15 Films Tag

My wonderful blogging friend  Cheila did this Tag the other day and as I read hers I was like “I must do this”.  So here is my list.

 

Favourite Film

I have too many to make one stand out.  So I will be doing the same as Cheila did.

1  Happiness Never Comes Alone – a 2012 French Comedy –

2. Just like Heaven –

3. The Lake House

4. Under the Tuscan Sun

5. Gone with the Wind

6. Sleepless in Seattle

7 Les Visiteurs –  The Visitors -1993 French Movie – Hollywood did a remake in 2001.

8   Spoorloos – The Vanishing – 1988 French Dutch movie – Hollywood did a remake in 1993.

9 Anything for Her –Pour elle – 2008 French Thriller – Hollywood did a remake in 2010 called The Next 3 days.

10 Oscar and Lucinda

11. Red Dog

12.. All the Indiana Jones Movies

13 Picnic at Hanging Rock

14 The Notebook

15 Midnight in Paris

16. Schindlers List

Favorite scene from favorite film

So many in Happiness Never Comes Alone, watch it and let me know what you think. Here is the link for the promo when it was coming out.  It never showed all  the bathroom scene but that’s hilarious.  I love the bedroom scene 🙂 I love the whole movie.!

 

Favorite actor:

Again too many.

Gad Elmaleh

Harrison Ford

Sophie Marceau

Reese Witherspoon

Sandra Bullock

Keanu Reeves

Dianne Lane

 

 

 

 

Favorite Director:

Stephen Spielberg

David Lynch

Ron Howard

Deborah Lee Furness

Gillian Armstrong

Peter Weir

 

 

 

Film that makes you cry the most:

Red Dog

 

Film Saga you have given up and why:

I dont think I started any to not finish.

Favorite cinematographer Genre:

Romantic Comedy

Least Favorite cinematographer Genre:

Horror

Childhood Film:

The Sound Of Music

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Cinderella

 

What Film You Would Like to Star In?

Under the Tuscan Sun

In what film you would like to live?

Under the Tuscan Sun – would love to live in Tuscany.

 

Films you want to watch:

None at the moment as they all seem to be action packed movies at the moment or end of the world type movies.

 

What’s your favorite cartoon film?

Cinderella

Films you would recommend:

any I have mentioned

Films that made you laugh:

Happiness Never Comes Alone – had to watch it several times as I laughed so much I missed bits.

 

This was so much fun.  Everyone is welcome to do this Tag, just let me know so I can read your list.  By the way this is my list, Bree the youngest of the 3 Sisters.  I would say Paul and Muriel have a different list to me.

 

Have a great day and thanks for reading

 

I’m staying here. — Street photography Tom Plevnik

Every time Tom Plevnik posts on WordPress I get excited and I want to share with you his photos of the city that has stolen my heart.

It’s not the romantic fling. Paris is Paris. It’s that I’m not in love with you. – Midnight in Paris Movie Quotes

via I’m staying here. — Street photography Tom Plevnik

Versatile Blogger Award

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The wonderful Isabella from Wanderlusting Isabella has nominated our blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.  Isabella is from Brazil but is currently living in Toronto Canada.  Isabella normally writes in Portuguese but is writing this blog in English. With a blog name of Wanderlusting you would think it’s about Travel? Well your right there.  I thank you so much for this nomination Isabella. Every time we are nominated for an award it really makes me feel honored and loved.   Please do yourself a favor and  check out her blog.

 

  • What’s the Versatile Blogger Award?

Well, bloggers nominate other bloggers who they believe deserve recognition for their high-quality standard of writing, the uniqueness of content, passion and love displayed throughout the site and to top it off, amazing photos!

  • Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.
  • When my eldest daughter was doing Jazz Ballet I joined the mothers class and learnt to dance also.  It was fun.
  • I read a novel a few years ago, it was about Belly Dancing and I thought why not!  So I found a class and it was the best way to exercise.  We laughed and laughed.  I even did a routine in the  end of year concert.
  • At one stage I had my ears pierced twice in each lobe.  I was going to do more but then I changed my mind.  Now I have none!
  • I often looked at tattoos and would think one day I would get one.  Now I know I won’t as I am too much of a chicken.  I love to see really good ones though on others.
  • At Primary and High School I would design houses in my spare time.  My mum even got me drafting paper so they were all to size.  I enquired as to what I needed to be able to fulfill this dream of mine, but I was never very good at maths.  So I realized I wouldn’t be able to achieve this dream I had.  I used to go and look at Designed Homes and then go home and change them to what I thought was a better design.
  • I love watching cooking shows.
  • I am in the cheer squad of my football team.  The mighty Fremantle Dockers.  Their colors are purple and white.  When they first came into the Australian Football League the colors were purple, white, Green and Red.  What a combination 🙂

 

 

Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and share their link.
  2. Nominate up to 10 bloggers for the award and provide links to their blogs. Also, inform them about the nomination.
  3. Reveal 7 facts about yourself that your readers may not know.

Nominees- Don’t forget the rules and pay it forward to other bloggers too.

My Nominations are – drum roll please

Cheila has an amazing blog..  over at https://pinkfordays.wordpress.com. Cheila has so much to share with everyone and is one of my best blogging friends.  She is lives in  Lisbon in Portugal and is a teacher/tutor.

Kris over at https://dreamingofpink.wordpress.com/2017/06/15/welcome-to-my-new-blog/  has just started in the blogging world.  I met this lovely lady via Cheila.  Do you think there is a theme going here?  That’s two blogs I like that are pink!

Esther from Richer for Travel, I met in a Facebook group called Medical Musings with Friends another wonderful blogger friend Sam started.  Esther has travelled extensively and her blog is very witty .

Sam I would nominate you but I know your busy with the blog etc.

Yes I know it says 10 of my favorite blogs.  I am sticking to 3 this time.  Please go over and check out these blogs. They all have something to offer all of you.

Blogging has certainly brought so much delight and so many friends. I throughly recomend it.

Paula, Muriel and myself  – Bree thank everyone for following our blog.  Its blown us away with all your love and friendship.

 

 

 

Mobile phone panic!

Have you ever misplaced your mobile phone? The panic that goes with that? Well I did yesterday.  We took the girls – dogs for a walk.  Usually I take a small back pack that I put my phone in along with asthma pump, dog bags etc.

Yesterday as it was cold I had several layers, gloves, etc and I had my phone in my pocket.  I had left the back pack at home.

We got home from our walk, I made breakfast then I went to check my phone as we had some items for sale on some facebook groups.

HORROR – I couldn’t find it anywhere.  I checked the house from top to bottom.  Went over my walk several times.  I even enlisted some children in the street to look for it.

My heart was racing, I was in this horror world I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy.

This took 2 hours – 2 hours I will never get back!

I came home dejected thinking I should then call my phone provider.  I had a thought, what did I do when I came home from the walk.  I remember taking something out of the freezer for Sunday dinner.  I opened the laundry door and stood there for a few minutes then my eyes went down to something on the side of the freezer.

It was black, it was my phone!  The clip had a magnet on it and it was hanging there on the side of the freezer.

What a relief.

So this week I am buying a hot pink cover for my phone.  Easier to see and  also don’t have phone in the pocket as its easier to fall out. Oh I did go and tell the kids I had found the phone.  Left out the bit where I found it 🙂

Have you ever misplaced your phone?

 

 

Picture Tag

The stunning Jules from Blonde’s Tea has gone out of her way and created her very own tag! How impressive?!

A Message From The Creator:

Blonde’s Tea, creator this tag, got tired of seeing the same tags all around and decided to create a simple tag where you just have to post one picture of five different themes (e.g. your favourite picture of yourself, the best picture you have ever taken, a picture with your sibling, etc.) that will be given by your nominator. You don’t have to have photography skills or anything, it is just to spread lovely pictures on your blog and bring back lovely memories.”

A few days ago Bea  from https://beafreee.com  did this picture tag that her friend Jules from Blonde’s Tea created. I was like I must do this post.  Please go over and check out her blog also.

 

Rules:

  • Paste the text about the creator and the tag (the text above).
  • Post the 5 pictures that stick to the themes given.
  • Nominate 5 people (or just as much as you want).
  • Give 5 themes for your nominees pictures.
  • Notify your nominees about their nomination.

