16th to 22nd July 2011
'Those who succeed are not necessarily the most gifted, they are the ones who never give in, no matter what the obstacle, opposition, how long it takes they find the inspiration and perseverance to see things through'
This has been another quiet week with a variety of weather conditions raging from heavy rain, icy gale force winds and some beautiful sunshine. I have had some obstacles this week with pain and a locking knee, however I always try to look on the bright side each and everyday.
Some of the activities I have done this week are playing Upwords, doing sudoku puzzles, find a words, decoupage, reading and watching movies. On Wednesday we went to the hairdressers, as you all know because of the high doses of radiotherapy I had there are many areas of my head that are bald, where hair has grown it is thin, wispy and ratty so the hairdresser and I decided to cut it all very short hoping it will grow back more evenly. Luckily I have my glamorous collection of wigs, which means that I can have a different style, length and colour everyday, I bet lots of people would love to be able to do that!
On Friday I had my physiotherapy appointment with Rhiannon, she checked my heel and gave me the fantastic news that I can now put more weight on it as it is just about healed. She also did some work on my right knee that keeps locking up and she taped it for extra support. The new tape she uses is terrific for my sensitive skin and means I can keep the tape on longer so it helps more. I see Rhiannon again in two weeks which is just before I have to go to Sydney again. Everyday I do my physio exercises, ride the exercise bike and do arm weights, these help me to become stronger and will contribute to assist me to reach my goal of being able to run again.
Fran mentioned a little boy her sister teaches who has just been diagnosed with a brain tumour, since I found out I have one I have been passionate about raising awareness and funds for brain tumours. Every year around 1,400 new cases of primary (malignant) brain tumours occur in Australia , including 100 in children.
This number excludes an estimated 2,000 benign brain tumours that may cause disability or (rarely) death. Brain tumours are the second highest cause of death for children aged 0 – 14 years from all causes – second only to accidental drowning and the highest cause of death in this age group from cancer. It is the highest cause of death from cancer in people aged 0-39 and there have been no significant changes in five year survival rates. It has the largest lifetime financial cost of any cancer type, at $149,000 per person, and highest lifetime economic cost of any cancer type, at 1.89 million dollars per person. Brain tumour research funding is low in relation to the burden of the disease.
On a lighter note, in the footy tipping I got all of the games right, I now lead both Nana and Pop by six points. The best thing about last weeks games was the Tigers winning by so much!
Next week is back to school, I am a little bit nervous about returning but I will remain positive to do my best. Wishing you all a splendiferous week and thank you for your continued words of encouragement.