Friday, March 2, 2012


25th February to 2nd March 2012

I don't think I have ever seen so much rain, we have had an absolute deluge of rain pouring down constantly for the past few days. The ground is so soggy and muddy and everything smells damp and musty.

Fortunately, the weekend was fine and I was lucky enough to go with my family to The Royal Canberra Show. At the show I looked around the many exhibitions, went for a ride on the ferris wheel, got to pat a cat called a sphynx, had a go on the clowns and won a huge pink bear on the lucky envelopes. I had a splendiferous time at the show with my family!

At school in Sports Science we have been learning about nutrition and the importance of a balanced diet, we went to the computer lab and researched websites with information on nutrition, I thought the AIS site was the most informative. In Maths we have been investigating Binomial products, there are many rules to remember in this.

I had physio this week and Kaitlyn worked on my back and my neck as well as my hamstrings and calves. Having physio always gives me relief from my aches and pains and tightness, I find that having heat on my back is extremely beneficial after treatment.

Sometimes on a journey a hurdle pops up in your path, I have had a huge hurdle come into my life. The results from my MRI's came back, my brain one showed that everything was still stable however my spine one showed spots on my spine and with further investigation I have been diagnosed with a relapse of my disease in my spine.

On Tuesday I was in Sydney for a planning day for some radiation, it is going to be very different from my original radiation, I do not have to wear a mask or lie on a bean bag. I will be lying on my back for this treatment and it will only take ten minutes rather than over an hour like my prior treatment. It is also a much lower dose, it will assist with my pain and help to slow the tumours. I will begin my treatment on Monday next week and it will only go for five days, last time I had it for six and a half weeks. I am not worried about it at all, in fact radiation was no problem for me, it was the delayed side effects that are not so pleasant.

I am very good at jumping over all the hurdles that have been put in my path so far and I am positive that I can jump over this one too. I wish you all a splendiferous week and hope that the sun will shine and a rainbow appear in the sky whilst I am having my treatment.


Dianne said...

Dear Dainere,

It is a while since I wrote on your blog but have been keeping in touch with your thoughts and feelings in your posts.
Ruby, the sister of Garfield, just jumped in front of my screen :) it is hard to write looking through a fluffy orange tail!
I admire the way you remain positive and see the up side of many situations. On Monday the sun will shine again for you.
Take care and see you soon
Lv Dianne xxxxx

Anonymous said...

Dear Dainere,

So glad you had a splendiferous time at the Canberra Show. There are always different and interesting things to see and do at Shows. Have you found a place for the pink bear?

School certainly sounds busy. Hope you are not getting too much homework :-(

So glad Kaitlyn was able to help with your pains and tightness.

Well, the first games have been played. The Knights/Dragons game was really close, wasn't it? A good start to the season.

Thinking of you this week. Your positive outlook is inspiring. And,as you say, you are really good at jumping over hurdles.

Much love and prayers,


Anonymous said...


This rain just seems to go on and on.

I am glad you had fun at the show, I didnt go this year but both my kids did and enjoyed it too, it just gets so expensive.

I hope your radiation doesnt knock you around too much, you are right you do jump your hurdles so well, I widh you had less of them :(

I was wondering how your book sales have been going? Do you know how many have sold??

xxxx Monica

Anonymous said...

Hi Dainere, hello from sunny England hahahah, well it is sunny but brrrrrr so cold , max 7 all day .

Yes it was pouring when we left Sydney for London.

OH we are so so so glad you went to The Royal Canberra Show . Wow so glad you had a fantastic time .

Isnt the AIS an amazing place , well done Dainere. you are so aware of all the good things your body needs .

It would have been so nice for you to have had physion with Kaitlyn, so glad you got relief .

Meryl and i may be 12000 kilometers away but we are with you all the way , you have an amazing ability to cope with life and all its problems it puts in your way , meryl and i know that you will treat this next hurdle with all the determination you have shown so far .

Remain postive our dear friend , we know you can tackle this .

Stay tuned for your next internaational episode Dainere .

lots and lots of love, kisses and those internet hugs .

stuart and meryl


Anonymous said...

Hi Daniere,
Wasn't it great to feel the lovely sun today after such a lot of rain. I hope you draw strength from its warmth. Ollie the cat had a great day chasing grasshoppers and moths after being cooped up all of last week.
I think you could win an Olympic medal in hurdling and your positive attitude means you 'll always be a winner. I'm sure Sally Pearson could pick up a few tips from you before London!!!
Please know that so many people are sending you and your family lots of positive thoughts and love.
Catherine and Ollie

Anonymous said...

Hello dear Dainere,

I look forward to reading your blog each week and hearing all your news. It sounds as if you had a great time at the show; I love the exhibitions, too.

It's great to hear about your schoolwork. As you know, I especially love to hear about your Maths topics :-)

I agree with Catherine and Ollie about you and the Olympics. I think that in the opinion of all of us who know you, the Gold Medal in the womens' hurdles has already been won!!!

I'll be thinking of you all this week while you are in Sydney having treatment. I know you will be charming everyone there with that trademark huge smile of yours!!

Lots of love and big hugs,

Anna xoxoxoxoxoxox