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23 hours ago, BritChickx said:

Ahh are you back in the UK for a holiday? Enjoy it 🙂

Yes. Just 10 nights. It's been lovely so far, family drama excepting. 

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We are staying in Matlock Bath overnight for some Mother/Daughter time and to see the countryside. The weather was dry yesterday and the air so crisp and clear. Have a renewed aappreciation for all the UK has to offer in the short snapshot we have seen. If only it were easier to pop back. We'd like to do a toyr of the country at some point. Show the kids their roots. Who ever has the time and the money at the same time though?? Such a different and distinct 'British' vibe. Pubs. The place we went to last night built 1643. The old British boozers. Awesome range of beers. Served a bit warm...

Downside, seeing homeless drug addicts right outside of Tesco. Clearly off their heads. Why don't they get moved on? 

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2 hours ago, HappyHeart said:

We are staying in Matlock Bath overnight for some Mother/Daughter time and to see the countryside. The weather was dry yesterday and the air so crisp and clear. Have a renewed aappreciation for all the UK has to offer in the short snapshot we have seen. If only it were easier to pop back. We'd like to do a toyr of the country at some point. Show the kids their roots. Who ever has the time and the money at the same time though?? Such a different and distinct 'British' vibe. Pubs. The place we went to last night built 1643. The old British boozers. Awesome range of beers. Served a bit warm...

Downside, seeing homeless drug addicts right outside of Tesco. Clearly off their heads. Why don't they get moved on? 

Moved in to where?

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3 hours ago, HappyHeart said:

We are staying in Matlock Bath overnight for some Mother/Daughter time and to see the countryside. The weather was dry yesterday and the air so crisp and clear. Have a renewed aappreciation for all the UK has to offer in the short snapshot we have seen. If only it were easier to pop back. We'd like to do a toyr of the country at some point. Show the kids their roots. Who ever has the time and the money at the same time though?? Such a different and distinct 'British' vibe. Pubs. The place we went to last night built 1643. The old British boozers. Awesome range of beers. Served a bit warm...

Downside, seeing homeless drug addicts right outside of Tesco. Clearly off their heads. Why don't they get moved on? 

It was bad with the homeless before we left, if you went into Manchester they were just sat in the shop door ways during the day with shoppers just stepping over them.

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I am writing this because it could help someone … 

Today I went for a colonoscopy … I have bowel cancer …

on a visit to my Doctor recently I happened to mention I had become constipated … I had never had this problem before … he said it can happen as you get older … suggested I take Movicol , ( spelling ) , but I will arrange for you to have a bowel test … results came back next day … there was blood detected … arranged for a colonoscopy which came through quickly because he requested it and I did not have to wait to see a specialist …  I have always taken a bowel test ever two years using the kit you can get from a chemist … I had no other symptoms… and sorry about this but when I became constipated and did check for blood … 

 

 

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25 minutes ago, Bottie said:

I am writing this because it could help someone … 

Today I went for a colonoscopy … I have bowel cancer …

on a visit to my Doctor recently I happened to mention I had become constipated … I had never had this problem before … he said it can happen as you get older … suggested I take Movicol , ( spelling ) , but I will arrange for you to have a bowel test … results came back next day … there was blood detected … arranged for a colonoscopy which came through quickly because he requested it and I did not have to wait to see a specialist …  I have always taken a bowel test ever two years using the kit you can get from a chemist … I had no other symptoms… and sorry about this but when I became constipated and did check for blood … 

 

 

Very sorry to read this.  My father is currently going through treatment for the same.  It sounds like you have caught it early, is that right?

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3 hours ago, Bottie said:

I am writing this because it could help someone … 

Today I went for a colonoscopy … I have bowel cancer …

on a visit to my Doctor recently I happened to mention I had become constipated … I had never had this problem before … he said it can happen as you get older … suggested I take Movicol , ( spelling ) , but I will arrange for you to have a bowel test … results came back next day … there was blood detected … arranged for a colonoscopy which came through quickly because he requested it and I did not have to wait to see a specialist …  I have always taken a bowel test ever two years using the kit you can get from a chemist … I had no other symptoms… and sorry about this but when I became constipated and did check for blood … 

 

 

So sorry to hear this. Bowel cancer is very treatable especially when detected early. Very best wishes Bottie. Stay strong. 

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3 hours ago, Bottie said:

I am writing this because it could help someone … 

Today I went for a colonoscopy … I have bowel cancer …

on a visit to my Doctor recently I happened to mention I had become constipated … I had never had this problem before … he said it can happen as you get older … suggested I take Movicol , ( spelling ) , but I will arrange for you to have a bowel test … results came back next day … there was blood detected … arranged for a colonoscopy which came through quickly because he requested it and I did not have to wait to see a specialist …  I have always taken a bowel test ever two years using the kit you can get from a chemist … I had no other symptoms… and sorry about this but when I became constipated and did check for blood … 

 

 

So sorry to hear that and thanks for raising the issue.  I was sent a NHS testing kit and it has been tucked away in the medicine cupboard for weeks.  After hearing this I will definitely be using it tomorrow.

I wish you all the best with your treatment .

 

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5 hours ago, FirstWorldProblems said:

Very sorry to read this.  My father is currently going through treatment for the same.  It sounds like you have caught it early, is that right?

I am very sorry to hear about your father … how is he ? … I hear all the information on Tuesday … 

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1 hour ago, Bottie said:

I am very sorry to hear about your father … how is he ? … I hear all the information on Tuesday … 

Fingers crossed for you on Tuesday.  It really sounds like you've been doing all the right things and testing regularly - I feel optimistic you've caught this early which is very treatable!  Stay positive.

