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A real treat delivered to my door!

by Claire25. October 2013 14:02

 

Yesterday I had a real treat when a package arrived for me. In it were some gorgeous products given to me by Ila-Spa. I love anything made locally and even more so when they are so good for you!

Ila Spa are organic handmade luxury skincare and spa products from the finest, ethically sourced, natural plant and mineral ingredients. The founder of the business is Denise Leicester who is a registered nurse, aromatherapist and yoga teacher and healer.

In 2005, following two decades investigating the subtlety of being in the medical, holistic and spiritual worlds, Denise developed a unique concept of well-being that addressed the inner essence through the skin: an absolutely pure product range created in complete harmony with nature and delivered with conscious, healing intent. She named the brand after the Hindu Goddess of Truth and the Sanskrit word for Earth: ila.

Ila is made near my home in the Cotswolds. Their products are made by combining ancient traditions, ethical processes and untainted natural ingredients, to harness nature’s purest vibrancy in each and every product.

Central to ila’s healing potential is the high natural energy present in each ingredient. Absolutely everything in their products is from a plant or mineral- nothing else!

I had the pleasure of receiving a range of beautiful products including their best seller, ila’s ‘little miracle’ face oil is a cult product; facial oil for glowing radiance, bath salts for inner peace, body oil for vital energy, body balm for feeding skin and senses and incense for an aroma of purity and peace.

I simply cannot wait to try them all out. I have begun this morning by trying out the body balm after my shower. The products are in such good sizes which make them cost effective especially if you think £50 is expensive for a body balm. But it is 200g and will last for a good few months provided they are used every day. The body balm is to be used sparingly and feels amazing. I smell of roses!

Ila products are also used as spa treatments in well known salons and spas across the UK and even worldwide. Having taken a look I would absolutely love to try out the Ananda face therapy and the Ku Nye five element ritual just for starters. Just from the names you know they are highly thought out and going to leave you feeling out of this world. I am that tempted that I am thinking about changing my current range of facial products from Aromatherapy Associates to Ila. It is much more holistic and sounds so appealing... So watch this space!

Every time I try a new product I will give you the low down on what I think of them.

I would highly recommend you take a look at their website and feast your eyes on their extensive range;

http://www.ila-spa.com/

I once again want to thank the Ila team for thinking of me. I’m overwhelmed!

 

 

                           

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Blueberries cause programmed cell death inTNBC....

by Claire24. October 2013 16:12

 

Today has been another good day. After having pranic healing yesterday I was keen to know if I would ‘feel’ anything over night. Well what can I tell you? I didn’t feel anything because I slept so soundly! Ha ha! That’s a good sign I think. I do feel light though not wearing my wedding, engagement and eternity rings! It feels weird but good all at the same time. Pete has said we will find something to replace my wedding ring so that I don’t feel divorced! I am thinking maybe wearing something large and dressy... but then I looked on the Tiffany website. Oops! I shouldn’t have done that as I have now seen a beautiful band with hearts... It’s perfect for me what with loving hearts n all. (Can you hear the tone of my voice and imagine the expression on my face?! I look like a needy pet!)

Really it wouldn’t matter to me if it were a cheap ring having something on is better than nothing I say.

I had an email from Les the pranic healer this morning and he has provided me with a forgiveness prayer and also advised me of a meditation cd he will give to me the next time I see him. One his patients who advised me to see Les said that orange is a really good healing colour. And that consuming things and surrounding yourself with these colours would be beneficial. With that in mind I made a large carrot, orange and ginger juice... Mmmm

I have been responding to many emails again today of people who simply want to save themselves and their families. It’s so touching hearing their stories and I can feel the desperation in their messages. I want to help everyone and wish every one of them the best. I wish I had a sure fire cure. In more ways than one!

