Wednesday 19th January 2022

Half Year Review. #LifeThisWeek 26/52. 2017.84.

Half Year Review. #LifeThisWeek 26/52. 2017.84.

Since I last wrote a Review post, here, so much has changed. But that IS life, right?

The blogging world is changing and shifting as people enter to start new blogs whilst others may leave taking up various roles based on the needs now. Link ups remain the main way many of us know what others are up to but the link-ups themselves that have been supportive of many are reducing. One factor is time.

Another factor is there is less interaction between the blog posters who add their links and ‘run’ in some instances. Over this past weekend the long-running The Ultimate Rabbit Hole closed its doors forever. Seeing Sammie’s last post for the link up explains why and  makes me realise how grateful I have been that people continue to run link ups.

I wish Sammie well of course, and those who have contributed to the link ups over the years.

I am grateful at this half-year review time for YOU…and YOU…and  YOU..yes, all of YOU.

My readers, my blog commenters and my blog linkers! So, what’s else needs mentioning?

  • We’ve moved into Winter here of course, and Summer for those readers (hello Katherine & Patricial!) from the Northern Hemisphere)
  • For many the upcoming end of financial year will mean sorting out finances and all that jazz. We no longer have to do that as our pension income is low. I do recall though that it WAS one of those jobs no-one really likes.
  • Recently we sorted out a big folder of stuff that everyone needs to be able to find and is a must. I am talking birth certificates, marriage certificate, passports, wills, powers of attorney and enduring guardianship papers. These documents WERE at a solicitors but he has died so we have them with us. Moving around means that we keep them safe…for now. Once we are settled we will be reviewing the documents as they were last done in 2010.
  • And I was diagnosed with cancer in my gums in mid May after a troublesome year with my top, front teeth. Sigh. Read about it here.

As best as I can let everyone know, my scheduled surgery is Thursday 6 July* 2017 at Chris O’Brien Lifehouse in Sydney. I will be down in Sydney at the Lifehouse the day before with my husband for the pre-op clinic, meeting with an anaesthetist and the specialist Head & Neck Cancer Nurse. We will stay one night together here. **

Credit: Golden Grove

The next morning, I am to arrive at the hospital (The Lifehouse) by 6.00 a.m. My husband is going to stay for the next 3 nights at the lovely place because it is within 10-15 mins walk from where I am. He is going to be there for my so-called, anticipated worst days as I will be in Intensive Care for up to 2-3 days. Yikes. Even writing that is scary! But like I have said before, knowing he is there, or not too far away will be very comforting to me. He has always been there for me as I have for him in all the times of our lives.

Holding My Hand….since 1970

*I have been told that date is 85% certain. This is contingent on the special software and model of my mouth coming to the surgical and dental team in time for more planning. It is being made in Belgium. I sure hope it is that date as my mouth is very sore and uncomfortable. I cant believe I am writing this but it will be good to have the surgery done.

**There were offers of accommodation made by family and friends and of course we are grateful but this place is ideal. We were recommended it as a place to stay from the hospital as it is much less expensive than other local accommodation and we are already going to be able to get some subsidy for accommodation and travel via the Isolated Patients scheme as we live > 100 km from the hospital. We had no idea about these things until my diagnosis.

This is my second last post FOR NOW for #LifeThisWeek. Next week is 27/52 Taking Stock.  That will be the LAST until I resume blogging after my upcoming surgery. I have had kind offers from blogging friends to keep the link up going and I have said ‘no, thank you’ because I am pretty sure as I can be, that by the time I am ready to come home (10-14 days post surgery) I will be thinking about blogging again. Watch this space! 

My husband will be letting our family and friends know how my surgery and recovery is going and in turn, our daughter will add updates to my Facebook personal page and the blog page. It is my request (at this stage) to have no visitors other than him because I know I will be unwell, unable to speak much (if at all) and in pain. If I change my mind about this…a girl can, right? Then Facebook will be the place to look. That’s about it. No it’s not. Sorry!

How blessed I am to have made so many friends via blogging and social media since 2010. I have been given enormous support via kind messages, post comments, gifts, phone calls, cards and more. I have each and every wish & prayer tucked into my heart and that is helping me face arguably the biggest (health) challenge in my life till now. This is my message for me and for you! 

Thank you and Happy Monday!

Denyse. Join up here with Alicia for Open Slather and here with Kell for Mummy Mondays.

I hope you are linking up here too.

