These orchids were sent by friends soon after I got diagnosed – that’s six weeks ago – and they’re still going.

Cut flowers normally last a few days or a week at most.

A few bits have fallen off but they are thriving and still beautiful.

I’m sure there’s a lesson in there somewhere.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joy
    May 13, 2010 @ 17:55:29

    The lesson is that your friends chose either Cymbidium or Anthurium orchids – they are the best for cut flowers, although these will usually only last 4-6 weeks at most, so the ones you have clearly have your determination and genetic strength for survival.
    Did you know that the word orchid is derived from the greek word for testicle as its roots have a similar shape to ….well there you go – every day is a school day!


  2. medicalmutiny
    May 14, 2010 @ 10:05:10

    Was thinking not so much of me but of the people who've been through chemotherapy and come out the other side.

    As for orchids – I had no idea! Better not mention them when I'm in Yianni's.


  3. Dee
    May 14, 2010 @ 11:59:17

    Joy is right about the origin of the name. There is a question in Trivial Pursuit – what does a polyorchid man have three of? The answer being testicles!


  4. Dee (again)
    May 14, 2010 @ 12:18:58

    Quite by chance have just spotted this which you may or may not find useful

    (I hasten to add i'm not a Daily Mail reader – there was a link to it on the Leicester mercury website, honest!)


  5. medicalmutiny
    May 14, 2010 @ 14:58:24

    Thanks Dee I did find this useful and can relate to a lot of what she says – especially the bit about the propsect of chemotherapy being more devastating than the original diagnosis and operation. So you're forgiven for reading the Mail – (actually sometimes some of their women's stuff is quite good).


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