One lady that has been emailing me has kindly shared another blog with me. It is called mum’snothavingchemo. And features a woman whose mother had cancer who decided not have chemo or other conventional treatment. (I guess that was clear to you by the title!) I have read a few features within it and I am really impressed at the depth of the research and how expansive it is. There are already a few things on there that have really got my attention. One thing that stood out to me is about blueberries and how they cause programmed cell death in triple negative breast cancer cell lines and metastatic cancer. This is a really interesting read on her page but also check out the links;

http://www.mumsnothavingchemo.com/

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/article/blueberry-inhibits-growth-and-metastatic-potential-triple-negative-breast

 

Pete has had more correspondence from Dr Baxter in Australia who has had a success using two drugs to break down the sheath that protects triple negative breast cells. Quite infuriatingly and saddening is that if the university in which the research is being carried out does not get any more funding the research will cease. Pete asked how much funding they would need to carry on, thinking that the costs would be £800,000 or more for the year... No £148,000. That’s all. This news almost bought Pete to tears. He simply couldn’t understand how little they require and yet they still may not get funding to continue such amazing research. The world we live in today sometimes makes me want to pull my hair out!

Here's the Dr Baxters' research; http://www.enewspf.com/latest-news/health-and-fitness/47183-one-two-punch-knocks-out-aggressive-tumors.html

 

Tomorrow is Wear it Pink Day 2013 in aid of breast cancer campaign. If anyone wants to get involved it’s not too late go to; http://www.wearitpink.org/ I’ll post some pictures of Pete and his colleagues getting dressed up and raising money!

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Today I tried out... pranic healing

by Claire23. October 2013 17:55

 

I have had a day of me stuff today. I know it seems that every day is a 'me' day but I really got cracking with therapies for myself. I started the usual way although I was awake at 4.30am.

Sleep isn’t great for Pete lately and it goes to show how hard it is for loved ones living with canSer survivor. They worry about money, the future and losing the love of their lives. I feel terrible knowing how much it affects those that are close to me, most of all Pete. I only wish I could tell him that it’s all going to be ok. The treatment is Germany in expensive and money doesn’t grow on trees. There is always a fear that one day we won’t be able to afford to go and then that leaves us limited as to what we can do. It really is life and death.

Back to my day. Once Pete went to work at 5.30am! I thought as I didn't have clients that I would try to sleep. Typical, the day I don’t have to get up I can’t go back to sleep. I did however laze with the cat sat firmly on my chest.Laughing

After my rituals and morning juice I decided to do a coffee enema to give myself a boost and a sense of clarity. I don’t get a head rush anymore after having one. I just feel really cleansed. Following that I used the neti pot to clear my sinuses and get a sparkle in my eyes. I felt really good.

The weather was atrocious last night but thankfully by midday today the sun had come out and it’s been glorious. It was a good sign as I had a drive to a new therapist today. I was recommended by a friend of a friend to try out pranic healing. I hadn’t heard of this before but was intrigued as the therapy involved working on the chakras and getting them balanced. That is all I knew about it.

On arriving at the address I thought to myself it looked unlike a therapist clinic but I have seen worse and to be honest I am not surprised by anything anymore. On meeting Les, the pranic healer I immediately warmed to him. He was very calming. He proceeded to explain how pranic healing worked. It is based on all the chakras and the energy of a person. Not just the common chakras we know but all of them including the front, back and in the hands and fingers too. Using a laser crystal wand he would work on my chakras by eliminating negative energy but also give good energy and try to heal areas. He showed me a book that explained the chakras and what they look like for someone with cancer. All of the lower chakras are enlarged and out of balance and the heart and third eye chakra are tiny. The aim is to reverse this. Once reversed the body will be healed. Pranic healing is not only for the physical being but emotional and mental health. The treatment doesn’t have any hands on so can be very odd to anyone that is pessimistic and a non believer. I stood in his room whilst he ‘worked’ on my energy and I have to admit I did have some odd sensations. I had a tugging on my lower back and a pressure on my chest below my throat, which did subside.

