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30 Nov 2017 18:48

Well ladies, onwards and upwards as they say. 

Work seems as though I’ve never been away, bought the turkey and pigs in blankets, apart from feeling knackered it’s the usual December groove!

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30 Nov 2017 20:58 in response to rileyroo

Evening ladies 

well I survived the babysitting:-) only 10 hrs today. Both girls on the mend:-) snowing on and off all day so coats on nd in garden back in warm up rpt lol. Reindeers turned out really well - good times. 

Turkey bought rileyroo! Wow I thought i was organised... apparently not lol. Go u. 

Extra babysitting tomorrow ( on top of my usual 3 days) so gonna make cakes:-)

my life seems t have slipped back to my “normal”.

how are @Jbains ‍ and @tigercub ‍ 

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30 Nov 2017 21:05 in response to Sandra123

Hi Sandra .what busy day you had 10 hours babysitting that be too much  me .I had good day .had chemo bus lunch time and had new bedroom carpet fitted so room starting look good .busy day tomorrow . consultant in morning pick 6 year old granddaughter up school and meal at night work colleagues so Saturday must rest .I've not looked outside but mighty cold think we had little snow according what I read on F b .I'm in Essex we don't get much snow usually ..

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30 Nov 2017 21:22 in response to tigercub

Blimey all that on chemo go u girl:-)

i do 3 days babysitting 10 hrs each day. Usually get t daughters 7:30 get girls up breakfast nd dressed. Drop 4 yr old at school so just have 2 yr old till 15:20 when pick 4 yr old back up then both till 17:30. But 4 yr old off school cos poorly bless. 2 yr old starting nursery next wk but on day don’t normally have so will be doing school run with 4 yr old for them. When I retired I said 2 days - it’s just expanded lol.

bet yr room is looking brill - mmm new carpet smell Happy

Enjoy yr works meal- good ol catch up and food yeahhh. 

Take carex

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1 Dec 2017 08:14 in response to tigercub

Love the smell of new carpet!

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1 Dec 2017 12:25 in response to rileyroo

Hi good morning all .had hospital check up 9 30 appointment doc not there so quite wait but she was happy with me bloods good so all set for chemo 3 .scans to be ordered to see if ****** has shrunk .tired now but good day so far 

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1 Dec 2017 12:48 in response to tigercub

We’ll all hope that it is and we are with you whatever. Stay inside and keep warm. It was like an ice rink outside earlier altho I think it is starting to melt. 

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1 Dec 2017 18:30 in response to rileyroo

Evening ladies 

great news on the bloods front tigercub will keep everything crossed for yr scans:-).

1st December so went out nd bought a new tree t replace the one I killed lol. All decks in place (not that I have many lol tree looks lovely. 

Got letter from hospital today nd bone density scan normal recall in 3 yrs-chuffed cos others I spoke with had t have a hosp appt for their results.

enjoy York rileyroo enjoy your u time:-)

jbains glad u r feeling so much better nd got yr Xmas shopping under way:-)

have a great weekend everyone- I’m having a meal in a teepee tomorrow with the family nd the lil ones will see Santa nd we get t feed the reindeer. I am booked in t do something xmassy every sat till Xmas with meals peppered throughout the wk lol. Why we tend t not have turkey Xmas day - we r sick t death of it lol 

take care peeps x

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2 Dec 2017 18:01 in response to Sandra123

Hope everyone has had a good day? 

York was full! Had breakfast at Betty’s, Sandra will understand then commenced battle. Ordered a couple if things and we are going back to pick them up on 22 December. Got one present left to get and that’s a voucher for an eatery here so apart from two small choc bits for the santa sacks, yes, even at 21 and 24 they still have them, I’m done. Got some to wrap, need more paper as usual and cards to write but can do that at home, yea!!! 

Felt shattered when we got back but pulling round now. Now where did I put the tv remote? Only me here tonight, one in London visiting friends and on staying at boyfriends so I have full control of what is on tv, hmmm, if I can just stay awake I might manage to enjoy it!

