Sunday, 20 December 2009

One week before Christmas

Two lots of good news, the BA strike is off so, weather permitting, I can still go for my treatment in Germany on the 3rd January. The second bit of good news is that Rick Hill has been told his Mesothelioma is now dormant after his chemoembolization treatments in Germany. This is fantastic news for the Hill family and for the rest of us currently undergoing this treatment. I would be interested to know how many of us in the UK are undergoing chemoembolization.
When are they going to try this in the UK?

This is now at least two UK people who have been treated by Prof. Dr. Thomas Vogl who have been told their cancer is now not growing. There is no treatment at all in the UK that has this outcome and this is why others and myself are going down this route. I am not sure what I would feel if I hadn't come across Debbie Brewer and her treatment. I think I would be feeling very scared and despondent. As it is I have hope and a possible future.

I love being snowed in and have enjoyed the lovely snow scenes. I know it is a nuisance for those who have to travel in it but it is a wonder of nature all the same.

Today's photo is of the view outside my bedroom window taken on the 18th Dec. Magical!

I would just like to wish everyone a very good Christmas and a happy and healthy 2010.

Yes, nuts still intact, although the mince pies need replacing!

Monday, 14 December 2009

Two weeks before Christmas

I hear today that BA cabin staff, in their wisdom, have voted to strike over Christmas and the New Year. We have booked BA to travel to Germany for my next chemoembolization, leaving on the 3rd January. They say the strike will end on the 2nd, so we are a bit anxious in case our flights are disrupted, or even cancelled. I have my treatment on the 4th.

We are getting more into the Christmas spirit now and have got most things we need for the festive season. My lovely Daughter in law, Hannah, has offered to host Boxing Day. This will take a lot off my shoulders as there will be about 10 people and we usually have it at our house.

I have read that some complimentary medicines can stop chemo drugs working properly. and
This hadn't occurred to me before. I will have to check out my anti oxidant drugs with the Prof. as
they contain vitamin C which can negate certain chemo drugs. Well, I learn something new every day!

What has happened to all the turkey crowns this year, I cannot find one anywhere. I guess it will have to be the whole turkey roast.

Todays picture is an ink and watercolour winter scene I did in 2007.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

A short sun holiday before Christmas.

We had a good week's holiday and the sunshine was most welcome. We cruised between the Canary Islands, Madeira and Morocco. When we left home I was feeling exhausted from the Chemo but the sun soon put a spring in my step. We met lots of interesting people and visited places we haven't been to before.

I get a nice gap now before my next chemoembolization treatment and intend to enjoy Christmas with my family.

I have been asked what I do to help my condition so here goes. I try to eat ten varieties of fruit and vegetables a day, as my son Stephen read of a Mesothelioma patient living for five years with his condition and this is what he accredited his longevity to. I don't often manage 10 a day but usually get in between 7 - 9, which I hope still helps. I also take 'Maximum Antioxidant', which I buy from Holland and Barratt for about £3-4.00 for 30 caplets; I take two a day. They also contain selenium with A, C & E + Zinc, and lots of other goodies. The fruit and veg and these caplets are all high in antioxidants, which helps to mop up any stray cancer cells. Or at least I hope they do.

My friend Debbie Brewer, who is doing amazingly has Mistletoe injections and swears by them. Certainly doctors in France and Germany advocate its use for cancer patients but I haven't tried this route yet, I am not sure why I hesitate, but I do.

I definitely feel that something has changed after my last treatment, I just hope it isn't just wishful thinking though.

I can now start on my Christmas shopping, if there is anything left in the shops!. I can't believe Christmas is only twenty days away!

Today's picture is of the floods that hit our village a few years ago in October 2000, it is an aerial shot.
I really feel for the people who have flooding this year.

It is our village Christmas Market today and it is a well attended do. People come from all over to it. It starts with children singing carols then has lots of stalls and hog roasts, mulled wine and street entertainers and a good time is had by all.

The nuts have survived amazingly.