of wine were consumed and glasses were raised to those who were absent. Next meet already being planned.
Nicky xx

sandra44
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Whooping whooping it back to Wales and posting in before I go for lymphoedema appointment. What can I say..... superb weekend as ever, great location and facilities and fantastic company with more laughs along the way tham you could shake a stick at...the Storm Riders did a Christmas Fayre and no we werent a hen party or group of lesbians and yes Mary did wear out Santa Clause.... Oh and I think Phyllis hitched a lift with me as there were some very strange noises in the car,but kept me safe.

Hope you all have a safe journey home and look forward to the next one ! A great weekend and great memories. Love to all you couldn't be there and hope to see you next time .

Sandra x

horace
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Hi everyone-reading about Ross makes me so envious of you all.We just got back from our annual trip to St david's.We had no snow at all though it was bitterly cold.I have now finished marking for the year and have also finished the Christmas shopping.I am so behind with all the news-in one way I am glad to be able to try to move on a little yet I miss the wonderful camaraderie of this thread.
You are all in my thoughts and I do send you so much love always.

Valxx

Eliza
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Hello all,

Four of us now left here as Sandra left this morning. We had a lovely celebration last night and drank to all the SRs. As always we have an abundance of food and drink. Mary has just appeared with mulled wine and Sandra's mince pies.

We have also tested out swimming pool and sauna. But we haven't been able to make snowmen or go sledging or skiing.

Mulled wine and mince pies are calling,

Eliza xx
PS There is a new member of staff and Joe's - rather short and a bit hirsute.

scottishlass
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Good morning everyone, hope you are having a great break at Ross-on-Wye. I wish I could be there too but I have only managed to dig myself out of the street. I think it may be thawing just a teeny wee bit. Snow is all about but there is no more falling from the skies.
I am having my MRI Scan on the 13th, results take 2 weeks so I guess I won't hear any results until the New Year. So will just put it all on the back burner for now. I am feeling well so that is a blessing in itself. I have finished reading 2 library books, I am knitting a baby shawl but now I NEED to get out of the house and see some action! Love to all. Val

nell
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Hi all....sounds like the ross girls are having a great time ... make your snowman giant proportions Rosie, dont break any legs sledging and I'll get Joe to whip up some of my speciality cocktails for you for later enjoy.....yeeha!!

Victoria take care of yourself love, and get to docs and get antibiotics soon as...before the bronchitis takes hold.
Val, I've never heard of the alternate calcium you've suggested, wont be seeing gp till next year , but if I remember, will ask him then. Ta love.
Jane when is the op. If you have had it I hope its gone well for you. take care.Hope your mum and Dis are doing ok....

take care all

Helenxxx

brightlight28
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Thanks for all the Adcal tips. Funnily enough I too used to eat them with pears to follow. I'd have pears and porridge for breakfast preceded by meds!

Wishing everyone a good weekend in Ross.

I've got a cold which is turning into bronchitis so may have to get an antibiotic.

Wishing everyone a good weekend.
Victoria x

smelltheroses
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Oh have a fab time girls. Eat, drink and be merry........ this is the good that comes out of BC!

Glad to hear Joe is doing good business

Take care on the bin bags!

Love Sheila xxxxx

nicky63
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Joes bar is open and doing a good trade in Ross. The grocery van managed to get up the icy hill to bring our food - even though he demolished a lamp post on the way to us.
Sandra si whoop whooping it up and Rosie is sayin yeha.
We'll be making good use of the swimming pool and there are plenty of plastic bags to go sledging. Rosie plans on making a snowman and will steal a carrot for the nose.
Thinking of you all. Pull up a stool and join us.
Lots of love from
Calam, Scotia, Ponchocat, Quest and Snowy xxx

scottishlass
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Just a quick message for those on Adcal. I have been taking them for years and sometimes I just cannot stomach them....so I have another form of Calcium tablets called "Calcichew" which is a bit more palatable. Not sure if your doctor will want you to change but you can always ask. Love Val

Debs4
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Hello everyone,

Victoria - its lovely to see you onsite again and thank you so much for facing those difficulties to come here and post again. I'm so sorry to hear that you are continuing to struggle psychologically, but I'm sure the counselling will reap rewards in due course. I have to admit that I will be returning to my old counsellor next year (when I can afford it) as I feel that I have a few things psychologically-speaking to work through and I'm sure that I will find it positive and helpful for moving forward. Try to keep the anxiety at bay for January's mammo ... what am I saying, I'm trying hard not to think about my first year one which I assume will come up in February. Thank you for sharing your painful breakup experience of a couple of years ago. I know that only time will do its work here too.

