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And it could get worse!
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My oncologist has referred me to the dermatology department. I was told if I don't hear anything by 2 weeks, let them know. Two weeks were up yesterday and guess what!! Still no appointment. But I got an appointment through with the lymphoedema nurse - WHAT!! Rang the number to query it and they told me my oncologist had referred me!! Talked to her secretary and she can't find any reference of a lymphoedema appointment (I don't have&n...

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Back to basics step 6
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Before leaving the back to basics set of blogs I want to continue the theme from last week when I focussed on protein and take a look at Protein powders. Why would someone want to use them, which are available to buy and how they can be used.
Since that time my knowledge has increased as I have managed to do more research on the topic which has been useful.
First of all why would someone want to use protein powders?
Well if you recall protein is absolut...

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Would you like to share your blog?
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Maggie's PR team is looking for inspirational female cancer bloggers who have their own blog, of all ages with diverse blogging themes who would be happy to be interviewed for a possible national newspaper magazine feature. This would be a chance to promote your blog and also reference the support received from Maggie’s. If you would be interested or want to know more please message me and I will put you in touch with our lovely pr team ( The deadlin...

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Prostate Cancer Awareness Month...
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March is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month….Only men have a prostate gland, but for something about the size of a walnut, it can cause a few problems. My father often says he thinks he has a ‘dicky prostrate’…as like many men of a certain age, he could re-write War and Peace, and re-wire the house in the time it takes him to pee. Fortunately, his GP has checked him out, and all is well….but it is a concern as men get older. (...

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the way of liver cancer treatment
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Although I have more than 15 years history of hepatitis B, but my family is happiness and my children are lovely and heathly. But unfortunately, I was diagnosed with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and surgical removal of the left liver in October,2013. Then I has been insisting interventional chemotherapy. But bad luck come again, the end of February,my doctor told me that the illness relapse and the lesions is huge numbers on a large area of the right liv...

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Today Monday 3rd march
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Not everyone in my family was happy about my getting a puppy, but once I saw him I had to have him, I spend a lot of time alone when I cannot sleep at night and to have this sweet little dog cuddled up beside me has been a treat. He is only 8 weeks old we have called him Bailey and he is a golden retriever. I have a lot of support from the family and they all help with him, main worry was infection and my forth coming operation, believe we will deal with t...

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Almost a year on...
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My mind is on rewind - this time last year, this time last year, this time last...
Well then there was hope, the hope that he was responding to the drugs, the hope the chemo was going to do the trick, the hope life would be a little easier when he came out of hospital....and in the end there was no hope.
So Sunday 9th March will be a year since the worst day of my life and where am I now???  Been through our first anniversary which was Valentines Da...

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Prostate cancer research
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Have you been affected by prostate cancer? Are you currently taking androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) ?   Examples of anti androgens include: flutamide (Drogenil) ,Enzalutamide (Xtandi). Would you like to help prostate cancer research?
What is the purpose of the research? This research is taking place because a number of men have reported experiencing some specific memory problems and difficulties in certain kinds of decision-making that they b...

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The Time is Now
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"In the middle of the journey of our life, I came to myself, in a dark wood where the direct way was lost...........but when I reached the foot of a hill, where the valley that had pierced my heart with fear came to an end, I looked up and saw its shoulders brightened with the rays of that sun that leads men rightly on every road"
Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321),
Dante's words speak so eloquently to me of a journey where we can so easily lose ourselves fro...

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More Problems
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Yesterday (4th March) I had an appointment with Oncology. I was hoping I would be signed off, but I've been having problems with itching, and a rash on my legs. My GP has been treating me with a double dose of anti histamine (a different one to my usual one) some Betnovate steroid ointment, and Flucloxacillin anti biotics. However, I am still itching and the rash has only improved slightly. So the Oncologist has referred ...

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PET scan results
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I received the results of my PET scan today. I thought I had that scan to identify where the cancer is present today, so after the chemo zaps the lymph lumps my Oncologist can be precise with the radiotherapy (RT). This is only part of the story. The scan also showed that the cancer has probably spread to one of my ribs and into my vertebrae. Not good.
More tests are needed before we have a clearer picture of what we are dealing with. My co...

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Back to Basics step 4
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Continuing with the theme that I have called ‘Back to Basics’, I want to look at step 4. The use of whole grains in the diet, also known as Complex Carbohydrates.
For those of you who have been following the blogs you will know that so far we have already covered steps 1,2 and 3;
Step 1 was addressing the quantity of fresh vegetables and fruits in the diet and it was recommended that at least 50% of your daily food intake came from fresh frui...

