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Back from the sun was posted 02/28/2003 11:41 pm by Sue(UK)
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Well 2 years ago I never thought we would have done this again but we have just got back from 3 weeks in New Zealand. We had plenty of sun, sea and walking in native forest. We toured around the north-east of North Island and then visited my husband's sister, her husband and 18month old daughter. The beaches were beautiful and almost deserted and the people where we stayed in bed and breakfast so friendly - just what the doctors ordered! The first day he insisted on doing an 8-hour hike straight up and down a logging trail. He was fine but it almost killed me - literally as jetlag hit at about 3pm local time and I tripped and fell sideways off the path and sprained my ankle with no sympathy from him. Luckily the lady from the B&B where we were staying provided sympathy and an ice pack! It limited my walking after that but didn't stop us from having shorter, less ambituous walks and a trip to White Island to walk to the rim of the volcano. Now miss our evening walks along the beach.

I was so nervous before we went that my husband might not cope with the 36 hours travelling there and back and 3 weeks away from our medical support but he was fine - much better than me in fact. He is still in pain (but seems to cope with it with liberal doses of morphine sulphate and co-praxamol when he remembers to take it!) and having digestive problems but he enjoyed himself.

Now back to sorting out what happens next. He has a CT scan on Monday and hopefully the surgeon, immunotherapist and oncologists have been talking about what to do next. Certainly hope they have as oncologist is due to go away for 3 weeks himself in a weeks time.

Now trying to catch up on news from the board over the past 3 weeks. As usual there seem to be many new names, good news, sad losses, stories of hope and unfortunately the odd argument.

best wishes to you all. Love Sue

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