Enjoy the rest if the day ladies and take care!

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2 Dec 2017 19:09 in response to rileyroo

Eee bet it was chocca block in York bless it’s like someone has finally lit the touch paper of Christmas lol. But.... u have nearly cracked it  on the prezzy front yeahhh. Heck I’m expecting chocolate in my stocking too gotta b done Wink

I have never actually been t Betty’s (obviously need to it’s a rite of passage in York) I have Betty envy lol . 

Been t the teepee today - actually enjoyed it lol . 

Hows the rest of our crew doing @Jbains ‍  and @tigercub ‍ ?

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2 Dec 2017 19:45 in response to Sandra123

Got to go to Betty’s at least once in a lifetime!

The strange thing was the main problem appeared to be tall blokes. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m partial to a tall bloke but when they stop suddenly in the middle of the road and then turn themselves and the rest of their group around and plough back through the crowds, annoying didn’t cover it.  

Been and dug out the christmas cards, trying to work up the enthusiasm to write them, failing miserably currently. Just me, stupid, aka the dog a cup of tea and Strictly, think I’ll keep it this way. 


Hope @Jbains ‍ and @tigercub ‍ are both OK. 

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2 Dec 2017 21:20 in response to rileyroo

I used t send over a hundred cards .... a hundred!?! Only send about 15 now:-). Everyone seems t do a fb status these days. Mind u I’m pleased lol always felt a chore. Lifting letterboxes quietly so they didn’t hear u nd want t chat cos u still had 99 t deliver ha ha- yup I owe FB lol 

It’s most blokes in general bless cos they quite frankly would like t b anywhere other than shopping- the quick turns r probably them trying t escape lol.

You enjoy every min of your u time me dear. Own it and luxuriate in it cos there is always something or someone to come along and shatter the peace lol x

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2 Dec 2017 23:59 in response to Sandra123

Hello ladies. Just came across this now.

Wow you guys are organised! I've got the big bday outta the way this weekend so can concentrate on xmas then.

Shopping centre on a sat in dec - you really are brave! Well done tho and hope you enjoyed the control of the remote. I relish the alone time as it seems to be quite rare these days.

Been busy cooking today as family coming to drop pressies off for daughter tomorrow. Am exhausted but can't go to sleep until she's back home safe and sound. She made me stay up late lastnight as wanted to open her pressies after midnight. They're cab is booked for 2:20am so I know am going to get fatigued as just cannot keep same pace as before.

Liking our new thread. Take it easy ladies and keep warm and well.

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3 Dec 2017 07:59 in response to rileyroo

Hi yes I'm not too bad .bit of emotional time year this year mum passed away February and her birthday Xmas day so am expecting to feel bit urrg.but hopefully getting dad out of his care home for Xmas lunch with us .cos we have only upstairs loo got commode from red cross .have done Xmas cards not really any Xmas shopping can't get any enthusiasm for that .but need be careful spending as sick pay from work will cease soon .

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3 Dec 2017 08:44 in response to tigercub

What a year you’ve had and not in a good way!

I don’t spend a lot on presents but try and find small,quirky things that suit the person I’m buying for. I’ve been lucky as far as sick pay goes, although I’ve

had two spells off neither of them have been very long so I’ve stayed on full pay luckily. 

Good on yer having your dad round, although it means more work for you unless you have a well trained other half? Just be kind to yourself and maybe get some of the food ready prepped so all you have to do is cook it. It’s about celebrating what you have with those that matter not about the amount of food  and how fancy you can make it.

Don’t think we’ll be having xmas lunch on xmas day, both ‘kids’ are going out xmas eve and based on past bitter experience, there is not a lot of point, will do it either boxing day or maybe even the Saturday before. 


