Hello all!

So I’m in Germany, Bamberg, in this hotel called Somnia which is attached to the clinic. It’s just a BB so we are looking for alternative self catering as you can’t get any food here after breakfast.

Yesterday’s journey was awful. The flights initially where wrong so they had to be fixed.  We landed in Munich and waited on the plane to take off for Frankfurt.  Once there I was exhausted but Lufthansa arranged a wheelchair and took me through on my very own bus to the next flight to Neuremberg and all free too.  Once on that plane which took 25 mins I felt even more ill but soon landed and got carted off in yet another wheel chair to the taxi.   Our taxi driver Paolo from Turkey was lovely and ever so understanding as I was violently ill before we drove off.   Think the stress caught up with me.

We soon arrived at the clinic then hotel.  Then it was a rush to find some food.   Totally exhausted went to sleep thankful for the days end.

Today we had a hearty breakfast.  Went down to the clinic and spoke to the radiologists about whats next.   I went and got measured for a mask. That was strange as it pins you to the bed and you can’t see out of it there is a space just for the nose.  CT was soon over and shortly after the MRI.  They want to check there are no more tumours.   They will then match the two together so they can target exactly where the tumours are and the mask will ensure I do not move throughout the process. 

The side effects will be minimal, controllable headaches probably as my brain my swell; but tablets will help.  My hair will fall out in about three weeks and take a few months to grow back but I wont be in any pain.   Tomotherapy is a great way to treat my tumours so I’m very pleased about that.

The doctors here are lovely, and I’m pleased to say my German that I learned in school gets me by quite well, most of the time. Excellent.

Mornings are the hardest as it takes me a while to start functioning and reality hit me hard in the face since I got here, but I just keep saying I can do this. I will get through this, come on brain work with me here lets get a wriggle on.

My joints are hurting and I fell in out of the balcony today. Was quite funny really, I was ever so graceful. Thats quite rare for me I’m such a lump.

So all is well.  Treatment officially starts Tuesday they think.  I am seing the doctor today to discuss things further. Hope I can keep my eyes open.   

Weather is so crisp and fresh that makes me feel alive which is always a good thing eh.

Till the next blog then 🙂

Faith. x

12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Randi
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 16:07:03

    Great that you are there getting better treatment.Keep the ball rolling!I know everyone in the states that read your blog is so pulling for you. Fingers crossed-praying hard for you


  2. Cathy
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 16:09:48

    Hi Alethea,
    I work with Tony and he has told me all about you, I feel like I know you already. Glad to hear you have arrived in Germany safely and I really hope your treatment goes well, I will have everything crossed for you!
    Tony has also started to do some fund raising and its going very well.
    I will get daily updates from Tony and read your blog to see how you are doing.
    Thinking of you.
    Cathy xx


  3. Bro.T
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 16:10:18

    Yo sis. Sounds like you are in good hands there. Keep the faith. xxx


  4. Trish
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 16:31:49

    Oh hun, the whole of Paphos is with you in spirit if not in body. Everybody is keeping fingers, legs, arms etc crossed – must uncross them soon though as nature calls.

    Keep ur pecker up girl as everybody is routing for you

    Luv and kisses
    from everybody in Paphos


  5. Michele
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 16:38:14

    You are an amazingly brave woman and I take so much out of your blog. My condition is not close to what you are going through but I take courage from you. I have deep depression as a result of some traumatic events and I am undergoing Electro convulsive therapy to try and get back to some sort of emotional stabilty….please know that I send you all the strength I have left.


  6. Molly
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 18:20:41

    Glad you arrived safe in Germany Alethea, stay positive, you are an inspiration to all. Much love xx


  7. Cheryl
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 19:45:32

    Hey Chick, thinking of you… WoW Germany huh… Dont u just get about! Hope u find a suitable place to stay…. After all you’ve been thru and are still going thru – you deserve The Ritz!
    U amaze me… then what do we expect from such a beautiful, wonderful woman with such strength, positivity and a spirit that cant be broken, regardless as to what life throws at you.

    Alethea you where an inspiration when we worked together, and you still are now. Damn Im proud to say that I know you!!!

    The UK and Cyprus are Loving You, Thinking of U and Routing for U. COs if anyone can kick ass babe – its you xxx

    Cheryl xxx


  8. sally
    Feb 04, 2011 @ 22:24:35

    So glad you are in Germany Alethea
    sending you strength and a warm hug
    keep safe
    love sally xxx


  9. Louise
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 01:05:50

    Hi Alethea,

    I am glad you have finally arrived in Germany. I work at Tony company. Tony told me about your blog and I have been following it regularly you are remarkable and you have a great sense of humour you are one tough cookie. I am thinking of you all and your family. I myself was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma a few months ago. Take care & God Bless.

    Thinking of you.
    With love from Louise.


  10. Zhanna P. Rader
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 09:00:19

    Glad that the treatment will begin soon. You are almost there, Alethea. Just three more days…


  11. Anna
    Feb 05, 2011 @ 12:42:11

    Hi Alethea

    I work with Tony and my husband was diagnosed with malignant melanoma 4 years ago. It was a very scary time for us, sometimes you want to hug the lovely doctors and sometimes you want to run over them with a bus.
    My in-laws live in Limassol (ex-forces) and I absolutely love Cyprus, we are hoping to visit again in September. My absolute favourite place is Curium which isn’t too far from Paphos. Fresh calamari and cold Keo – you will soon be back from cold Germany!

    Lots of love
    Anna x


  12. Brian & Mamdy Bolton UK
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 17:56:27

    Hi Alethea,

    Glad to hear your treatment starting you’ll be home before you know it. We’re all thinking and praying for you in England xxx


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