Thursday, October 3, 2013

I'm still here and all's well.

G'day. Well, as the title says "I'm still here". Though I haven't been on the computer or looked at the blogs for some time, probably since my last post, which was way back when....

A quick update on what is happening with me, is that I am still undergoing radiation therapy. I am three weeks into a six week course at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute, here in our lovely city of Melbourne. This involves me going into the city everyday by train. An hour and a half each way. On Fridays, hubby drives me in. I still go to the Royal Melbourne Hospital every third Friday for my infusion of the cancer drug Herceptin. Tomorrow is that day. Tomorrow I also have my three monthly heart function test. The Herceptin decreases the capacity of the heart function and so this test is vital to see how my poor old heart is coping with it all.. Other than that, all is just peachy here. My hair is now about 3/4 of an inch long and for the first time probably since I was a kid, I haven't had to worry about doing it. I just love it and am tempted to keep it this short. The colour is probably the best thing about it, it's dark throughout with so much grey it looks striking, I have been told. I have had strangers tell me how lovely my hair colour is. My daughter took the day of work today and met me in the city and we travelled together for my treatment. She hasn't seen me for a month or so and even she commented on how unusual the colour is.

I have also taken to wearing bright red lipstick. I have never been game enough in the past, but those days are gone now. I am sorry that I have waited until reaching the age of 61 to wear red lippy. What a waste of all those years, but I am making up for it now. Anyway, that's enough boring stuff about me.

I may have mentioned in an earlier blog that hubby bought me home the above love seat from the tip at the property where he works. The lady of the house had thrown it out, as it had been left out in the weather and rusted badly. Knowing that I would just love it, he asked could he rescue it for me. It has taken a fair bit of work to get it looking good. Part of the lower frame and two legs were gone, so hubby made a whole new frame and legs. Many hours spent sanding as much rust off as he could and a few coats of rust guard, followed by a couple of coats of paint and it looks just fabulous. It usually sits under our undercover outdoor area to protect it from the rain, but on sunny days, I sometimes put it on the lawn and it looks a treat. The design work on it is so delicate and lovely. It was an excellent thing that hubby knew I would want it. He's a good bloke, this hubby of mine.

Take care.


  1. hey Liz, glad you're doing OK...that's a lot of travelling you're doing each week!

    Love the chair your hubby rescued, very cute.

  2. You are a wonderful sport about all the travel, I agree! Good for you, wearing red lippy! Perfect!
    I do love the love seat!
    It's so nice to hear from you, Liz!

  3. Thanks for the update. It'd be great if you got travel "points" for all your time on the road! Are you a reader? That sure would help pass the hours. I'm glad things are going well. Love the part about your hair and lip color. I'm 69, and have just started wearing red on my lips, too.

  4. Glad to hear things are progressing, and that small surprises are still appreciated. Best wishes.

  5. Hi Liz,
    I love your love seat!! The curve in it makes it fun. Glad to hear you are upbeat-- bet the red lipstick looks great! It's fall here, so I guess you are enjoying spring weather. Have a great day, I'm thinking and praying for your full recovery.

  6. Just the place to sit and raise your gorgeous head to the sun. I am so glad to hear from you xx

  7. Hello Liz
    Have been away so have just got into blog reading again - have to reinstate you on my reader as I only found your posts via my old blog.
    What's the Vic Rail service like from your place - do take care, if they are anything like the ones in the east of the city some of the commuters can be a bit pushy. No one else is allowed to have their regular seat lol
    Take care

  8. Hi again, Liz! I've been so out of the loop this year that I've missed all of your postings since February :-( I am so dreadfully sorry to hear about your breast cancer and at the same time so impressed by your resilience and positive attitude. I am sure that is an important part of your recovery and am very happy that things are looking good! And there is nothing like positive comments on your hair and red lippy to help things along! I love the love seat and think your hubby is amazing to be able to make it look absolutely like new! Both of you are inspirational!