Les asked me about my jewellery. He said that crystals magnify negative energy in the imbalanced chakras and that included diamonds. As I am wearing diamonds he urged me to remove them whilst trying to heal. I explained to him that I have crystals everywhere at home especially around my mediation station.  He said to wrap them in silk and put them away until I am better. He isn’t allowed to state he can heal people but he has treated many people with canSer. I believe.

Not only does he treat people but he is the only UK teacher. He has an interesting past as isn’t your usual type of therapist coming from an engineering background.

We didn’t have a lengthy consultation so I only briefly told him that I had canSer and where it had spread to. Whilst treating me he said that he felt my energy was stronger and more out of balance in one area of my lungs- the top right hand side. I was surprised he said this as this is where there are supposedly two tumours. I was starting to think this guy really knows his stuff. 

I guess he must be good as he is so difficult to book. I have a few more appointments but hope to ensure that I get more in the forthcoming months. As for me I am going to be taking my jewellery off and hiding all my crystals for now. Let’s see if I can heal quicker?!

Tonight he said that I may have some sensations in my lungs as he had been working on the tumours. He also said not to shower or bath. I guess my Epsom salt bath will need to wait until tomorrow.

I am really pleased I made the effort to go today. I had been pondering as to whether it would be beneficial to me but the way I feel now about it. It was the right decision to make.

 

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Been buying organic 100% natural products.. in bulk.....

by Claire22. October 2013 15:57

 

I love my job... I have been doing facials and eyebrows all day. I love products too so having run out of body lotion I decided to scour the internet for some suitable organic 100% natural products. I came across Organic Surge. The products are really reasonably priced and there is large range to choose from. So I decided to buy in bulk and get myself set up for a few months!

Have a look for yourselves; http://www.organicsurge.com/

It’s feeling really autumnal so I have been deciding what to have for tea this evening. I love root vegetables and have a hankering for bean stew of some sort... I think I may be really organised and get to creating before the hubster arrives home. Mmmm I can imagine it already!

He has been feeling poorly recently and after a visit to the docs it seems that he has a lot of inflammation all over his body. It’s unknown what it is but I think first things first... he has to be become really alkaline! The thing with any kind of illness that causes inflammation there is always something that can be done to help yourself. He already dips in and out of my diet and juicing but I think being in Germany for a while has caused havoc with his system. That and worrying about me...Bless him. He gave me the best cuddles this morning again. I couldn’t be loved any more than I already am, but I actually think he thinks he can love me more! I am happy for him to keep trying. I just don’t think I can ever compare to that.... well its fun trying.

I have had a few people contact me since the article in the newspaper last week. I am so happy to be able to help other people and of course I am always keen to hear anything new. Hearing other people with triple negative breast canSer is very empowering. Most of the people that contact me are stage one or two and I often think to myself if only I were in that position. At least they can be cured at that stage and make so many positive changes to help themselves.I have also had a call from BBC Radio Oxford. They want me to go and have a ‘chat’ with one of the presenters... Ooer.

Pete received so many alerts on Google last night regarding news on triple negative breast canSer. After scouring through he found that there has been some really positive research in Australia of two drugs being combined. Being pro active and not letting things go by chance Pete has emailed the doctor in Australia today, who has replied! He says currently the results they have had are in mice and it will be awhile before they trial on humans but at least it is promising! We will keep in touch with him and hope that he finds us a cure!

Here is a link to an article regarding Dr Baxter in Australia;

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/lifestyle/health/aussie-researchers-find-treatment-for-triple-negative-breast-cancer/story-fni0dguy-1226739939709

Clearly we are always looking for ways to get rid of the canSer and to elongate my life. I have been reading more about cyber knife recently. We have gone down this road before but I think I will pursue it if things don’t look good in a few weeks time.

I’ve just had a happy message from a lady in Australia who has just been told her canSer is NED (no evidence of disease).. I’m so pleased for her!

