Here's a pic of most of Team Mairead before the run.
I like this one - it's of Ally, Ruth and Teenie crossing the finishing line.
Teenie, James and Rona showing off their backs!
The back of Alice's T-shirt, which I love!
Most of the team after the run, looking a bit tired!
Some lovely members of my family who showed up to support all the runners.
Finally, the amazing cake that a very kind colleague of Ruth's made for the day (Thank you Keggers!).
I am very proud and also feel so honoured that everyone put in so much effort for today. I am incredibly touched by the amount of people who took part and I'm so thankful to have such great friends. I will definitely be at the next one!
When Ruth came down last Monday, she presented Mum, Dad and I with 'Team Mairead' badges. Dad has been wearing his most of the week. Cringe.
The Professor phoned Mum on Friday night to let us know he received the preliminary report from the pathology. It's a mix of good and bad news. The good news is that they managed to successfully remove the tumour from my bowel, the lymph nodes and the lesion on the liver. However, the tumour in the bowel appears to have ruptured during chemotherapy and some cells have most likely escaped. The problem is, we have no idea if the cells that escaped were live cancerous cells or dead cells. In light of this, the prof thinks it is most likely I will have to have the high dose chemotherapy as a precaution. He said he would think about this over the weekend and we would discuss it in full tomorrow. I know it is a positive thing that the tumour has been removed but on Friday evening I was so disappointed. I was so anxious before he phoned and was desperate for him to say that everything had been removed successfully. As with this horrible disease though, nothing can be predicted. None of us were expecting this to happen and once again, it is a change that I will just have to get my head around. Well, we'll just have to wait and see what he says tomorrow.
One positive thing about the past few days is that I am not in hospital. It's safe to say that there is nothing I miss about it! I've managed to get some pictures off my phone, which aren't desperately exciting but here you go. Since moving back home, I have noticed that James can pretty much fall asleep anywhere..
Here's one of Dad clearly having lots of fun.
When I came out of theatre, I had drains coming out everywhere and also three venflons in my left arm. When the last one came out, it created an almighty bruise. One which I have captured for your visual pleasure. Not entirely sure why as it is a bit rank.
Since I've been out of hospital I have not left Daphne's house. It's lovely and cosy so I am very comfortable here. Ruth, Ally and Jamie were here last week and kept me entertained. Andy also appeared on Friday which was a nice surprise.
There's not a TV here which I am surprisingly enjoying... I've spent most of my time reading the paper or working my way through some of the books I brought with me. I'm a big fan of Jane Austen and have just started 'A Weekend With Mr Darcy'. Most of these types of books are pretty rubbish but I read them anyway. I'm still pretty sore but the staples are supposed to be coming out tomorrow. Apparently it won't be as sore when they're out. Well, according to Teenie. We'll see...
One of the most annoying things that has happened since we came to London is that I've now lost most of my hair and eyelashes. I have no idea why as I finished chemo about 5 weeks ago! I think it makes me look really odd as I now just have wispy bits of hair, should I just shave it? Also, does anyone have any suggestions how I can make my face look a bit more normal? I hate not wearing mascara but with no eyelashes, I now have no choice. I'm unsure whether to just go for loads of eyeliner or if that will look odd. Any tips will be much appreciated!
The day before my operation Teenie, James and I started to write a list of things I'm going to do when I'm better. It's already two pages long and I've barely scraped the surface! I am really looking forward to having the energy to do all these things. I just hope it's soon.
Hopefully back in Glasgow on Tuesday, will probably write some more then. Good night y'all.