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3 Dec 2017 09:17 in response to rileyroo

Hi yes I agree with your post .my other half does all cooking probably why my bloods good cooks from scratch no junk food always have done bit ironic as don't smoke or drink although bit overweight but get bowel n liver cancer .I am on full sick pay which is 28 weeks I think but I will be off lot longer than that  yes it's all about spending time with people you love .

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3 Dec 2017 09:32 in response to rileyroo

Morning peeps


oh no jbains thought u knew we had moved t this thread:-( well let us know how last night went. Feel ya pain mind at 2:30 once home I’d b  face dropping on the bed full clothed t sleep lol. Tell em t help if u start t wain when the family land. U should enjoy too . Love ya daughter waited t open her pressies- makes me smile think of it Happy 

tigercub girl I am in awe of what u do do so anything u haven’t is neither here nor there. Don’t dwell - everyone will b happy to spend time with u. We sometimes forget what the spirit of Christmas is about it’s doing what u r thinking of those we love - try to think of the good memories and smile that u have them:-)

rileyroo god I love the way you kickback nd just accept yr family as they r .. perfect parenting. No where is is it written we must have a huge meal on Xmas day it’s xmas dinner regardless of what we eat. 

Ive said before we don’t have turkey cos we have had so many Xmas meals in the lead up we r sick t the back teeth of it lol. Xmas dinner is whatever u eat at dinner time on Xmas day end of lol x

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3 Dec 2017 11:29 in response to Sandra123
So true. There seem to be too many expectations for xmas these days. I usually get the food on 23rd or early morning 24th. This year just the 4 of us and that's how I like it. My son flies back so can't wait to see him. They all got back safe and sound and paying for it all now - head and very aching body. Nevermind - just cant keep pace as before!

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3 Dec 2017 20:02 in response to Jbains

Well that’s the Christmas trees up, dog has confused himself senseless and crashed out on the couch!

I’ve done the soup for boxing day, now in the freezer, tick.

I wrote my Christmas cards last night, seem to be fewer each year as age and illness diminishes the number of friends and family still here and on that sombre note I’m going to get my stuff ready for tomorrow.

Looks like quite a decent day weather wise, shame I won’t see a lot of it! Take care ladies!




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3 Dec 2017 20:10 in response to rileyroo
Wow I'm impressed! I looked at the xmas cards today and left it at that! Daughter's bday over now so will start on xmas stuff now. Got my induction and registering tomorrow morning for volunteering at hospital. Not straightforward - have to get DBS check first! Yes weather seems ok. Am very tired out so enjoy reat of evening ladies.

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3 Dec 2017 20:53 in response to Jbains

You’ll enjoy getting back into the swing of life again. Dbs checks should come thro pretty quickly this time of year, mine took about 2 weeks and that was this time of year altho a few years ago now, time flies!


Hope your daughter’s birthday was enjoyed by all including you! 

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4 Dec 2017 12:07 in response to rileyroo

Morning peeps 

quick drop in to say have a goodin whatever ya doing Happy x

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4 Dec 2017 13:43 in response to Sandra123

Home now, done four hours today, now tired. Heating on, check, lunch eaten, check dog scrounging, check, yep I’m home!

Enjoy the rest of your day folks!!!

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4 Dec 2017 14:30 in response to rileyroo
Ooh cold out there. Man volunteering is so intense these days! I had recruitment event and we were all being assessed and apparently we were lucky to get this far! Have to wait for email whether I got in or not then 2 training courses. After all this then I can volunteer! Heating on and on sofa with blanket! Not used to commuting early in morning. Enjoy your day ladies.xc

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4 Dec 2017 14:35 in response to Jbains

Blimey things have changed they used t b just happy t have help. 

I too am on the sofa ladies. Got wine book nd Xmas tunes on in background... bliss. 

Enjoy rest of day peeps. X

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4 Dec 2017 17:19 in response to Sandra123
It was intense! Just got the email through and I was successful. Yeah!! Just dbs check and 2 training courses and I should then be able to volunteer. Exhausting! Yes it's cold and a sofa day. Eaten too much cake!

