It’s like living in a movie! My fifteen minutes of fame…

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!

Off again…

I haven’t been ignoring you but I have been having fun… again. Even amidst all the drama we have plans and I aim to keep hold of those for as long as I can.

Pete and I had planned to visit friends in Ireland this weekend and the booking had been in place for months. I was worried that things would clash but even if they did i would’ve moved them in order to visit our dear friends.

Pete and I had a long weekend in Cork and were treated like royalty. We laughed, danced, ate (a lot) and drank…Each day was different and on Sunday we drove to the beautiful Inchydoney beach and stayed at the beautiful spa there. Oh it was blissful. Yesterday we flew home and as ever reluctantly said goodbye to our wonderful friends.

Friday morning whilst at the airport over breakfast Pete and I got chatting about what to do next. I had already been in contact with Professor Vogl in Frankfurt regarding having TACE. It had been pencilled in for Wednesday 15th, tomorrow. I wanted Pete to email as he is German and to tell him it wouldn’t be feasible because of timings etc, but having spoken to my friends last week and also because I am acutely aware that I really need to get some treatment started Pete said we must go.

He checked with his work diary and made so many changes and that was it I started booking the Eurotunnel and hotels. Emails exchanged between Pete and Prof Vogl and we have agreed that I will be there tomorrow morning at 7am to see him and have treatment that same day.

Right… it’s all a whirlwind and whilst I have an hour before we leave I decided to update the blog.

I feel really weird right now. I have been contacting many clinics and having many email exchanges and I believe that whilst I can I should. The worry of logistics and money are always there and the upset this is causing Pete really worries me. I wish it was different but I have to try. Things will fall into place.

So this is how it stands. Today we leave and drive to Frankfurt. Tomorrow morning I have TACE then we drive to Belgium for an overnight before driving back to the Eurotunnel to get back to the UK.

 

Friday I have booked to see Dr Julian Kenyon on the referral of Dr Nesselhut to discuss Photodynamic therapy. We have heard a lot about and my pal Peter Trayhurn had good results in his lungs with this treatment. I think it is definitely worth a consultation. Julian actually said to get an appointment for Friday, on his day off to get this sorted. I called this morning and have booked for 11am in Twyford.

Next Monday I have an appointment at the Churchill hospital to have glomerular filtration rate which is apparently to see the functioning of my kidneys. Eh? I contacted the secretaries at the hospital who told me this in preparation for having the carboplatin chemo on the NHS. OK right. Well I will go for that even if I won’t be starting that imminently. I am booked and have signed the consent for carboplatin and gemcetibine chemo but I may postpone for a few weeks.

At the beginning of November I have DC therapy booked at Doc Nesselhuts and may also squeeze in more TACE with Prof Vogl AND even have insulin potentiation therapy with Dr Seibenhuner. I have emailed Dr Seibenhuners clinic to find out more but as yet haven’t had a reply.

After that I may decide to go for NHS chemo. I think it could be a good way to go for a short while…

Next Wednesday i am booked for the immunotherapy vaccine at the London Clinic and think it could be good to still give that a go.. Another hole in my arm but what the heck. On that same day I am also booked at another clinic in London to have a discussion about having Mebendazole prescribed.

It all sounds mad but maybe this combination could be good.

I am still waiting for a reply from St Barts but just now had an email from the secretary at the Churchill hospital who says she had a contact at the gamma knife department at St Barts who says they will be in contact soon. Not soon enough for my liking… get these buggers out of my head!

I feel actually a lot better in many ways but worse in others. Over the weekend my cough was annoying to say the least but then it turned into an actual infection on Sunday night. I actually feel better coughing up phlegm than I do just having a dry cough.

I feel less sketchy than in my head. I definitely felt like I had cognitive difficulties the week before but now I have clarity and can think of what I want to say. I am a little dazed with the steroids I take but I am managing them well. I will soon change the dose again as suggested by Dr Oliveros.

So that’s where we are. By the end of this week Pete and I will need to catch up on Strictly Come Dancing and The X factor and hopefully normality will resume… sort of. For Pete this is a nightmare. We are creatures of habit and nothing feels right. All we have is each other but with me having symptoms and feeling constantly emotional it is the hardest thing for him to deal.

