Sunday, February 22, 2015

Spring and new treatment


Merino cat has been keeping me company and bringing occasional gifts of mice. 


I recently went to see the Shaun the Sheep Movie with Mr Margie. It was so funny. 


I started a new treatment last week. It's a combination of a new monoclonal antibody called Ramucirumab recently approved in USA. It's not available in Ireland as yet, but my oncologist managed to get it as a goodwill gesture directly from the company. I am also getting a chemotherapy often used for stage four metastatic cancer called Paclitaxol.  I have had some minor side effects, fatigue and joint pain, but otherwise getting through it. I will be attending the hospital once each week, and it's a further drive to the hospital as I can't have the new treatment at my local because I am the first person in Ireland to receive it and I have to be monitored by my Oncologist.   


On February 1st after a leisurely brunch at Chez Margie, Mr Margie and some of our friends visited Brigid's Well to celebrate the Goddess on what we in Ireland consider to be the first day of spring.


We also managed to get in a spot of retail therapy at Kildare Village, in my fav Joules shop. I also returned to work part time and am really enjoying flexing my professional brain again. Due to my treatment I am not meeting with groups or the general public. 


I continue to enjoy making raw vegan cakes and made this strawberry "cheesecake" for Valentines Day. 


Last weekend Mr Margie and I joined our friends for a visit to Burtown House near Athy, County Kildare to see the snowdrops.





While I enjoyed the snowdrops and the aconites, I think the hellebores stole the show. 

Big hugs, 
Love Margie ❤️

6 comments:

Stephanie - My Calico Heart said...

So lovely to hear from you Margie, you are so often in my thoughts.
Love and hugs.
Stephanie x

Eliane Zimmermann said...

Thank you for your comment. I am glad you are back and even working again! I too have you in my thoughts quite often. Best wishes and lots of strength! Eliane

Nancy Lee said...

Hi Margie!
I think of you so often, and I am sending you hugs.
Your spring time photos are lovely to look at, we are still snowed in here in Canada.

Vee said...

Late again, but found myself thinking of you. I am so pleasantly surprised that you are back to work part time. Very happy that you are happier as a result. Loved the photo of the happy shoppers! Hope that spring has arrived so that you can get out and be warm in the doing. Take it easy...hope to remember visiting sooner next time.

Deborah said...

Good to see you and hope the treatment is going well. The flowers are beautiful. We finally have leaves on the trees and the shubs are blooming.

The movie sounds like great fun. I am a huge fan of Shaun the Sheep since A Close Shave. ūüėŹ Laughing is always good medicine!

Sending hugs❤️! Deb

Plumrose Lane said...

Oh Margie you are such a beauty and love! I pray the treatments are going well and am so happy you were able to be the first in Ireland. I recently read an article about Cannabis Oil being used by a man in Canada who claimed it cured his cancer. I'm not sure if that would help but thought I would mention it.
Love to you and the Mr♥