Late December 2005 - Early
(Don't forget you can click on the following photos to see them bigger)
|Richard and Michelle's Wedding Day
The wedding was held in the stunning gardens of Massey University. The weather was perfect and Michelle arrived shortly after the planned arrival time of 3pm. Lydia met her and the other bridesmaids at the car, and walked down first with perfect decorum alongside Michelle's sister, Karen. We were so proud of Lydia, as she stood still beside Karen and sweetly smiled through the whole service! I read a poem during the ceremony. The whole service was beautiful and very heartfelt and moving, a few tears were shed! The newly married couple looked so happy and seemed to be enjoying the day immensely, as were we all!
Later, after the formal photos, there was a lovely reception in Massey's
Whererata rooms. Fabulous food
and service and some fun speeches. Richard and Michelle showed off a lot of
practice with their first dance, to the Dirty Dancing tune "I've had the time
of my life" (Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes), then we all joined in to dance
the rest of the night away!
Bye bye chemo!
Dealing with chemotherapy.
As I've mentioned before, I have chosen to deal with this episode positively, with an outer happiness and optimism. It does help me feel a little better to approach it this way, and it helps our children believe that everything will be OK. The downside of this is that everyone else thinks you're fine and don't need help. A big thank you to the wonderful few that did (particularly Michelle and Helen from my coffee group who brought us meals after every treatment - so wonderful and generous ;o) The past 6 months have been a weird time during which friends have become strangers, and strangers have become friends! [The Trade Me Messageboard Community has kept me in virtual company, one of them even visited me (and fellow cancer fighters have helped me immensely)! It's been great and has become a bit of an addiction which I'll shake off sometime later!]
I am not allowed to spend much time in sun throughout the 6 month summer chemo period, and I have lacked my usual boundless energy throughout this time (thanks to flailing blood count etc). Even when I feel somewhat better in the third weeks, I have been so uncomfortable in the heat with the wig/headgear and fake plastic breast stuck to my front, that I still pay the nanny to come and take the girls out to the park/beach some afternoons. The walls have really closed in, spending so much time at home, thank goodness the house is so lovely now! We've taken advantage of me being stuck at home to get tradesmen in, both for the bathroom project and other small projects that an aging house requires. Having the tradesmen coming through has also helped maintain human contact during the day.
At this point I'd just like to say, that if you
ever have another dear friend/acquaintance that has to go through
chemotherapy, please remember to visit them throughout that time - just
because they don't go out, doesn't mean they don't want the company ;o)
But anyway, the worst is most definately over! There is great fun ahead of us in March, as both girls celebrate their birthdays, Lydia starts school, and we're attending a much-awaited U2 concert (I managed to secure us some fantastic seats!)!
WOOHOO! That's all for now till next update!
Until then, for some fun, here's a cute
on-line video I
came across and found cute and amusing (Its an animated Cancer slideshow,
runs for a few minutes but is cute due to the animation and very
faulty English!). I am in the "dangerous step" and "that is the fact!"!