Hair today, gone tomorrow….

be grateful for all you have

Yes, the time has come for my hair to fall out. Since the first dose of chemo, bits have been falling out as I comb or brush my hair, but on Friday it was coming out by the handful. Me being me couldn’t resist pulling it until I had enough for a wig in my hand. It was interesting actually to be able to see the colour of my hair close up, that usually sits on the back of my head. It looked darker than I thought it was.

Presently, the hair on my head is wispy and rather thin. I’ll be happy when that decides to let go too. I’m far from sad about losing my hair, mainly because I feel it is a sign that the treatment is working and it is another step forward to wellness again. I have my scarves and beanies, and my sister is diligently crocheting cloche hats for the more formal occasions….in very soft wool the first one is looking gorgeous already. I’m quite excited about wearing them!

have a little faith

Tim has returned to Maryborough. He left early so he can have a bit of a rest before the working week. It’s a drag having to drive that highway every week – the traffic is diabolical most days especially at the beginning and end of weekends. We enjoyed dinner at the Jam Jar on Friday night….such big meals, very yummy, freshly cooked on the premises, and just what the doctor ordered for me…tasty! Our booking was for 6pm which would be too early for us under normal circumstances, but this is our new norm right now.

Saturday was a busy day for us in spite of the fact that my appointment was changed to Monday at the hospital. It left the day free for Tim and Bernice to go shopping and not have to rush about. Saturday night after dinner we watched TV and chatted. A very enjoyable time for each of us.

My sister has to return home after next week, so plans had to be made for the change over to Tim being the carer, and my sister passed on what has to be done each day to ensure my progress keeps going the way it is. If push came to shove, I know I would be capable of doing it all myself, but it’s rather nice to let someone else worry about what tablets are due, and what to cook for dinner etc.

It will be lovely having Tim here with me, but gee I’m going to miss Bernice. We have had a lot of fun together and have laughed like idiots over the silliest things. A few walks down memory lane about when we were kids — that was nice too and we made a silent pact that no bad memories would be entertained for long. No maudlin stuff for us!

Tim and I greatly appreciate the fact my sister put her own life on hold to come and take care of me. Her husband hasn’t been well of late, so it was very generous of them to agree to this time.


This coming week entails 3 lots of chemo for me as well as another lumbar puncture to measure my bone marrow cells that may or may not still be affected. Every day will need to be taken as it happens, because predictions can’t be made as to how it will go. I might sail through with little or no side effects, but then again I might be unlucky this time and not feel so good. Time will tell. I’m not worried. I know I can handle it.

The sun shines here each day, and the winter is very mild so far. It’s more like early autumn at 24 deg C by day and down to about 11 or 12 at night. Not winter temperatures by any stretch of the imagination. As the saying goes, Sunny Queensland, beautiful one day, perfect the next.

Often, we watch the helicopters land on the rooftop pad at the hospital, then we see the staff rush out when safe to take the patient to whichever ward they need to go. The runway to the lifts are uncovered so we are waiting for a rainy day to see how they keep the patient on the stretcher dry and warm. Small things amuse us!!

Now, it’s time for a cup of tea so I’ll leave you guys to chat amongst yourselves for a while till next blog. I’m feeling good, positive and looking forward to the treatment next week whether it’s going to be tough or not. It is another step forward for me to be able to get back home and back to my life.

Thank you again for your kind comments, your thoughts, prayers, advice, tips and of course your support and love. I am so very grateful.

time for tea

Oh and the pic below has given me inspiration for our side fence that borders our grumpy and nosy neighbour….I will get creative when I am finally back home and well enough to do this. What do you think?

fence art




18 thoughts on “Hair today, gone tomorrow….

  1. ursula dewar. June 12, 2016 at 5:29 am Reply

    Pleased all seems to be going well for you. Take every minute as it comes with confidence that all will be okay soon. God Bless from me.

    • joskehan June 13, 2016 at 6:43 am Reply

      Thank you Ursula. I am taking it one step at a time but looking ahead also. I will be happy when this trek is over and done with! Much love. xxxx

  2. Greta van der Rol June 12, 2016 at 5:59 am Reply

    The painting on the fence is gorgeous – but it might be better to grow a few bougainvilleas up it. 😉

    Best wishes to you.