 

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Don't know what I want.. live in the present or look to the future. It must be the Gemini in me!

by Claire21. October 2013 14:42

 

Our first weekend home after being away for what felt like eternity was a real treat. I have caught up on the usual chores like washing and ironing. This bizarrely enough makes me feel really good. I like getting things done and being normal. It gives you a sense of what everyday life should be like.

I love my weekends as I get to spend it with my favourite person... my Bear. The weather wasn’t brilliant this weekend so we caught up (I am sad to admit) on TV programmes that we had missed. Now some may frown upon this as someone with my circumstances must want to do so many other things that be bothered by favourite TV programmes but it makes me happy and being happy is one of the ten point plan. In fact it is probably the most important element in healing. Happiness forces you to be stress free. You can’t be stressed and happy can you?!

Today is my first day back at work. I work from home so it’s not really that much of a big thing but I do love putting on my uniform and going to work in my home salon. I have, sadly, had a few cancellations today though. Sometimes I try to see what opportunities these cancellations give me. Often I need the time off to get things done and have more ‘me' time. I have to admit I am a bit disappointed that I am not fully booked as I can really do with the money what with all the treatments aboard and time off work. Plus I have goals to achieve like getting my kitchen done. I am a long way off of raising the money for that but I have to start somewhere.

But I am not going to stress about it. It has given me the afternoon to get other things done. I have been asked by Nicola Jane lingerie to write a piece on the day in my life so that they can add it to their blog. I found it quite therapeutic actually and enlightening.  My days are very different to most people as I spend so much time during the mornings on me. Most people don’t have that opportunity so I do feel really blessed to be so lucky.

What to do with the rest of my day? I am going to read some more chapters of my book by Dr Lissa Rankin, Mind over Medicine and also dust off the ipad and use my sketches app.

 I had a friend come over today for her brows. She is a good friend who looks after my furry animal (not Pete!) when I am away, which let’s face it, is often these days! In return I do her eyebrows for her. A bit of girly pampering is so nice! She is currently training as a reiki healer and has trained as holistic therapist in the past. She said that she feels that I may need to visit or speak to Mark, the hypnotherapist I saw earlier this year. She has a strong feeling that I need let go of things to move on. I have to agree with her. I am dealing quite well with things but I do feel that there is something holding me back from really living. I still fear what is going to happen every three months. I try not to let it happen but I can’t shift that feeling of wanting things to change. In a good way. What I mean is that I would really love it if we didn’t need to go to Germany as much because there is no evidence of cancer. I think I could really feel freer than I am now.

It’s like a block. I have forgotten what life was like before I had this diagnosis. I am sure I worried about pointless things. I really do want to live more in the present. I want to be more mindful.  It’s so weird no sooner have I said I want to live in the present I have a longing to plan for the future! Is this the Gemini in me? Being flighty and needy? Ha!

I received a really lovely letter from a fellow triple negative survivor this weekend that really moved me. It’s so good to hear from others and know that my blogs aren’t boring them to tears. I love hearing about their supportive partners. I feel blessed having my Big One. He is the one that keeps me going. Maybe one day I will meet some of my followers....

 

 

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New research could be a two pronged attack

by Claire18. October 2013 16:13

 

Through our research and alerts, which are coming in thick and fast, Pete has been reading about the possibility of a drug that can break down the protein on the surface of canSer cells specifically for triple negative breast canSer. On thinking this through Pete said if they combined that with cell therapy it is logical that it could kill the canSer dead. The drug would kill the protein that protects the canSer making it sensitive to attack. The DC cells could then get in there and kill the canSer....

With this in mind we simply had to ask Dr Nesselhut about it. Unsurprisingly he knew the drug and explained that it is of a huge cost but combining it with DC therapy it could be an option. There are studies already being done into this. This makes so much sense to us. Combining procedures rather than looking for a one pronged solution; this is a two pronged attack.

We also received a link of research regarding a vaccine in Australia. It seems we could be on the right track.
http://www.keyetv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/breast-cancer-vaccine-gives-austin-woman-hope-13812.shtml

Every new lead gives hope.

