Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Good News and a Finish

Well, it's been an incredibly stressful week waiting for my scan results. 

So stressful, Holmsey got a new wardrobe and two new country friends to play with.

I took Prof Keene and Eimear (pronounced eemer) a copy of the second Holmsey Hare and Fergus book as a gift.  I do it to show the Prof that all his hard work, trying to keep me alive, is very much appreciated and that I don't waste it. Well, not much of it anyway.

Being on a new treatment this last three months is change.  And change sucks.  On top of that, if the hormone therapy hadn't worked, I would be back on a new chemo and that is two strikes from my limited treatment possibilities.

Stress, stress, stress and more stress.

There were some last minute issues with my appointment time which were even more stressful but the team at Galway sorted it out and I retained my appointment time and date.

Stress, stress, stress and more stress.

So I eventually get called in and straight away I asked the doctor to turn the screen off.  I don't need details, so nearly in tears, I told him straight away, turn it off.

"Why?" he asked.  "It's good news!"

Well, when you are on this journey, good news is a rarity so I admit I wasn't too open to getting my hopes up.

"Good news?"

"Good news!" he repeated.  "The hormone therapy is working, the cancer is still stable, there is little obvious growth in the bones, no growth in the liver, and so you are free to go home for another three months!"

Woohoo!  This means, if it continues, I should last the magic 6 month mark which means Taxol, my original chemo, will be available again when I need it, keeping me the alternative chemo in reserve.

What a weird world this is: one in which you live in 12 weekly spans.

So when times get tough, out comes the crochet!  I'm getting braver!

A little smock top for my granddaughter in a pretty moss green but you know my photo skills by now! Naff! It's much nicer in real life.

This is what is on the hook now  A pretty glitter wool which I bought from Norwich Market when I was last over there.  Hmmmm wonder what this will be.  No seriously.  I've so over the moon with the good news I can't remember which pattern I was using!

T'is gone.  Ah well, if in doubt...start another!

Happy crafting!


  1. I am happy with you my friend. Have a relaxing rest of the week! Put your feet up! Smile! :D
    I am praying for you.♥

  2. Amazing news. Just brilliant. 😄😄😄

  3. That's brilliant news! Your photo is fine I always enlarge them to see the detail. It's really pretty.
    Take care

  4. The best news I've had this week..... fabulous.
    Love the smock top, your crochet skills are brilliant.

  5. Taxol worked really well for me too - hooray!! I am really glad! Love the crochet smock! It really is beautiful!

  6. I am so happy you got good news! How wonderful for you to be able to relax a bit and enjoy the coming of spring :) Lovely crocheted top for your little granddaughter--she will treasure it!

  7. Yay for good news!

    Your granddaughter will love that little tunic, it's super cute!

  8. Little good news at a time is god. My toes are crossed (my fingers are stitching or tatting at the present) that all continues to be good news.

  9. So happy to hear some good news. A little more breathing room is always welcome. And that is the sweetest crocheted top ever!

  10. This is great news indeed :) Three months is a nice amount of time to get some living (and crochet) done!

  11. Absolutely thrilled to hear this good news for you :-)

  12. Amazing news - and a lovely crochet top x

  13. So glad that the news is good, my dear.

  14. That truly is good news! I'm sure your carers appreciated a copy of your book, it must be very motivating for them to see what their hard work has meant for you.
    Your crochet is beautiful- and I love the colour!

  15. Great news, now get rid of that stress!
    The smock top you made is adorable, I'm sure she'll look precious in it.

  16. Lovely crochet cardigan, I love the Valentine's card, the finish is perfect, so sweet chart. Amicalement.



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