A weekend donated by The Willow Foundation.. heavenly…

 Bear and I have had yet another amazing time away together. This time it was the two of us in rural Cornwall. We stayed at Forest location in a wooden cabin just for the two of us. It feels like we are away a lot at the moment but we are simply trying to get the best out of life and at a normally dreary time of year. I simply can’t believe we only got back from Antigua about a week or so ago! It’s all a blur!

The reason this weekend was so good and memorable was that it was donated to me and Pete by The Willow Foundation. I was informed of this amazing charity by one of the ladies that did the Prima magazine shoot with me in the summer. She told me that I could get a ‘special day’ because I was between the age of 16 and 40 and have a life threatening illness. I was surprised that I could get something nice so I applied and the ladies at the foundation were brilliant. I had to verify my illness so the foundation contacted Prof Harris and it went from there.

My special day was chosen by me and I could have had pretty much anything I wanted to a degree. But I really felt that I wanted something low key and earthy. I booked it for January as I felt there wouldn’t be much on but how wrong I was! But it was definitely the right time to go.

Cornwall is so beautiful but at this time of year when it is crisp with blue skies yet cold… Pete and I just loved it. We thought it was a good opportunity to get started with my exercise and walking.

I have been feeling better and gradually doing away with the sickness and getting myself into taking supps and meds again. Since seeing the consultant last week who pretty much said it is probably my brain causing the nausea I thought, Heck it is! I have felt and allowed myself to feel nausea. I believed it was me being neurotic.
Since then I have been eating… a lot and have now got a formula that works for me to get most of my usual supps and meds inside me. I’m not doing all of them but I am doing what I think are the important ones. I will increase as I go along. I have been having the GcMAF yoghurt with blueberries and having a green juice, even though the last few days it has been a bought one so has some fruit in it. But the way I see it is its fresh, it should be building my iron levels and making me stronger.

I am unfit and it was proven at the weekend. We did some serious amounts of walking and where we had so much rain the coastal paths were very difficult to contend with. Luckily we were prepared with our clothes as we got covered in mud! it was a good start though and I don’t think it will take too long to build my fitness back again.
It was really refreshing not having communications either. There was little 3G and no Wi-Fi until we got to pubs nearby! I didn’t miss it at all.

The cabin was just lovely, as it had its own hot tub and stove fire. When we returned each day we jumped in the hot tub usually with very little on but a woolly hat! It was so relaxing and we took all our own food so ate what we wanted and chilled into the evening.

We discovered the local areas and did more walking and to be honest the long weekend flew by. Pete and I just felt so much love and happiness. It was just what we needed. I would highly recommend Forest Holidays. http://www.forestholidays.co.uk

So we are back and I am having a great day! I reluctantly left my wonderful bed, which is even more wonderful since I changed our duvet to a 13.5 tog! Oh my… it is now on par with the Zum Lowen’s beds! I decided it was time to have a good exercise and popped on Davina McCall’s new 7 minute DVD. 21 minutes later I felt good and pleased with myself. The day hasn’t stopped being productive since then… Apart from other chores I have started ticking off some really annoying chores such as sorting out cupboards…I hope I feel like this tomorrow as I have so many more jobs that could be getting done!

There has been a lot of research coming recently about new developments with TNBC. It is so frustrating as it all seems so far away for us humans to be using. Pete is still soldiering on getting more info and hope for us. I hope that my next scan shows things are still going in the right direction.

I am nailing the bones now I am taking Denosumab. I hopefully have nailed the brain mets by having radiotherapy and continuing to have supps etc. I am nailing the lungs and lymph with continued treatment in Germany; another one booked next week and then I will start Eribulin. Best to keep it on its toes and hopefully the stronger I get the easier it will be to manage.

I know the importance of exercise and now the days are getting longer I think this will get easier. It’s certainly easier to wake up with a little bit of daylight coming through the shutters. Poor Ol’ Pete though doesn’t have that luxury.. 5am starts are hard… And bless him he brings me hot lemon and an apple every morning. It’s paying off though as I have put on four pounds this week.

Thoughts are going to my 40th which is later this year. I don’t want to over think it and although initially I said I wanted to celebrate on a yacht in the South of France, me, being a woman, has changed her mind! I want fun but I don’t necessarily want to spend a fortune and put people under so much pressure. So any thoughts for a memorable birthday please message me on fb! Ha ha!

Here are some lovely photos of our weekend away supplied by The Willow Foundation. I can’t thank them enough and urge anyone within the criteria to contact them.

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Drugs are being removed from funding, Gulp……

Well it’s the middle of January already… time feels like it has dragged but also flown by which I guess is a good start to 2015. I have been settling in to my home life again since we got back from holiday only last week! It feels like weeks ago. So much has happened.