I was reading a letter by another canSer survivor in my therapist magazine. As a therapist with canSer she too has taken it head on and has her own blog called mommyoneboob.

I decided to contact her and share some news and basically say ‘HI’. She replied immediately and we exchanged advice and tips. Its comforting knowing there are many other warriors out there. In fact I think there are more and more warriors out there all the time. It seems every where I turn canSer survivors are getting savvy and making positive changes. I would almost say that the general public are becoming more conscious too, but not enough. CanSer is still spreading like a bad smell and it seems we all know many people with canSer now.

I will keep looking and informing as many people as possible of my findings and in the mean time I am trying to live without thinking about canSer too much. I actually want to try to forget about the disease so that I can live a full and happy life.

I'm over half way on this round of chemo. This is my 16 cycle now and I now don;t feel any major need to stop taking it. Of course I would rather my body didn't have to have it but it doesn't make me ill and I embrace the healing properties it is doing to my body by attacking the canSer. 

The countdown to my next CT scan is starting. Three weeks......

The weekend is inbound and I am looking forward to catching up on life and preparing for work on Monday...

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We hot footed it back to Calais against the clock!

by Claire17. October 2013 12:50

 

I am typing this blog from my study at home. A big sigh of relief and happiness to be here again.

After my last blog I got many messages from friends with words of support. I don’t realise what I type at the time. It is all very spontaneous and heartfelt. So I hope that I didn’t concern too many people. I think maybe it was all getting to be a bit much and maybe I was hungry! I always get a bit wobbly when I need to eat! Ha ha!

Yesterday was a mammoth day in so many ways. I had my last infusion of Zometa which was then meant to be closely followed by the gamma delta vaccination that had been donated by Pete. I was very excited as there have been such good outcomes so far. As usual the clinic was busy. In fact it seems there are bodies everywhere. The thing is that canSer patients generally take friends and family with them especially when they themselves cannot speak English. I have a feeling the clinic is at maximum capacity. I try not to get frustrated but being someone that wants control I find waiting and the relaxed environment shall we say, a little stressful. This is, of course, not good when I am trying not to have stress in my life at all!

After waiting for Dr Nesselhut for some time our nurse went and practically dragged him up to see us. He took us into his office. At that point I did think it was a bit odd but then again you learn to get used to the unusual. He proceeded to inform us that Peter’s gamma delta cells couldn’t be used as there weren’t enough. He said that it doesn’t mean anything is wrong with Pete and not to worry but both Pete and I could see straight through him and knew this was not good for him. Nevertheless we sat there stunned and thrown. As you know we hate change and this had been planned for some months with such high expectations. Bless Pete he just sat there with a stunned face and turned to me and said, ‘Sorry’.  He didn’t need to say that. There is nothing to be sorry for. I was just in shock and worry for him. Dr Nesselhut then got on the phone to his lab and asked if there were any donor gamma delta cells there that I could have? During the conversation it turns out that the last three gamma delta cells they had worked on had all had the same low results like Pete’s. They felt this was too much of a coincidence and think that something they mix with the cells to cultivate them must be faulty. Phew that’s a relief. Luckily we did not have to pay for that work.

Then I was told they had another person’s gamma delta cells that they could donate to me instead. Of course we said yes but this has left us very confused. I was led to believe that the cells should be from someone I know very well and have had close contact with, which is why I chose Pete. Things get lost in translation so we decided at this point not to question too much and waited for an hour for the donor cells to arrive.

So far things don’t seem too bad but all the while we were meant to be on the road to Calais to catch the Eurotunnel train back home that I had booked for us. My stress levels were through the roof. I was concerned for the inconvenience of it all. My illness, the changes that need to be made, the cost, the time out of work, the upheaval for Pete and his business. It just seemed so unfair. But through it all Pete said its fine. We will do what we can.