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Back to Basics step 3 continued
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I am sure that for those who are interested in food and nutrition that the subject of sugar and the amount used in processed foods is the hot topic of discussion at the moment. I have put a few messages on the website about recent programmes and articles on this subject. Step 4 in the Back to Basics is looking at sugar and is our next step after step 1 on fruits and vegetables in the diet and step 2 looking at the type and amount of fat in your diet (...

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Gynaecological cancer research
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Hello
Maggie’s is delighted to let you know about some research by Aleksandra Soboto , a Phd  Health psychology  student , into  fertility issues following treatment for gynaecological issues.
If you have been diagnosed with any type of gynaecological cancer between the ages of  18 and 45 and are no longer receiving active  treatment, then you may be interested in taking part in this research. 
You can read details fr...

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1st Chemo session 7/3/14
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Just returned from my 1st chemo session (TAC). The first issue was my nurse hit a valve in my vein, so it took about 5 mins to insert the cannula during which time I went into shock. I felt really sick and BP went down to 70 over 50. Big surprise there. I was ok after half an hour and treatment started.
First a saline flush to keep the vein open, then the pre-med then 3 treatments interspersed by saline flushes. The only discomfort I felt, was i...

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Skeleton Woman
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I am not sure whether you have heard the story of Skeleton Woman, an old Inuit legend? The tale tells of a young woman, thrown off a cliff into the sea by her father for a reason that was lost in the mists of time. She plummeted to the bottom of the sea bed, to lie there as a skeleton being turned over and over by the tides.
Many long years passed and a fisherman came into the bay, looking for the tastiest fish. No-one else fished there because it was wid...

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Ovarian cancer awareness month
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You may have noticed that March is Ovarian cancer awareness month
Each year in the UK there are approximately 7,000 cases of ovarian cancer.  That’s roughly 135 women  a week being told they have ovarian cancer.
Many women are unsure of the symptoms of ovarian cancer and there has historically been publicity about its silent nature and only being diagnosed in late stages … however  different organisations have now joined toget...

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One year and One day later..
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Thats it the first year over... Doug will remain firmly in 2013 for ever more but I will continue to move forward, sobering thought isnt it!
Yesterday I had a very peaceful day, I chose to see no one and spend the day remembering alone - it was the best thing I could have done.  No one around me asking if I was ok (I was), no one trying to cheer me up by reminding me of better times (did this myself) and no one around to hide the tears from.
I went ...

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getting fit.
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Feeling good, now been told got to lose weight,so far lost half stone just by watching the amount I eat, I gave up chocolate for lent that will help towards it and have taken up extra walking and getting fit for a charity walk for cancer in my home town in wantage in April, my husband and children have been doing it since it started this is its 3rd year, Hopefully it will be a dry day and will be fun.
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2nd time chemo
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Hi, Im facing chemo for the second time, first was in 2005. I have secondary breast cancer in my bones.Somedays I`m in a lot of pain, somtimes its easier.I would love to share with anyone who is going through similar.
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Chemo
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I was disgnose with a very form of cancer, only 60 cases ever.  Its called Rete testi carcinoma so no real president set with treatment.  I had my left testicle removed already and now they know it was malignant I was given 3 options.  1. do nothing with regular checks.  2. Chemo   3. remove the lymph nodes down below.   Im siding with Chemo,  he mentioned 2-3 times should be enough.  Can anyone advise on what to exp...

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Back to Basics step 5
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Step 5
As so on to step 5 the final step in the basic outline of what make up a good healthy eating programme. It is worth remembering as we come to the last of our steps that research tells us that if we can eat as well as we can while we have cancer that the prognosis is general better, people tend to cope with treatment better, seem to have fewer side effects and seem to recover more quickly. All very strong reasons to try and eat well.
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Widows brain
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Onto the bits no one tells you about!  When I first went to see my counsellor 8 weeks after Doug died, I distinctly remember her telling me that I was not to worry I did not have early onset Alzheimers or Parkinsons disease. I have to confess I had no idea what she was talking about at the time and just put it down to her trying to reassure me in some weird way....well now I know!!
Widows brain has been kicking in for a while, I forget everything and...

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Nutrition - Step 2 continued
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The practical side of fats. Step 2 continued
 
Following on from last week I want to look at how we can include the essential fats particularly omega 3 in our day to day diets. We know which foods they are found in and we all need some fresh approaches at times.
 


When you shop always make sure that you buy oils in glass bottles as plastic is made of chemicals and these chemicals migrate into the plastic. For example PCB’S which hav...

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Start
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Well life in the rain continues, nothing of note happening but have to start sometime.
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