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A ménage a trois

There are now three of us in this dance. Two weeks ago Mr M joined us. Aware that his presence was inevitable, I finally agreed to his joining the party. Not everyone gets along with Mr M but Dr S. was sure that it was now time for us to meet. “You can’t stay on...

A fearful decision

I have decided to go ahead with three sessions of paclitaxel. I had forgotten that Dr S. told me that it is given in three weekly sessions and then the fourth week is the chemo-free week. My first session is on Friday 11 November. It is harder to agree to the chemo...

CT scan result

On Monday 17 October I rocked on up to the oncology clinic to hear what Dr S had to say about the CT scan I had last week. With my eldest son and ex-husband in tow, I asked the oncologist to show us the images so I could see where the cancer had spread to. A few days...

One year and still here

On Sunday my family came for lunch, bringing food and bubbly and their love to celebrate the fact that one year post diagnosis I am still here, and looking good. The grandchildren brought their beautiful handmade cards and little bunches of flowers. As a wonderful...

Dealing with pain

This week I finally faced the fact that I needed to do something about the increasing amount of discomfort and pain I was experiencing. It was making living my life difficult and wearing me down. So I phoned one of the oncology nurses at Auckland hospital and told her...