We spent much of our time away arguing with BA to get extra leg room seats for me because of the risk of thrombosis. In true annoying airline style they reluctantly gave me a seat but said that either side of me had to be saved for mothers and babies. Fine… But the insult came when a normal family with a teenage son say next to me. They then asked a random fella if he wanted to change ?! I nearly blew a gasket. Luckily for me the guy was so nice and offered to change seats with Pete who was sat about 5 rows behind and was hugely embarrassed by now. Look its principles to me. Why did BA lie to me and why do they make it so hard for people to buy, book or whatever their seats. A complaint is inbound.

Anyway flight home was OK all bar not sleeping but once we got home we slept and got unpacked. I would like to say I got back into the swing of things really quickly but all good intentions are just that at the moment.
Davina’s new DVD is waiting for me to start. We have had quite an exciting time since w got back. Pete of course has gone straight back to work but squeezing into that time we have been to see Cats in the London’s West End, visited our friends in Nottingham for a 40th birthday AND had a meal at TV chef Tom Kerridges restaurant.
Amongst all this I have been taking things slowly. I look brown, tanned and healthy and have lost a few pounds, so those Christmas indulgences are far behind me. Sorry to those who are still trying. Mine has been by accident really though. My appetite has been flaky and I have been feeling off.

I had got myself in a bit of a worry but have been chatting with Pete, my friend and today at the hospital. It could be my brain causing issues, however, i am not having any headaches, migraines or tingling or lack of cognitive behaviour. I am having light headedness, nausea and trouble getting back into my food. So we think it could my bloods /anaemia causing it. I was borderline anaemic.

The hungrier I get the sicklier I feel. I have avoided my supplements and meds now for some time and I am concerned that i cutting out some of the success I have had of late by not taking them, but yesterday was a prime example. I got up started my day in the usual rituals and threw it all up. I can’t decide if I am an anxious, neurotic or what… I am just hoping it is my weirdness and not anything physical.

I do know though that I have lost a few kilos, as they weighed me at hospital today.
I went to see the Prof who sadly wasn’t there today. Never mind I had a list of questions and was very prepared when I saw Nicky the other consultant.

I also had my first denosumab injection today. This I am to take every 4 weeks and a calcium and vitamin d3 tablet twice daily. The injection is a monoclonal antibody which is an anticancer drug and should help strengthen my bones. Great… I’ll have some of those apples. It does mean I do not need to have Zometa now.
Whilst seeing the consultant, we discussed the fact that Eribulin, a drug which has some great success for triple negative BC, is going to have its funding withdrawn… in March.

My eyes lit up a bit. I explained that I have been having TACE in Germany and that I had thought that since I was offered Eribulin last year could I may be get stuck into that if needed? She said, yes without hesitation. This is a relief. When I had heard the news yesterday that Eribulin was being removed my heart did sink. I thought, ‘Bugger’, I was offered this a year ago and had turned it down as I thought my current plan of action was a good option. I thought it would be just my luck that I wouldn’t be able to get it. Well, well, well. It seems luck is on my side.  I aim to start on the 17th February. It will be done day 1 and day 8 and it doesn’t take long at all. I was also told I could use my right arm for injections seeing as I only had three lymph nodes removed and have never suffered lymphodema.

I did ask about my head and whether I could have gamma knife now? I have to have a scan in February and if this looks like there has been some changes, new ones etc, then the next option will be discussed. This oncologist seems to think that as I have had Whole brain radiotherapy I will never be able to have that again. This is not what we were told. However, we will cross that bridge when we come to it.

I drilled down about feeling sickly and we agreed that trying me on anti sickness drugs would be a really good option and that i could mix and match or do as I pleased…I couldn’t be bothered to wait for the pharmacy so in the meantime I am going to try to overcome this stupid hang up and nausea on my own. I have started well. I was hungry and have eaten lunch. I definitely feel better once eating. It’s overcoming these tablets. I showed the consultant a list of my meds and supps and she agreed that some of them would make me feel a little unwell so go back onto them gradually. I agree.

I will get my self back to feeling energetic. Something so simple really does slow me down and me feel low. Silly really. I am also going to eat plenty of iron rich foods and see if that helps with the anaemia. It’s a bloody minefield… the body is such a mystery!

Anyway lots to look forward to again and so many jobs to be done. I will get there but in my own time. To anyone that i have promised to do something for, I haven’t forgotten (I don’t think!) I am just on go slow….
At the end of the month I have another visit to Germany booked. Of course I am not looking forward to it but I have to do it. I have to beat this bloody cancer.

Anyway my friend said to me the other night, he will buy me a dog when I am in remission. Martin, I haven’t forgotten…..