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Dan-888

Chinese mid-Autumn festival

Re: Photo Album

Gypsy: If you were to write about the legends, I personally think it would be wonderful and am confident that many others would read it and not just me! After all, surely what we are trying to do on here is to uplift our spirits in as many and as varied ways as possible to help us cope with cancer?
Words of comfort and reassurance, words describing beautiful things and places and the natural world, words describing what we have been doing, words of humour, photos, music and song and poetry, words about what we are eating and how we are keeping fit. For me, legends and stories would be a wonderful and entirely in-keeping addition to all of this and compliment this marvellous, inventive and caring forum! You could always post on the 'literature' thread if you are nervous about starting a new one! I know there's one here somewhere!
Gypsy

Here goes!!
Wasn't sure "Life with Bowel Cancer" is the right area for this so have gone for the "General Discussion" space instead as it has nothing to do with Cancer at all.

Dan-888
Quote from @Smiley2:
I made Moon Cakes in Hong Kong a few years ago

Wow! You know how to make them?!! I am so impressed! Did you live out there for long? Or just visiting.
I've never actually been to Hong Kong!

Dan-888
Quote from @blueorchid:
and a great YEAH to China for giving us Irinotecan.

Thank you as well !
What is the connection between Irinotecan and China please? Sorry, I've no idea!

Dan-888
Quote from @Polly 1:
That is so interesting @Dan-888 and it's lovely to hear from you again

Thank you too, Polly!
Hope things are still under control for hubby and you've also had some good days recently as well.
Cheers!
Dan

Polly 1

Hi @Dan-888 we are fine thank you.

After lung and liver resections earlier this year he's back on 5FU atm waiting for CT scan results to see what's going on now if anything. With no poxy oxy this time (still has neuropathy) it's easier so he is having a lot of good days.

Never heard of moon cakes before loved reading about them and also looking at the beautiful moon over the last couple of days ?

All the best :x::x:

blueorchid

@Dan-888 Irinotecan derives from the plant alkaloid of Camptotheca acuminate a Chinese plant (from the bark) so we have to thank the Chinese for it!

Dan-888

@Polly 1 That sounds like really excellent news! Let's hope the 5FU continues the good work.
Has his neuropathy diminished at all? Mine did take a long, long time before it finally faded almost completely away.
Yes!
The full moon has been incredible the previous few nights! I was so wow-ed on Friday that I was all fired up to get my tripod and camera out. When I was ready, the clouds had come over and covered everything up!
That will teach me for "getting round to it" again!
Has reading and seeing pictures of moon cakes made you want to try one? They are vegetarian and mild of taste so unlikely to be offensive at least! Ha, ha!!

How on earth did you learn about the derivation of Irinotecan, @blueorchid !
As well as finding a photo of the plant!
It must be a fairly recent chemo drug as I barely remember it starting to be mentioned in this forum a couple of years back.
I hope it has proven to be effective for a few people as different drugs seems to suit different individuals.

Cheers everyone!
Dan

Bear G

Irinotecan isn't new @Dan-888 , it's in FOLFIRI and was launched way back in 1998. It may not have been mentioned much by name, just as part of the regimen.
I know what you mean about the full moon Dan, on Thursday it was a true Harvest Moon with a golden hue to it and I thought 'must take a photo of that'. Obviously I forgot and like you was faced with thick clouds on Friday! Oops!
Hope all's well
Big hugs
Bear
:x::x:

Polly 1

@Dan-888 it's better than it was but still there after 3 years I'm afraid.

Hands better than they were but feet the same. His toes still feel like blocks - they tingle and he has a strange sensation right up to his knees - stocking and glove syndrome I think it's called. His fingers tingle but it changes all the time he says. Sometimes he says a finger feels so different and the next day it's back the same. He had a numb feeling right up past his wrist (the 'glove' part of the syndrome) but that has got better over the last year and is now part way across his palm up to the finger tips.

As things are still changing on a daily basis we are hopeful one day it will be a lot better.

Good to hear yours faded eventually.

Lots of fireworks near us last night. Do Chinese families set off fireworks like they do at new year? We do have Chinese living in the area - must look out for moon cakes at the local Chinese supermarket next year ☺

:x:

Smiley2

I didn't live in HK @Dan-888 but went on a fantastic holiday there and did a lot of courses such as making moon cakes and wife cakes ?

