Gamma Knife an option?

Friday morning Bear and I went to London to see the consultant regarding gamma knife. I’ve been there before and in typical St Bart’s style my MRI images had not been received. We did however see the consultant who I really like. He, much like the rest of the medical profession, seemed to be in a rush and we were ushered out within five minutes after waiting for nearly two hours and travelling two hours to get there!?

Luckily I had the written summary of my brain scans on my phone. He seemed happy that there had been substantial reduction and that there had not been any further tumours pop up and that I was no longer on steroids and didn’t show any symptoms. He said ‘they’ would discuss me at their next MDT then if I were to have gamma knife then it would be an early start, like I care?!

I got home and looked up emails I had been sent and noticed one from the secretary at the gamma knife centre. She had said there is an MDT on the first and third Monday of every month. That’s today! I hope they have sorted all my images out now and that was discussed today. I really want to have those tumours blasted! I am not loving the process involved, but then who does? Pete sent me the details of how it all works. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. Knowing exactly how they do it doesn’t fill me with joy!

I had an email this morning to say I will be informed when the consultant has made a decision. Okay……
Whilst in London we wandered down to St Paul’s cathedral to be met with road closures and many people on the side of the road… and the Queens car! Then we spotted her going into the cathedral! Eek! I saw the Queen! Haha…
This weekend we headed to the coast to visit my mum. We spoiled her rotten for Mothering Sunday. We took a long walk on the beach, spent time laughing and breathing in the fresh sea air. We made mum an afternoon tea en par with the Ritz, if not better!

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I had cupcakes made with MUM on them and a bag full of presents that I had made for her including a photo album of our memories in the past seven years. Sunday, we went for a lovely breakfast at a beach restaurant and then sadly had to say good bye. It’s never long enough….

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Back to the week ahead and there’s not much going on except the usual routine and exercise and more household clear outs. I am loving clearing out the house, although it still feels like every cupboard is bursting at the seams! We have way too much …stuff.

Mum helped me cast on yesterday so I am on my way to knitting another something special for someone special, although without my mum’s help, it could take a long while!
There’s a lot to look forward to in the next few months and time is flying. I am feeling good and hope it continues. My hair still looks odd with a bald patch but that’s the least of my worries. As is the red, itchy rash like thing on my chin and round my nose.

My blood results arrived today and it seems that my haemoglobin, platelets, red cells, and white cells, well almost everything, is low. Prof Harris says it isn’t anything diet, tablets or any treatment can change right now and it’s not bad enough for a transfusion to be required. I have sent a copy to Nesselhut for him to tell me what he thinks. Well if it’s all low I am not feeling out of breath or light headed, so that’s good.

Here’s hoping I hear from St Barts tomorrow about the gamma knife treatment. Fingers crossed….

Are you bored of me saying what a great nights sleep I had at the Zum Lowen hotel?

Are you bored of me saying what a great nights sleep I had at the Zum Lowen hotel? Ha ha…Oh well…. I did! Last night was an epic nights sleep….  So much so that I woke up with the puffiest face and eyes that I have ever had! My first appointment at Dr Nesselhuts clinic was at 10am when  I was told that my bloods were fine from the lab tests. Phew…  That’s good news. I had many, many vials of blood taken so that they can be frozen  by the lab and used for future dc vaccinations.

Then I had hyperthermia followed by a Newcastle disease virus jab.
In between appointments Pete and I killed some time then returned for the vaccination.  We saw Thomas’ son Jan this time.  He is just as lovely as his dad and seems to really know his stuff too.
He was pleased with my recent scan results and proceeded to discuss nivolumab.  He explained that unlike other antibodies and vaccinations which tend  to leave the body within about two weeks,  nivolumab has a half life of about four weeks,  so when I have my next infusion of nivolumab there  will still be a residue in my body therefore making it accumulative.This is classed as a good thing. He also said I had about 1mg per kg of weight.  The usual amount would be 3mg but they like to wean you onto it to ensure you don’t get too many side effects.