 THEMES TO YOU:

  • Favorite photo of yourself
  • A photo of your favorite vacation
  • A photo of your funnest day
  • A photo of your pet
  • A photo that makes you happy

 

FAVOURITE PHOTO OF ME

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A selfie

 

MY FAVOURITE HOLIDAY – PARIS – LUXEMBOURG GARDENS 

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JARDEN LUXEMBOURG

FUNNIEST DAY 

We had to wait ages for our hop on hop off bus, when this came around the corner everyone laughed and said here is our bus …there were 20 of us waiting.

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HOP ON HOP OFF BUS

MY PET DOG SALLY 

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SALLY AT THE BEACH

 

BETTY

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BETTY AT THE BEACH

THIS PHOTO MAKES ME HAPPY.

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3 SISTERS OUR LAST DAY IN PARIS

 

MY THEMES TO YOU:

  • Favorite photo of yourself
  • A photo of your favorite vacation
  • A photo of your best friend
  • A photo of your pet
  • A photo of the best day of your life

Your all nominated…

 

Brain fog

Living with Chronic Fog! Guest Post from 3sistersabroad. Bree from 3sistersabroad gives a fantastic guest post about her experiences with ‘chronic fog.’ A feeling most of us spoonies understand. Be that, Fibro Fog, Thyroid Fog, or just general chronic illness fog. Bree blogs about her amazing travel experiences with her sisters, and also their experiences […]

via Feeling Foggy? — The Thyroid Damsel

Travel Tag

My wonderful blogger friend Bea over at https://beafreee.com recently did this amazing Travel Tag.  Please go and check her blog out.  When I saw the  Travel Tag post I was like ” yes I must do this one”

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE THAT YOU HAVE VISITED?

So many places over the years.  The Grand Canyon,  The Mountains in Utah, The Hinterland behind Cairns, The beautiful white sandy beaches along the coast of Western Australia, London, Malaysia, The stark barren outback in Australia. Germany, Switzerland, Belguim and the Netherlands.

They all have their own wonderful and amazing things to do and see.  It  has to be Paris.  I fell in love with Paris the moment I breathed in her intoxicating scent.  She is quirky, the cobbleston roads and paths, the parks where you sit and look at the lawn and the gardens.

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Eiffel Tower 

 

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Sacre Coeur

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The Louvre 

IF YOU COULD VISIT ANYWHERE TOMORROW WHERE WOULD YOU GO?

Somewhere warm.  It’s so cold here in Victoria Australia.  Yes , I know it’s not as cold as where it snows….but its our cold.  I would fly to Cairns in Queensland or perhaps Perth Western Australia.  What about Zurich?  It was warm there last year.  The Zurich Lake is beautiful, I can imagine myself swimming in the lake with my dogs.

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Zurich Lake 

 

 

WOULD YOU RATHER GO ON A CITY HOLIDAY OR A BEACH HOLIDAY?

Do I have to choose.  Why not a city at the beach?

This year we are starting out holiday in Nice before we do a river cruise up the Rhine then the Seine in France.

 

 

MY TOP THREE HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS ARE:

My camera

My phone

My crossover bag to carry my camera and phone.

The Wine!
Having a well-earned drink in Paris after shopping.  You can just see my cross over bag.

 

ARE YOU AN OVER PACKER OR AN UNDER PACKER?

I have always been an over packer.  I take everything, and wear only half of what I take.  I over think my pack.  I pack several times over, putting things in my suitcase, then taking everything out again.  Making piles – trousers, tops, jumpers…I even remove some of the clothes and put them back in my wardrobe.  Yet i still take too much.

Last year on the Europe cruise, we had a weight limit no more than 20 kg.  So somehow I packed light.  Going over it was about 10 kg and coming home 15 kg, see  I really cut down. This year the trip to Europe, I will pack even lighter.  I did wear everything I packed last trip.  Now that  would be a first.  I think all those blogs on packing got through my very thick brain.

 

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT GOING ON HOLIDAYS?

Meeting new people.  The architecture, the history of the country I am visiting.  The museums.  Australia is a relatively young country compared to Europe.

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Richard, who we met on the cruise.  
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Comedie-Francasie
amazing architecture
The architecture
The Louvre
The Louvre

WOULD YOU RATHER GO ON HOLIDAYS WITH FAMILY OR FRIENDS?

