Discovering yet another lump in my right armpit in September was not what I wanted to find. A 3rd cancer in 18 months would just be so unfair!!!! Did this mean the Tamoxifen isn’t working? What’s the next treatment option? If it’s come back so quickly, has is spread? Derby turned up trumps yet again. A speedy appointment with a consultant whose name I can’t remember but a dead ringer for the Rev Richard Coles. CT contrast scan booked. I was dreading it after the last one (5 failed attempts at inserting a canula and then the vein collapsing mid-scan and contrast dye pumped into surrounding tissue). So this time I stuck to my guns and refused to let anyone one other than an expert attempt to canulate me. It worked. A handsome young doctor found an elusive vein at the first attempt and all went smoothly.
The next 8 days were a long, nail-biting, painful wait for the results. Interspersed with the church Harvest Festival Lunch and a visit from Joy and Steve (thank you Dottie for lunch ingredients – artisan prize winning Cumberland sausage and black pudding), and Lucille and Andrew bearing practical gifts for me and the dogs. Thank you all!
Thursday 12th. An anxious wait in Specialist Outpatients with Jo. Feeling slightly sick. And twitchy. The most interesting thing to read in the waiting room was a W.I. magazine article entitled ‘Extreme Knitting’ – I kid you not. Made me and Jo chuckle anyway. Have never felt so pessimistic about a diagnosis. So it was totally amazing and unexpected to hear that the lump in my armpit ….. is just a lump! They don’t know what it is. But it’s not cancer. So no-one gives a diddly-squat. But even better …. the 3 inoperable tumours in my right shoulder have shrunk. How good is that??? I heaved a huge sigh of relief. Jo cried. Danny gave me the biggest hug ever. Alex’s reaction was a little more reserved but that’s just Alex (I know he cares a lot). And a bear hug from James.
I slept well that night, accompanied by a large glass of Jammy Red Roo, an extremely licky Baldrick, and a snoring Coco.
Friday 13th proved to be anything but unlucky. Jo’s book was ‘revealed’ at long last. Lots of jumping up and down with excitement. I am NOT going to read the first chapter (although sorely tempted) but will wait until I get my hands on the published hardback next year. There’s lots of interest out there ….. Please share with your friends and contacts. Wouldn’t it be amazing if this becomes a world-wide best seller? Click on the link below.
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It’s been a weird year for fruit, flowers and veg. The Christmas cactus is already in full bloom. There are loads of different types of mushroom in the fields – I was tempted to pick and cook this one but decided against it. And the tomatoes have aquired some interesting shapes ……..