Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Candle light, knitting and chemotherapy

I finally finished the Debbie Bliss Cardi I was knitting adding Cath Kidston cloth buttons, I am pleased with the 1950's look and plan to wear it over the holidays.
I was back at the hospital today for blood tests ( it's Day 15 of the second cycle) and again my immune system is low, neutrophine is .6 with white cells low, the haemoglobin is 11.6, so I have been asking people not to visit for a few days until I build up my resistance again. I have good energy during the day and have been sleeping and eating well. 

I am keeping the candles lighting and the stoves are blazing also. I am so thankful for all the visits, texts, messages, calls, comments, letters, cards, flowers and well wishes from all over the world. From Australia, America,Singapore,Belgium, Norway, France, England, to name a few. I had a huge bouquet of flowers from friends of my daughters and niece in England arrive today. There are wishes in the post box everyday. I really feel so supported and loved, thank you all so much, I really appreciate each and every one of you. 

Big hugs, 
Margie ❤️

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Candle light and chemotherapy

Chez Margie is well wrapped up against the winter chill. Mr Margie keeps the log stoves burning and I enjoy lighting candles and watching them twinkle as I count down to Christmas.
Today is day nine of my second cycle of chemotherapy. My blood results were all good yesterday and the pump was changed at the hospital. The oncology nurses were so busy yet they never fail to smile and have a laugh. 
I am thankful for all the support and love I continue to have from all over the world. I had an email from a woman called Heather in the USA, who is a cancer survivor asking me to participate in her project of thankfulness, you can read about it at 

Merino cat has been keeping me company, bringing me gifts and absorbing as much heat as he can. 
Big hugs, 
Margie ❤️

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Living room make over, chemotherapy cycle 2, and knitting

My mum and Lein cleared out and revamped two rooms, the second bedroom and the living room. Mr Margie and Lein purchased new sofas for the living room and assembled them. It looks so nice and it's lovely to sit in and knit. Yesterday I began cycle 2 of my chemotherapy. I was exhausted during the hospital visit and fell asleep during the treatment, I slept in the car on the way home and when I got home and I even slept for 5 hrs last night despite the anti sickness meds that include steroids. I plan a walk this pm. My hair began falling out last week and reached excessive amounts on Tuesday.  My mum, Leiny my daughter, and my nephew Cole all rallied and cut it to just below my ears on Sunday and then shaved it off on Tuesday. I have decided not to get a wig at the moment anyway, maybe I will change my mind later.
I knit six hats and wear them if I feel the cold, but otherwise I love my new " pixie" look, there is some stubble but that is falling out daily.
I have such love, positivity, support and understanding from my family and friends, work colleagues, members of the Travelling community, hospital staff, doctors and pharmacists, fellow bloggers, Instagram followers, Facebook followers and fellow cancer patients. I am feeling so  strong and positive, thanks to all your support. I found someone in Singapore who also has stomach cancer, he is a few months ahead of me in terms of his diagnosis and treatment and is post op, his advice, support and strength, in short his solidarity has become so important me, together we are beating cancer. I am also following a support group in the USA called " No stomach for Cancer" , and November is Stomach Cancer Awareness month. 
Big hugs, 
Margie ❤️

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Knitting, crochet and treatment

Today is day 15 of the first cycle of chemotherapy. I had bloods done and the pump changed. My platlets are a little low at .9 but not low enough (above 1 is considered to be the cut off) to stop this cycle. Lein has come back from UK and is again working on my diet, she has discovered that flax seed oil and sesame seed oil, along with coconut water will all help to boost the platlets again. 
I finished the hot water bottle cover I started on my first day of my treatment.

About three years ago I bought some Debbie Bliss Aran Chunky wool at the knitting and stitching show and I started knitting a cardi for myself.
I also finished the hat I was knitting for when my hair falls out. I used a fairisle pattern from Debbie Bliss Celtic Knits book. 
Thank you for the love and support, 
Big hugs, 
Margie ❤️