Plus, it would cost a fortune if we had 3mg per weight!  Then Jan dropped the bombshell… He said that because nivolumab affects the immune system I could get an auto immune disease.  That means any organ or system in the body could be affected. If affected then  I could of course die from that auto immune disease.  Er….. Brilliant. But it’s ok because if I get any symptoms or illness then I could be put on strong steroids like cortisone or prednisone to stop the disease. So yesterday when I was pleased that there wasn’t any side effects and how nice it would be to actually receive treatment without any pain or misery…  I was wrong. Life is so full of Yin and Yang! I wish he hadn’t told me.  I don’t want to think about the possibility of getting arthritis, failed organs, or anything really!  I just want to be healthy and happy- CanSer free! Well as I type this sipping on my mint and lemon hot water I just think to myself, ‘what’s the worst that could happen?’
Right now I have a choice. I’m already taking a leap of faith. I am to try out this combination of nivolumab and dc therapy for three months and then scan to see if it’s working.  The worst outcome is that the canSer grows and spreads.  The other baddy is that I get sick from the side effects and get too ill and die.

For melanoma, nivolumab really is a game changer so let’s hope it works just as well for us TNBCers. I must point out that the trials for nivolumab in the UK are totally different to  what I am receiving as I am having immunotherapy as well. The other choice is I go straight back to Prof Vogl and have TACE and do what has been working recently. I never know what’s for the best. I can only react to symptoms. That’s the best way forward.  So I am going to be alert, live healthily and just plough onwards and upwards.  I will ask for another scan in about two to three months and continue to have my bloods done every few weeks. I am still having denosumab for my bones and will continue with my supplements and medication.  We left the clinic with plenty of time for our flight. As usual the weather turned nasty.  We had a torrential downpour of hailstones.. It’s actually getting funny now. We arrived with plenty of time for our flight though… Four hours to be precise!  Shame there wasn’t any earlier flights we could have slipped onto.

Looking forward to my own bed. Let’s hope I sleep as well as I did last night..
Xx

2015 Bring it on!

Todays’ New Year’s Eve.and thoughts go to.. Will I be here next year?

Will you?

Does that sound negative?  Depends on your frame of mind.
I have just spent the day on holiday in Antigua with my man and strangers. I laughed, contemplated, was just pain lazy, and looked dreamily at my bear hoping for many ,ore days, years like this.

I don’t feel sad. I feel over overwhelmed. I’m not scared of dying. I’m not sad if I died and had no more. But I be sad not spending every waking hour with the love of my life and the opportunity of what could be. Wouldn’t you?
We chatted over our extensive Caribbean lunch about what I am afraid of. I’m afraid of pain and not having quality of life. Pete pointed out that as long as I felt the most love and that as long as I wasn’t really struggling for breathe for example that every single living moment was worth it even if I was bloated on steroids and riddled with tumours.
It doesn’t matter any way. I keep having dreams or even lucid dreams of someone with powers looking at me and seeing inside me and seeing the cells of cancer like those sea particles that light up like luminous fireflies. They can see them leaving my body.

I have to be honest, as usual. I haven’t felt well. I’ve experienced sickness and giddiness every day. I’ve been sick most days and I’ve been off my food. It’s boring really. It’s upsetting not knowing why. But today has been good. I haven’t been sick. I have felt giddy but not too bad. I have been good not drinking alcohol and eating healthily, as I can.

So today is the final day of 2014. I’m not the sort to dwell or to plan huge for the future. I always have to lot to reflect on and be grateful for and I love planning for the future.

I’m sat here on our balcony, welling up with tears again. Goodness knows I’ve been doing it for days.. Tears of happiness actually. I have had a few secret cries through despair but I didn’t want to stress Pete anymore than I have . He already worries and loses sleep every time my head hurts and sickness occurs. We try to turn a positive spin on it but fear creeps in and the impending doom lingers over our heads. But todayI feel better again. I have stopped the supplements again. I can’t stomach them. I feel rank. Full stop.

Right now the sun has set and I’m hoping the little Mosquitos bugger off long enough to enjoy my time listening to Joni Mitchell and dancing with my Bear in his arms.

We’ve had a great afternoon shaking our booties to some dodgy tunes, swimming in the sea, bouncing on a sea trampoline and eating in the best restaurant on the island. The kindness, happiest people are here. I’m filled with love and in fact we spent the afternoon on Jacqui O’s Love Beach. Couldn’t have been named better.
So what does tonight bring? Australia are in 2015 and the UK are not far off it.
We are hours away and as usual I could easily go to bed.. Sleep and me are still best friends.

We will spend it on our own. No need for anyone else. No frills, spills or gimmicks. I only ever want to be near my favourite people. My favourite Bear. The rock, my love and my one who will continue to carry me through the tough times ahead. We still believe I will be NED.  We still think our own baby is possible and we will carry on living like there is no tomorrow.

