Baby steps

I have been quiet for a while, so much so some kind friends asked if I was alright ๐Ÿ˜€. Such a thoughtful act made me feel good, and reminded me that lots of people care. 

The reason for being quiet is that the last few weeks have been hard, after the 6th chemo it’s taken a while to pick myself back up, I’ve had a silly cough that some of you have experienced when I’ve tried to talk to you ๐Ÿ˜‚ I know I should listen more and speak less! This cough has got me down as it made me a little breathless too,mix that with fatigue and it makes me not a happy person to be around. However this didn’t stop me from being whisked away on holiday – owww somewhere nice and warm with blue sky and blue sea, I hear you say. Nope camping in a tent in North Norfolk…..mmmmmm. I have to admit I was very unsure about sleeping in a tent for 8 nights. And with my energy levels so low, but my family needed this holiday too. Sleeping wasn’t a problem due to the new camp bed with air mattress, in fact I think I’ll miss it now i am home. It wasn’t the same kind of holiday as before cancer, as I didn’t have the energy to do the walks, bike rides or eating out. But the kids and hubby did, which is what they needed and I rested when I needed. I managed to actually read a book, which is more than a baby step, as my concentration has been shockingly bad with my chemo brain ๐Ÿ˜‚. We went crabbing and had fish and chips at the beach, which was fab, it’s the little things that mean so much. The small children dancing to the band on site (Not my children), the kids messing about in the pool, just puts a smile on your face. Oh yes and we went bird watching briefly, something I have enjoyed doing at home whilst resting, so stopped at a visitor centre near salthouse ๐Ÿ˜

I did walk and do a little more each day, it’s slow and fatigue kicks in quickly, not too sure my boy gets it, he just gets frustrated with me ๐Ÿ˜” mind you he didn’t have his Xbox or Wi-Fi whilst we were away so that maybe didn’t help ๐Ÿ˜‚….. I have now started to eat more although my tastes seem to have changed, rather eat savoury than sweet, sure it’ll not last though. I managed a Pimms or 2 (Not one after the other – on different days) and a glass of wine… it seems that my baby steps are all going in the right direction….. 

Ps my cough has nearly gone, fresh air best medicine! My hair is growing, grey and straight, although uneven so think it will need shaving again – who knows what it’ll end up like ๐Ÿค” 

3 thoughts on “Baby steps

  1. Jo

    So pleased, sounds like the holiday did you the world of good. And do keep blogging, as your road to recovery is just as important as when you were navigating through your illness. It helps us understand for when either we go through something like this personally or when someone else we know goes through it. โค Can’t wait for the catch up. X

    1. Helen Byrne

      Well done on taking a holiday….its the best medicine for you and your family. Aided by a lot of gin in my experience ๐Ÿธ๐Ÿธ๐ŸธTake all the time and space you need to recover….we are all willing you onwards. Let your hairdresser take care of your hair….I have finally gone blonde again after a very long time. The drugs are finally giving up the battle against my thick mop xxxxx

  2. Richard McCarthy

    so pleased to see your being positive and that you had the opportunity to do normal family stuff like take a holiday.
    Keep posting as am keen to see how youre doing.
    All the best and kerp the faith๐Ÿ˜€


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