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Hi Guys,

Those of you who have read my posts will know me - I have COPD and although Flare Ups are not quite as often, breathless has increased, Dr Says maybe that;s cardiac.

So 2019 I spent close on a year being tested for lung cancer, CT Scan after CT scan. I remember the final letter on the.

Mr "I think your abnormal shadow has gone, so i took your abnormality to radiographer and he says it's more lung scaring and I agree" - An I missing something.

Anyway lockdown came and lockdown was eased.. Then I was after 6 months diagnosed with Bladder Cancer for which, I am still having treatment. Can't get any worse.. hmm

I went to Dr with nose problems, while there I asked her to look at my toe which had turned black and hurt. she referred me to dermatologist - seems i probably have cancer (skin) in my big toe would you believe, she referred me on the two week rule.

So how do I keep sane, not easy, those who know me know I bury myself in garden but it's winter.

So I have gone back to paining as I used to be half decent and am now in middle of a painting.

Not been on for a while, as you can see, been kind of busy,

Wishing you all a Happy Christmas and a Happy new Year. x

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That's quite a story Ern. I hope your bladder and skin cancers can be successfully treated. In the meantime it's good to know you have taken up an old pastime while waiting to get back in your garden next year. Seasons best wishes Carole xx

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Ern007 in reply to CDPO16

Thank you, painting helps a lot, I used to do water colours but giving Acrylics a go.

Sorry to hear things haven’t been great for you Ern. I truly hope you get all the help and support you need. Wishing you a good Christmas and a better year ahead. Xxxx

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Ern007 in reply to sassy59

Thank you, I have had the treatment needed, I am going with tow on new Years Eave, I could have gone this week but miles away at 8am, not fit to drive at that time, to tired, So I am booked in at my local hospital. I hope you also have a Chistmas x

Blooming heck.. it dont rain but it pours.. but hold your head up ..face the deluge

.we have your back....in the meantime send updates of your paintings xxx

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Ern007 in reply to ledge

Thank you, I will update and in middle at the moment.

Good grief Ern you have certainly been through the wringer. I am sorry to hear of all this , sometimes it just feels like nothing can go right. I was wondering if you have any interest at all in Bonsai plants. I know they sell little Bonsai kits nowadays, something to work on during the winter months? Not that I know a whole lot about them. I hope things get better Ern. Thinking of you. xx 😊👋

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Ern007 in reply to Caspiana

Thank you - My daughter loves Bonsai and I grow Japanese Maple as Bonsai as no room to let them go, I have a pic somewhere of one, I will re-answer this message with pic if I can find it. Do I see a Ficus and a Parlour Palm in your photo.

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Caspiana in reply to Ern007

I have no idea what they are Ern. 😊 It's a picture I screen grabbed from the internet as an example. I would love to see your Bonsai though. Fascinating. xx

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Ern007 in reply to Caspiana

I will do my best, I think on my phone....I will post a pic in this answer if I find it, I prob will..

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Caspiana in reply to Ern007

No stress. 👋😊

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Ern007 in reply to Caspiana

Hear is a young tree that will be a bonsai - Japanese Maple.

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Caspiana in reply to Ern007

It's very pretty. Thank you for showing us. 🙂

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You’re having and have had a horrible time. As a rule of thumb,we never ever say that things can’t get any worse.they can. My brother in law has been having treatment for bladder cancer.It’s been a hard road for him.

He was reviewed this Monday.

In the New Year,his surgeon is going to attempt to repair the hole in his bladder.

Then in another procedure they’ll attempt to fit a stent into his kidney.

I hope things go better for you than it has for him.

I hope your other health issues are resolved.

Take care and be very kind yourself.

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Ern007 in reply to Oshgosh

Thank you. my cancer is aggressive but, treatable because None Muscle Invasive. I had TURBT op to remove the tumour, it can come back so a procedure every 4 months, Hope your Brother is OK, I wonder if TURBT caused the tear .

I haven’t heard of TURBTAs far as I know he had 2 courses of Chemo,as the tumour reappeared in the same place.theysaid that it was good it wasn’t in the muscle.

I’m glad to hear your cancer is treatable,x

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Ern007 in reply to Oshgosh

This is TURBT and a rare side affect is a puncture,,, cancerresearchuk.org/about-...

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Oshgosh in reply to Ern007

Thanks,that’s really Informative.I can’t ask him much,so that makes a lot of sense.They to,d him the treatment hadn’t caused the hole.

I was a bit sceptical when he told me ,now even more so.

Dear Ern, I’m sorry for to hear all you are going through! I really hope you can keep enjoying your garden and painting for a long time yet!!