Let’s face it do you know what you would do with you last day on this earth?
Today could be it. I’m not sorry. I never will be. I cry a lot.

I cry because I can’t believe I’m so lucky. I cry because I will miss it all. I cry because I have so much to give. I cry because no one knows how good life is if they haven’t lived in my shoes.
So what’s next?

The usual. Continue doing what I’m doing. I may have been off the radar a lot but I don’t feel like journaling when I’m ill. I don’t like to draw attention to illness. I don’t want you to have to feel sorry for me. I’m not asking for attention. And I know it can be boring and depressing dragging on about my minor ailments.
My biggest hope for 2015 is to feel happy, healthy and full of beans! I turn 40 in 2015… Not older but much wiser!
We have lots of things we want to do and I’ll reveal them once we have mapped them out over our bottle of champers later tonight.

But right now, I want to say 2014 has been immense. Better than expected. Despite the brain tumours, the surgery, the numerous vaccinations, the disappointments and let downs,  the highs, the lows. What stands out? My support.
My wonderful friends, my supporters from all over the world that give me strength to keep going, my family who are in pain too and my ultimate, 100% Rock of a husband, Peter, Bear….. Life doesn’t get better than this.
I’m never alone. And I can’t thank you enough for that.

Life doesn’t get any better than this. But if it can please God please make 2015 our year! Triple negative gals need a bloody life line.  And if 2015 isn’t the year this happens just know that I’m not going anywhere without a fight!

2015- bring it on!!!!!

Henna Crown fit for a Kitty princess……

It’s officially the festive season… Now its December we have got our Christmas tree up and the house is feeling fully festive! I am actually quite excited! I’ve had a few days at my mums and conquered the Christmas shopping and have now completed the wrapping of all the presents. What a mission. But it’s now completed. The cards have been written and posted…. Phew…

Health wise I have been plodding on doing all the rituals and taking a handful of pills and potions every single day. Things are getting easier in that area. I know it’s all a mental thing. It’s the thought of taking them that makes me want to be sick.

Dietary wise I am still eating what makes me happy. I figure that forcing myself to eat what is apparently best for me isn’t currently doing me any good. I am putting on weight which is a good sign.

Yesterday I had an MRI and CT scan. It’s been two months since I was diagnosed with brain mets and I haven’t had any headaches and I don’t have any chest symptoms such as that pesky cough. Even after having had the MRI and slept last night, I didn’t experience any headaches, which the MRI can cause. My head was throbbing quite a lot whilst having the scan but the lack of headaches has to be good news! I have been taking my concoction of drugs and supplements and my regime is quite extreme when I am at home. Pete did say to me my only job these days is to get better. Right oh! Results, I hope, are going to be given to me next Tuesday when I see Prof Harris in clinic.

I am still waiting for the results of my tumour which has been sent to St Barts and now to the U.S to see if my tumour expresses the protein blah blah blah… whatever it is, it still hasn’t arrived, HOWEVER, I did receive a message from the lovely lady at St Barts saying I may be able to get on the trial even if I am negative.. Hmmmm, interesting…. I still hope obviously that my tumour is positive. That would be a great outcome and the trial should be successful for me. I was asked to go to London and have ECG, bloods, and more scans done in preparation for me starting the trial.

Despite me having scans here in Oxford I still have to go there. I explained that I am pretty hectic the next few weeks and over Christmas so it has been agreed that I will go down and do all that in a few weeks then aim to start the trial in January. Let’s face it; I am yet to see what Prof Harris has to say. You never know, all the stuff I am currently doing could be working, plus I am due back in Germany for more treatment in a week or so with a little sneaky trip to the Christmas markets. Well you can’t expect a German bear to miss out on a bratwurst and gluhwein!

Today has been an exciting day. I went to Selfridges in London and met with Pavan, a henna artist. Actually she is the world record holder for being the fastest henna artist! She did a henna crown on my bald head… I was a bit nervous as it was being done at her henna bar in the middle of Selfridges and I wasn’t sure if I would like it or not. But seeing how confident Pavan was and how friendly she is, I totally trusted her. She said she would make it pretty and use glitter and gems.. I was totally sold. I love being glammed up and I really want to learn how to do henna crowns so that I can do them for other ladies in my position, hopefully at the Oxford Maggie’s Centre and at home here.