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4 Dec 2017 17:31 in response to Jbains

Yeahhhh well done! Happy

too much cake..... that is a sentence that should just not exist lol. Chuffed for u on both counts Happy x

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4 Dec 2017 17:53 in response to Jbains

Yeasss! Well done! 


You’re too good an opportunity to pass up!

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4 Dec 2017 17:54 in response to Sandra123

Too much cake, wash your mouth out young lady!

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4 Dec 2017 18:25 in response to rileyroo
Thank you my lovelies! Lisa's cupcakes do some very decadent cakes so ordered one for sat. They are nice but lush! I don't eat much and found them very heavy but gorjus!

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4 Dec 2017 18:26 in response to Jbains

Now you’re talking! A bit of what you fancy etc etc

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5 Dec 2017 20:15 in response to rileyroo

Evening ladies 

hope yr day has been a goodin:-) enjoy what’s left of ya evening me dears Happy x

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5 Dec 2017 21:05 in response to Sandra123
Just read the previous 2 posts - my eyesight isn't great as still blurs! It's Lola' s cupcakes. I decided to go xmas shopping all over central London and am so utterly exhausted! Central London is a real task! I think I must've walked 3 miles today! But will pay for this when fatigue hits - I can feel it coming. At least most of it is done on the present front. It's going to get colder again - dint plan on leaving the house now. Needs a clean as well! Hope you're all well and have had a good day.

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6 Dec 2017 11:28 in response to Jbains

Morning peeps. 

Hope u r not too wiped jbains - at least shopping nearly done:-)

my watch reckoned I’d done 20 thousand steps yesterday.... must b picking up my knitting lol 

Babysitting today. Both have runny noses nd hacking cough bless em 

have a goodin ladies xxx

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6 Dec 2017 13:28 in response to Sandra123

Sounds like we’re all almost done with the pressie buying!


Home from work now glad to say. Had a butty,

cuppa waiting and then probably a nap. 

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6 Dec 2017 21:15 in response to rileyroo

Another day completed, how are we all, especially Tigercub? 

Daughter took me out for tea, lovely food just rather a lot of it. Don’t seem to be able to eat as much as I used to which to he honest probably isn’t a bad thing as I could really trough when I got going!

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7 Dec 2017 03:34 in response to rileyroo

Hi .I'm not doing too badly thanks chemo 3 was Tues so that was long tough day and yesterday stay home lots rest .feet hands tingling getting used to that now gets better after few days .got try do bit Xmas shopping but really don't have energy to walk round shops like I used to and can't even be botherd about online.but Xmas is definitely not about gifts this year 

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7 Dec 2017 10:05 in response to tigercub

Morning peeps 

work going ok rileyroo? I used t have naps when snuggly at home before diagnosed lol.

tigercub u do whatever u need to t get through it’s all about u .

jbains how u doing. R u feeling the xmas vibe yet?

im babysitting today so got em breakfast nd ready, school run done, been t docs t hand in letters. Been t pic up my meds. Took lil one t library. Washing folded nd put away new load in.   Finish cuppa then pop in t park then back t daughters t make lunch - keeps u busy like lol. Only putting cream on boob once a day now as colour starting to go back t normal. Only get the odd stabby pain now if I over stretch for something. Still not getting tired so....... yeahhhh lol x

enjoy the rest of yr day ladies x

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7 Dec 2017 10:09 in response to rileyroo
Morning ladies. Stay warm as it's getting colder! Yep rileyroo definitely true - I cannot eat as much as before either. Still can't eat meat or fish. Still loving cake so not bad at all! A little wiped out - fatigue hit about 5pm yesterday so up to bed by 8pm. Still feeling it so taking it easy. Got my online courses to complete for volunteering. Gotta get my butt to the gym. One day soon. Definitely xmas isn't about the presents. I only bought for my hubby and kids. We have a rule on in-laws side that we only buy for under 18's and normally just give choices or biscuits. I cannot sometimes believe all that's happened this year - what a journey. Let's hope mammo on mon is all good. That's where it all started last year. Have a good day ladies coz we rock!!

