Sorry for the writing across the video but it was 80 mb and this was the only way I could get it smaller
Wednesday, 20 February 2008
Yes you read correctly - I was told today that I am in remission. How excited am I?!?!? The other piece of brilliant news was that I spoke to the nurse patient educator and Kerry about long term survival and they both said that the longer I survive post transplant the less likely it is that the cancer will come back. Apparently most people that don't make it, don't make it early on. So not only am I in remission but there is a good chance I will stay in remission. I feel like the luckiest person on earth!!
I am now back from my holiday at the health retreat. Oh it was heaven. Julian came with me and we spent 5 nights there. It was absolutely fantastic. I was a little skeptical about the food prior to going however there was no cause for concern. The food was primarily vegetarian however there was one fish dish and one chicken dish. The food was all incredibly healthy and we loved it. We even survived the week without caffeine (yes no Coke for me!!) and sugar (yes no chocolate!). There were lots of fun activities like a flying fox, massage, mud baths, yoga, meditation and so on. The photo of me all wrapped up is when I had a salt scrub and a mud wrap - I was in heaven!! They also had personal development sessions which were all talking about being present in the now rather than wasting time dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. It could not have been more suited to what I needed. I had had a very negative attitude about my long term survival before going. I have come back with a totally different attitude. I have accepted that there is a reasonable chance the cancer will come back but if / when it does I am determined that I will fight it and survive. I am now living in the present and not worrying about the future. I realise how lucky I am to be alive and to be surrounded by the most wonderful family and friends. My life is so full of love and happiness and I am just grateful for that and making the most of it.
The kids stayed with mum and dad whilst I was away. They had a great time with them. It was so great to see them again when I got back. They both gave me the biggest cuddles ever.
The video below is of Arielle being a monkey!
This will be added soon - currently having technical difficulties!
On the weekend we had Ben and Rebecca's engagement party. Nunna, Johnny, Alice, Rita, Pauline, Cathy, Andrew, Jerry, Nathalie, Carmen and Joe all came up from Sydney for it. We had the most wonderful weekend together. Saturday night was heaps of fun. I had a few drinks for the first time in ages and really let loose. Most guests got a little happy and we all had a tonne of fun. I am sure Julian must have wondered what on earth he has got himself in for going out with me!! (Only kidding, he assures me he still loves me even after the weekend!)