The craic

I’ve been pretty quiet of late due to being laid up with lung problems… Bit hard to party when you can’t draw a breath. It has been progressively worse and, finally, the docs decided it needed to be taken care of. So I spent last Thursday-Sunday in hospital having the fluid drained away from the … Continue reading

Despair vs Determination

The transition between heavily conflicting emotions can be sudden and unexplainable. I may have been feeling rad all day and then, when it comes time for me to go to bed and sleep, I go to pieces instead. Sometimes I feel unkillable. I have no idea if this is because I am deeply in denial, … Continue reading

Apple buckwheat muffins

  Delicious. INGREDIENTS: 4 eggs 1 ripe banana ¼ cup honey ½ cup buckwheat flour 2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp salt 1 apple METHOD: Heat oven to 170° celsius Mash banana in a bowl Cube apple ~ about 1cm squares Grease a muffin tray with oil or butter In a separate bowl whisk … Continue reading

Chats with a 2 year old

‘Mama’s puku is sore’. ‘Yes darling, sometimes it is’. ‘Actually’ he said, laying his hands either side of my belly button and peering up at me, ‘It’s better now’.  

A little backslide

I’d been suspecting that things weren’t going so well… I’d lost 10kg but my stomach had not gone down like the rest of me. I’d started to feel occasional cramps and stabs again. My lungs were still not operating properly, rattling whenever I got horizontal. Plus (apologies for the overshare) I’d had some light spotting, something that … Continue reading

Exercise good

The New Science of Exercise by Mandy Oaklander The understanding in cancer research is that healthy lifestyle is a powerful preventative and that exercise undoubtably improves prognosis. This article is a beautiful explanation of current thinking in this area.

A new year

Well, the past few months have been nuts. I had four abdominal effusions done and was in for my third chemo last week. At some point somewhere the pain in my chest blew up to an excruciating level and rendered me useless. It was the most intense physical pain I’ve ever experienced. I learnt that the lungs operate in … Continue reading

Banana cake

  The easiest cake recipe ever.   INGREDIENTS: 4 ripe bananas (the riper the better) 4 eggs 1/2 cup coconut flour 1/2 cup rice flour 2 tsp vanilla essence (or 1 tsp extract) 1 tsp baking soda 1/4 cup coconut oil (or 100g butter) 1/4 cup honey (this is a good starting point ~ adjust up … Continue reading

Food for thought

Every time I’ve had to do treatment or surgery before now it has been essential that it started pronto… I’ve been completely compliant to all my doctor’s instructions around my treatment options, a model patient. I’ve also been swept up in the crazy shitstorm that is being a new parent and new cancer patient simultaneously. I’ve just … Continue reading

Full circle

Well, we went away for a beachside retreat and it was brilliant. We escaped our life and enjoyed watching our boy positively glow as he dug up ALL the sand on the beach and tottered in and out of the waves. A lovely time was had by all… Until the second to last day, when … Continue reading