Happy birthday to me

I made it! Today is my birthday and I am now 48. Yay! Getting older is great. I know most people would not agree but when you are faced with the inevitable prospect of not reaching a ripe old age then it changes your perspective somewhat.

I am going to keep this short. It has been a while since my last post so I just wanted a brief update to let you know that I am still here. The steroids that I am taking have helped and although I do get very tired and my legs are still constantly tingly and very weak, I am able to keep food down and get up and out when necessary. In fact, we had a lovely little family holiday in Brighton over the weekend. No the weather was not great but our hotel had a sea view and a swimming pool and Charlie was happy to stay in and swim every day. I partook of the sauna and we also went to the pier and to Sea Life. It was lovely seeing Charlie so happy and getting to spend quality time with the family.

I am about to go out for afternoon tea with Neil to celebrate my birthday. So yes, I am abandoning the healthy eating for today. I had an egg with smoked salmon for breakfast and will be having sandwiches, tea and cake for lunch. And I will enjoy it!

My digestion is still not quite right after the radiotherapy so I have not managed to get back onto my full diet and supplements but I am still mainly eating vegetable soups. Juices are harder for me to stomach. I don’t know if I will go back to my diet but have a consultation with my integrative oncologist tomorrow.

I am really looking forward to my birthday party on Saturday and am hoping that the steroids and excitement will give me the energy to get me through. There is always the worry at the back of my mind that my legs will go completely, but I am taking one day at a time and right now that day consists of yummy food. Which I am going to go eat now.

Yours in health and cake


Just Jen

Author: Jen

Jen Ainger is a 47 year old cancer babe, previous Pilates instructor and owner/manager of Eltham Pilates & Pilates 4 Scoliosis. Born and bred in Fredericton, New Brunswick in Eastern Canada she moved to the UK in 1993 (and now would like to tell you that she knows her “pants” from her “trousers”). She trained with Body Control Pilates in 2004 and opened the Little Pilates Studio in Greenwich soon after. The studio was sold in 2014 and she saw clients in her home studio until being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer in July 2018, a life-changing diagnosis that set her off on a whole new path in search of healing, a journey being recorded in her blog. Jen is currently living in Eltham, Southeast London with her husband, whippet and 4-year old son. (Jen is now trying to raise money to cover the escalating costs of supplementary treatment as mainstream medical treatment can only offer palliative care. You can help out by donating through her GoFundMe page by clicking on the link in the menu at the top right).

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