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Hi Bibi,

 

I am not up to speed on travel insurance, hopefully you will get some clarification from others. How is your decorating coming along? Have you done any good walks? 

 

I have checked out the live screening and there is a local theatre which does this. I am taking my friend to see the Alan Bennett play, a little thank you gift for supporting me through chemo. I am on season two of Hinterland and this is helping me switch off a busy mind and relax. 

 

I am looking forward to the weekend as this week I have had quite a few appointments.  

 

Awww, I hope your doggy's surgery goes well. x 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi Anxious

Loved Unforgotten and Hinterland - like cop dramas,

Been looking at travel insurance again and think I will be alright with EHIC for medical bit in Europe and my bank insurance covers the travel bit just got an exclusion on breast cancer. Do you think I’m right? 

Our poor doggy has to have an eye op next week 🙁 so will be having a few quiet days while she is convalescing and we recover from vet bill 😲

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Good morning everyone,

 

GreenDamsel, I hope you're continuing to enjoy your sunny holiday, the dark nights are creeping in here and I guess more so in Scotland. 

 

Oh Bibi, that is interesting to learn regarding plays that are shown in London and how us northerners can access them.  I will check this out. I just read a review of the play - sounds good. 

 

I have been been kicking leaves and enjoying being outdoors.This weekend binge watched the ITV drama Unforgotten with a friend which we both really enjoyed. Anyone else an Unforgotten fan? I read that there is a new series coming out next year. 

 

I am also watching Hinterland and  really enjoying seeing the mid Wales landscape. 

 

This Thursday I have physio to check progress and next week my review with the radiotherapy onc and herceptin number 14.........x x

 

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Sun and a pool sound very relaxing Green Damsel - enjoy !🌞🏊🏻‍♀️

Will look at those insurance ompanies thanks and see what they can do for me. 

It was a play called Allelujah - about the NHS - very topical and very good - it was the live streaming they do at cinemas which is great if you don’t live in London - get to see some good stuff.

Have a good week everyone 

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Hello ladies, 

 

greetings from Dubai, it’s 30 degrees and sunny which is lovely.  I’ve been swimming and using the hotel gym each day and I feel great.  Tummy is still a little tight after surgery and I notice that when swimming but other than that no issues.  I’m using factor 50 and keeping radiated bits covered but sunshine is a boost, I reckon it is all that vitamin D we don’t see in Scotland very often at this time of year.  My new short hair is a bonus in the heat and dries super quick coming out of the pool. Also feeling rather good with my new flat tummy in a swim suit Smiley Happy

 

re travel insurance I got a year world wide cover from Aviva for about £150, Enable Insurance were also about the same and that’s declaring the cancer treatment etc.  We used to pay a bit less than that for both of us for a year  but hubby has his insurance through his work now so it’s not that big an increase, which surprised me.

 

well done on the decorating, feels good to do normal things doesn’t it and no appointments is very liberating.

 

have a good weekend it sounds as if everyone is doing welll and recovering from treatment and looking to the future. 

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Good morning everyone,

 

Bibi - it is lovely to hear from you. I am pleased to hear your recovery is going in the right direction. I get you when you say you're enjoying not having to attend hospital appointments. 

 

I ended up up buying my mum a hi gear down jacket, she loves it, keeping her nice and warm. I have only just discovered hi gear kit, I would say very reasonably priced and reasonable quality. 

 

I too too have been catching up with family and friends. 

 

My skin is recovering really well, I am taking daily vitamin C supplements to help the healing. I am getting my flu jab done next week as I have told my immune system will still be compromised. 

 

Which Alan Bennett play are you seeing?  x

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Hi everyone- hope your holiday is a real rest and recuperation for you Green Damsel - have a great time.

Hope you managed to find a jacket for this weather Anxious.

Im still feeling good, skin is almost back to normal , didn’t have any effects from last Herceptin so keeping 🤞that continues. I have rejoined my gym and am really looking forward to getting back to yoga and swimming regularly 😊

Just enjoying having no regular hospital appointments and spending time with friends- have booked a little trip to Edinburgh with one of my daughters so I’m excited about that. 

My bank travel insurance won’t cover me for anything related to breast cancer so I’m going to look for another policy - did you find a good one Green Damsel? I figure since I’m on Letrozole if I did have any problems with bones they would say it was related to that, and if I had a heart problem they would say it was the Herceptin so I’m just going to look for a different insurer. 

Been decorating the bedroom - felt the need for a fresh start so starting there- just going to put all stuff back in this afternoon and then off to see the Alan Bennett play on at cinemas today with some friends. 

Have a good day everyone xx

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Good morning everyone,

 

GreenDamsel, the weather is definitely turning, cooler and wetter so a perfect time for a well deserved sunshine break. 🌴🐚🌞🍉🌅🕶

 

Today,  after my heart scan I am planning to head off to GoOutdoors to check out jackets, fleeces etc. That time of year in Britain has arrived. Smiley Happy☔️☔️☔️☔️

 

Hopefully there will will be no delays at the hospital.......x

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi Anxious, 

 

Well as I thought I am about to start 6 cycles of capecitabine, so before that kicks off I am squeezing in a holiday.  My skin is normal according to oncologist and as long as I use protection and cover up I’ll be ok in the sun.  I tend not to be out in the sun for long but like to read in the shade and swim now and again.  So flights are booked and this time next week I’ll be in the air. 😁☀️✈️

 

I may look up those australian series you mentioned and load a few episodes to watch while I’m away too.