It didn’t take long at all and I also had a bindhi applied. I am thrilled with it and so were the spectators that had gathered round. On the train home an elderly lady asked if I was going to a photo shoot. When I said no she said that I looked amazing and should have a photo shoot! Bless her.

The henna crown lasts about 10 days and then fades off. I can’t wait to give it a go myself sometime. For more information on Pavan and her work please go to her website; http://www.pavanonline.com/

Here are some pictures :

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With Christmas coming there are so many people to see and many celebrations to be had. This weekend is crammed with fun with friends, starting on Friday. I can show my head off with pride.

Hoping everyone else is feeling the love, light and Christmas cheer…. XX

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

Four days left…

I’ve had a lovely morning so far… I’ve done my morning rituals best I can whilst being away from home. Coffee enema, nebuliser, taken all meds and supps and more.

I am feeling pretty good. I am still avoiding green juices however the last few days I had an epiphany. In the place of juice I had been having bicarbonate of soda, lemon and olive oil water. Then one evening in St Tropez I felt overcome with nausea. Not very classy running to the toilets and throwing up!

Then I realised I bought a bottle of apple cider vinegar with me and had barely used it. Knowing the amazing benefits of Apple cider vinegar I have been having that with my meds and supps instead. So far so good. I don’t feel nauseas and I don’t have stomach upset… Maybe that’s what I needed. Apple cider vinegar is very alkalising and calming on the digestion.

I have continued however to have migraines. Now the neurotic part of me thinks, Oh God, could this be something more sinister. Then I think of all the triggers that could be setting them off and the list is extensive, caffeine, red wine, heat, sunshine, eye tiredness, stiff neck, lack of sleep, dairy products and more.. I can tick off all of those as possible factors to my head aches. So telling the neurotic me to back down then once I get home and realign my life then we shall see.

I made another batch of GcMAF yoghurt yesterday. Because of the heat here it’s process is complete much sooner than at home. This morning it looked like set yoghurt and smelt amazing. I am really loving this stuff. It’s in the fridge now and I will test it later with some berries.

Yesterday Pete and I decided to try something I had always wanted to do.. Paddle boarding. I was really nervous.. Lets face it I’m nervous about anything new. I wasn’t given any tips or assistance by the French guy renting out the boards and was pushed on my knees off into the sea.. Argh! It wasn’t great because he said be careful not to fall onto the rocks below! With that fact and the very wavy sea I was a bag of nerves. I whined and moaned as I tried to control the paddle board with my oar. Being panicky I failed to listen to Pete’s instructions and whilst drifting into a moored boat decided I would go back to shore. Poor old Pete was trying to help but I just didn’t get it. I watched a while from the shore then Pete came and got me. I had another go and this time I actually got up onto my feet and… Paddle boarded! Yay! However I wouldn’t say I was entirely happy. I really wanted to be able to jump off and on the board but because of the rocks was petrified…. Not ideal. I need a lake with no waves, tides or current. I need a shallow pool to jump off into….Where will I find that? I’m pleased I tried but now really want to master it.

This morning I had a message from a friend who has asked me to speak on a night her friend is hosting. She will be launching a calendar ‘inspirational women’ and wondered if I would like to say a few words. I will be announced as one of the inspiration speakers.. The calendar has been promoted on the Lorraine Kelly TV programme and Anne Diamond’s radio show. Gulp….. I know I should but I am such a wreck at speaking in front of anyone! I have been assured that it isn’t a big affair and my friend said I have a story to share…..

Thoughts have started to go back to home. I am already thinking about packing and the journey ahead of us. I have to say I am going to miss this place…it has been the longest three weeks of my life! It feels like so much has happened. When mum left on Tuesday it felt so quiet here. She was such a great support. I know I couldn’t have driven that beast of a car without her. She helped me clean, do washing and organise lots. (Yes I did cleaning and washing because I had friends arriving- a girl has to have standards you know!) it’s the first time I have spent two weeks away with her. It was lovely.

I am so pleased we invited many of our friends and family to stay. It would’ve been too big with just us here. It’s been so lovely having such happiness, laughter and joy surrounding us. There have been times when I felt frustrated and a bit lost but then spending all your time with people can be suffocating.. But how quickly that changes when they are gone.

