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Setting The Standards 
As you know I went to meet the oncologist on Monday and I decided I had no option but to dress appropriately. I felt they had to know exactly what the chemo ward was dealing with. You see, as an Australian, there is a perception that we are all Kath or Kim types and I knew the consultant might be expecting me to turn up in my parachute fabric trackie. So, as you can see I made a bit of an effort:

I also wanted to make it clear that they had better not mess up my drug doseages or they would have to contend with my minders. I think the oncologist nearly fell off his chair when I opened the door to let him take a peek at the faces who would be escorting me there on my every visit:

Whilst there I was given a guided tour of the chemo ward which was quite an enlightening experience.....well actually there was nothing 'light' about it. Quite grim really. They obviously noticed my reaction and said that the nurses come around with trolleys of tea and sandwiches etc. This didn't really thrill me having recently experienced several nights of the Conquest 'sandwich teas'. I was quick to point out that the catering would not be necessary as my minders were quite used to serving me champagne and cavier or anything my little heart desired. I noticed a few of the chemo patients eyeing my minders off a little too eagerly and felt, rather selfishly, a bit protective. But then I thought Oh, what the hell, 4 is little too greedy so I feel some sharing may be in order. Oh, and also, the elderly lady in the chair in the corner wondered if you could all wear 'a little less' next time......Alright, boys?

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See You At Pump On Thursday 
Today I was driving back from a friend's house with all the children in the car after having a lovely lunch. Whilst stopped at a T junction, a man turned into my road really quickly and nearly wiped out the front of my car. I can't actually recall swearing but I must have done because Jacob piped up 'Wa..er driver!' from the back seat very clearly. Fortunately both the girls were listening to Ali's MP3 player so didn't hear. They asked why I was laughing loudly and I had to make something up AND turn the radio up because jacob assumed he must have said something very funny so kept repeating it! I must learn to tone down my reactions!

Tomorrow I meet with the oncologist. I will hopefully get my plan and dates so I can at least know what I will be doing when. So many things to include on my 2008 calender......wig shopping, head and bucket meetings, prothesis fittings....not to mention radioactive training...

I will be teaching Pump this Thursday at 7pm which I am really excited about! I want to say hello to everyone and Merry Xmas (I might even have a reindeer prize or two). It will be lovely to do a whole class for one more time before I am forced to quit the exercise for a while. So book in now and WEAR YOUR XMAS HATS!!! Maree, if you catch the 4pm flight from Perth on Tuesday you should make it. See you there...... Deb x

PS Any requests for the class on thursday, let me know. And Jane, if you are coming, can you please shave off that facial hair - I find it very offputting....

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Sick Of Being Sick! 

Yesterday was the Infants Xmas Play so we watched Jacob doing his reindeer rendition and singing various Xmas songs. All the year ones were just part of the chorus so they had to sit still for quite a while as the play went on around them. Jacob was very well behaved for the whole play, apart from when he tried to trip the chickens up as they danced past him.

In the afternoon I went for a walk in the woods with Tess who chattered away the whole time. She is not very happy at the moment – she has a huge dilemma that she just can’t solve. Apparently every day at lunchtime at school, one of her friends says to her ‘Tess, can we have a private chat now please?’ She really likes this friend and feels she can’t tell her she has other things to do. However, her favourite lunchtime pastime is ‘chasing boys’. So she feels very grumpy everyday when her friend insists they have a ‘private chat’ because she would much rather be chasing boys. I told her really there wasn’t any dilemma – if boys were there to be chased, then she should get on with the chasing!

On the health front, it would appear that even breast cancer sufferers are not excluded from the seasonal bugs and viruses. I spent last night, and most of the day, groaning away with stomach pains and nausea. Great! I finally had a piece of toast late afternoon which I thought was a better option than cracking open my huge chocolate reindeer, although I was tempted.

I have started looking at various websites for scarves, hats and wigs and am amazed at the huge variety available. I am fluctuating between a Rastafarian wig with real live creatures living in the dreadlocks and a Farah Fawcett flick. I must tell you the irony of me having to wear a wig tomorrow but for now, see you later, Deb x

This photo was taken last weekend - these woods are right behind us and I am practising the walk I will take with my dog when Jonathan finally relents and agrees to us having one - should be any moment now!

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