 

Hope the herceptin doesn’t have too many side effects, from ladies I spoke to at rads sessions it seemed to vary from each person.  I feel fortunate that I had very few chemo s/e and the same with rads and fingers crossed the tablet chemo goes the same and it’s something I can manage and still do normal things. 

 

Hoping for a good weekend for everyone.

 

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Good morning everyone

 

GreenDamsel, I hope today goes okay for you.

 

I may have to check out Outlander as the days become shorter although I am enjoying the many twist and turns of The Cry and I am also watching Informer and Autum watch. I love it when the landscape is inspiring whilst watching a good drama, I think that is why I enjoyed Keeping Faith and apparently I have read that Hinterland captures the raw Welsh landscape although I haven't watched this. 

 

I am having herceptin number 13 today, I feel very lucky that these are done without having to go into hospital although Friday I have a hospital appointment for my heart monitoring scan which is done due to the herceptin.

 

I hope everyone is continuing without too many complications. Week 3 and my skin is definitely settling. x

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Hello folks,

 

glad and to hear you are doing well and not having many after effects, I am now 2 weeks past last session and nothing untoward happening so I reckon I’ve escaped the worst of it. Energy levels are good and see my oncologist tomorrow for a follow up.  I suspect further chemo is on the cards as I’m TN so no hormone therapy available but she’s keen to do as much as possible to give me the best long term prognosis and it’s tablet form so not as much of a pain as the IV stuff and much less side effects. Will find out tomorrow what she wants to do. 

 

In in the meantime I’m keeping up with the walking  and plan to get in the pool next week if my skin stays good. 

 

Ive also discovered Outlander on Amazon Video, so working my way through the first couple of seasons - my mum is a huge fan and has been going on about it for ages, so far it’s a bit of a location spotting exercise as it’s filmed in Scotland at many of the places I grew up or go walking. 

 

Keep up up the fluid and moisturising , that seems to be the key to avoiding any skin problems. Take care.

 

 

 

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Hi everyone,

 

Bibi - do check it out as it will soon be unavailable on iplayer. 

 

The prickles have stopped, a relief...........I wish I could do a 7 mile trot but it is not happening, my body is protesting, a frustrated soul. x 

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Thanks Anxious - will check it out. Had a fun filled weekend with family - so good to relax and know you have no appointments to attend. 

Hope everyone is doing well - my skin is pink but not breaking or sore. Little red patch on my collarbone hasn’t got any worse - in fact looks like it might be starting to heal so 🤞should be able to start swimming again soon. 

Trying to increase activity and build fitness back up - taking it slowly . 

Take care everyone xx

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Bibi, yesterday I started watching Goldstone on Iplayer, it is a sequel to Mystery Road which we both enjoyed. I am half way through at the moment. Smiley Happy

 

 

 

 

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Hi Anxious - had Fitbit for several years and never had problem with skin. 

Glad to hear your work meeting went well - take your time and recover well.

Hot flushes 🙁 

Take care all xxx

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Good morning everyone,

 

another sunny start to the day.

 

I continue to research fitbits, iPhones etc etc. I am so behind in technology. My skin has become so sentivitive after chemo I wonder whether the Fitbit strap would irritate my skin.  I may look at a small device which can be put into a pocket. Has anyone had any skin irritation with the strap?

 

Yesterday, I met with work and it was a good supportive meeting. I was very pleased to hear that the new office has air conditioning. For now, recovery and improving my stamina is my priority.

 

 Oh, I am having a hot flush and wading through a clean fresh flowing river sounds so appealing. Smiley Happy

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Giggles

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Ha, when I learned to fish I went on a week long residential course run by the field studies council.  The daytime was practical and at night we did theory and things like entomology.  One evening the class was a bit restless and to be perfectly honest fed up learning about bugs and flies.  The tutor took pity on us and showed that film instead! I was the only female in the class and very happy to watch young Brad and listen to Robert Redford tell the story... not sure about the gents in the class.

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Your love of fly fishing has led me to watch the trailer for the film A River Runs Through It with a very young Brad Pitt acting. Smiley Happy

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Hi Anxious,

 

yep it’s fly fishing I enjoy, been doing it for a few years now.  I’m not as hardy as my hubby, he goes out in all weathers but I love a day walking the rivers, when I was going through chemo they advised against it due to risk of infection (although I did manage a cheeky little 4 days away being very careful about barbs) and then with surgery i’ve missed the season completely but there is still fishing to be had over the winter. 

 

It is amazing the variety of advice given for probably much the same situation, I was told to exercise 4 times a day for at least first 6 weeks but to get into the habit of doing them from now on and I also have tummy exercises to do from week 8 onwards. When I remember I do them when I eat and then before I go to bed so it’s not intrusive and very quick.