Scare this week finished by awesome fundraiser…

What a week…..!

Firstly I had a scare on Wednesday night…I found a lump under my scar.  To say I was upset is a massive understatement, so on Thursday morning I went to see Mr Chandrasekar.  He immediately found the lump and said its scar tissue.  There are no words to describe how relieved I felt.  As the lump is in my leg Mr Chandra wants to do a scan as a precautionary measure – I offered to cancel my holiday for this week and he said not to as he’s confident its scar tissue.  His lovely smiley face just put me at ease so I am glad that I went to see him as I know I wouldn’t have

enjoyed my holiday without seeing him first….

Auction to Raise funds for Clatterbridge

Shirt

Last night we attended a charity auction night in Burtonwood which was arranged by Mark Breary.  Mark has recently had cancer and was treated at this wonderful hospital.  It was a fantastic night and he was supported by Gary Forber and Lee Briers.

Mark had sourced lots of great items to auction – one being a signed Warrington Australia 2012 shirt which set me back 260 notes……but its worth it for such an amazing worthwhile cause!! (and cos Brett Hodgson signed it…!)

Heres a pic of me and my gorgeous man with the lovely Lee Briers and our shirt.

Em, John & LeeMe with shirtOverall Mark managed to raise over £4000!!!!!  Everyone was very generous and went all out to support this fabulous night to make it a success.

Having experienced Clatterbridge I can honestly say that this is definitely a worthwhile cause.There would be days where I would be sat there for 4 hours plus and the one thing that I noticed was that not everyone has somebody. Please remember to appreciate the people that you do have in your lives as they are there for a reason….

Radiotherapy in numbers… #Sarcoma #Cancer

5s numbers

 

After:

  • 30 days
  • 2700 miles
  • 180 trips on 3 different motorways
  • 300 litres of fuel
  • 2400 minutes travelling time
  • 58 arguments about Johns driving
  • 4 times John took the wrong turnoff (at the same point from M53-M56)
  • 21.5 hours appointment waiting time
  • 785 minutes appointment time
  • The machine broke while I was on it twice
  • 180 beams of radiation
  • 1230 seconds of radiation

…it is finally over!  No more Radiotherapy for me!

Am off out tonight with family and friends to celebrate the end of this journey and the start of the next (cancer free) one…!!

How do I feel? #Sarcoma

I have six sessions left (Not that I am counting!!!!)

There have been huge delays this past week, one day was even five hours waiting, so I have slid to morning appointments. This should minimise the risk of delays and also reduce the time of the delays if they do happen. Surprisingly, the dreaded M6, M56 & M53 weren’t too bad to tackle this morning!

I am so excited to be finishing treatment next Wednesday but one thing is bringing me down….here goes the Emma rant….!

People keep telling me (Yes, telling me) the following:

1-I will be tired – I need to be honest here, I am a lazy cow anyway. I doubt I will be more tired than normal 🙂

2- don’t rush back to work – hello….5 months off is long enough thank you very much

3- relax – my life is hardly full of all night raves, pub crawls and zumba classes. Besides my treatment, I do nothing but relax.

I am 29-I am younger, fitter and healthier than older people who may experience cancer. I am coping, my body is coping and, most importantly, my mind is coping. What is bringing me down is the constant expertise of people who tell me the above. I appreciate that people mean well but I need to get back to normality. My Dr is absolutely of the same mindset too which is great.

So please, when you talk to me, ask if I’m ok, ask about treatment, talk about you, the weather, gossip, just talk about something positive. Please don’t tell me how I should or will feel because I fear the same conversations and reassuring people will wear me down….

I don’t mean to whinge but please take this as a message of reassurance that I AM OK!!

Final Note
On a final note, I would like to thank the lovely John who has been absolutely amazing. He’s been the one with me 110% through this journey. He has laughed with me, cried with me, held me, looked after me and he has took me to Clatterbridge on a daily basis. I seriously could not get through this without him. One thing I have learned from my daily trips to the Wirral, not everybody has somebody….

