Toronto’s Island

Toronto’s Island

I have been quiet for a long time, but it is just because we are in Canada, visiting our daughter.

Now the “big news”: she gave birth to a little boy named Simon on august 28th! Both are fine and the baby has already changed a lot!

Thank you all at the Saint Antoine hospital department of hematology and in particular to my kind graft doctor, for giving me the chance to meet this beautiful boy! Of course, I thank also my graft donor: without her nothing was possible!

I love you all! Take care end enjoy life!

Here are some photos taken on the island in front of Toronto by a cold and windy sunday: it is always hard to think that it is just Lake Ontario and not an ocean!

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Brioches….

Brioches….

How I make my brioches…

Ingredients:

175g of flour

85g of butter

25g of fresh baker’s yeast

Half a tea spoon of salt

2 spoons of water

2 eggs

25g of powdered sugar

 

The day before:

In a bowl, mix the floor, the salt, the sugar, the eggs and the melted butter. Add the yeast diluted in the water. Mix thoroughly first with a wooden spoon, then by hand. If the dough is “sticky” add a little bit of flour. Work the dough for 15mn: it should be “elastic” but not sticky!

Leave the dough in the fridge overnight.

Next day:

Shape the dough in a ball.

Roll out the dough with a rolling pin until getting a large thin layer of past (see photo).

Fold the past in 4. Roll out the past as before (see photo).

Then, roll the past to get a dough pudding (un boudin in french!).

 

Cut it in 4/5 pieces and place them in a pastry mould (non-sticky is better!) (see photo).

Leave it to rise for around one hour, until the mould is filled. It might take a longer time as it is dependent on the temperature… In winter, it can be placed atop a radiator; or to speed up the process, it can be placed above a bowl of warm water.

 

Put the mould in a pre-heated oven (240°C) and bake until the brioche takes a light brown color (usually 10 to 15mn).

Enjoy!

With love!

 

 

From July 13th 2016 to July 13th 2019: a full recovery and being in remission!

From July 13th 2016 to July 13th 2019: a full recovery and being in remission!

July 13th 2016: leaving room 426 after “only” five weeks in the hospital and three weeks after the graft!

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June-July 2017: the first anniversary (in Noirmoutier island)

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July 2018: end of ciclosporine/photopheresis. Being in remission!

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July 2019: Belle-Ile island…

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Now, I think that I can say that I made it to the moon and back!

Thanks to the fantastic team at Saint antoine, and in particular my kind graft doctor who was and is still available to answer all my stupid questions, my anonymous graft donor who gave me my second life, my beautiful family and my friends: I love you!

June 24th 2016- June 24th 2019

June 24th 2016- June 24th 2019

Today, June 24th 2019 is a very important day: the 3rd anniversary of the hematopoietic stem cells graft! I would like to share a few photos taken before, during and after the graft. If I am with you today, it is because I had the chance to meet the fantastic team of the dept of Hematology at Saint Antoine Hospital and in particular my kind graft doctor . They are now and forever a part of my big family. I love you all! Of course my anonymous donor was the key for this positive outcome: without her gift,no life was possible. There is little chance that she will read this message, but who knows, life is full of surprises …and of love. My family has been the key supporter before, during, and after this experience. Together, we have made this long trip from th earth to the moon and back. I love you so much! I do not forget my friends, old and new, who were always confident that “I could make it”: thank you!

Each morning, when I wake up, my first thoughs are for you!

With love :-)!Added today, june 25th 2019: this morning I met with me kind graft doctor. She gave me the results of the blood aanalysis made yesterday: all good!She even told me that it was of no need to have the anti-viral drug: 100% drug-free, after “just” 3 years! Youpi! Thank you my wonderful graft doctor and the team at saint Antoine! Thank you my anonymous donor (today I gave a letter for her to my doctor)! Thank you my family and my friends! I love you all so much!

Boulder, Fall 2015: a “healthy guy”!

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Early 2016, Saint Antoine hospital: the fainting guy (after my first blood transfusion, and falling to the ground)

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Preparing to enter the hospital, June 2016

Room 426, Saint Antoine hospital, mid-June 2016. A room with a vue!

The “D” day: June 24th 2016: the gift of life from my anonymous donor

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July 13th 2016: living Saint Antoine, heading back home!

October 2016: first dinner outside!

Spring 2017: painting and enjoying life!

