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Successful Fundraiser! 
Bannatyne's was buzzing yesterday with many full classes in the aerobic marathon and a fantastic auction. Thank you to all of you who came - and special thanks for Lorna who spent so much time organising it! There were some great auction lots and I tried to bid for a sporty mercedies for the weekend (me behind the wheel, cruising through the country Thelma and Louise style, scarf and last threads of hair streaming behind me......) but unfortunately the winner had to be points free on their licence..
Anyway the total is still being totalled but it will be well over £2,000 which, i think is amazing!!!
I feel tired today but am still amazed at how good I feel generally. Long may it last! I woke up to the news that here in the UK, today is the most miserable day of the year. Well, the weather is certainly obliging. But I am not falling for that. I have been reading Uri Gellar's book Mind Medicine and you just cannot be gloomy no matter what your circumstances. I was sleeping in on Saturday morning (Jono downstairs watching the Aussies succumb to a rare defeat in the cricket - bugger!) when he came bounding upstairs with the telephone. It's for you he said,it's Uri! Fancy that! Busy man that he is, he still takes the time to phone me, ask after my health and tells me to stay positive. He said to KEEP LAUGHING and told me an amazing story about a woman who literally laughed her tumour away! I said that was easy for me because I had JANE on my side and she's always worth a laugh or three! But I do believe he is right - our minds are magical and mysterious things that are more powerful than we can imagine. I've just told mine to make me a cuppa and the kettle is already whistling....I'm still working on that free flight down under...
I have set a Reindeer Cracking Date because the kids are getting very impatient (yes, the poor little tikes actually think they're going to get some!) So, I thought it could be after Chemo 3 as a celebration of getting half way there! And I am going to book the Ritz for the week after Chemo 6 as my HUGE CELEBRATION (those Aussies have gone quiet on their Ritz performance...I know it's school holidays and you've all gone away but you better have your rehearsals scheduled...and can some of you please add a comment? Jane's worried she's scared you all off!) Here's the reindeer so you have an idea of how much chocolate there will be! See you later, Deb x

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Anyone For A Dip? 
Cancel ALL Sunday plans! Forget the roast and don’t buy the newspapers…you will be too busy. The Breast Cancer Fundraiser is going to be AMAZING so get yourself down to Bannatyne’s. Especially be there at 5.30pm for the auction – you will not believe the auction lots….THE LATEST ONE…..

A luxury family swimming pool, (above ground) 12ft by 24ft, valued at over $1,500!

How amazing is that? Those of you who read this blog regularly will have seen the many humorous comments posted by Lisa. Well, we have Lisa’s wonderful husband to thank for the swimming pool (he must be in the running for husband of the year award, Jono is slowly losing his status….)

Also some fabulous lots to bid for from Barraclough and Stiles – a great pair of binoculars and a £50 voucher, Marks and Spencers, Boots and others….Wow! You must come and pick up something and at the same time be donating to the Lavender Trust – a part of BreastCancerCare dedicated to younger women with BC.

If you pick up the Hastings Observer today you will find an article on the fundraiser day which should attract some more people, and Lorna is on Arrow FM tomorrow morning talking about it (and me!) so tune in! And see you Sunday!

Today I feel surprisingly well. I did loads and went to a session at the hospital called Head Strong which was all about hair loss and ways to tie scarves etc. (Hello to my lovely cousin Michelle! Tell Alan I’m glad he thinks hair is overrated! We could swap some scalp care tips soon….!) I have traded in my ‘bag lady wrestling with a dishcloth look’ for a ‘gyspy fortune teller caught in a wind tunnel’ look (that may have just been a temporary aghast shock expression on my face caused by the lady telling me that I could attach a fake fringe under the scarf for a more ‘authentic’ look!

And tonight I did another Body Balance session which was very satisfying. I still have some restricted movement in my arm – just tightness through the armpit and side – but could do most of the yoga poses and twists. Tess joined me and really enjoyed it but unfortunately during the relaxation part, her trumpeting bottom sent us into unstoppable giggles…….

I am not sure whether my general good health is:
a) due to an amazingly nutrient rich diet and supplements,
b) the exercise and relaxation,
c) reading Uri Gellar’s great book and BELIEVING myself well,
d) laughing myself well at all YOUR comments and stories on the blog and email……
e) or just temporary good fortune!
Anyway I am going to make the most of it, that’s for sure…..
Have a great weekend and think about this….endless summer days and long evenings, a newly landscaped garden with a FABULOUS swimming pool, BBQs, friends, families and fun! Go on, you know you want it! And I could come over and show you the Aussie way to swim and enjoy your back yard! Love Deb x

Hey Lou! I just found your comment - I REALLY HOPE you get over here this year. WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE YOU! Have a great party! xxxxxxxx

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Turn the Heating Down Please 
Thank you Janet for your comments, it certainly is a worry I think. Lisa and Jill….you know I have always secretly been in awe of our scouser friend…..I WANT TO BE ONE!!! Watch out for my orange tan when you see me on Sunday!

I feel better today. Went for a little walk then tonight I did an hour of yoga and pilates in my loungeroom with some lavender oil burning and the rest of the family strictly barred. (It was a Body Balance DVD, Maree.) It was very relaxing and lovely to work those muscles again as I haven’t done anything since St Lucia (except for some very intensive stomach exercises that involved a bucket).

Tomorrow I go to see the wig lady. Now before you start just let me remind you that without a face like Kylie’s, it is quite impossible to look decent in a scarf……I have tried….I look rather like a frustrated bag lady who has had an argument with a dishcloth.

Not really looking forward to going to sleep as I don’t ever get there….it would seem that the internal fire inside me that clicks on about 10.30 everynight is not just due to the radiation but HOT FLUSHES!!! Can you believe it? Just another side effect of the chemo….Last night I went to sleep eventually with a cold flannel on my pillow. Jono’s decided to save on the energy bills of course and has turned the central heating off. Better go now. Mustn’t destroy my peaceful karma…..see you later, Deb x

PS Just read your post Tracy - you know me too well.....that dog is a lot harder to get agreement on than this laptop was.....

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