Within the hour the gamma delta cells arrived. I sat and had then injected into me. It’s all very risky really. I could get an infection. I am having someone else cells injected into me and I hope that they do the trick!

No sooner had the syringe been emptied we were hot footing it to the car and setting up the sat nav to get us the quickest route to Calais. Thankfully we were both in high spirits by then and feeling pretty calm. The journey was great and after about 7 hours of driving we made it to the Eurotunnel for our train. After the 30 minute journey then followed another 2 and half hour journey back to our house.

A very long day but it was so good to be home. Kitty was here wanting more food... I grabbed her for a cuddle against her will. She made a noise of disgust and wriggled away... Ah... no place like home!

Having such a late night Pete has peeled himself out of bed and gone straight to the office to get our lives back to normal. We have been told that we are to go back for another session in six weeks. This has left me feeling very confused as I had been going every two months approximately. I have emailed Dr Nesselhut to discuss this with him. As it stands I may be going back in December.

This treatment is not cheap. It is even more expensive with gamma delta treatment. It’s a constant concern but I don’t want to stop now. The proof will be in the pudding on my next CT scan. I may as well bide my time until I get those results.

Today is a day of getting my life back in order; washing, emails, blog, hoovering, food shopping and planning for next week’s clients. I am so happy to be home.......

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It's like living in a movie! My fifteen minutes of fame...

by Claire15. October 2013 15:55

Yesterday felt like a great day to start again.. As it were. As my treatment appointment wasn't booked until late afternoon we decided to take the opportunity to start a fresh and start as we mean to go on when we return home. We spent the morning exercising, swimming and having a sauna to clear our skin, steam room to clear our lungs and cold showers to stimulate our senses! It felt good to eat less and only fruit and then to use the rest of my time reading Mind over medicine. I love days like that. Pete and I had such a lovely time together.. It was a good day. 

Treatment went fine. I had Newcastle Disease virus jab and hyperthermia. It is pretty standard and nothing to report about again really especially as I rarely have any side effects.

The day went a little squiffie after that. We decided to watch a movie. Unfortunately for me and Pete it turned out to be a scary movie. Everyone knows I hate those sort of movies not only because I become so drawn into it but I just want to be happy! The only good thing about the movie was Brad Pitt... The repercussions of this was that I end up replaying it in my mind and lose sleep over it. I know it is only fictional but my problem is that my life seems so surreal that I find it hard it to define what is real life and what is not. I simply can't believe that I have canSer. It's like someone is playing a really sick game with me. That's why I can't differentiate between reality and fiction.

My life feels like one big drama, action packed movie. It's full of highs and lows, laughter and tears. I just want there to be a happy ending. Well actually I would simply like there to be an ending. Sometimes I find it so hard to absorb.

 Needless to say I woke today feeling very tired and anxious. I let myself get all consumed and started to worry about my treatment, what the future holds and what if's. Silly I know and not helpful at all. Luckily Pete held me tight and told me everything is going to be ok.

Today's appointments were more significant. I had zometa infusion to stimulate the gamma delta cells followed by the dendritic cell vaccination. As usual the clinic was busy and there is usually a waiting time to see Dr Nesselhut for the vaccination but today there a much longer wait than usual. I understand that things can get delayed but after waiting an hour and a half both Pete and I were becoming very frustrated and nervous. It seems silly especially when we know what to expect but nervousness never leaves you when sitting in a waiting room.

Finally Dr Nesselhut arrived and was a jovial as always. He talked a lot about lectures and new business he is doing around the globe. We tried to ask direct questions about my treatment and specifically for triple negative breast cancer. He says it is all biological and nothing is specific to types of cancer when it comes to immunotherapy that they provide.

We were saddened to know that despite having quite a large amount of blood taken last week that they used it all for the vaccination this time and haven't kept any for my next visit. Also we were advised that Peter would need to give his blood and cells at the clinic every time and could not have it taken in the uk and couriered to them in Germany.  This simply ends that every visit now has to be for an extended period of time. Of course this is not ideal and puts so much pressure on us. I know it's a no brained and we will work it out but it would just be nice for things to be getting easier.

