Firstly a heartfelt thankyou for all the kind and caring messages on my bowel cancer diagnosis post. This really is the most wonderful community.
As of today I am halfway through round two of my chemotherapy , there are four in total.
How am I coping, well that really does depend on the day as it a bit of a roller coaster ride with many ups and downs. As much as I thought I was prepared for the treatment having read all the information given to me nothing really prepares you for the physical and mental challenges that you experience.
That said I know my journey is easier than many as I was relatively fit and healthy and my cycles are also shorter , each is fourteen days followed by a seven day break. I have IV chemo on day one and take seven chemo tablets daily.
I am viewing this as one of life’s annoying challenges and a means to end with a deadline in sight.
I have an amazing medical team to whom I am forever grateful as well as the love and support of many dear friends and of course my family.
On my last week off I caught up with close friends and enjoyed an MG car club early morning run in John’s 1953 MG TD ( forgot the photos too busy talking). I also enjoyed an extremely belated Christmas dinner with my work colleagues . It really did feel so good to put on my make up and dress up again.
Our planned trip to Europe has now been rebooked for mid September . It took quite a lot of reshuffling but was achieved without too much added cost.
We also changed our original route and now travel from Paris to the Loire Valley then Provence and the Cote dÁzur , then re-visiting Spain and Portugal.
I am rather pleased with our revised itinerary and will enjoy researching and planning what to see and do over the coming months.
We will finish the trip with a few days in London in early November followed by two weeks in Paris before we fly home . The bonus to this is that I will now turn 70 in Paris , my favourite city.
To say I am so looking forward to the trip is an understatement.
As I am not back into the swing of taking blog photos I will add this one taken on my 65th. birthday , also in Paris, in 2018.