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Love Is In The Air! 
I am sick. A bad head cold which is quite miserable and keeping me confined to the house because if I get a temperature I have to go to A and E due to my white blood cell count being wiped out. There is no way I am spending any more time in that hospital than necessary so I am resting and eating loads of oranges. Even though I feel pretty gross, I am not complaining because it is no where near as bad as a chemo-induced sickness.

Next week is half term and I was due for chemo on Tuesday but after a bit of begging I managed to delay it to Thursday. At least I can spend 3 days with the kids before another close encounter with the bucket.

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day so I hope you will go out and spread the luuurrrvvvveee!
I used to think Valentine ’s Day was just a global commercial attempt at getting us to part with our money (probably initiated by Hallmark) but this year I think – GO FOR IT! Go and buy those flowers or chocolate, go out to dinner, send a card (or maybe a few) and have some fun! Hug everybody you come across and justify it by saying ‘today is the day of love’! Even my daughters have bought cute little teddies and chocolates for their ‘boyfriends’ and when I asked them what they’d bought for me (well, it doesn’t have to be romantic love – any love in your life will do) they both said they needed to go to the shop tomorrow! So spoil someone and have a LOVEly day. I can’t wait to get my HUGE card and romantic treat!!!!! Will keep you posted. Deb x

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Sink or Swim? 
Hello all! I haven’t written much because I have been out being ‘normal’. Went for a few walks and met some friends and it was extra lovely to be out of my house socializing. Something fantastic has just happened in my next door neighbour’s garden. Wendy and her family are all avid swimmers and spend a lot of time at a swimming club. They have just had an endless pool built! I went for a 40 minute swim today and it was excellent. I am a bit knackered as swimming against a current means you need to keep up a consistent pace. I had lots of breaks but it was great fun and I got a real workout. Wendy, as always, has been so kind in letting me use the pool and it will be so convenient to have it there on my doorstep. I would hope to swim most days when I am feeling okay so I should be able to maintain some degree of fitness. I hate to think what this whole process is doing to my metabolism though. I spend four to five days confined to my bed, not eating a thing, then a week slowly eating more and starting to go for walks and do some other exercise, then one week eating continually and trying to fit in as much exercise as possible! And as it was such a beautiful day here we took the children for a walk in Bedgebury Pinetum this afternoon which was just beautiful.

I am coming to terms with my ‘omelette’ by avoiding mirrors. I can hide behind my wig if I go out but I have ventured out several times lately with just a bandana (a buff actually – what a great invention; to all chemo patients out there you must get some as they are soooo much more comfortable than scarves or hats). I often forget that I am a ‘cancer patient’ but many people still stare which I find most annoying. I really will have to speak to Jane to get some choice scouser retorts to throw back at the starers who almost always have a full head of glossy, thick, shiny hair!

I have a funny story that Lorna sent me that I will include here because I am too knackered to say anything even remotely funny.
This has to be read, laughed at and passed on. There is not a woman alive today who won't crack up over this!

Faye was due for a smear with the doctor later in the week. Early one morning, she received a call from the doctor's office to tell her that she had been rescheduled for that morning at 9:30 am. She had only just packed everyone off to work and school, and it was already around 8:45 am. The trip to the surgery took about 35 minutes, so Faye didn't have any time to spare.

As most women do, she liked to take a little extra effort over hygiene when making such visits, but this time she wasn't going to be able to make the full effort. So, she rushed upstairs, threw off her pyjamas, wet the facecloth that was sitting next to the sink, and gave herself a quick wash in that area to make sure that was at least presentable. She threw the facecloth in the clothes basket, donned some clothes, hopped in the car and raced to her appointment.

She was in the waiting room for only a few minutes when she was called in. Knowing the procedure, as I'm sure you do, she hopped up on the table, looked over at the other side of the room and pretended that she was in Paris or some other place a million miles away. She was a little surprised when the doctor said, 'My, we have made an extra effort this morning, haven't we?'

She didn't respond.

After the appointment, Faye heaved a sigh of relief and went home. The rest of the day was normal - some shopping, cleaning, & cooking.

After school when her 7 year old daughter was playing, she called out from the bathroom, 'Mummy, where's my facecloth?'

Faye told her to get another one from the cupboard. She replied, 'No, I need the one that was here by the sink, it had all my glitter saved inside it.'
NEVER going back to that doctor ever!!
See you later, Deb x

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Check Your Pancakes For Lumps 
I love the jokes! Also like the songs, thanks Positive Thinking Dresser Upper (aka Lorna methinks!), particularly the Crowded House one. And thank you all for the useful links so many of you put in your comments on the last post. (Uncle Philip is looking even more Australian, Michelle – great photo!)

Today was much better. Got up and Deb took me for a drive to a Farm Shop (and got lost) then I even cooked a nice dinner! Just wish I could get rid of the weird feeling in my stomach and the 'leaden limbs'.I have loads of emails with some very funny jokes I will try and put on here later.

Jacob wouldn’t go to sleep tonight – he had a bit of a runny nose and kept saying ‘I’m ill’. Eventually on my third attempt at getting him to sleep he asked for ‘the bucket’. Obviously in his mind, one is not really ‘ill’ unless one requires a ‘bucket’. He’s trying to outdo me!

Tomorrow is Pancake Day or Shrove Tuesday. I hope you make your pancakes wholemeal with grated apple in them! And then Lent of course. So what will you be giving up for Lent? I’m going to give up…….Jane. Till Easter then, okay Jane? No actually, I thought I would give up hair products. Must go to bed now but can I ask you to do two things? Firstly, make sure you do a breast health check this week. Go to this address and look up information for a guide as to what is normal and what is not. www.breastcancercare.org.uk. Secondly do something positive for your health – whether its food, exercise or for your soul. You lot are good for my soul - you and chocolate reindeers....Must go and look up a recipie for chocolat pancakes! See you later. Deb x

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