Sunday, June 20, 2010


19th and 20th June 2010

We were blessed with lovely weather for our weekend which was a pleasant surprise and I think Nana and Pop must have brought the sunshine from Queensland with them to brighten our days here in Canberra.

Saturday whilst Dad worked in our garden I played Upwords and did Sudoku puzzles these take my mind off my pain for a while which just won't seem to cease no matter what I do. I would be shocked not to be in pain, I wonder if everyone who has been through what I have has to suffer with this atrocious pain.

Nana and Pop came and spent some time with us for the rest of the day and they showed me their photographs of their holiday to New Zealand, it looked so exciting and beautiful, they had a fantastic time. I needed to have a rest in the afternoon as I was feeling really worn out, trying to listen to conversation tires me. I needed to rest because we were having dinner with Nana and Pop that night at Figaro. We had a lovely dinner, the food was rich but delicious, my sensitive little stomach could not handle too much of it though. We gave Nana her Birthday gift, she loves earrings so we bought her gorgeous 9ct gold sapphire earrings that were so delicate and sparkling. I also gave her a very special gift from me, that was a canvas painting I did with a path, it said "Sometimes our path in life is unpredictable and challenging, if we don't travel this path we would not discover our true self".

I received a lovely gift and a meaningful card from a lady at my Uncle James' work, her name is Vicky and she gave me a fairy with a little quote, it says "Once you choose hope anything is possible. Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." I think those words are so true and I have them sitting on my tall boy where I can see them every day when I awaken.

Today could be described as the ultimate winter's day in Canberra, the sun shone ever so brightly and strongly in the sky and the air was much warmer than it had been. You would think that such marvellous weather would alleviate my pain, unfortunately it did not but it did put a huge smile on my face because I love the sun, it is like everyone in heaven is smiling down on us.

My right foot feels like it is all being pulled up at the heel and then the front and my toes feel like they just droop and I can not stand on it at all, let alone attempt to walk. This is part of the peripheral neuropathy which also affects my right hand, some days it is much worse than others and today was one of those days.

Jarrett needed new running shoes, he goes through his so quickly, that is because he is running so many kilometres in them every week so we had to go to Belconnen to get them from Athletes Foot. While we were there I saw that the Disney movie The Princess and the Frog was out, I had some of my Birthday money left and I bought it. When we came home I watched it, it is a really terrific family movie.

Great news is that the owner of our property came over and measured for an oven, he then called us and told us that we would be getting a brand new one on Wednesday, I can hardly wait because then I will be able to do lots of cooking, just in time for the school holidays which begin on Friday, we have three weeks holidays which is a real bonus.

I am trying to think of new ways to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Fund, I think summer is a much better time to do activities in Canberra so I hope that I can come up with a few ideas for then, it would be magical if I could raise double what I already have before the end of the year.

Please keep Bill in your prayers this week and also a friend of mine, Briana who is having surgery at Sydney Children's Hospital on 22nd June on her legs.


Anonymous said...

Hi Dainere

You should have got mum to pop your cake over the fence to put in our oven!! It is funny having you just over the back fence. Dad sounds like he is going well fixing up the garden and he managed to chop down all the bush at the back. I hope your pain will not be as bad tomorrow and that the weather is kind with some nice sun shinning through your nice warm spot in the house. It was nice that Nalani sung for Mr Foulcher the school will certainly miss him when he goes. Stay warm


Jenney, John, Ben, Josh and Sophie XXXOOO

briana said...

Dear Dainere

I am glad you had a lovely weekend with your Nana and pop.
Thanks for asking people to pray for me. You are always thinking of everyone else even though you are in so much pain. I really admire you for that.

I am in Sydney now with my mum. Dad went home with Taylah and Gino so they would not miss out on too much school. I felt sad when they left but mum played monopoly with me and made me feel better but I am still feeling really nervous about tomorrow. If only I have half your strength, I know will be ok.

Take care, stay warm and I hope I can see you soon when I come back to Canberra

P.S mum packed the soft socks you sent to keep my feet warm in hospital and the gift bear to keep me strong like you.

love from your friend

Dianne said...

Dear Dainere,

Great to read your Nan and Pop came down for a visit, I hope she had a great birthday. They do keep in touch on your blog, that is really great.

We did have some lovely sunny weather over the weekend. My Dad had his 84th birthday and we had 5 generations of my family visit him. It is really important to keep the young ones in touch with grand & great grand parents.

I'm looking forward to seeing you tomorrow, it will be good to see Jarrett and the boys running. I hope they all do well.

Have a good sleep tonight and rug up warm for Stromlo Forest Park.

Lv Dianne xxxxxx

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