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Ern007 in reply to madonbrew

Thank you, yea it helps when you have hobbies.

It would be gd to see yr painting whn in finished.plod on.i picture myself as being on a tennis court,poised with racquet - " anything else wanna throw at ??"( meaning are there any more diseases left that i dont have?! Take them on as they arise.i hope painting relaxes u xxx

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Ern007 in reply to Patk1

Thank's when finished I will upload one, I used to rush but now I get as good as I can. yea it does realx, also at night in bed, I watch art on you tube or a Film on Netflix, keeps mind busy x

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Patk1 in reply to Ern007

Thanku.do keep us updated.its good that u have such a worthwhile hobby.hope u feel better after treatment too x

Ern, just to say I'm sorry for all your bother but it's good you have your painting. Hope you have a relaxing Christmas despite it all.x

What a time you have been going through Ern. I do hope the treatment has been successful and you can now move on. I used to do a little painting /sketching years ago and keep thinking of taking it up again aa I used to enjoy it. Like you I love the garden and spend alot of time outside in the good months, roll on spring lol. I wish you all the best for Christmas and the New Year x

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Ern007 in reply to Izb1

Thank you and hope you also have the best Christmas.

That's a bummer! But think positive, I have a friend who since 1998 has had breast cancer twice, skin cancer, bladder cancer and cancer of her peritoneum (lining of the stomach cavity). She has beaten the first 4 and is being successfully treated for the last one ( for 11 years)!

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Ern007 in reply to Digger0

Wow that's some fight, thanks for posting ..

A Happy Christmas and I hope that 2022 brings joy in your painting. Grace

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Thank you

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You've certainly been through it these past couple of years, let's hope the new year sees things getting better for you. Please keep u as updated. Enjoy your your painting it's something I love doing too. Have a wonderful Christmas nd a Happy New Year. Have a good day and take care 😊 Bernadette and Jack 🐕 xxxxxx 🎄

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Ern007 in reply to Damon1864

Thank you both, I will update as i would love to post some positive news.x

🤦🏻‍♀️ What a time you’re having ! I can only say I hope your treatment goes well and I’m so glad you have your hobbies to keep you sane , coincidentally hobbies that I share with you I love your maple , I have 3 in pots outside but two are about 10’ tall , in massive pots and getting difficult to move around , I never thought of growing as bonsai 😃 I’m going to give it a go 🤙. I really hope 2022 brings some good news for you and that you have a nice relaxing Christmas xx

Thank you. I have one in the garden, that's all I have room for, wonderful trees - My daughter loves bonsai that's how I started, growing for her,, I also like palms, I got one to flower this year and a huge flower scented on Cordyline. Have a good one this Christmas

I had a small maple growing from seed under one of the big ones this autumn, I’ve covered it in mulch hoping it survives the winter , if it does I’ll try it with that but now I’m thinking I should have brought it indoors 🤦🏻‍♀️ Well done with the Cordyline 😃 x

Good luck with the seedling, let me know, they are very hardy and worthwhile, I have several of this years plants outdoors and probably they will be fine......Thank's the Cordyline flower was special, if you have not seen it, I will show you in an answer and the scent, wish i could bottle it.. Good luck with the seedling...

No I’ve never seen a cordyline in flower ,I would love to see it , I’m sure others would too 😃 x

I posted this in the summer I think, this is my Cordyline in flower x


So sorry to read about your multiple problems and hope the painting helps to take your mind off them. Would like to see the finished result. Best wishes. I hope the New Year brings successful treatment for the cancers. xxx

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Ern007 in reply to Alberta56

Thank you

Wishing you successful treatments for your bladder and toe. How lovely you’ve taken up painting again. Merry Christmas x

You have certainly had a lot to put up with, Ern. I'm sure painting does help, it's a great therapy, hopefully you will show us your finished work soon. Wishing you all the best for your treatment and good health for the coming year xxx😊

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Ern007 in reply to HollyBoyd

Thank you, glad I did go back to painting, i seemed to stop after moving house.

Same to you Ern007. Hope things get better for you in the New Year..Hope you have a good Christmas. Brian

Stay strong Ern 🐞

Sorry to hear all this Ern. Wishing you all the best and a stress free Christmas 🎄

Hope you get treatment for your skin cancer soon as your bladder cancer is being treated already (I've had a few bouts of bladder cancer which were treated quickly and effectively - hope the same for yours🤞). All best wishes for Christmas and the New Year

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Ern007 in reply to Dedalus

Thank you and I hope you stay clear,, Best wishes to you and yours this Christmas.

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