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  1. Good luck!! I hope it goes smoothly and the recovery is easy (as easy as these things can be). Take care, and I’ll be looking for your return, and a fb note that it all went well and you are merrily eating ice cream again. Or whatever you’re allowed.

    • Thank you Lydia. I think I will be most grateful just to swallow water again! I was just have a whinge to my husband that the feeding tube will be in for 7 days.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear this news. I hope thr surgery goes well for you what a wonderful husband you have too!

  3. Wishing you luck, healing and everything else that goes with this. I’ll be looking out for your news & your return & sending all sorts of virtual support to you both. x

  4. Happy Monday Denyse. xoxoxo

  5. Best of the best for you Denyse. I hope your 85% becomes 100% and you are able to move into recovery and life post surgery xx

  6. Wishing you all the very best as the time gets closer Denyse – I know what you mean about wanting it all done and behind you so I hope your date doesn’t change. I think it’s great that you are planning on getting back into blogging when you feel ready – it’s such a great way to stay connected with people while you recover – and no talking is needed!

  7. I’m really glad you have a date and guess it’s scary and exciting at the same time. A necessary evil.

    I completely understand that idea of accommodation nearby and being independent.

    Let us know if there is ANYTHING you need. Anything at all.

    And – surprise, surprise – I’ve linked up today! xx

    • So true Deb. Today I am in a pretty sad mode because it’s nearly here. I hope that some brightness returns but if it doesn’t then talking to my husband and chatting to my friendly GP will help. Thanks so much for linking up and your kind offer.

  8. I will be thinking of you on the sixth, and the days after. You are a gem in the blogging world, a kind and supportive soul xx

  9. All the best, I will be thinking of you.

  10. You are so strong Denyse and I wish you every success with the surgery. You have the wonderful support of your darling husband, family and friends to lean on when you need to so don’t hold back. I agree with the link and run with link ups. I think it is sad as people actually go to the trouble of writing something and then others just link their link up and don’t try to read some of the other posts. I’ve met many of my blogging friends through link parties. I will be thinking of you and your husband and I’ll remember the date because it is my niece’s birthday. Take care Denyse, love and hugs to you xxx

    • Thank you Sue for your understanding and kind words. Once I am back on board the blogging train I shall see how it all continues but until I am ready the linky can have a little rest.

  11. Michelle (inthegoodbooksblog) says:

    I wish you the very best for a successful surgery and recovery Denyse. Thank you for being so honest and sharing this with your readers. You’re a fantastic asset to the blogging community. You’ll be in my thoughts and prayers xx

  12. I hope the surgery date stays as it is, it would be so frustrating to have it moved when all you want is to have this over and done with. My thoughts are with you. Since my Facebook account has been deactivated, I don’t know what’s going on in anyone’s lives. Sending love.

    • Thank you Dorothy. When I was diagnosed the surgeons said it would be within 4-6 weeks. On the day it does go ahead (fingers crossed) it is 7 weeks. That’s weird re FB. I hope it comes good soon.

  13. Cancer can really hide itself anywhere, sorry to hear about this Denyse, hope surgery goes well and your comfortable afterwards xx

  14. Good luck! I hope things go smoothly for you, and wish you a speedy recovery.

  15. I was thinking of doing a half year in review post and linking it up but I was too tired, so I guess that was my review haha.

    Link ups are a lot of work. I’m in two minds about continuing mine but I’m also not making decisions on anything until I’m at least 6 weeks post surgery.

    • I get that. I reckon you were sick for so long your body needs more time to recover. I will want some distraction I “think” once I am back home and that’s probably when I will re-start the link up. But not exactly knowing how I will be, it’s open-ended as a choice for me right now.

      • The one criticism I have over most of the ENT stuff is that they’ll acknowledge the physical stress of surgery, but not of being sick for months first. But it is a bit like the rest of society, acute is discussed and accepted, chronic gets boring and in the way. Or at least that’s how I feel people respond to me at the moment in a few places.

  16. I’m wishing you only good things and hope that surgery passes as quickly and painlessly as possible so that you can get on with the important business of recovering. I know you’ve got so much support from your beloved, the family, your friends and your medical team, but here’s some value added extra hugs from me to add in tot he mix. Can’t wait to see you back blogging! xx

  17. All the best Denyse for your upcoming surgery. Although I’ve never met you in person I feel like I meet you every week when I join your link up and read your posts. My thoughts will be with you and praying for a speedy and full recovery. Ingrid xx

    • Thank you Ingrid. Blogging is like that isn’t it? We may not meet IRL (as they say!) but we do our best to connect here too. Denyse x