So what now? I am going to really enjoy the next four days with my man. Next week is all planned and I aim to transition smoothly into my rituals back home. I hope to feel back to normal soon. I have a life coaching session booked for me to get focused and find my mojo again and in three weeks I will be a fully qualified health coach. Boy that year has flown by! My main aim is that I want to help other people have a better life…

I am looking forward to the autumn and the rest of the year ahead.

How is it looking for you?

Xx

The Bear is back…

Another five days have passed. Time flies when you are having fun! The week flew by actually and I have had more friends arrive and my step son leave. And at last the Bear is back! It’s been an interesting week. I am not the most confident person on the roads abroad and this last week I have been forced to drive, if I actually wanted to leave the villa. I would have been fine driving my little car that is parked outside my house in England but I have been driving Petes car. Parking has been an experience. I was happy for Pete to return yesterday to take over the driving role!

Our friends from Ireland are with us now for a few days. It’s so funny seeing them here. Obviously we don’t get to see them much but taking every opportunity to catch up is brilliant. We are so relaxed, chatting, laughing and loving. Their daughter Marsha is gorgeous and brings us so much happiness. I love her passion for shopping…. A true girly girl!

In the last few days I have abandoned having green juice. I am taking my meds and supps with lemon, bicarbonate of soda and olive oil water. This is much better and I am no longer nauseas. It is also funny how my diet really has changed. I am indulging in everything and anything I want. I am not being lazy. I am not feeling guilty. I am simply going with the flow. I do think it has having a slight adverse effect on my body such as diarrhoea and headaches but I love checking out the menu each evening and thinking, pasta… Yes why not. My friend Patricia said maybe my body is healing and letting it have what it craves is a good thing. I have spent so much time in the past few years doing the ‘right’ thing. I don’t think it will hurt doing what I feel for a while.

I am now going into my, wait for it, third week here in the South of France! I know! Three weeks! I may not be sleeping because of the heat, I may have mosquito bites itching me and I may be putting on some weight… But I feel so free. I have never stayed somewhere like this. I sometimes do my rituals such as enema, meditation and yoga and sometimes I don’t. Isn’t that great? Doing what ever I feel like doing.

What I do religiously is sit in the sun… I love the sun. In fact I have changed colour somewhat… I do love a tan. So I guess my vitamin d levels are quite high. It’s ok though.. I am preparing for the dark winter ahead.

I do have the odd thought about home. I am still planning treatment for my return. I text Carol the nurse from St George’s as I still haven’t had a reply about the next round of il2 injections. Carol, bless her, replied from her last day on holiday and said that if I didn’t hear from her on Thursday to contact her. I’ve text her again. I still have time to organise.

I still have the cough, although annoying, Pete says he doesn’t think it is getting any worse.

When Pete went home he picked up the recent copy of Prima magazine. Why? Because I am in it! I’ve attached a few pictures with the text. It’s so funny seeing myself in a magazine.. It was also very nice the other day to be mentioned in an interview with one of the lady’s from Nicola Jane mastectomy lingerie. My fifteen minutes of fame! Haha!

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So what is happening today? Soulful Sunday.. Fresh foods, plenty of sunning myself and plenty of time to be grateful. The main theme of the day… Love.

Tunes are playing by the pool… I am  having lots of cuddles with my Bear (well I need to catch up on the last weeks worth that I missed!) and then tonight we are off to St Tropez…. Darhlink!

Hope you are all feeling the love today.. Happy Sunday!
Xx

What to report from my floating lilo?

It feel like it has been ages since I last blogged. I’m not ignoring everyone I am just simply having too much fun living and relaxing and being away from home and out of routine. I’m into my second week away and it already feels like I have been here an eternity. Friends have left and more friends and family have joined me.

Sadly Pete has gone home for five days. He has to work. I am so lucky to be able to be on holiday but it feels so weird that Pete is not here.

What is there to report?

I have been battling with my meds and supplements still. But think I am conquering my nausea by eating something with them. I have had a few days break from green juice.

Sleep is still really hard. The other night it was very very windy and it felt and sounded like the house was going to fall down. The heat is crazy here but I am soooo not complaining. It is now September and the sun is still shining and the heat is immense.

I wish I could sleep better but at least I do not have to anything much during the day. To be honest I could sleep all day if I wanted!

I am not writing this to make everyone jealous. This is a once in a life time for me. I have never stayed in one place for this long and it feels great. I will want to go home though. Just not yet.

I would like to feel healthier. I don’t like having stomach aches, head aches, nausea and more. A lot of how I feel is down to anxiety too I think. What have I got to. BE anxious about? Nothing really but old habits die hard.

