Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Good News and This and That

Well I have got to the end of another chemo regime – a few hiccups this time but we made it. The hair loss and visual problems still persist but hopefully these will be resolved in time. I had a review with the consultant at Maidstone today who reported that my cancer was ‘stable’. This is the best news for me. Awaiting scan results is perhaps one of the most stressful situations imaginable. Your life can change in a matter of moments depending on what is reported. Planning your life between scans is so hard – for me while I am still on the drug trial involves 6 weeks at a time. So I was asked if I wished to stay on the trial or not. Of course I said yes – doing nothing when I have a choice is not an option. At some point I will not have any more choices. So we embark on the new phase of treatment – trial drug/placebo without backup chemo.  This will continue as a weekly infusion at good old Maidstone with a review every 3 weeks and a scan after 6 weeks. While the disease is not progressing treatment will continue.

We had a fun weekend with my brother & partner – lots of laughs. They are off to Australia on Thursday to visit Norma’s son Nick who now lives there. Have a great time my little possums!
Bernie brought a bottle of 1963 port to help celebrate Alan’s birthday which is on Thursday. Between them they finished it in one evening!

Yesterday I spent a very emotional hour or so watching my little 9 month old granddaughter on her first day at ‘college’  - Kinder College in Canada. They have a web cam set up for parents and grandparents only to look in at any time. Very secure. This is her ‘induction week’ before mum returns to work at the beginning of April. I must say little Lilah seems to be attracting the boys already! Silly old Nana has got through a box of tissues! Ain’t technology wonderful!

My darling grandson Ethan continues to grow and develop at an alarming rate – this week has seen him overseeing the planting of a vegetable plot and the painting of 2 Adirondack (Muskoka) chairs!

I am taking Alan to Winchester for his birthday and then a trip to France next week. While the weather is good and I am good we need to pack in what we can.

Listened to the Supremes and Dionne Warwick on the ipod travelling too and from Maidstone today – brilliant!

Onwards and Upwards. Tess x


  1. So glad you've got to the end of another chemo regime relatively unscathed (if that's the word).
    Hope the trip to France goes well and all this lovely weather is lifting your spirits.
    Beryl xx

  2. That is good news Tess. I can only imagine how hard it is waiting for results every 6 weeks, you do an amazing job. My thoughts are with you. Happy birthday to Alan.
    Hugs Jen x

  3. Bernard and Margaret28 March 2012 at 04:33

    Amazing and wonderful to watch your granddaughter in Canada.Marvellous !
    We wish you a splendid time in Winchester and in France -never a dull moment.
    Jolly nice to know that your treatment continues,Tess, we bet it will work well.

  4. How wonderful to be able to see Lilah at nursery! So pleased that Alan and yourself are able to get away and enjoy the sunshine. You are always in my thoughts.

    Janet xx

  5. Hi Tess, so pleased to hear your good news. It must be a real emotional roller coaster for you all. Best wishes for Alan's birthday and your trip to France, have a wonderful time
    Claire xx

  6. So good to read your good news Tess, onwards and upwards for you. I can only imagine how you and Alan feel waiting for the results each 6 weeks. Super to be able to see Lilah at nursery school and I can understand the need for tissues. Thrilled that you and Alan are able to get away, hope the weather is super for you. You are in my thoughts as always.
    Keep on keeping on my special friend.
    Love & Hugs
    Christine xxx

  7. great news about the scan, know just what the waiting is like. Enjoy the weather and have a great time in France

    Amanda & Ray