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  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @peter63

    Hi Peter,

    That sounds delightful, how lovely to have a place to go to that brings you peace, and good thoughts. Were you there at the weekend? When we see the last of these storms, Spring hopefully will be just around the corner.

    I hope your meeting with the therapist is good this week for you.

    Lou x

  • peter63peter63 Posts: 50 ✭✭✭

    Hi Sunshinedaff,

    We opened up yesterday, the weather has been pretty good, sunshine but chilly at night.

    Since my diagnosis just over three years ago our holiday home really is our sanctuary. Away from the hospital and treatments for a while.

    Best wishes and kind regards, Peter xxxx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Sunshinedaff

    Hi Lou

    Love your photos. Falmouth looks great and the Hotel is really gracious.

    Haha, yes, you really did have to buy some Cornish pasties. I bet they have gone by now - and the fudge.😛

    Your drive home sounds awful - I am relieved to hear that you that you made it safely. xx

    My youngest sister popped over on Friday and stayed four nights. We had a lovely time and the weather was quite kind too. She lives in Birmingham and flew Flybe, also know locally as "Maybe". It is looking as if they will go out of business soon which will be quite a problem as they are one of the biggest carriers to Jersey.

    @peter63

    Hi Peter

    I am delighted to hear that you are smiling. No wonder if you have a hideaway on the East Coast. It sounds lovely.

    Good news about your relationship with your therapist too - I see mine on Friday. We still get together once a month and she tells me what a good chap I am, 😂 so I always come away feeling positive.

    Rob

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭

    This is what made me smile today...

    I mentioned before that I have been compiling our family tree, been doing it for about 6 yrs since my mum died. I started out by registering on a couple of websites, searching as much as I could without paying anything. I got as far as I could, then found I needed more information so signed up to access more records in detail. I remember finding some details but not sure if they were connected to me so I sent an email to this person to ask.

    This was over 5 years ago, I didn't hear anything, until today! Out of the blue I received an email from this person, who had originally meant to reply all those years ago! Haha, lol, that made me laugh. Turns out we are related, I am looking forward to catching up with them, comparing notes about our family trees. It might sound boring to some, I am sure, but to me it is really exciting. I just love researching personal history.

    Hi Rob, that's lovely for you to have your sister visiting for a few days, glad the weather was good for you too. We had rain all day today, cold rain too 🌧️. I hope you enjoyed your time together. The pasty's are gone, as is the fudge!! oink!haha😁

    Lou xx

  • NanaBubblesNanaBubbles Posts: 166 ✭✭✭

    @Sunshinedaff

    I have just seen your photos from Falmouth and know exactly where you were! Falmouth is a great place although it can be very quiet in the winter (my parents lived in a village very close by). The University has gone from strength to strength and now has an excellent reputation so wishing good fortune with getting an offer. It is a long drive though - a good 5 hours from us in north Oxfordshire! We used to get to Exeter and think oh good we are nearly there - then you realise there is another 100 miles to go!!

    For your next visit, you may have seen a fish and chip shop on the high street with a raised patio extension to the side of it? They do the best fish and chips there!

    Love

    Michele x

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @NanaBubbles

    Hi Michele,

    Ahhh, really!! Haha! Yes it was lovely, had a peaceful feel about it. We walked into town from the hotel, had coffee, bought fudge, walking back stopped at that chippy for chips to tide us over til dinner! Lol! They were celebrating a special anniversary that weekend and had reduced prices back to the year they started. But of course we were there thurs, but they were great! You really can't walk past a fish and chip shop in a seaside town and not get any can you? That's just rude! 😂😂.

    Interview was successful, and an offer was made! We visited Penryn too, all one road of it, a friend lives there who also goes to Penryn Campus.

    It is a very long way down! We stopped at the main Cornwall services, but by then we were quite close relatively speaking haha 😄

    Hope you enjoy the last few days of your stay,

    Lou xx

  • NanaBubblesNanaBubbles Posts: 166 ✭✭✭

    @Sunshinedaff

    Hi again Lou

    Congrats on the offer! That’s great. There isn’t much at Penryn but a lot of boat chandlers etc but there are lots of good places to visit all around - NT at Glendurgan and Trelissick which is just by the King Harry Ferry, Trebah Gardens are beautiful and Truro is quite an interesting place with quite a lot going on there.

    Michele xx

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @NanaBubbles

    Hi Michele,

    Thought I would reply here to your last post.

    How are you doing since the latest immunotherapy session?

    It is a very chaotic time at the moment isn't it. When I had to drop my daughter at work yesterday morning, the roads were deserted, it felt very strange. She is still working, in a shop, but they have introduced measures to try and ensure the health of staff etc.

    How are your family doing?

    We are meant to be visiting Cardiff uni again on Friday, I am not sure if that will be cancelled yet.

    I found myself yesterday morning watching a recording of a Christmas choir, with Hugh Bonneville taking part. It was incredible, so moving and filled with peace and hope. It came across my path unexpectedly as these things often do. They told the story of Horatio Spafford, he wrote hymns, and the story behind one of them. It was amazing, made me smile and cry.

    I hope you are having a peaceful weekend,

    😊

    Lou xx

  • NanaBubblesNanaBubbles Posts: 166 ✭✭✭

    @Sunshinedaff

    Hi Lou

    Lovely to hear from you and hope that your antibiotics are still working to help you feel better.

    My immunotherapy went well thanks, and was able to tolerate the infusion at a slightly quicker rate than previously with no ‘funny turns’ as I have had before. I go to the Horton hospital at Banbury and they have locked down the cancer treatment centre - locked doors, no accompanying visitors etc, and a lot of questions before they will let you in. This is now the protocol for the Oxford hospitals apparently - scary but comforting that they are taking it seriously. Actually, in some ways it was good because the patients were chatting to each other rather than accompanying people. I was sitting next to a lady with breast cancer and we were exchanging experiences and suggestions for self-help. I have been a bit wobbly and dizzy this weekend but not too bad, just taking life very quietly.