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7 Dec 2017 11:20 in response to Jbains

I know jbains - it’s unreal - only 4 mths for me but feel the same. 

We only buy close family too nd for grown up of which I buy for 2 daughters nd partners we have a £25 limit. Considering at work before I left they wanted £20 on bran tub - I refused nd dropped out told them I spend not much more  on family . Fair bit more on grandkids tho lol 

Am I right in thinking u had more than 15 RT sessions jbains. It’s seems to have really knocked u for 6 bless. Mind u it also could depend on the strength of yr sessions too . 

Was just talking t someone I know in the school yard nd she had lung cancer 20 yrs ago she said she had t stop the chemo after 3 session cos was too much for her. She was saying the treatment had “knackered” her bones nd joints :-0  but hey 20 yrs nd she is still here nd clear. To me.... that’s totes worth it:-)

sending virtual hugs nd as much energy as words can send. 

Take care me dears x 


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7 Dec 2017 11:31 in response to Sandra123
Hey I had 20 - 15 proper ones and 5 as a "top up". They increased strength and duration of each treatment about after 10 sessions. Yep sure has been life changing but am here walking and talking. Am a bit scared and apprehensive about mon but am going to think only positively. It is such a horrible day out today - cold wind and rain. I hate rain. Are work people being empathetic since your return rileyroo? Wow Sandra you're doing a full time job there! Am tired just reading it. So so glad you are doing so well. Tigercub - one more chemo done. Hurray! I know it's rough but you're one step further. I know there's a long road ahead but you are going in forward direction. Take it easy. I'm watching Real Housewives of N.Y. city. Wow. That's all I'll say (and that is said sarcastically). Funny how people worry and stress about the silliest and smallest things. Wow....

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7 Dec 2017 13:35 in response to Jbains

They’re being blokes generally. I’m upright and talking, therefore OK! Luckily the grils in the office are being really good !

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7 Dec 2017 15:16 in response to Jbains

Hi glad your doing well done quite bit today so quite tired now .so resting feet up watching any rubbish TV .4 the chemo is 27th Dec and full body scan 15th Jan to see if tumors have shrunk enough for surgery so will be bit anxious to know if works but have wait for results to go from my local hospital to be sent then they each have MDT meeting s so there getting a move on now hope everyone have good day 

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7 Dec 2017 18:00 in response to rileyroo

Hi there rillyroo ... was getting bit worried not seen you posting ... come on here to see how your all doing and at least know your all holding on in there ... , and can't believe how lovely you all are ... had to chuckle at some of these postsites... keep telling newbees to look on here ... if any one can help them through its you ladies ... 

Bet that cancer doesn't realise just what it's taken on with us lot lol ... so keep on, keeping on... sending you all a mahosive hug .... chrisie  ❤  xx 

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7 Dec 2017 18:06 in response to Jbains

Hi yes we all used stress over small things I'm sure .now I just think never mind .my feet hurt last week must be this long road doc tells me I got travel he he 

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7 Dec 2017 18:40 in response to tigercub

Nice gentle foot rub required, maybe more of a stroke to soothe the tootsies?

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7 Dec 2017 18:45 in response to rileyroo

Yes got keep using e45 been advised by nurse get cream contain 10% urea have buy that not everything free .

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7 Dec 2017 19:15 in response to tigercub

Get it on prescription?

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7 Dec 2017 20:11 in response to rileyroo

Yes I can try .had forgotten about that but few things lately I haven't been able to get from docs think there cutting back 

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7 Dec 2017 20:32 in response to tigercub

Have you not got your exemption certificate? Won’t cost them anything with that?