Tempers flare and emotions pour… I find it hard not feel guilty and wish that every day could be different. I can’t and I refuse now to try to change that. I have to do this and try. I can still be canSer free and I just want to prove that.

 

I have taken the big job of contacting all my current clients that are booked in my diary and have told them honestly that i will not be working. My job is to get better and when I get more time at home I will return to exercise and more meditation. I long to feel well and eat better and live cleanly. I am not moaning about the food I have been eating recently. I feel nourished and actually have a huge appetite which I think is great. I put on 3 pounds over the weekend and I don’t care!

I have tried to balance my diet this morning by having a veggie smoothie, an alkalising lemon drink and bravo probiotics yoghurt with fruits. A good start I think!

My bags are packed and my kitty is being cared for by wonderful friend Sarah once again. I don’t know what I would do without her. Hopefully everything will go smoothly over the next few days…It’s going to be an experience that’s for sure…

I’ll keep everyone updated.

Light and Love. XX

3 days in prague!

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.

Good news re gamma knife and now the next step…

I waited patiently Tuesday with no reply from Dr Oliveros regarding the result of the MDT in London. That was a first for me! By Wednesday I was getting a little worried but for once didn’t feel the need to hound the department.

My patience paid off as I got the call I was waiting for. Dr Oliveros said that Dr Plummer at St Bart’s had agreed to give me the gamma knife treatment under the NHS! Result!

She said that my notes were being sent over to him and I should hear from him within two weeks… Two weeks? Ok not to panic. I kinda thought I would be hearing sooner than that. She said if I hadn’t heard by then to contact her and she will chase up.

 

We discussed  the steroids I am taking and she said I could reduce right down after five days.. Good. I feel very bizarre on them. Or maybe it’s the concoction of codeine, paracetemol and steroids. The cough is my main annoyance at the moment.

She asked how my appointment went with Prof Harris and she could see that I had consented to chemo.

She seems like a really nice doctor.

What she doesn’t know is that in the meantime another canSer friend has emailed me and told me about nano knife. A private treatment available here in the UK. My friend had given me the contact details and I didn’t hesitate to call. The secretary adviced me to get a copy of my report and send to Professor Leen at the Princess Grace hospital so she could show him before he goes on holiday.

Last night I had a Skype chat with some friends from New Zealand who now live in Frankfurt. They gave me invaluable advice on treatments such as TACE as well as advising me on IPT with a Dr Seibenhuner. It seems quite intense but if I can coordinate everything it could be a really great way to ‘go hard’ combining all treatments including DC therapy with Dr Nesselhut. I feel very lucky but now have to try to coordinate as much as possible in the diary.They advised me that combining such things as radiation with other treatments releases antigens and can work synergistically.

Dr Nesselhut mentioned having PDT- photodynamic therapy and mentioned contacting Julian Kenyon here in the UK. I have done that today. It’s all worth investigating.

So now it’s back to waiting but also deciding our next step. I won’t rule out chemo as I am better off having something that I know could mop up the cells. I just want to consider the side effects such as numbness in my hands.

 

So so that the update for now….

A quick visit to Leipzig

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!

Someone is looking out for me! I dodged a bullet….

I had an early appointment booked for today with Dr Nesselhuts clinic. Today was the day that I was to have all my white bloods cells harvested by a process called leukerphresis. I have had this done before, a year ago, but as I have had so many treatments they had run out of my cells to use. I thought I was ok about having it done again. It doesn’t cause any side effects really and is pretty harmless however I must have been nervous and anxious about it as I sweated all night long and had odd dreams. When we arrived at the clinic we met with Dr Nesselhut himself who proceeded to discuss having my white blood cells harvested. He said that in the past few weeks he had found that two of his patients who were very advanced with different canSers had also had leukerphresis for the second time. Previously the cell therapy had given them astounding results and like me needed more cells to continue with the treatment. They then had the leukerphresis and have found since then the canSer has exploded and grown much bigger and spread throughout the body. This has lead Dr Nesselhut to change this protocol. He thinks that the lack of white blood cells is actually making the canSer ravage the immune system. He thinks even though the canSer I have isn’t as severe as those two cases he certainly doesn’t want to risk it growing and spreading especially as it happens in such a short space of time. Therefore I have had about 20 syringes of blood which will be enough for two visits instead. The upside to not having leukerphresis is obviously clear plus it is also makes it cheaper. The down side is that it means I will need to visit for about a week or so every other time.

