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    We got to come home! Woohoo! Her levels are apparently 'not brilliant', but at this stage she is ok to be at home as she has stabilised and no longer needs antibiotics.

    In other exciting news, DP and I bought a farm today! Yes, that's correct, a FARM! In May we sold our house and settlement occurred on the 17th August, right in the middle of all this. Until her diagnosis we were in house-hunting mode and arranging finance. Our pre-approval did thankfully come through. The bank doesn't know I had to resign but it doesn't matter now that we have approval, plus our mortgage will only be about $825 per month due to the great price we got for our house here.

    The purchasers of our house were investors so we have stayed on as tenants after settlement, but the rent is $2123 per month ($490 per week), which is too much for us now that we are down to one income.

    The farm is in Gippsland (Victoria) so we will have a bit of driving to do, but overall we will be better off financially and this is what we were planning to do all along. We have lots of family and friends who can help with the move if need be. We have talked to the hospital staff about going rural and they said that there are plenty of families who live rurally who are receiving treatment there. There are support services available to us, and if DD were to get sick we would take her to the nearest regional hospital and she can be transported from there.

    I know it possibly seems like a crazy thing to do while all this is going on, but we just cannot afford to stay in town paying the high rent. DP is a tradie and will have no trouble getting work out this way. In fact he has been offered a supervising job already based in one of the nearest towns just 20 minutes away. Plus we will now be just 20 minutes down the road from my dad's farm and 45 minutes the other way out of town from my mum and stepdad's house (we are currently 45 minutes away from mum's, the other way). So in actual fact we are going to be closer to one of my parents at least.

    DD is excited that we bought a farm so it's nice that she has something to look forward to

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    FANTASTIC NEWS!

    It will all work out and the new mortgage is nice and affordable which is a relief being down to one wage, plus side to not working is no daycare fees for awhile, you can sort out a new budget. When do you make the move?

    👯👯👯👯👯👯👯👯👯👯👯

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    We're confirming it tomorrow but at his stage looks like it'll be a 60 day settlement, or the nearest business day which will be the first week in November. So excited!

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    Oh wow how many acres is it? Have you promised her a horse yet?

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    Aw a farm, that's great, a kid's dream come true!

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    What a beautiful and healthy environment for all of you! Sounds perfect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Enough View Post
    Oh wow how many acres is it? Have you promised her a horse yet?
    It's over 80 acres! Eek! We walked the boundary of it yesterday, took about 1.5 hours. It's just beautiful. It is a bit hilly and it has a creek running through it. The surrounding area is beautiful, gorgeous views everywhere you look. The current owner leases the paddocks out to someone who has cattle on it, a mix of beef and dairy and there were few with tiny baby calves. We will eventually put our own livestock on it, but for now we might keep the current arrangement going with the neighbour, perhaps until DD has finished treatment and we can spend time looking after our own.

    Oh and at this stage I don't think we will get DD a horse....but every time she sees a Jack Russell she says "Can I buy one of those?"...so JR puppy may be on the cards.

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    How is everything going?

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    We are back in hospital for chemo, round two. She improved HEAPS last week and through to the weekend, she felt tonnes better. She has her appetite back, although due to the chemo her taste buds have changed a bit. She has lived almost exclusively on toasties (ham and cheese), blueberries (two punnets at a time!), natural yoghurt and occasionally cherry tomatoes. She has never liked natural yoghurt before so that's a very strange one!

    DP and I took all the kids to my dad's farm yesterday for Father's Day and DD had the best time. She was running around having a blast with the boys. It was great to get her out in the fresh air and sunshine before coming in here for the week.

    So she's much better going into this round than she was for round one. Last time she had the chemo after that horrid week of tests and scans. She had fasted 3 days in a row for 3 days straight of anaesthetics and was not really 100% when the chemo started. I hope that the fact that she's so much better now means that she will recover quickly from this round. We live in hope!

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    Always thinking of you guys. You are superwoman. 😘😘

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