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Not the news we were hoping for!

Well, here's a post I never thought I'd have to write.
Or hoped I'd never have to write, at least.
We've had the news my cancer is back.
Maybe it never left. We're not sure yet.
There are have been so many scans, and doctors appointments where they requested more scans, of late - CT scans, and Bone and PET scans that have made me radioactive (but didn't give me superpowers or make me glow). All these tests have finally told me that the pain I was experiencing in my chest when I did things like breathe, wasn't me just being paranoid.

There is cancer in my sternum, in the bone, eating away at it, (don't google what does bone cancer look like - trust me, it's not pretty!) It's also in the tissue around the bone too. And, for those of you following our travels earlier this year, I also broke said sternum whilst snowboarding too.

But it's not in my organs or my lungs so that's a positive!

We're still figuring out what this means for our lives, and my team are still figuring out my treatment plan. I've got to have some biopsies on the cancerous sites to figure out exactly what type of cancer it is so they can plan the treatment. We need to know whether it's the original breast cancer that has got past my initial treatment and found it's way to the bone - It's super close to the site of the original cancer so it could be, or whether it's secondary cancer. Let's keep our collective fingers crossed for the former, please. There is also talk of cutting out the bone where the cancer is, which quite frankly just sounds gross. And painful.

And whilst this wasn't the route I was planning on my 2018 taking, it's the route we're on, so after some tears, and some drunken nights, you can be sure we're not going to take this lying down. Cancer has picked the wrong people. Again!
(And it means I can legitimately use this cake topper again! So you know, silver linings!)

P.s. I'm sorry if we've not given you this news ourselves. We're still processing it.
P.p.s. if you're thinking of sliding into my DMs telling me to go vegan, give up sugar, eat kale or to push seeds on me to cure this cancer, don't bother. If my onc team suggests it, I'll do it, but I'm not taking the advice of an internet 'health expert'. I don't think turmeric will help either. K. Bye!

Lust List - In the picture

Well, it has been a while hasn't it? I didn't mean to be absent for so long but, well, I got super sick in January and then went on holiday to California, and then life has been a bit crazy since and I haven't even had a chance to open up this little old Surface Pro. But I'm here now, and I have a whole host of posts up my sleeves. 

I've basically spent the last few weeks looking at all the photos that I took on my trip, wishing I was still there, and also trying to figure out all the ways I can share said photos so that they don't stay on my camera, never to see the light of day again. So, here's a lust list, that should be titled 'What to do with the twenty million photos I took on our holidays' but that's far too long for the space I have available, so it's not!

1. I am in LOVE with the Cox and Cox hanging photo frames. I love the effect of seeing images suspended in glass. It just has a feeling of something whimsical about it. They would look absolutely perfect in our dining room. 

2. If I see a photo booth I drag Jim into it, and finally, he's learnt to point them out to me. We found a fun, automated, photobooth in San Fran in a mini golf venue and it needs a frame. I'm yet to find a good photobooth frame better than the Fred Aldous one. 

3. How cute are these stand-up frames. There are a couple of selfies of Jim and I that I'd love to have on my night stand or desk and this would be an excellent way to display them. 

4. Another frame that makes things look like they're suspended. I think these would be perfect, as they're a box frame, to store momento's from our travels along side a pic!  

5. I love the idea of these simple wooden frames. I bet they'd make changing up the picture within them super simple. 

So, tell me, how do you display all the photos that you take on your travels? Or do you not, are they destined to stay on a memory card forever? 

Recipe - The Rhubarb Zombie

I have a bit of a confession to make, a confession of an addiction - I have 100% become addicted to this rhubarb juice from Pago. I thought their cloudy cherry juice, found on the shelves of a couple of the local cafes near my house, was the greatest thing I'd drunk in a long time, but then this rhubarb and pear turned up on my doorstep and my tastebuds were corrected! 
When pago got in touch saying that they'd like to send me some juice, I said yes, because they are donating a percentage of the money from the sales of their drinks in Sheffield to Weston Park Cancer Hospital, which is where I had my radiotherapy. I also said I'd try and think of a fun cocktail to make with it too. Which lets face it, is a really tough gig to agree too. 

So, over a month or so, Jim and I set about trying the Pago in various spirits. We had it straight up with vodka - which works well, we tried it with gin - again, pretty nice, but it was only when we tried it with rum that we knew we'd found our winner!Jim is the master cocktail maker in out house, and one of his specialities is the Zombie, so as soon as this was suggested, I knew it'd be delicious! 
I should give you fair warning though, if you're not already a fan of these ad boys - a Zombie is one hell of a drink - it's got a LOT of rum in it, which I think is great, but you know, isn't for the faint hearted, and it's never a good idea to start an afternoon of fun with your friends by ordering one - no matter how panicked and flustered you are at the bar! 
What you'll need for 1 Zombie;
  • 35ml Dark Rum
  • 35ml Golden Rum
  • 25ml Demerara Overproof Rum
  • 1 bottle of Pago Rhubarb and Pear juice (using 50ml per drink)
  • Half a lime to garnish 
  • Ice 
  • A tiki mug 
What you'll need to do; 
There are two ways to make a Zombie - one is built, and mixed in the glass, the other is to blend the ingredients together. The blender vesion seems less harsh, but it's up to you how you mix it. In bars you'll mostly get them 'built' but at home Jim has been known to do them both ways! 
  1. To blend, add all the liquids to a blender, with some ice, and blitz it up until combined, then pour it into a tiki mug. 
  2. To build, pour the dark and golden rum into a tiki mug, over ice, add the Rhubarb Pago, and stir. Finish the drink by floating your overproof rum on the top of the drink. 
Now comes the fun bit, setting light to your drink.....Our local always serves your Zombie flaming, and I tried to find someway of using rhubarb or pear as the flame vessel, but it wasn't a great idea, so let me save you the hassle and say, do it the old fashioned way, grab yourself a inside out half lime, fill it with a dash of the overproof rum, and light it. But don't let it burn out, just coo at the flame, then blow it out and tip that rum into your drink, or it's a waste! 

So, there you have it, the Rhubarb Zombie, or maybe the Yorkshire Zombie, because you know how proud we are of our rhubarb around here. I just wish that my none forced garden variety was peeking through so we could have used some in this.......