Dan-888
Quote from @Bear Gst:
Irinotecan isn't new @Dan-888 , it's in FOLFIRI and was launched way back in 1998. It may not have been mentioned much by name, just as part of the regimen.
I know what you mean about the full moon Dan, on Thursday it was a true Harvest Moon with a golden hue to it and I thought 'must take a photo of that'. Obviously I forgot and like you was faced with thick clouds on Friday! Oops!
Hope all's well
Big hugs
Bear

Many thanks Steve! Yes, all the bits are still holding together with just a bit of super glue needed once in a while ... ;D
FOLFIRI, of course! Now that you mention it!
I wonder on what basis they decide to give FOLFOX to one and FOLFIRI to another? I had FOLFOX6
Yeah, I kept on wow-ing at that Harvest Moon last week as I was driving along and giving my passengers palpitations! :o So they were relieved when the clouds came over! But I seem to remember Friday 16th was also meant to be a lunar eclipse, but not sure where I read that so might be in my dreams!
Cheers! Dan

Dan-888
Quote from @Polly 1:
@Dan-888 it's better than it was but still there after 3 years I'm afraid.
As things are still changing on a daily basis we are hopeful one day it will be a lot better.
Good to hear yours faded eventually.

Lots of fireworks near us last night. Do Chinese families set off fireworks like they do at new year? We do have Chinese living in the area - must look out for moon cakes at the local Chinese supermarket next year ☺

That's a wonderful sign that his nerves are still recovering! I don't know how valid it is but I'd read that vitamin B12 is supposed to help promote the healing of nerve damage. I suppose most people would go for the synthesised vitamin pills instead of food which is naturally very rich in Vitamin B12. I would tend to go for the foods just in case it isn't down to the B12 which won't make it all a wasted effort as I would have benefited from the other nutrients ~ always trying to get a win-win situation :P

Its not usual for Chinese families to set off firecrackers at the harvest or moon cake festival. Its meant to be a time of serene appreciation of the beauty of the mid-autumn full moon with the family gathered together again.
However if it coincides with meeting a new member of the family such as a new and much anticipated baby, then that tends to turn into a more raucous celebration involving fireworks!
As Chinese New Year is almost obligatory for all the family to get together (hence the largest annual movement of people across the world and back into history), it is ripe with all sorts of reasons to further justify fireworks! ;)

Cheers, Dan.

Dan-888
Quote from @Smiley2:
I didn't live in HK @Dan-888 but went on a fantastic holiday there and did a lot of courses such as making moon cakes and wife cakes ?

Wow! Clearly you'd be bored by a "sun bath by the poolside" only holiday!
You must be a Culinary Magician!
Or just making sure your sweetheart will never, ever wander far ... hey? ;)

Most adventurous folks going for Far Eastern holidays would only got to HK if they have some sort of link.

Cheers, Dan.

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Mmmmmmmm Mooncakes..... making me hungry.............

Smiley2

LOL! @Dan-888, I'm not a Culinary Magician but you're right that I am indeed bored by a 'Sun bath by the poolside!' so we've travelled all over Asia (Sri Lanka, Japan and Vietnam) since my husband was diagnosed too B)

crispy

Don't forget Cambodia . My favourite S E Asian country ! :x::x::x:

Dan-888

Sorry, @crispy ! Only just saw yours and @Smiley2 's posts!
I've only been to Siem Reap in Cambodia and was completely wow-ed!
But there was a phenomemal pace of development with hotels and resorts being built. I fear it might be a lot more commercialised by now?
Have been to Sri Lanka but only North Vietnam (Hanoi and Halong Bay).

crispy

Hi @Dan-888 . There has been a lot of development in Cambodia but still a lovely country. My son now manages a resort hotel on Koh Rong which is an island off the coast from Sihanoukville and at present is still an unspoiled part . Let’s hope it stays that way :x:

Dan-888

Oh wow! DId your son accompany you out to Cambodia in earlier years, @crispy ?
I did not know where Koh Rong is, but the amazing thing that technology has given us now-a-days, I've just zipped across there with Google maps!
The waters are just like those around the islands off my home town; crystal waters of the South China sea!
But again, an efficient and regular rubbish collection and clearing service is definitely needed as key infrastructural provision, privately if local government do not prioritise it.

crispy

@Dan-888 My son went to Cambodia about 12 years ago and loves it. To him it is home we’ve been over there about 4 times and we love it too. He has mainly been in Phom Penh but Koh Rong is fabulous and he’s very settled there. You’re right about the rubbish collection but that is not one of Cambodia’s strong points. Things have changed a bit over the years. The Chinese have put money into it and there is quite a lot of development but it is still a charming country with lovely people . :x:

Dan-888

Yes! The people are such genuine people which I truly hope will not be spoilt or lost, @crispy