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Happy Christmas 

Tonight I took my Pump class again for the first time since I was diagnosed on the 29th of October. I am still on a high. Although I couldn’t do some things like the press ups, I managed ok and maybe some people may not have noticed that my operation was quite recent. The hardest thing was having to use such low weights, especially as I felt able to use more at times. However, I am not supposed to use my right arm much due to increasing the risk of lymphoedema so I wasn’t going to create any complications now!

I cannot tell you really what it is about teaching fitness that I love so much, but tonight was like ‘coming home’ after a long and uncomfortable absence. I so love being there with everyone and still I would say that the most difficult thing about coming to terms with my diagnosis is not the cancer itself, but the fact that I have been ‘thrown out of my life’ and cannot do one of the things I most love doing.

I think that there is something extraordinary about being privileged enough to take a class through an hour of instruction. Tonight was certainly a highlight for me. One of the amazing things is the people in my classes. I would choose each and every one of them as a friend if I met them in another walk of life, so it makes spending time with them all the more enjoyable. So here I am, eating another reindeer and having a very nice glass of wine (given to me tonight by some lovely people). I find myself mulling over how ironic it is that after several different career stages, ranging from teaching to editing, I have only just found the best job in the world in the past three years and now I have to give it up. Hopefully just for 6 months or so. I am sure there is a reason somewhere, but right now I fail to see it. Well, of course it could be that the poor unsuspecting members of my classes get to have a break for a while…..!

I am off to St Lucia for two weeks on Sunday so I won’t be posting for a while. I will have a cocktail by the ocean for you, under a gently swaying palm tree…..Some of me may return more quickly than others if my new and most valuable left breast should escape from its special hiding place in my bathers and float in the opposite direction to the rest of my body! That could bring a whole new species to the jelly fish family!

Have a lovely Christmas to you all and I hope you bring in the New Year in style! I will miss your funny and supportive comments on my blog whilst I am away but I look forward to more to come. I cannot begin to thank you all for your support over the last two months – whether it came in the form of sincere comment, a funny story, a delicious meal, a special card or a chocolate (usually fashioned in the shape of a reindeer) I have taken much strength and determination from your concern for me . It is because of you that I can see a positive light at the end of this rather gloomy tunnel. Thank you. And see you soon. Lots of love, Deb x

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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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