Last week was a big one for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I passed a significant milestone as I clocked up two years since my surgery and stage 4 bowel cancer diagnosis. If there had been any temptation to celebrate, this was abruptly crushed by the second reason, a disappointing scan result. I’ve experienced the most difficult, … Continue reading My Bad Bowel Cancer Week
It’s now almost two years since life for me and my family was turned inside out by my stage 4 bowel cancer diagnosis. I’ve discussed previously the utter shock of it all; Saturday evening stomach pains and rush to A&E, Sunday night surgery and Monday morning devastation as I was informed I had a stoma … Continue reading My Changing Approach to Bowel Cancer
Not much of a health update this month. I’ve just gone back on the chemo, although a different drug this time called Lonsurf. The aim is to try to keep the aggressive tumours in my lungs under some sort of control. I should get the results of my latest scan towards the end of the … Continue reading Negative Thoughts & Bowel Cancer
Health Update Ok let’s get this out of the way first! In mid February I completed the last of six cycles of chemo in the latest round. I’ve now had 22 in total. For those who know their chemo, I’ve been on Oxaliplatin, Capecitabine, both funded through the NHS and Avastin which I’ve been self … Continue reading My Prognosis – How do I Cope?
So, this time my wife Sarah has written a moving piece about how she feels having lived through the past 20 months since my cancer diagnosis. It's not always an easy read, but it's so honest in highlighting the impact of cancer on partners and family. Cancer - A Partner's Perspective My friends would probably describe me as calm, … Continue reading A Partner’s Perspective
Happy New Year! Just to be totally clear, I'm not overly keen on new year celebrations. Yes I’ve had some good ones over the years, but to me they often feel like forced jollity as we transition from Christmas (which I like) to January (which I don’t), the most miserable month of the year if … Continue reading Looking Ahead to 2019 With Bowel Cancer
Firstly “Decembeard” This December I’m getting together with a group of my closest friends – Tony Bobath, Andy Glaser, Richard Ilsley and Mick Finlay – to take part in “Decembeard”. On 30th November, we shaved off any existing facial hair and have thrown away our razors for the whole of December. This is an annual fundraising event … Continue reading Some Positives About Having Bowel Cancer