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Breast Cancer Fundraiser 
I am still working on my 'global fundraiser' but meantime Lorna and the Bannatyne's team have been busy organising a fabulous fundraiser for the Lavender Trust - a branch of Breast Cancer Care aimed at younger women.

IT IS THIS SUNDAY!!!!!! It is a fabulous aerobic marathon, with something for everyone, and ends in an auction! Please come and support this very worthwhile cause. I will come along for the auction if you promise not to comment on the rapidly thinning hair........(might have to wear my rasta wig....) There are some great prizes to be auctioned (more on that later) but meantime PUT IT IN YOUR DIARY! Aussie team - very cheap flights available at the moment......!!

Also, I have some good news about my search for body lotions and products that are paraben-free. More on that tomorrow.....

Today, on a scale of 1 to 10, I feel 2.5.....but am aiming for 6 tomorrow. Did my shopping today - what an achievement (yes, it was on-line....). Felt extra miserable at 7.30pm tonight....you know why.....
But my man for all seasons, picking up on mental state just suggested I start thinking about destinations for a week away when I finish chemo. My dearest Dad and Jan are coming to house and babysit for a week while we escape. You are still coming back aren't you Dad,,,,,?? Dad??????? Where are you......?????
See you later, love Deb x
PS Jill, not a bad idea for a title for our blockbuster....but I think you are confusing me with jane...I think I better use my real name DEBORAH and raise the tone of this movie! Or would that not be true to form.........and somewhat boring...

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Some Days To Forget 
Hello to you all. As you will have guessed I was destined to have my meeting with the bucket and it was a rather long and painful affair. No more details necessary, but my GP did come to the rescue after 24 hours of vomiting with an injection which lessened the ordeal. Have just felt sick the past three days and had to endure another hospital visit today for a CT scan with a horrible iodine injection and other related fuss I could have done without. But tonight I ate some dinner and I am hoping I will feel better tomorrow. I have to confess that today for the first time in the 2 months since diagnosis, I did scream rather loudly and pathetically, ‘Why Me????????????????’ However, on the way to the hospital I saw a little white cloud puffing by overhead and thought things could be much worse really……My little Tessy wants to add something now, so I shall let her loose on my blog. She has overheard that lots of people have logged on to read my entries but I haven’t added any lately due to sickness.

HELLO it is Tessa on the blog writing!!!
My mum is lucky to have you and you are lucky to have my mum as a good friend and it is sad that she has breast cancer but that’s life!!! It isn’t the same without my mum it just isn’t right. Its different without my mum and I’m just used to my mum being there in bed and not being at home like every second. I don’t like my mum being there but I will get used to it too much so then when it is all over with I will be used to her being in bed all the time and I will walk in to her room and she won’t be there will she?!!!

Love Tessy

I think the poor girl is suffering mostly with Daddy’s very strict ‘dinner-eating’ rules!!

Here’s another holiday photo to bring back some sunshine…..Go and do something fun now and REALLY enjoy it. It was so lovely to log on tonight and read all your great comments. It did bring a smile to my face. Thank you , Love Deb x

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Day 1, Chemo Cycle 1 
I just logged on and read all your comments on my last post. How lovely to hear from you all! It’s great reading all your posts and imagining you going about your lives wherever you are. Thank you!

Well, much to my incredible amazement it is now 3 hours post chemo and I am sitting up and typing this. It is very hard to determine if the slight nauseous feeling I have is in anticipation of the nausea or, in fact, real! The day started terribly but got slightly better. I woke up with a start as we had all slept in a bit – too early for getting up in St Lucia. Kids went off to school happily and then the dreaded trip to the hospital. I am afraid to say I burst into tears when the lady on the reception in oncology said ‘Are you okay?’ Could she really see my pale, grey colour beneath my Caribbean tan or was it the large horrified dilated pupils that gave me away I wondered…..

Lots of form filling and then a blood test (surprised I have any left now) and an ECG to follow. Then just waiting, waiting…..Finally my drugs were all ready. Three types of drugs, called FEC – don’t ask me the real names. The most painful part was the nurse putting the canula in my vein. Then a saline drip is attached and in go the anti – sickness drugs. Lots of them! Finally chemo starts. Four of the biggest needles I have ever seen! I am not kidding – they were enormous. Each one must have contained over half a litre. The first two were bright red and I feel sure it was really raspberry cordial. Looked like it. The nurse gleefully told me my wee would be red for a while! (She’s right, I just checked). Then two other types of drugs went in. The whole process took about an hour. Each time she injected one of the drugs she told me what I might feel but other than a weird taste in my mouth, slightly hot feeling especially in the face and a bit of a fuzzy head, it wasn’t too bad.

I now feel very tired and the weird taste in my mouth is much worse but so far, so good. I cannot believe it will stay like this, but what a nice surprise if it does!!
Anyway, I better go and watch Deal, Or No Deal. I know, sad isn’t it….I started watching it in hospital and it’s a bit addictive. Even though I don’t like that Noel fellow……Will let you know if I have any close encounters with the bucket over night. See you soon, Deb x

PS I chose not to use the cold cap which can help prevent hair loss because the nurse said it would not save all my hair due to the type of drugs I am having. It sounded like I would be bald on top but with some hair on the sides. Mmmmm, very appealing.....

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