Val, I regularly find your posts - not just on this thread but on others - to be so lovely, so warm, so helpful and insightful. I am glad that it gives you pleasure to hear that - because you do so much for others.

Continuing hugs and positive thoughts for Eliza & Jaq's mammo results, for Di & Jane's Mum's results, to Jane herself for the little op and to Helen in the hope the smear test will go fine.

To everyone heading up to Ross: have a wonderful, wonderful time gathered together. So sorry that I can't be with you, but I'm sure you will make the most of it, despite the weather-depleted numbers.

To everyone else - thinking of you and hoping that the world is being kind to you.

Keep safe & warm all!

With lots of love
Debs xx

nell
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Hi girls.....wish the snow and ice had timed it differently, but thats how it is.....have a great time at the meet those who can make it.....:-(
Sal ...good luck with the aromasin, really really hope it works for you...you will have some side effects, thats the deal, but if they are copeable, then I'm sure you will be ok.Try something herbal to help you sleep at night...they might work!!

Victoria...I used to chomp the ADcal then eat a pear afterwards to get rid of the taste. It takes more like chalk to me. But for the last year I've broken it up into small pieces and swallowed it that way, I figured if I'm taking it everyday, its got to dissolve eventually and do its job!!
I also am writing to a friend on another strand, who has had a reoccurance and is real scared.....know how you feel... take care.

Love and hugs to Jane and Dis mums....and Jane when do you have your op?
Di I'm having a routine smear next week...I hope the effects of arimidex doesnt prevent it happening!!!like it did yours... ooooer!
To those waiting for results, are feeling low....big hugs to all...

Helenxxx

Eliza
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Thank, Jane. You and your mother will be very much in our thoughts, and will you and yours, Di, and all of us who can't be there this weekend. So many of us seem to be having difficulties of one sort or another at the moment.

Thanks, Victoria, and yes, that AdCal is awfully sweet. Hope you can overcome the anxiety to enjoy your Christmas away.

Val (sl), you have been a great help to many of us on this thread. I know that I value your practical advice and comments - like those about the bisphosphonate of a few days ago. That late supper sounds pretty good!

I think I'll settle into the routine, Debs. The first one cause me to feel a bit grotty yesterday, but hopefully that will settle as it goes on.

Sal, as you know, the Aromasin is much better for me than tamoxifen was. Fingers crossed for you. I know that part of the problem with immediate mammo results at my hospital is that the radiologist isn't always there. But that should still mean waits of no longer than a week.

Love to all and see some of you later,
Eliza xx

jjane123
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Just a quick one to say I hope you all have a fab week end in Ross and thank you again for all the possitive vibes re my mother. Its been the longest two weeks ever. They wouldn't say anything after her scan on Tue's, except we would have to wait until her appointment with consultant on Mon. So keep the vibes coming.

Love to you all, especially those of you with worries. Di, Nicky I hope your mother/sister are well soon. (((((((((hugs)))))))

Jane xx

brightlight28
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Your soup and bread sound delicious Val xxx

brightlight28
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Good evening SRs,

Sorry, I have been going through phase where I've found it difficult psychologically to come on to the site. A couple of friends from the other strand I write on have had scares (one is okay thankfully, and one is still awaiting results) and the whole bc thing seems to loom large on the horizon again. Thinking of you Jacq and Eliza awaiting your annual results. I've got my second squashogram in January and I'm already anxious. I too am on AdCalD3 and Alandronic Acid. I really hate the sweet chalky flavour of the AdCal.I try to mask it by eating breakfast or dinner straight afterwards!

Thinking of you Jane and Nicky hope your mother and sister will be okay respectively.

I can empathise with you on how you feel about the break-up Debs. That was me two years ago. I'm still not over it yet, but the rawness of has gone and I can enjoy things again and not have the constant reminders with me of the one I lost (in my case it was an affair - wrong I know but it happened).

The snow has certainly been quite bad in South London. I've not dared go out the last couple of days as the pavements are lethal.
In the last couple of weeks though I've spent three days on a short break in Chesterfield - such a lovely old-fashioned market town. We went on day trips to Bakewell and Buxton and the old plague village of Eyam. Then last weekend I did some early Christmas shopping in Oxford Street and timed it right for the seasonal fair which was held along the centre of the street: I loved the American Coca Cola truck and carol singers.

Well I'm thinking of you all and wish everyone a good evening.
Love Victoria xx