Monday, 25 January 2016

Baldy Gets Five Minutes of Fame

If we're not connected on Facebook and I haven't yet stopped you in the street to tell you ever so unsubtly I am going to be on the telly, well, there you go....i'm going to be on.the.TELLY!
I don't even care that my five minutes of fame has arrived at a time I am bald and have THE biggest dark circles around my eyes seeing as the only other times I have been on TV is on the opening credits of Newsnight when I was 12 and when I won a writing competition on Teletext when I was at middle school. I wasn't on the screen for that one, just my piece about My New Year's Resolution and I remember having to hold and unhold the screen for what seemed like an eternity before it rolled around to my bit.
I digress.
So today a lovely reporter from BBC South East came and interviewed me about the financial pressures us cancer patients endure. I also wangled in about the blog and i'm not afraid to admit I hope it picks up some more readers along the way because it's a bit of a pick me up to see how many times each post gets read. So far, since it started in November,  the blog's been read in excess of 18000 times. This blog. The one you're reading now.  The one that I wrote. I'm just a little bit proud!
So today Child 2, who is poorly with a nasty cold, was bribed with sandwiches and Netflix in a tent while mummy had her moment in front of the camera. It should be airing later this week so keep your eyes peeled!
After skirting with fame it was time to head to the hospital for a chemo review.  Round three starts on Wednesday and then i'm halfway home. I've been told the next three will come with the addition of painkillers as the aches and pains can get pretty intense.  But as I said to my sister earlier in a dodgy BA Baracas accent: 'i'll give you pain, Chemo Fool!'

5 comments:

Dancingleaves said...

Hi Marianne,
I love your writing! I came across your blog via a friend on FB.. My sister was diagnosed with breast ca 5 years ago and has a recurrence in her armpit discovered at what should have been her 5 year 'goodbye' follow up appointment. It is double negative ( but HER 2 positive). Am going up to the Marsden on Wednesday for the results of her PET scan and to find out about her chemo regime...am guessing it will probably be similiar to yours... I'll be definitely checking in to find out how you are getting on. Am so scared and nervous about Wednesday but am hoping it won't show any further spread.
L x

ballsybaldie said...

Hello my love,
I'm so sorry to hear of your sister's recurrence. I'm keeping everything crossed for Wednesday for you both. I don't know if she experienced chemo first time round but if not I can assure you it's doable and that's coming from someone on a pretty potent dose. If you or your sister would like to find me on Facebook so we can continue to message, please do so. Us breast cancer ladies are a great support network. Thinking of you both xx

Hells Bells said...

The question is will the government hear how people with cancer struggle my relative has to move in to a studio flat not a great area coz they can't afford to get your there appointments, the rent etc.
People shouldn't struggle with cancer.

Hells Bells said...

The question is will the government hear how people with cancer struggle my relative has to move in to a studio flat not a great area coz they can't afford to get your there appointments, the rent etc.
People shouldn't struggle with cancer.

Freya Pickard said...

I saw you on the news - you are amazing! you look so good for being on chemo! keep strong, keep fighting - you will get through it. (I agree tho - benefits pay next to nothing, if my husband hadn't been working we would have lost everything while I was being treated for cancer...) xxx