June 2017: Noirmoutier island, being able to bicke (did you notice the color of the hair…and the curls!)

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Fall 2017: my nice graft doctor gave me the green light to go abroad! Toronto!

Nanjing China!

Spring 2018: somewhere in France

An artist in action!

Fall 2018: Canadian Rockies

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End of 2018-Beginning of 2019

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Spring 2019:

 

 

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Nanjing-Yangzhou-China

Nanjing-Yangzhou-China

Greetings from Nanjing-China!

This time no health-related reports! Just fun! Enjoying my new visit to Southeast University in Nanjing.

Here are some photos taken around the campus .

I visited several beautiful monuments and garden in and around Nanjing,  often related to buddhism.

 

On sunday, I visited Yangzhou, which is seated on the bank of the Yangtze river, near the “Grand Canal” flowing from Beijing to Suzhou.Yangzhou is famous for its gardens, its Slender West Lake,…Not to forget the specialities cooked there! Dumpling with various fillings, fried rice, salty goose…Here are some photos.

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Today, friday June 7th, is my last day in Nanjing. Tomorrow, I will leave, back to France. But today is “Dragon Boat Festival”, a holiday! To know more about this festival:

https://www.travelchinaguide.com/essential/holidays/dragon-boat.htm

This morning, for breakfast, I had “zongzi”, made of sticky rice: delicious!

 

If I can travel “freely” now, it is because of the outstanding job made by my wonderful graft doctor and the team in Saint Antoine hospital. I don’t forget my stem cells donor (she is within me all the time ;-)!), and my beautiful family and friends. Each morning, when I wake up, my first thoughts are for you! I love you all!

 

A stained glass project

A stained glass project

Today, no health related news!

I would like to share with you an activity which has been more and more important for me since the spring of 2017: stained glass projects. Up to now, I had finished 5 projects, from  the first one I did in the spring of 2017 when I was not strong enough to cut the pieces of glass, to the last one finished a few months ago. Today, I will present the last one, which is “an italian landscape”, sort of ;-)!

It all started with a photo taken in a church of a stained glass window….

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The first step, after drawing the cartoon, was to choose the colors of the glass to be used…

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Then came the key step: cuting the pieces in the most accurate fashion possible (taking in account that I am a beginner “artist”!)…

 

 

With all the pieces cut, now came the building of the stained glass.

 

The stained glass I was making was of the “Tiffany type” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiffany_glass).A key step is to wrap around each piece of glass a small ribbon of copper…

 

The last step consist in gluing together the glass pieces by welding using tin solder… et voilà!

 

I hope you  like it!

All this work has been done at “Irisations ” (https://www.irisations.com/Irisations-index-vitrail-Paris-en).

All those “artistic activities” are based on “my good health”! I would like to thank again all the people at the Saint Antoine hospital and in particular my kind graft doctor, my anonymous stem cells donor, my family and my friends: I love you all! Each morning, when I wake up, my first thoughts are for you :-)!

The renewed pleasure to be able to travel

The renewed pleasure to be able to travel

I have been silent for quite a long time… but it is not for health related problems! It is just that I was busy traveling: Canada and the US!

We went to Toronto to visit our daughter and her husband. We left France in the spring and arrived in Canada in the winter :-)! Freezing temperatures, snow, rain, wind!

Then, we visited our friends in Boulder-Colorado, a place I visited many times when I was allowed to work in a chemistry lab, to make it short, during my first life :-)!

We climbed the high mountains (3000 m) in deep snow and low temperatures. But because of my new high quality red blood cells I had no problem to perform this exploit! A few places we visited: mud lake (Nederland-Colorado), Brainard lake (Ward-Colorado), Bear Lake, Nymph Lake and Dream Lake (all in the Rocky Mountain National Park)…

We shared lunchs/dinners with our friends in Boulder, and I was able to show them my new hobby: making real “brioches”!

After, we went back to Toronto for an another week, then moved back to France to find again the Spring :-)!

Here are some photos taken during this trip…

First Toronto:

 

Colorado:

My famous brioches:

Spring in our garden in Bures:

If I can travel freely those days, it is because I had the enormous chance to meet fantastic people at the Saint Antoine hospital and in particular my wonderful graft doctor, my donor who gave me the chance to live my second life, and my family and friends who supported me so well… I love you all :-)!