Me: I thought I’d take some portraits of you all for a change. What do you think?
Nell: My ears are a little windswept.
Me: At least you’re smiling and so is Harriet. Poppy refused to look at the camera and my darling Big Brave Beautiful Boy’s playing Cheeky Animals.
Nell: You should share the good news.
Me: Yes. The nurse confirmed that all the cancer has gone.
Me: It is. They’re going to operate again as a precautionary measure to make sure they have a wider margin around where it was.
Nell: Which is wonderful to hear.
Nell: Yes, and the date of the operation is definitely 9th November.
Me: So, now I know what is happening.
Nell: They will continue to keep a close eye on you in the future.
Me: Yes, and I need to keep a close eye on any moles, or marks, that change and any prolonged swelling of my lymph nodes.
Nell: They can be painful if you have a cold, or an infection, so you mustn’t panic if that happens.
Me: No. It’s just if it continues longer than a week.
Nell: The nurse also said that it is completely normal to feel overwhelmed by what has happened.
Nell: And that this should ease over the next few months.
Me: That’s right.
Nell: But you should always let people know if you’re feeling stressed as they can help you through it.
Me: I can’t even begin to say how much everyone’s support means to me. It is such a comfort.
Nell: You also spoke to another nurse about your general health.
Me: I did.
Nell: And cake needs to become a treat not a staple.
Me: I know.
Nell: It can’t be one of your five a day.
Me: No. Sorry.