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3 Sisters

Both.  I have had many holidays and adventures with my bestie Lyn.  We have been down to Busselton south of Perth many times.  A couple of years ago we went to Sydney and then to Port Stephens in New South Wales where we stayed with a friend of Lyns.  Last year was amazing being with my 2 sisters we got on really well together.  Considering this was our first time we had been overseas together.

 

WHAT IS THE MOST ADVENTUROUS DISH YOU HAVE EVER TRIED FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY?

Snails.  Had these in Paris, although I have eaten them here in Australia.  Cooked by French chefs.

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Snails 

WHO DO YOU WANT TO DO THIS TAG?

Everyone.  Your all welcome.  Just tag me on your post.  I can’t wait to see your photos and read your posts  Have fun and thanks for following our blog – Bree the youngest sister.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diagnosing Lam

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1 Get your doctor to refer you to a respiratory doctor who knows about Lam.

2  Have a high-resolution CT Scan.  As X-rays often show the lungs to be normal.

3  Abdominal CT Scan – It may show up that you also have renal angiomyolipomas –            fatty kidney tumors.

4  Lung function tests (spirometry) – Lung function tests are not to diagnose Lam but to measure the severity of Lam.  Regular lung function tests once diagnosed are used to monitor the process of Lam.

Here are a few links of Lam Organizations around the World.

Lam Australia

Lam Foundation

Espanola Lam

Lam Germany

Lam New Zealand

Lam United Kingdom

mTOR Inhibitors for Lam

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Your probably wondering what the heck the title of this post means.  As you know from my previous post, June is Lam Awareness Month.

Currently there is no cure for Lam.  There are some drugs they are trialling, these are called mTOR inhibitors.

These drugs they found had Immunosuppressive properties.  Rapamycin was found to have anti cancer activity.  Research into these drugs have also found that it halted  cellular proliferation and cell cycle progression .

It’s vital that we get diagnosed early so that treatment can start.

Treatment available for Lam Patients are:

Inhalers

mTor Inhibitors

oxygen

Lung Transplant

My wish is that with all the research going on that a cure is found for Lam.

 

My next post will be how to diagnose Lam.

 

Have a great day…and you can share these posts on your page if you like.  We need awareness out there.

Thank you.

 

June is Worldwide Lam Awareness Month

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Can you say Lymphangioleiomyomatosis?

Let me break it down for you – Lymp -angio -leio- myo -ma – tosis.  What a mouth full.  Us Lammies and the medical profession call it Lam.  So much easier don’t you think!

What is Lam  or Lymphangioleomyomatosis you ask?  Here is the link to the Australian Lam organisation.

http://lamaustralia.org.au/what-is-lam/

“Lymphangioleiomyomatosis is commonly referred to simply as LAM. It is a rare lung disease affecting women.

Caused by a single cell malfunction, the disease process replaces the lung lining with smooth muscle cells. This change progressively reduces the uptake of oxygen into the bloodstream, causing breathlessness, especially on exertion, and other diverse symptoms. These usually appear when women are in their childbearing years.  Because LAM is so unusual, many doctors are unfamiliar with the disease. It’s not unusual for LAM to be misdiagnosed initially as asthma, bronchitis, emphysema or depression.

There are 2 types of Lam.  Sporadic Lam – is not inherited . Caused by a random gene mutation and affects mostly women.

TS/Lam – is associated with Tuberous Sclerosis and is heredity. It is slower to progress than the sporadic Lam and less  debilitating than sporadic Lam.”

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When my girls were little I began to experience mild asthma.  My doctor advised me to use an inhaler only when i truly needed it.  I was told I had bronchitis or bronchial/asthma.

Winter would be the worst season for me.  I would go a couple of years and be ok only to get so sick it would go from a chest infection to pneumonia. Still I was told it’s the flu season/winter/bronchitis.