    • joskehan June 13, 2016 at 6:42 am Reply

      Lol, if I suggested bougainvilleas to Tim he’d choke! He hates them with a passion because of the wicked thorns they have, which always seem to find a way to dig in when pruning is being done. Can’t wait to start on the fence eventually. xxx

  3. Trevor Belshaw June 12, 2016 at 8:15 am Reply

    Love the positivity of this blog. Looking forward to the day you post, we’re going home. Best wishes from England where it’s high summer and not 23 degrees. I’ve been to Queensland many times, as you say, beautiful one day, perfect the next. Brissie winters were like my usual summer. 🙂 Nice to know Tim’s there with you full time now but well done sis. 🙂

    • joskehan June 13, 2016 at 6:40 am Reply

      Hi Trev, well Queensland blotted its copy book today and rained! We are in for a wet week apparently, which is ok because we do need the water. It’s still around 21 deg C though. xxx

  4. Tina Jaray June 12, 2016 at 10:20 am Reply

    Bless you for your positiveness. I am so glad Tim will be able to be with you when your sister has to go. You are very lucky that you and Bernice are such friends as well as being sisters, I can’t say the same in my case. I am glad you are getting some lovely soft caps for your head, they will be so comfy and pretty. And again, you are being so positive about the loss of hair meaning the chemo is doing its job. I am sure that being so positive will definitely help.
    Take care of yourself, and take things easy.
    ❤ ❤ xxx

    • joskehan June 13, 2016 at 6:39 am Reply

      I am very lucky to have such a good relationship with my sister. We didn’t have contact for most of our adult lives due to circumstances beyond our control, so the last decade or so has been a catch up time for us, and this time here has been a true blessing and such fun. xxx

  5. Kay Burnett June 12, 2016 at 10:52 am Reply

    Lovely read. And adore the mural. Sending you love and best wishes as always. Xxxx

    • joskehan June 13, 2016 at 6:37 am Reply

      Hi Kay, I can’t wait to get to work on the fence!! Hugs. xx

  6. Jan Brigden June 12, 2016 at 3:10 pm Reply

    Another positive, warm read, Jo. Both Tim and your sister sound so loving and supportive – so important for you and such a comfort. That fence painting is fab. I want one! 🙂 Glad you enjoyed your meal at the Jam Jar. Love and gentle hugs aplenty! 🙂 xx

    • joskehan June 13, 2016 at 6:36 am Reply

      Thank you Jan. I am rather blessed to have both Tim and my sister taking good care of me. I will miss Bernice when she goes, but her life can’t come to a standstill forever. xxx

  7. Gerri Bowen June 12, 2016 at 8:48 pm Reply

    Another positive post, Jo. Sounds as if you’ve got it all planned out, and I hope all goes well with your sis and Tim as your new carer. I love the fence painting. You could get very creative with that! Keep sparkling, Jo.

    • joskehan June 13, 2016 at 6:34 am Reply

      I’m looking forward to getting to work on the fence Gerri…..I hope this treatment works well over the next week so I’ll be that much closer to getting home again. xxx

  8. Paula Martin June 12, 2016 at 8:56 pm Reply

    Love reading your blogs. You’re a shining example of the ‘always look on the bright side’ attitude to everything. Love and Hugs xx

    • joskehan June 13, 2016 at 6:33 am Reply

      So glad you enjoy the blog Paula. Writing it keeps my perspective where it needs to be, and the support of you and the many others is invaluable. xxxx

  9. Doreen June 13, 2016 at 8:20 pm Reply

    Love the mural on the wooden fence, what a great idea. Love your pics as well where do you get them online. It’s really heartwarming reading your time spent with your sister Bernice. Family matters and being cared for when your ill by those closest to you creates such lovely memories. Girlie time is good for the soul too. There’s always blessings to be found even in the darkest hours of our lives and you find those blessings all the time. Sending you luv,hugs and healing. Dxxxxx

  10. joskehan June 14, 2016 at 8:37 am Reply

    Doreen we have both enjoyed our time together despite the reason for it coming about. As younger girls, both my sisters were away from home by the time I was in school etc, so I didn’t really know either of them very well. I treasure this time and chance to get to know her better than ever and to be able to laugh and chat with no judgement made on either side. Hugs. xxxxx

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