    My Oncology Nurse Specialist, Liz, told me to make sure I self-isolate as much as I possibly can with little or no social contact. Joy!! My husband, Geoff, is coming up for 71 so that goes for him too but he is very active normally so it’s not good for him. However, our action plan is to go through the house and tackle all the jobs, big and small, that we have been putting off. My job for today is to go through packets of old photographs and get rid of the over-exposed, out of focus etc that are taking up space! While doing that I am hoping to find some photos of my daughter’s wedding as she has asked me to try and sell her wedding dress for her which I have here. It is clean and boxed but somewhat creased and I could do with headless photos of her wearing the dress.

    After all the alarm and self-isolating for daughter and family, her Coronavirus test came back negative much to everybody’s surprise as she had all the symptoms and colleagues tested positive! She was supposed to go back for a second test but this will not happen now so she is back to work tomorrow.

    Your Christmas choir recording sounds lovely! I do believe that sometimes things are put in our way to find when we need them. I don’t know anything about Horacio Stafford so will look him up - I rarely go to church these days but I do love to sing hymns and carols and some of them I find very comforting.

    Good luck for Friday at Cardiff, assuming you go that it is and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend.

    Love

    Michel xx

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Thought I would share this nugget of humour with you all.

    It was sent to me yesterday, I found it so funny.

    😂😂

    Lou x

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Sunshinedaff @NanaBubbles

    Oh Lou

    That is funny. It is good that we can still laugh about it. Thanks for posting.

    Hi Michele

    Oh no. After everything she and her family have been through, your daughter didn’t actually have Coronavirus. In some ways, she might have wished she had as she might have been immune by now. I am sorry to hear that you have been a bit wobbly and I hope that you are feeling better now. I trust that you and Geoff get through the next few months Ok,

    At 74, I was looking forward to spending the next three months in blissful isolation, writing and playing music and chilling whilst Mary does all the shopping and cooking. Strangely enough, she has very different ideas and like you Michele, she has identified lots of things for me to do around the house during this period of isolation. We think that it is probably safe to go for walks along quiet lanes and empty beaches though we are sad that we will have to avoid our favourite little cafés and restaurants. Goodness knows what damage this virus will do to people who have worked hard and built up little businesses and my heart goes out to them.

    Rob x

  • SunshinedaffSunshinedaff Posts: 1,446 ✭✭✭✭✭

    Good evening,

    So much changes within 24 hrs these days doesn't it. We are all having to be vigilant with keeping ourselves and vulnerable loved ones safe from illness as much as possible.

    It is heartwarming to see so much goodwill and kindness in the midst of the panic buying that has been occurring. Here where I live, someone has designed a postcard with details on that can be posted through neighbours doors for them to contact if they are self-isolating and require help. Another company has printed off thousands of these for those who don't have access to a printer at home. One one hand we see fighting over toilet rolls, and on the other we see things like this. I checked on my own elderly neighbours today and there they are worrying about me! Bless them. Between us, we will look out for each other. I am sure many of you can tell your own stories of acts of kindness and generosity too.

    On another funny note I saw this today, it made me chuckle. It's good to laugh.😁

    Lou xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Sunshinedaff

    Hi Lou

    How lovely to hear about the kindness and generosity in your neighbourhood.

    I had just been wondering whatever happened to common decency. The greed and lack of concern for the weak, the poor, the elderly and the sick is quite upsetting. You have cheered me up.

    Rob xx

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Sunshinedaff

    By the way,

    Love the pic. Haha🤣🤣

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Sunshinedaff @jacksprat_x1

    Good evening lovely friends.

    I am using the enforced isolation writing some new songs. I have two so far

    I Left My Heart in Hartlepool, and Aching All Over. The latter is particularly appropriate at the moment. 🤣🤣

    Rob xx

  • peter63peter63 Posts: 50 ✭✭✭

    What's made me smile today.

    Despite everything that's happening in the world at present, my darling wife Linda and myself had a little dance in our living room today. We then a lovely little hug and told each other how much we love each other.


    Sweet moments are so important at present, stay safe everyone, big virtual hugs and kisses to everyone

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @peter63

    Hi Peter

    Wow, we did just the same. Aren't we lucky to have that.

    Stay safe everybody

    Rob x

  • LesleyLesley Posts: 155 ✭✭✭


    What made me smile today? Lou and Rob! So funny, supportive and uplifting friends! Always ready to give gentle support, never judgmental, and very loyal, Really appreciate you two! Hope you realise how special you are! Always put everyone else first, Thank you for being there! 😚

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @Lesley

    Dear Lesley

    That's really lovely to hear. Thank you so much.

    You are very special too and your presence, sense of fun and support have lifted me when I have needed it most.We will always be friends. x

    The Corona virus has added an extra burden to our Community members who are already fighting cancer and the emotional issues which go with it. We could have done without it but together I know we will get through and we will do it with a collective smile and hugs. 😁🤗

    Love you all. Keep in touch.

    Rob xx

  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 850 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited March 2020

    @Lesley @RobertA

    Good morning special friends,

    Lesley, thank you so much for your beautiful words, it means so much! I do believe the one thing that cancer has not been able to do is stop our ability to make new friends, and when those friends emerge out of going through dark times such as cancer it is even more special. I know there are others here too who I have had the privilege of getting to know in a deeper way, developing friendships that will stay. You all know who you are!xx

    I am so thankful our paths have met and one day, truly, we will sit together to share a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.

    Love you all! ❤️😁

    Lou xx

    (and of course from sunshinedaff!😁)

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