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Radiotherapy over but questions remain

I HAVE now completed my radiotherapy and I should be happy. I am, on one hand, because despite the machine breaking down several times I received my treatment which is the most important thing. My skin has become a little red over the last few sessions but that was to…

Life getting more hectic day by day

18th June LIFE has been very hectic the past week. As the end of term approaches, the form filling increases! My daughter will be graduating and going to the Institute next year so she is a bundle of excitement. I took her shopping yesterday to buy a dress for her…

The trialks and tribulations of radiotherapy

So far so good with the radiotherapy. I started having treatments in the evening but that wasn´t suitable with two children so they kindly made an exception and gave me a morning appointment.The disadvantage of having a morning slot is that is tremendously difficult to park near the Carlos Haya…

A positive step on the way to recovery

4th June AT last I have started radiotherapy which is a very positive step. It seems as though I have been talking about it forever and now at least the wheels are in motion.I have been smearing Sativa cream on the area to be radiated like it’s going out of…

Learning to deal with my emotions

28th May SINCE the major events of last week I haven’t got much to report apart from the first signs of the regrowth of two eyelashes. Stop the press! It might seem insignificant but honestly losing my eyebrows and eyelashes has had quite a big impact on me. Of course…

Good news as I get the all clear

20th May In August of last year I was diagnosed with breast cancer which had spread to the lymphatic system. My life changed and things went into over drive.For the last nine months or so I have had two operations, chemotherapy and countless scans and tests. It is a journey…

Expert friend helps pull rank to ensure I get the correct scan

15th May Today has been interesting! I went to have my CAT scan.A few days prior to this an oncologist friend of mine who works in the private sector took a look at the appointment I had. She was not impressed. My oncologist had requested a very simple scan of…

I am playing a waiting game now

It is so good to know, now that I have finally come out the other side of my chemotherapy, that I won’t be going back next Wednesday! I am just starting to feel better.No more white tongue, achy muscles or insatiable thirst. I am left however with very dry skin…

Each day I am feeling better

I REVEL in the knowledge that I won’t have to go back for more chemo treatments   Well, as per usual I have been wading my way through the aftermath of the last chemo treatment.This consists of a white tongue that feels like you have been licking astroturf, an almost…

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The magical date has arrived

April 22 THE magical date of April 22 finally arrived and I sprang out of bed and made my way to the Materno Hospital in Malaga for my eighth and final chemotherapy session.As per usual I arrived early to ensure I had my blood test done quickly to be able…

Magical date of last chemo session is fast approaching

LESS than a week to go now before my last chemo session! Hard to believe, but it seems that the magical date is in sight and approaching fast. I have been extremely positive throughout my treatment and have, for the most part, been spared the majority of the serious side-effects…

My short stay is a real relief

10th April I HAD the seventh chemo treatment last week. It was the fastest I have ever been seen and so I was only at the hospital until 1.30pm which was a relief since I always arrive at 7.15am making it a long day. I have to say that the…

Spring marks the end of dark times and hopefully bad news

31st March SO it is officially Spring! When the clocks change it always puts a bounce in my step but even more so this year. It marks the end of dark evenings and dark times and hopefully the end to bad news. The children’s grandfather died yesterday, which was expected…

Big relief after a strange week but a little more tired than usual

20th March WELL I mentioned in my last blog that I felt like I was in a boat paddling madly upstream, and at some times against the current, but today I feel I have emerged. The sunshine hasn’t quite come out for me which I think is more down to…

We continue to pull together towards a happier destination

By Erica Russell Watson 11th March TREATMENT number six and this was the first time I felt a little concerned. I had quite a rough time after the last chemotherapy session but it wasn’t feeling bad that worried me, but more the fact that my immune system wouldn’t be up…

Above all else, my plan is to rest, eat well and hug my children lots!

I SIGNED off my last blog feeling more than a little under the weather. I have likened my chemotherapy to an assault course in the past and until recently I had been metaphorically jumping over walls and racing along at a great pace. Last week I seemed to get a…

First setback rears its ugly head so it’s time to let nurse take charge

I ENDED my last blog by saying that I had lived to fight another day and that was certainly true. I just didn’t know how much of a fight I had ahead. I have been eternally optimistic throughout the whole process from diagnosis through operations and now chemotherapy. However, my…

Erica's blog 20: February 20

An early night and I’m ready for another day STILL getting back to an even keel after the tragic death of Angus on February 8. Family and friends have had a rough time coming to terms with his untimely departure. By the end of last week I was totally drained…

Erica's blog 19: February 14

Toughest day of my life I WAS diagnosed with breast cancer in August of last year, which was a tough time but little did I know the toughest day of my life was yet to come. On Sunday, February 8, I received a call from a Guardia Civil traffic officer…

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