I asked Dr Nesselhut how frequent he believes we should return for my next round of treatment. He suggested four to six weeks. Again this needs some time consideration.

On my return to the UK in approximately two to three weeks from now I will be having a CT scan to see how I am getting on. I feel trepidation as I know that immunotherapy can cause the tumours to appear larger initially as they could be covered in dendritic cells not cancer cells. I know that when my oncologist sees this he will assume it is canSer cells and change my chemo regime.

There are so many variables and I have to keep my witts about me. It's up to me the path I take and nothing is black or white and there is no right or wrong decision. it has left both Pete and I feeling very mixed up. Not only could I be having side effects from the vaccination and zometa infusion I also feel quite emotional, overwhelmed, frustrated, confused and scared for the future. I also have feelings of hope and positivity but boy what a mixed up day.

Today is the first day when we haven't enjoyed being here. Tomorrow is our last day and appointments at the clinic then we can make our way home. Its like an end to a chapter and who knows what the next one brings.

I don't want to act like a petulant child but I want to stamp my feet and say I have had enough of this now! But I can't.. Life and canSer isn't like that.

There has been some interesting news today though... I appeared in a national newspaper! The article featured me and Professor Dalgliesh from the Cancer Vaccine Institute. It discusses the usage of immunotherapy and it's success and possibilities for the future... my fifteen minutes of fame. Hopefully it will increase awareness and help raise money for the charity for essential research.

One more night away from home. One more movie night. I have been promised that tonight's movie is a romantic comedy. I hope so I can't possibly manage any more emotions!

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3 days in prague!

by Claire12. October 2013 08:06

We have been in Prague for 3 days... How time flies. Our journey from Germany looked very straight forward but no... Nothing is that simple. The main motorway all of a sudden stopped and we were taken off it and into the depths of the Czech Republic. Now I don't know if I am 'fuller' than normal but this made me ultra-stressed. The sat nav was taking us up little dirt tracks and at one point took us to a dead end where it actually though a road went. I could feel myself getting hot and flustered and tempers flared. Thankfully the motorway reappeared and the end of the journey into the city was actually quite painless. I laugh at it now but at the time I felt sick with stress.

The last few days have been great with plenty of walking, sightseeing, learning about the history of Prague along with weird and wonderful foods and drink. I am now at a point where I am longing for 'normal' foods.

Sleep has been amazing... One of the best beds ever!!

We have walked for hours, slept plenty and enjoyed each other’s company immensely. 

Our adventure takes us back to Germany tomorrow where my treatment continues on Monday. 

I feel relaxed but odd at being away from home for so long. I miss kitty but I do relish my time alone with my man. I've always wanted to go to Prague so there's another one ticked off. 

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A quick visit to Leipzig

by Claire9. October 2013 15:46

Another night of very disturbed sleep is leaving me with very sore eyes. I have no idea why I feel this way as I should be very relaxed with all this time on my hands but I guess that's often the way.

We checked out of our hotel in Duderstadt this morning and I attended my appointment at the clinic. Today I had hyperthermia and an injection of Newcastle disease virus.

I was intrigued as always to see the different faces now at the clinic. On my way out I noticed more Portuguese people and one man in a wheel chair with a film crew equipped with a large camera and tripod. I guess they must be making a tv programme on it.

We drove a few hours east to a city called Leipzig. This is half way to our next destination but to break up our journey. We have a few days until my next round of appointments at the clinic. Rather than stay in Duderstadt we have taken the opportunity to take in more of Europe. So far today we have seen where Bach is buried, where Goethe drank and wrote Faust. There is a statue of Goethe and Mephisto. It's meant to be lucky to stroke Goethes foot. It's quite a nice place but it's a good thing we are only here for a day.

I'm going to take this opportunity to try and rest... I'm looking forward to our next stop!

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