I also want to say a huge thank you to everyone who reads and posts on this blog.

Goodnight xxx

Single figures….

Old Friends
Yesterday on my way to my session I bumped into Hannah. Hannah was in the next bed to me in Broadgreen after having a soft tissue sarcoma removed, also in her leg. She only has three treatments left – I don’t know how we have got this far into our session without bumping into each other! Was lovely to see her doing so well and will see her again later in the month when we go for our first of our 12 weekly check ups.

Normality…for my sanity
I will be returning to work on 18th February. Can’t wait to get back to routine and normality because I am bored and there is a risk to my sanity if I have to stay off work any longer….!!

I had my 21st treatment today….that means I only have 9 sessions remaining. Woop freaking woop!

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Take it easy and be careful if the snow hits us tonight!

Need a beer??

My amazing man (John ‘Sambucca’ McCloskey) is giving up alcohol for January, now for those of you that know him, this is a big deal!!

In return for not being a drunken bum, he is asking that you sponsor him for charity.
Click this link to see his page: John McCloskeys Draythlon Page

He has even managed to recruit another three nutters to undertake this challenge…. My wonderful friend Bev ‘Baby Guiness’ Hope, my amazing Uncle Paul ‘lager’ McNicholas and Aunty Helen ‘Red Wine’ McNicholas.

To view their pages click this link: Team Mcclozzer page

Charity
The team are raising money for the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. They have chosen this charity as this is where I am currently receiving treatment. This charity is the only source of charity funding for the hospital. There’s is more information on the teams pages.

good luck Team Mcclozzer

Meet The Team…
John ‘Sambucca’ McCloskey

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Bev ‘Baby Guiness’ Hope

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Paul ‘lager’ McNicholas

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Helen ‘Red Wine’ McNicholas

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Two Weeks in…

Well its New Years Eve and I’m sat in Clatterbridge waiting for my treatment to start.  Its not so nice in the morning as I tend to see more children at this time. They are so upbeat and brave, certainly puts a few adults to shame who moan about every little cough, spot or tummy bug.

I have had a total of 8 sessions and I’m pleased to say that the major delays didn’t extend past the first two days. All my appointments have been smooth and on time which has been great.

It its really tiring going to the Wirral on a daily basis, however we were afforded some respite on Christmas day and Boxing day. Also have another day off tomorrow. Then it’s the reality of 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, a routine, which is exactly what I need at the moment.

My scar is tender at the moment. I have so many creams, oils, ointments and cooling gels. I could start my own pharmacy at this rate….

I has physio on Friday and am pleased to report that I am crutchless! I now have a lovely metal walking stick with a bright orange sticker….when I go back to physio this Friday they will arrange for me to have a wooden stick cut if I feel comfortable with it. So far so good.

Well, I am off to buy a diary to put all my appointments in because I don’t know my arse from my elbow at the minute…

Have wonderful new year wherever you may be.

Xx

Two Weeks in…

Well its New Years Eve and I’m sat in Clatterbridge waiting for my treatment to start.  Its not so nice in the morning as I tend to see more children at this time. They are so upbeat and brave, certainly puts a few adults to shame who moan about every little cough, spot or tummy bug.

I have had a total of 8 sessions and I’m pleased to say that the major delays didn’t extend past the first two days. All my appointments have been smooth and on time which has been great.

It its really tiring going to the Wirral on a daily basis, however we were afforded some respite on Christmas day and Boxing day. Also have another day off tomorrow. Then it’s the reality of 5 days a week, Monday to Friday, a routine, which is exactly what I need at the moment.

My scar is tender at the moment. I have so many creams, oils, ointments and cooling gels. I could start my own pharmacy at this rate….

I has physio on Friday and am pleased to report that I am crutchless! I now have a lovely metal walking stick with a bright orange sticker….when I go back to physio this Friday they will arrange for me to have a wooden stick cut if I feel comfortable with it. So far so good.

Well, I am off to buy a diary to put all my appointments in because I don’t know my arse from my elbow at the minute…

Have wonderful new year wherever you may be.

Xx