Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award!

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I was very excited yesterday when I found I had been given an award for the… Sisterhood of World Bloggers… worldwide there are thousands of blogs, so it is always a great honour when someone finds my blog worthy of an award. This award was given to me by Jazzybeatchick Writes … this is a great blog which I really enjoy reading for her content, music and pictures..

With these awards there are always rules to excepting and passing the award to others… so here goes!!This is a link to Jazzybeatchicks nomination post…
http://jazzybeatchick.com/2013/11/18/sisterhood-of-the-world-bloggers-award/

~~Rules~~

1 Provide a link to and thank the blogger who nominated you for this award.
2 Answer ten questions.
3 Nominate 10-12 blogs that you find a joy to read.
4 Provide links to these nominated blogs and kindly let the recipients know they have been nominated.
5 Include the award logo within your blog post.

~~Ten questions to be answered~~

1 Your favorite colour … Red /orange
2 Your favorite animal … Dog
3 Your favorite non-alcoholic drink … Mango Juice
4 Facebook or Twitter … Facebook
5 Your favorite pattern … Swirls
6 Do you prefer getting or giving presents… oh I like both giving and getting!!
7 Your favorite number … 4
8 Your favorite day of the week … Saturday the start of the weekend!
9 Your favorite flower … Lilies
10 What is your passion? … Travel

Well as always when there are rules I am inclined to bend or break them!!! I find it impossible to pick which 10 or 12 blogs I should choose, as all the blogs I follow I enjoy, you can see these listed at the end of my posts. How ever I have decided to give this to just one post that has a special place in my heart at this time…

Saying NOPE to Breast Cancer

In this blog Mogatos says….  I never really worried or thought much about cancer … until my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 28.  At the time, I was 21 years old, naive, in college, worried about what plans I had for the weekend, and didn’t really grasp what that meant.  More than ten years later, my sister is gone, my mom is gone (ovarian cancer), and I just had a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy and started the breast reconstruction process on January 22, 2013. I said NOPE to breast cancer. 

I am pleased to pass this award to Mogatos so you can read this courageous women’s story…

A light at the end of the tunnel!

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Can I see the light?…Google images

I started my day today with the Physio for Manual Lymph Drainage and to see how things were going. This week I had not used the Ready Wraps and had worn my compression stocking instead. I had felt that the Ready Wraps were pushing the fluid from my knee downwards instead of up and away!! I had also decided to just do the walking I needed to do this week, not strengthening exercises or stretching of the knee. This was because I am not sure if the extra exercise was causing the knee to swell rather than being Lymphoedema. We did not do any measures today but the Physio felt that I was actually getting a visible knee and less swelling. Next week we will measure again and hope to compare these to pre surgery measurements. My leg is soft and there is no pitting, so this is good, but is it due to Lymph nodes or all the treatment I am getting!!!

Next it was off to the imaging department and the ultrasound I had been dreading. Could they see any viable Lymph nodes in the transferred tissue? As always my surgery was of great interest to the technician, as a first at Macquarie Uni Hospital.(leg) The  lady had lots of questions, which at least helped to calm my nerves. She then started to do the ultrasound on my knee and I could barely breathe…
“I think that’s one there and it’s working hard.”
Oh my goodness what a relief I could feel the tears coming but managed to hold it together. The technician then went and got two of the doctors to come and have a look. They thought that maybe there were two lymph nodes and asked how many had been transferred, but I did not know that, I thought it was usually only three or four to protected the donor site. They said because there was fluid present it was difficult to tell but they thought two… Well that is much better than zero…. My story continues!!!!

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Coming out of the darkness.. Google images

A light at the end of the tunnel, after all that I have been through, was more than I hoped for. I emailed my doctor and told him to expect a report and I wanted to hear the results before I see him next Friday!!