Whilst here I am still doing my weekly module of the health coaching course. Funnily enough it has been focussing on the importance of sleep. Oh sleep… How I miss you. I miss cuddles with my Bear and I am counting down the days till he returns.

I have been getting really brave driving here and yesterday had the wing mirror replaced. For a short moment there it looked like it wasn’t going to happen but thankfully the lovely French mechanic sorted it for me. Phew. So now the car is as good as new but our credit card balance has been hit hard. Boo.

Today I am going to try and eat well, stay well hydrated and rest. I have been doing lengths of our little pool here. Although not as many as my friend. She did 140 lengths this morning!

Last night I had copies of letters emailed to me by Pete. They were letters from my oncologists sending update letters to my GP. It was quite nice to read that they think things could be going in the right direction but that my next scan in October will be one to confirm that.

Prof Harris also wrote to say that he couldn’t give me mebendazole but gives his consent for me to proceed and have that treatment if I can get it. He also said he doesn’t believe a PET scan will be any better than a CT scan but if that is what Professor Dalgliesh would like then he will happily organise that for me.

It seems that the oncologists are all very agreeable at the moment! I like it!

Lying here getting browner by the day ( I do love a tan) has given me time to think about the forthcoming months. There is a lot to look forward to. Social events, trips away, treatments and more. I am even going to a spa at a London hotel with my old school friend when I get back. Not that I need pampering.. But any excuse for a good old catch up and gossip.

I have emailed Professor Vogl informing him of my current status and asked his advice. He is also so quick to reply and his emails do make me laugh. They are so short but to the point. He is very keen to get me to go there and have a scan and then if I want and need have TACE immediately.

I am not sure about this as I am in Duderstadt the week after I return from France. I may try to tie in after my scan around October time if we can make time for it. I’m obviously hoping I don’t need to go there but I have to say I am quite intrigued about meeting the man himself.

So my iPad just overheated whilst I typed this outside. I have now taken my iPad out of the fridge to finish off!

I feel so grateful and so very lucky to have this life in every way. I am so very grateful that despite my annoying niggles of nausea, diarrhoea etc, that I actually do not have any canSer symptoms. I look up to the sky from the lilo I am floating on at the deep blue sky and think to myself, don’t ever let this end. This feeling of calm, happiness and serenity. Give me back my Bear and then I will be complete.

Xx

A tense journey but we can finally relax….

It’s been a busy few days for Bear and I. Friday we took our friends at 5am and drove to the Eurotunnel. We had a little euro tour planned again but not for treatment this time. For the next 3 weeks I am on vacation. I know 3 weeks right?! How lucky am I?

As I couldn’t fly due to having had ablation less than two months ago we decided to drive to the south of France stopping en route. France is so beautiful and the changes of scenery are breathtaking.
Sadly our journey down here was more than we bargained for.

I stupidly forgot our passports and left them in the first hotel we stayed in. We stopped in a place called Beaune. It was so traditional and beautiful. We got up nice and early to get to our final destination in plenty of time to be able to settle in then I got a call to say I had left them behind! Doh! That added on a couple of hours to our five hour journey. Oops…. Then the whole of France must have decided to descend onto the motorway we were on. The long and short of it was that throughout the journey the estimated rival time extended to 11 hours and to top it off a large holiday caravan type vehicle decided to drive at us. Yes at us, taking our whole wing mirror off! It made such a loud noise we all thought something must have gone through our windscreen or taken the side of the car off!

Driving on the opposite side of the road is hard enough in a foreign country but driving without the wing mirror you so depend on is well, driving with a death wish! But we had no other choice. We have found a garage and in our broken French spoke to the mechanic who has sourced the mirror but we have to wait five days before it can be fitted. And the cost, well, it’s sickening!

We have tried to not get too upset by this and have ploughed on at having fun.

The weather is changeable but lovely and I have been doing what I love the most-sunbathing.

It has been quite a topsy turvy time for my bear and I. Having people with us means we don’t cuddle quite as much and the heat at night has meant we sleep at a distance. We miss each other and tempers have been flaring. I have been told that I am more agressive than normal and even though I don’t think I have I can only put it down to feeling under par.

I have continued to struggle with drinking green juice and taking my meds and supplements without the want to vomit. I have had stomach aches and upset tummies. Today though I feel much better. Maybe it’s because I am calmer and happier or maybe I have just got over myself and letting my mind dominate.