We both felt very sad for the two patients who had such terrible luck and hope that they respond really well to the next treatment that they have. We also felt incredibly lucky that we’d dodged this bullet and that the Universe had granted us this gift. It’s funny because I had obviously been worrying about this procedure. I had mentioned to Peter that I was concerned about having my cells harvested especially when I have been on chemo for so long. It’s a known fact that white blood cell counts drop during that kind of treatment.

Dr Nesselhut did say that he has been getting astounding results with the gamma delta treatment and that I am to continue with that treatment as planned.

We have noticed many Portuguese patients in the last few days. Since the day Dr Nesselhut was featured on Portuguese tv they had over 10,000 telephone calls that day! They clearly cannot cope with that many patients and have confirmed that they have to commit to their current patients. Again I feel very lucky that I have had the opportunity to have this treatment before he became so very popular!

After we left the clinic we felt a little bit aloof. We don’t like change usually. Of course this was good change. We bought lunch and got in the car and set off to our favourite place in the mountains. We got our blanket and had an alfresco lunch by the river where we first went over a year ago. Despite it being cold and fresh it still looked beautiful and we both felt very serene.

We’re back now at the hotel and I’m tucked up all warm and snug having a cup of green tea. Reflecting on the day it has dawned on me that there really is no point worrying about things. I worried about having leukerphresis and it actually didn’t happen. A lot of wasted energy and feelings for nothing! I definitely feel like someone is watching over me and feel very grateful and blessed.

It is our last night here for a few days. We have another night of movie watching planned and lots of sleep. These early mornings are not for me! But before I go to sleep I will be telling the Universe what I am thankful for and share a lot of gratitude.

I didn’t win the lottery…. No surprise there then!

I didn’t win the lottery….No surprise there then. My luck hasn’t changed. Or has it?

It has been a weekend of tears, and love and support and so many emotions I don’t no where to begin. Pete and I decided that we would have a weekend of not getting out of bed. That lasted all of about 2 minutes. As usual we couldn’t help ourselves especially as the weather ended up being really lovely and I always feel that we should at least get out in the day light whilst the weather permits. We did have plenty of time to relax and although sleep was a bit a hit and miss we both felt relaxed. I had one good night one bad but I was pleased that I got any. I have been walking around in a blur. Now this could be down to the fact I am on a cocktail of steroids and also codeine, in the hope that my headaches will pass as well as the cough. Interestingly the cough is annoying me more.

This morning Pete and I went to the hospital this time to collect my CT scan results. As Pete called it, Part Deux.

I don’t know how I thought it would go but I didn’t have any feelings either way about it. I think that I thought things couldn’t really get any worse. And they haven’t really.

The good news is there are no new ones in my bones or abdomen and that the ones that are in my lymph nodes and lungs are actually a mixed bag.

The ones that have been blasted with radiofrequency have actually got smaller and that seems to be looking good.

The ones in my left lung have stayed the same.

Then there are new ones appearing albeit very small in my lung. There is also pericardial effusion around my heart.

The right hilar lymph node is necrotic but they cannot tell if that is because it is growing quickly. In fact all of the ones in my lymph nodes are a bit bigger.

Prof Harris has suggested that I get the gamma knife treatment all sorted and then that should make that better. There is of course no way of knowing if that means they won’t come back but he suspects we can keep on top of it. He does think we should opt for a systemic treatment like chemo but he said is up to me. He suggested getting started on something like carboplatin and gemcetibine and we thought starting the consent forms was the best way to go especially as it will take about three weeks to organise and by then my brain treatment should be sorted.

 

In the meantime Pete and I already have a plan hatched to go to Frankfurt for TACE by Prof Vogl. Since getting home I have had a stream of emails from my Europeans friends and they have been advising me that timing it with treatments to Dr Nesselhut would be highly synergistic as well combining it with insulin potentiated therapy. I think this could be a really good route to take. We just need to organise that now too.

