Archive for October, 2012

The Next Day

First, I want to thank you for the messages of support – I can’t begin to tell you how much I appreciate them.

Mum, dad and I went to visit Sue yesterday. She was sunbathing and studying (she has exams in a couple of weeks). Dad asked her how she was feeling… she replied – “The same as I felt yesterday.”

She plans to keep working. She will do the written exams, but the practical part will be held over for her until she is well enough. Her workmates are being enormously supportive. She is still waiting for a biopsy which will tell us just where the cancer is, but she says it is a relief to KNOW there really is something wrong – and that the process of treatment has begun.

There were tears – of course there were – and there will be more, but there was also a lot of laughter too. My brother is coming home from Australia. He arrives on Friday. Sue is pissed off about that. She says she told him not to do anything stupid “Does he think I’m dying?”  (she was laughing).

My dad is not coping very well at all. He felt better after seeing her yesterday, but mum says today he broke down and sobbed again. Mum is doing her best impression of an ostrich – head in the sand thing. She has always done that in times of crisis, so nothing unusual there.

I did some research on the interwebs – as you do – and found there is growing evidence that a ketogenic ie very low carbohydrate diet has been shown to ‘starve’ cancer cells. Cancer cells need glucose to survive and grow. Carbohydrates turn into glucose…. no carbs, no glucose. Studies have showed that fasting, in combination with chemotherapy is extremely effective. There are also studies that have shown that fasting alone is extremely effective. Apparently there is speculation that it is the fact that chemotherapy causes you to lose your appetite, that is more effective than the drug itself. Fascinating stuff…

I sent the information to Sue, she is really keen, so she and I are now both doing the diet. I figure I can’t quite bring myself to shave my head in solidarity… but, I certainly can do the diet with her. We have nothing to lose by trying this and potentially everything to gain. We started yesterday. Today she says she is a little light-headed, but that her tummy doesn’t feel so ‘tight’. Hopefully, by the time she gets the biopsy done, the cancer will already be in retreat…

Sue has asked for a family dinner next week, so we can talk about what happens if this all doesn’t turn out well. In my opinion this is a really good idea. I have my wishes on paper – should I fall off my perch unexpectedly – and I also have a pinterest board, with the songs I want played at my funeral (just so’s you know :-)).

I am very much a believer in the power of prayer. So, if you would keep doing that for her – I would be hugely grateful. I love you all.

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My sister has cancer.

We don’t know yet where (bowel or ovarian)

We don’t know how… bad…but, it is BAD, and it has fucked with our brains.

If you pray to anyone

PLEASE pray now.

She is a good girl – much better than me.

She works on the ambulance – a paramedic.

She gets to go to the nastiest accidents you can imagine.

She is my hero.

This is BAD.

I don’t know what to do.

I just don’t know.

Sue Pearson.

Mother of three.


My Hero.

Please Pray


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Spring Garden

Palmerston North is the kind of city that you often wonder ‘Has someone left the back and front doors open?’

We get wind – that’s normal but, lately we’ve had WIND. A lazy wind – the kind that goes straight through you – and it’s cold. Not good for starting the veggie garden – though we know enough now to use protection 🙂

I’ve been reading posts from my blogging friends Emma (a Kiwi in Perth) http://www.mydarlinglemonthyme.com/and Rebecca (an Aussie chef from Canberra – she’s nice – she can’t help it that she’s Australian!)  http://intolerantchef.blogspot.co.nz/

The girl’s have been bragging about their spring gardens, so I thought I’d join the party…

Tarragon (back left) that over-wintered in the shade house; Lemon Thyme (my favourite – in the pink pot); worm-wees (from mum and dad’s worm farm); tomatoes; zucchini (or maybe cucumbers – Rick didn’t label them when he planted the seeds [!]); and parsley – which spent the winter on the bench under our kitchen window.

Baby Globe Basil hiding in the back row…

We planted a ton of spinach and silver beet in the shade-house for winter. They did really well, but they’ve been evicted to make way for tomatoes. Rhubarb (which should be red, but is growing green…sigh); and in the back – see that white thing? That’s what I mean about protection – It shelters 2 tomatoes, 4 lettuce and 2 zucchini (one of which has an actual zucchini ‘fruit’ already!!!) You know it is spring because you’re delighted at the sight of a zucchini 🙂

Radish (in front); Carrots in back (Rick plants carrot seed with the same enthusiasm he uses for tomato seed)

Tomatoes in the shade house.




In other news – Poppy caught her first bird last week… a fantail (Piwakawaka)

This cheeky little bird is a New Zealand native. It dip-dives its way around the garden, catching airborne insects. They are dear little creatures and now there is one less in the world.

Poppy was growled at so thoroughly that she got quite depressed and needed LOTS of reassurance that she was still loved…


…which, of course, she is.

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I can’t remember how I found this girl’s blog, but I already love her (I’m a ‘lurker’ there, she doesn’t know I exist yet).  I thought you might like her too – if you have some time, have a look at some of her older posts. She’s funny and clever and thoughtful… and she loves cats, oh and I defy you to read her post “There’s something about Mr Weebles” and NOT shed a few tears…

Start here: http://fearnoweebles.wordpress.com/

I love to find new people on the interwebs 🙂


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We’ve had a busy couple of weeks…

The back lawn – which turned into a potential rice-paddy each time it rained…

…was dug up…

lots of new drains were dug… pipes laid…

…topsoil put down on top of the drains… new turf on top of that…

… nearly finished…

At the same time… the kitchen was going from this…

…red bench… red and cream floor…

To this…

The gang is very pleased it is all over…









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