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  • 17 Feb 2011 - 07:52
    harker's picture

    "Didion began writing The Year of Magical Thinking on October 4, 2004, and finished 88 days later on New Year's Eve. She went on a book tour following the release of this memoir, doing many readings and interviews to promote it. She has said that she found the process very "therapeutic" during her period of mourning."

    I just finished reading the above book by Joan Didion. Her husband died very suddenly and she wrote about the first year without him. I googled her name and this came up in the Wikipedia entry.

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    9 Feb 2011 - 21:18
    daughter72's picture

    Mum passed away peacefully at home on 28/1/11 at 10.45pm after a very brave battle with cancer, I miss her so so much, she just turned 60 on the 15/1/11 that was her final goal, the first being there for the birth of my daughter Milla on the 18/11/10 and then christmas. We were all there by her side, spiritus care were so wonderful, supplying a hospital bed and being there everyday so she could be as comfortable as possible as her last wish was to die at home.

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  • 3 Feb 2011 - 19:24
    Vicki Anne's picture

    I start a new batch of chemo next week. PICC line back in on Wednesday and then straight into the chemo. This one is a shorter cycle of 2 weeks and 6 cycles. I have Oxaliplatin and I have the 5FU bottle in again, this time only for 3 days a fortnight. on the alternate weeks I go in to have the PICC line dressed. Its a bit scary stepping back in to the chemo doses again. Not knowing whether this one will make me sick or not. I was fortunate with the last lot that I had no nausea. Hopefully this time it will shrink the lesions and tumours.

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  • 2 Feb 2011 - 07:17
    miss muffet's picture

    Hi everyone I was diagnosed with Breast cancer 29th October 2010 and since then I have had surgery,(lumpectomey and axillary clearance) been diagnosed with Triple Negative Breast Cancer and now am 1/2 way through chemo. I have been very lucky with chemo side effects. The only real problem I have had so far is chemo had to be delayed once because of low white blood cell count. I am fortunately not working at the moment. My husband Jeff is incredibly supportive and I dont think I would have made it this far without him. I also have 2 adult children.
    Miss muffet

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  • 30 Jan 2011 - 12:35
    harker's picture

    In the four years I have been accommodating the diagnosis, treatment, recovery, recurrence, collateral damage, relationship changes, financial collapse and changed identity associated with cancer, I have thought a lot about the position I have given food in my life.

    I have some observations to make based on some wide reading and my own experience of cooking, sharing and eating food. So I have asked the question "Why is food so important?" because I want to give my answer. Fair enough? And the topic of 'food' always gets peoples' attention. Doesn't it?

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  • 29 Jan 2011 - 19:57
    SueI's picture

    Had second resection on arm to remove muscle and surrounding tissue. Thankfully no graft or flap required this time. This is our last chance for a clear zone otherwise we are preparing for an amputation. The waiting for results drives a person crazy.

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  • 28 Jan 2011 - 09:36
    vinouche's picture

    hi guys my name is sophie, i am vinouches daughter, i am wondering if anyone knows where i could donate her wig to. she only wore it 3 times so it is still pretty new and also comes with the shampoo and brush so if anyone can help me out that would be much appreciated. thanks sophie.

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  • 24 Jan 2011 - 09:18
    Buckets's picture

    No rant today... I just don't have it in me.

    We did go to Ryde Hospital PALMS pathology on Saturday morning and at about lunch time I got a call from RNS telling me I had to bring mum in to be admitted to Emergency, as her sodium was dangerously low.

    Packed a bag and off we went. Got to RNS emergency about 1.30pm and I'm sad to say, we then sat until they had a bed... 7.50pm.
    It was a very hard slog.... just sitting....
    I left at about 9pm when one of the nurses told me she didn't know when she'd be moved..... I felt bad about leaving her but I couldn't do any more.

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  • 21 Jan 2011 - 16:58
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    Here's the thing.... the RNS gave us pathology forms PALMS.
    They also told us it is better not to do the blood tests on the same day as the chemo.
    There is no PALMS in the Blacktown area, so I rang my GP and arrange an appointment after much stuffing around. They didn't want to do it for legal reasons I don't begin to understand. He isn't my mums GP.
    So today I take my very frail mum to the local GP. He doesn't do the tests but sets up home collection. All good except she has chemo on Monday and I said "oh so they'll come today" and he said "or tomorrow" which is Saturday.

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  • 21 Jan 2011 - 06:32
    harker's picture

    Hi all

    The link below is to a recent article in the Guardian newspaper.


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