As expected I am still waiting for results from the MDT that occurred today at St Barts. We told Prof Harris that Dr Oliveros had said we can only have it done if there are three tumours of less. He couldn’t believe it. Prof Harris has changed and I believe it is because he has seen so many changes in the cancer world. He is so much more open and friendly now too.

As much as I don’t relish going on chemo it is definitely something I would do but I will lean for TACE first. I don’t want to spend any more money but I do want to try other things and I do want to give it my all.

I am bit disappointed that I haven’t yet had a call but I trust that Dr Oliveros will call when the time is right.

I suggested to Prof Harris about a trial that is happening at St Bart’s that my friend has told me about. It is using immunotherapy and has been raved about apparently. He thinks I won’t be able to get on it because I have already had immunotherapy but he said it is worth a try.

I think I will continue with the immunotherapy at the London Clinic. I still think that things are going well in that department. The thing is if these brain tumours hadn’t appeared it would still be going in the right direction… sort of…

I have been cancelling clients today and been making a plan for taking more time for myself… The thing is until I get an answer from Dr Oliveros I still feel aloof.

I felt really loved today at hospital. Pete was surprised at what staff in the pharmacy and the nurses who work with Prof Harris were all like with me. The thing is I have been going there a long time. They all bent backwards for me and made my life as easy as possible. I am feeling really loved.

European tour- days one to four

We’ve had a brilliant few days. Driving all over Europe never gets tiring. Not for me anyway! Pete doesn’t seem to mind either. This weekend was spent walking and taking in Amsterdam. It’s not a place I’ve ever really had a desire to go to but I would highly recommend it! Unsurprisingly the red light district and the cannabis coffee shops aren’t why it is so appealing! There is so much to see and do and the coffee shop culture is lovely. Pete did some research and we hunted down many watering holes that had a lot of history from the oldest to the famous frequented by Rembrandt. The only down side to the weekend was the state of our feet! They are very sore despite wearing apparently comfy shoes.

Yesterday we made our way from there to Duderstadt stopping on the way in Munster. Pete lived near Munster as a child so was intrigued to see if he could remember it all. We discovered an authentic German eating house and put a big old smile on Petes face by having a hearty German meal.

This fuelled him up ready for the next leg of our journey to our usual hotel for the next three nights. Knowing Duderstadt as being a very sleepy town we were hugely surprised to find it heaving with people and stalls. Apparently we had missed the Apples and Pears Festival which is an annual event here. We did manage to have a quick scour and take in the atmosphere before ey all packed up as well trying some of the local delicacies and delights!

Arriving at our German home it was such a pleasure when all the staff seemed genuinely pleased to see us. As usual the room is great and we came really prepared with movies on a USB stick. It’s great staying in a hotel but sometimes it is nice to have home comforts so of the next three nights we are able to watch a movie all tucked up in bed with a cup of tea.

We had an early start today with an appointment for both of us to have our bloods taken. They have to test my blood before doing leukerphresis tomorrow to ensure I dont have HIV etc. They did the same for Peter but also took 200mls of his blood as he is providing his gamma delta cells to me.

Now that’s done we have time today to mooch, do some work, write some emails and meditate.

I stupidly forgot my medication dispenser full of my supplements. They are safely with the hotel in Amsterdam. I am having it posted to here… But what an epic fail!I simply keep forgetting things!

I’m having a lovely time and just hope it stays that way.

Packed my trunk…

So yesterday was an exciting day that got even more exciting by the evening news. I had a tip off that my ‘piece’ was being televised on the evening news. Argh! I did everything I could to avoid watching myself but Pete filmed it! Ha ha! It is so very odd seeing myself on TV. But everyone seemed to like judging by the text messages and messages on facebook and twitter that I got. Then to top it off I was featured on Lorraine Kelly’s show this morning urging everyone to bin their bra’s for charity! If you blinked you may have missed but I it brightened everyone’s days up! Ha ha!

I have been busily getting ready for our mammoth trip to Germany. As well as this I had a visit from a photographer from The Sun newspaper. Again I felt very awkward standing grinning from ear to ear. I just hope the photos look good!

There are plenty of Breast Cancer Awareness products for sale during this month. One company offering their services is Stella and Dot.

