Every morning, within the first few minutes of getting up I look in the mirror, pause and mutter something like, “I can’t believe it.” I told you last week that it’s been a year since my successful bowel cancer operation and that’s what I can’t believe. Well, not the passing of time; that’s easy enough…… Continue reading Mirror, Mirror
One year ago today I had bowel cancer surgery. As I explained in a previous post, just before Christmas 2019 the oncologist and surgical teams decided to stop my drugs therapy and undertake surgery. I’d been diagnosed mid 2017 with advanced bowel cancer that had metastasised into my liver and pelvic bone. For two and…… Continue reading Cancer surgery in the age of Covid
My laptop is about three years old and ever since the day of purchase it’s been temperamental and slow. Mentioning this a few weeks ago to a friend, she asked if it needed defragging. Which, it turned out had never been done and so after a few hours, the machine was running as though it…… Continue reading My first chemo
I’m gradually working my way through all the folders on my laptop trying to get them into some semblance of order. I’ve backups on memory sticks and an external hard-drive which are in an equally large muddle. I’ve even got folders labelled “not to be deleted in case they contain something useful” and “probably not…… Continue reading Live today as best we can.
Stumbling around the Internet the other day I came upon this quote from Desmond Tutu. “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” As a version of light at the end of the tunnel the quote seemed particularly apt for our present difficult Covid days. And the quote…… Continue reading Where there is hope
Earlier this week I got my sixth cycle of chemotherapy at the Cancer Unit of my local district hospital. Once again I’ve had the very best of treatment administered by a team of wonderful specialist nurses. Now, I’m having 48 hours of chemotherapy at home and a community nurse will come and take the pump…… Continue reading Save one life you’re a hero. Save 100 lives you’re a nurse. #NHS
For years I’ve been keen on eating my five-a-day especially oranges. From a very young age I’ve understood that oranges and other citrus fruits such as grapefruit, lemons, clementines, tangerines and satsumas are bursting with Vitamin C. And, indeed, oranges provide a very healthy 53.2mg of Vitamin C per 100g. Unfortunately, one of the side-effects of…… Continue reading If you can’t eat citrus fruits for your Vitamin C, try these instead.
We watched the Stand Up To Cancer Gogglebox Celebrity Special last night on Channel 4. We don’t usually watch Gogglebox and weren’t planning to join in the show’s fund-raising as we already make a donation every month to Cancer Research UK. But we wanted to see Jeremy Corbyn. In the current febrile atmosphere of Westminster…… Continue reading Gogglebox Celebrity Special
A few months ago I published my final post on this blog and signed off. I’d been diagnosed with cancer and didn’t think there was any way I could sustain a daily blog. My cancer treatment is palliative and I didn’t think I would be around for too much longer to be writing blog posts…… Continue reading Well, here we are again!