Where we are staying is very relaxing and yesterday I got to meditate and do a spot of yoga, I hope to get into a routine whilst here. Pete has to return to work so I will be here with my mum and some friends. I have already been losing sleep about driving here! But I am sure I will get myself sorted out eventually.

Yesterday we spent some time lazing by the pool and I got to read some really interesting documents that kind followers have been sending me.

I am hearing and reading a lot about mebendazole still.  I think I will need to book to go to the clinic in London that uses it.

Mebendazole disrupts the glycolic pathway while at the same time it can cause the cell membranes of mitochondria to rupture and cytochrome C, which leads to apoptosis.

I read though that not only that but other things like NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen (not sure it is the type you can buy in the chemist) are very helpful for treating cancer.

NSAID’s formulated in lipids which would be preferentially taken up by cancer cells, due to elevated levels of LDL receptors on cancer cells. Such a form of ibuprofen exists. The dose would be 400mg three times a day.

Ibuprofen binds COX1 and 2 and PPAR Gamma receptors in cells. Activation of these receptors in cancers cells particularly invokes apoptosis of those cells.

In addition the benefit of ibuprofen would be to treat inflammation induced by cancer, the ascites that sometimes results and the attends pain.

This seems quite exciting because these things should be easily added to my protocol if they are effective and if they are useful are relatively cheap to take.

I am definitely going to pursue this when I get back and in the mean time book an appointment.

My cough has been pretty bad since I have been away but today, touch wood, it seems to be much better. I hope it is what Pete says, that it is only the lymph nodes effected by the dying tumours. I don’t feel ill other than that and the fact it comes and goes is a good thing. I am hoping by the end of this break I will be as good as new.

I have continued to take scorpion venom along with reishi and more. The boot of our car was full of everything I need to do on a daily basis.. Lucky we drove really.

So today I am going to rest by the pool, listen to some music and maybe take a stroll along the beach later. Then I think I will do the same the next day, then the next and well, you see a pattern forming here.

Au revoir!

Side effects of il2.. where’s the paracetamol?

It was the first day of the injection yesterday. I collected my il2 injections as usual from St George’s. This time it was different. The lady that was giving them to me happened to ask a research nurse for some alcoholic wipes for me. The nurse objected to the lady giving me the injections as they had to be handed over by a qualified nurse. That led us to trekking across the hospital to the oncology ward to an unsuspecting nurse there that had no idea what to do. I asserted myself and said all you need to do is ensure I am that person stating on the package. Luckily I blagged it and get out of the sharpish. I am sure the research nurse meant well but come on… I have done it five times already!

I did the injection earlier than normal and started to feel the effects at about 8pm. I tanked up on paracetamol and then hoped I would sleep. I awoke about midnight and felt a bit iffy and waited a while before taking more paracetamol. I slept quite well and woke surrounded by fur; the cat and teddy bears that Pete had put in his place. It was lovely.

I dragged myself from bed and got on with my day as usual. I have a busy one today as we leave on Friday for a little road trip. We will be away a while on vacation in France. I am sort of looking forward to it but I find preparing everything a strain on my brain! And I am starting to worry about leaving the kitty behind.

I read up again on the side effects of il2 and why I feel like I do. It says that whilst taking it I could have lower blood cells than normal making me susceptible to infection. The ailments I feel such as aching, fever and generally crappy, are all perfectly normal. I also had a racing heart and on reading, notice that is also a side effect. I think like everything it is accumulating and the side effects come quicker and last longer. Prof D did say that I could reduce the dose myself but part of me thinks it must be working so stick with it.

What I would really like to do over the next few days is…nothing. I want to lie down and watch TV and then read some magazines. I know I will be able to do that soon but I don’t want to spend my holiday lying down the whole time. I like to be active and sight see.

I have been using the nebuliser today again with a combination of distilled water and bicarbonate of soda. It kind of tastes odd and sometimes takes my breath away but I want to keep going with it. In fact I am going to have another hit of it now to finish of today’s dose.

After Thursday I won’t be having any further injections for about a month, due to being away and timings. I feel a bit apprehensive but hope that some time away with family and friends will be enough medicine for me.

As we are driving I am taking everything that will benefit me such as my juicer, nebuliser, yoga mat and more. I hope it all fits in the car!

I can’t wait to spend time with my Bear… Happy thoughts. X