Stella & Dot are a high fashion yet affordable and accessible jewellery and accessories brand with fantastic quality pieces seen in Vogue, Red and Instyle. They are only available online and through a network of stylists who host pop-up boutiques in homes and events. Every year we support Breakthrough Breast Cancer where they have some select, absolutely lovely pieces that are available to purchase and they give away 100% of the net proceeds to the charity – the boutique is open now!

As well as this, my friend Kate is offering the opportunity for anyone who would like to host a pop-up boutique specifically to support the charity during October, a raffle prize to raise funds PLUS she will give away all of her earnings on the night to the charity too. Sounds like a really good deal to me!

http://www.stelladot.co.uk/shop/en_gb/featured-shops/breast-cancer-awareness

 

If you are interested please don’t hesitate in contacting me and will I give your details to Kate.

I am just finishing off my clients for the day and I am feeling a little excited about my travels as we are having a stop off in some new locations either side of having treatment. I am dreading leaving my kitty but know she will be in good hands. I have done everything I can think of… but I am sure I have forgotten something.

It’ll be an early night tonight in order for a very early morning… Urgh… I don’t do early mornings if I can help it! But I get to go trucking with my man. We get to catch up and laugh all the way through Germany. That I cannot wait for. Yeah!

I’ll do my best at keeping the journal/blog going whilst I am away…. I have everything crossed that I will feel good all the way through it.

I feel like singing Nelly the elephant has packed her trunk! (Weirdo!)

Breast Cancer Awareness month.. can you help?

It’s that time of year again… Its’ October so that means one thing – It’s Breast Cancer Awareness month. You can show your support in many ways. The high street stores all have products they are selling with a percentage going to well known charities. Here is a link to what’s available;

http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/news/media-centre/breast-cancer-awareness-month-press-pack/whats-high-street

It’s been an interesting few days for me.  I sadly caught Pete’s cold bug… I had that sore feeling in the back of my throat and it started to spread and I had that dreaded feeling of how bad will it get? But I persisted with positive thinking and a few ginger shots. Phew they certainly clear the airways and stimulate the system. I had been told lots of old wives tales, so went to bed with hot lemon, had a n early night, put olbas oil on the burner AND put Vicks on the soles of my feet then out on socks. That’s a weird one right? Well low and behold the very next day I feel as good as new. I don’t even have a sniffly nose or even a hint of a sore throat. That has to be the quickest I have ever got over a cold. Pete is stunned. He is still battling with a chesty cough. Woohoo! I am very happy as I was very worried what with our Germany trip and treatment next week approaching so quickly.

I have been cramming in clients before I go away. This next trip to Germany is going to our longest in a year. I am looking forward to it but also dreading being away for so long. There is so much that has to be organised.

Amidst all of this there has been quite a stir with Breast Cancer Awareness month. Today I have had Emma Vardy, a reporter from BBC South Today interviewing me and asking all about me and my story. I have no idea what I said. I hope I haven’t waffled and that I made some relevant points! I don’t think I will be able to watch myself. I’m not sure when it goes out, sometime this week I have been told.

I also spoke to a reporter from The Sun’s healthy pages. The reporter had spoken to Professor Dalgliesh and got the low down on immunotherapy. So I should be featuring in that in the next few weeks too.

And if that wasn’t enough excitement I also saw on Lorraine Kelly’s show that there is a campaign to bin your bra in conjunction with the House of Fraser, Elle UK and the charity Against Breast Cancer. I had to do a 10 second piece to camera as to why I am binning my bras. Let’s face it I have plenty since I had a mastectomy…. If you would like to get involved with it here is the link. It’s a great way to get rid of all those old bras you no longer need;

http://www.itv.com/lorraine/health/bin-your-bra/

So that’s my fifteen minutes of fame but I sincerely hope it spurs everyone to get involved to really check themselves, not to be afraid and to live life to the fullest. Don’t laugh at me when you spot me in the media!

If you would like to support Breast Cancer Awareness month please do let friends, family and colleagues about the charity ‘wish’ bracelets that I personally hand make. All proceeds goes to Breakthrough Breast Cancer and The Cancer Vaccine Institute.

Here is the link to donate and order your bracelets;

http://www.triplenegative.co.uk/triplenegative-make-a-difference.aspx