If it wasn’t for a friend I met on a Thyroid Facebook group who was trying to find out what her COPD was, I would still be none the wiser.  She had looked up her symptoms on the internet and it came up with Lam and Tuberous Sclerosis.  She had emailed the Professor at the Alfred Hospital in the respiratory department re her symptoms and he advised her it wasn’t Lam.  However, she let me know his details and I thought ok I will email him.  Within a couple of hours he had emailed me back to tell me to get to my GP and ask him for a high frequency CT Scan.  I was still in denial as to my thinking was why didn’t one of my doctors mention this to me.  Especially when they knew of my TS involvement and my “asthma bronchitis”.

So off I trudge to see my doctor who organized  the  test however he was pretty sure I didn’t have it.  He was also under the impression that surely in the past a doctor would have diagnosed it.

I still remember that day in March 2013, when I went back to get the results.  He called me in to his office and I sat there happy in my mind he was going to say “no your clear you do not have Lam.  Instead he sat there and said  “its positive” I felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me.  Everywhere I read on the internet was that it was a 10 year death sentence from diagnosis. I felt numb. My doctor immediately wrote a referral to the professor at the Alfred Hospital.

I searched Facebook for groups for people with Lam. I wanted to know I was going to be ok.  In those early days I was scared but didn’t tell anyone of my fears.  I didnt tell my workmates or some of my family.  If I  was scared, then I didnt want them to be scared. I wanted to find out more before I told anyone.

I found out from one group that there was an Australian Lam group.  I joined and found such amazing wonderful caring ladies.  One of the ladies rang me and we chatted for a while.  Certainly put my overworked brain at ease.  I was told there was a clinic the following month for the Lam ladies and to see if I could get into it.  I rang the hospital and was told yes I could attend.  These clinics are every 6 months and most of the ladies meet for lunch after the clinic at one of their homes

That day of the clinic was scary.  I was in the waiting room with all these other Ladies who also had Lam.  Most had  Sporadic Lam but there were a couple of ladies who were just like me, TS/Lam.

I had a walking test, I had to walk for 6 minutes and they checked my time (I don’t think I won any gold medals for the walk) and then I had a lung function test.  Also a blood test.  This is to check the oxygen in the blood. Then I went into to see the Lung specialist.  I was terrified, I had no idea what was next.  My lung involvement she said was mild.  Showed me the lung pictures and you could see little white dots all over the lungs.

That first lunch was the start of some wonderful friendships.  I realized that there is life after a diagnosis of Lam.  I was inspired by these ladies.  Some had been diagnosed for years yet they were living their life.  A few are on the new drug Rapamycin or Sirolimus. This drug has been a life saver for many who have Lam.  It was first found on Easter Island  in soil bacteria.  The drugs name came from the islands native name Rapu Nui.  It is a naturally derived antibiotic, anti fungal and immunosuppressant.

Since my diagnosis, I have a preventative I use every morning and night.  I have had a couple of times where I have had to take extra medications.

One time  was really scary and my doctor was going to admit me into hospital to have antibiotics via intravenous drip.  I attended a lam clinic during this and was put on stronger antibiotics, stronger preventive and  Prednisolone  I had to attend the clinic every 6 weeks until they could see an improvement then 3 monthly, then back to 6 monthly.  The hospital doctor also sent a letter to my GP advising that when I get a chest infection to treat it as if its pneumonia.

A few weeks ago I had to take some prednisolone for a few days as I had weather affected Asthma.

When  I go shopping or walking the dogs, I always take a puffer with me.  When I travel I take with me antibiotics, Prednisolone and extra inhalers. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

I count my lucky stars every day.  Lucky for me that this rare disease  is mild. Some are not so lucky.  In the 4 years that I have been diagnosed quite a few women have passed away from this disease.  Their condition so severe that they die waiting for a lung transplant.

*x-rays do not pick up this condition* 

In Australia there are  approximately  104 women diagnosed with Lam, these  figures are from 2015.  There are probably many others, however they have been misdiagnosed with other lung conditions such as Asthma.

“Facts about LAM

  • LAM is not caused by lifestyle choices
  • LAM is not contagious
  • LAM develops after puberty and appears to be accelerated by the hormone oestrogen
  • Pregnancy and hormonal medication may affect the progress of LAM
  • Average age of diagnosis is 35 years, but most women notice symptoms long before LAM is diagnosed.”

 

Thank you so much for reading and learning a little bit more about Lam and a little bit more about me – Bree.