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I’m sorry to hear that bottler. Fingers crossed it’s very early, I think it’s really treatable these days x

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11 hours ago, Bottie said:

I am writing this because it could help someone … 

Today I went for a colonoscopy … I have bowel cancer …

on a visit to my Doctor recently I happened to mention I had become constipated … I had never had this problem before … he said it can happen as you get older … suggested I take Movicol , ( spelling ) , but I will arrange for you to have a bowel test … results came back next day … there was blood detected … arranged for a colonoscopy which came through quickly because he requested it and I did not have to wait to see a specialist …  I have always taken a bowel test ever two years using the kit you can get from a chemist … I had no other symptoms… and sorry about this but when I became constipated and did check for blood … 

 

 

Sorry to hear this. wishing you all the best  xM

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16 hours ago, Bottie said:

I am writing this because it could help someone … 

Today I went for a colonoscopy … I have bowel cancer …

on a visit to my Doctor recently I happened to mention I had become constipated … I had never had this problem before … he said it can happen as you get older … suggested I take Movicol , ( spelling ) , but I will arrange for you to have a bowel test … results came back next day … there was blood detected … arranged for a colonoscopy which came through quickly because he requested it and I did not have to wait to see a specialist …  I have always taken a bowel test ever two years using the kit you can get from a chemist … I had no other symptoms… and sorry about this but when I became constipated and did check for blood … 

 

 

So sorry to hear this 😞 hope you are 'okay'. I hope they have caught it early and is treatable. Big hugs x

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Thank you everyone … it means a lot … hopefully it is treatable … I get the results of the scan on Tuesday … 

I hope by posting this news it may prompt some people to do bowel cancer tests and to be aware of the symptoms … mine was just constipation … 

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On 23/11/2022 at 21:40, Bottie said:

I am writing this because it could help someone … 

Today I went for a colonoscopy … I have bowel cancer …

on a visit to my Doctor recently I happened to mention I had become constipated … I had never had this problem before … he said it can happen as you get older … suggested I take Movicol , ( spelling ) , but I will arrange for you to have a bowel test … results came back next day … there was blood detected … arranged for a colonoscopy which came through quickly because he requested it and I did not have to wait to see a specialist …  I have always taken a bowel test ever two years using the kit you can get from a chemist … I had no other symptoms… and sorry about this but when I became constipated and did check for blood … 

 

 

So sorry to hear this Bottie.  I've had the year were all 'the tests' have become due, mammograms, bowel cancer screening etc.  Hopefully, because you've been doing the regular tests everything will have been caught early.

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On 23/11/2022 at 11:53, simmo said:

Moved in to where?

I don't know 

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On 21/11/2022 at 17:26, simmo said:

So all of a sudden Murdoch is the font of all wisdom 🤣

There's no question mark above, must be a statement.

Unfortunately a lot of people agree with you @simmo, shame.

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11 hours ago, unzippy said:

There's no question mark above, must be a statement.

Unfortunately a lot of people agree with you @simmo, shame.

It was rhetorical - ? not required. 😂 Thanks though. 👍

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A nice bottle of red watching the Aussies get smashed by the Welsh. Saturday afternoons don't get much better.

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On 23/11/2022 at 19:53, simmo said:

Moved in to where?

In WA too often move on notices are given out that disguises to a large degree the severe drug problem that has impacted this state/country. Not to mention 'the silence' around the matter. In UK more in your face and more varying drugs. But moving away from drugs, homeless more visible in UK  in greater number as well. Out in WA while visible, as with much more hidden and not brought to the attention of the public to such a degree. But even that has changed over recent times with the dire shortage of rental accommodation. Many of the issues are the same in both countries, with one glaring example in WA, that I have regularly pointed out and indeed goes on around me.   

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On 24/11/2022 at 18:23, Bottie said:

Thank you everyone … it means a lot … hopefully it is treatable … I get the results of the scan on Tuesday … 

I hope by posting this news it may prompt some people to do bowel cancer tests and to be aware of the symptoms … mine was just constipation … 

Highly necessarily to get checked out. A former school  mate of mine was recently diagnosed. The good thing about this condition (if anything good) is that it is quite treatable , but of course the earlier the detection the better. 

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On our way to the airport with mixed emotions. I'm hoping to come back in July with my son. My daughter is very upset at thought of not seeing Grandad again. How selfish we are to emigrate. 

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42 minutes ago, HappyHeart said:

On our way to the airport with mixed emotions. I'm hoping to come back in July with my son. My daughter is very upset at thought of not seeing Grandad again. How selfish we are to emigrate. 

Strange attitude 

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12 hours ago, HappyHeart said:

On our way to the airport with mixed emotions. I'm hoping to come back in July with my son. My daughter is very upset at thought of not seeing Grandad again. How selfish we are to emigrate. 

In a sense yes. But also the worth of migrating these days should be considered closely. Children are better around family in my view and WA is hardly the wholesome offering life it may once have presented itself as being. 

That in no way detracts from some serious issues in living in UK , but many appear to  find a new lease of life in the enjoyment of being 'home'  The issues involving youth in WA, and at a guess all around Australia , is something worth pondering again in my view.

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20 hours ago, HappyHeart said:

On our way to the airport with mixed emotions. I'm hoping to come back in July with my son. My daughter is very upset at thought of not seeing Grandad again. How selfish we are to emigrate. 

Yup we were. Very selfish. 

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