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
First the Health Update Back on the chemo! For the cancer geeks, I’m taking 6 cycles of Oxaliplatin via a drip in hospital combined with Capecitabine tablets which I take at home for 2 weeks. I then have a week off before starting again. The Oxaliplatin side effects are quite hard, in particular an acute … Continue reading Let’s Talk About Dying. Cancer’s Big Downside!
Ok let’s get the health update out of the way first. Following a 10 week break from chemo, the tumours in my liver and lungs have grown again and the cancer markers in my blood are also up quite significantly. So it’s back for more chemo in the next couple of weeks. I’ll be taking … Continue reading Stoma Talk II, The Sequel
There was an amazing response to my Assisted Dying blog last month. It got a tremendous boost from the nice people at Dignity in Dying who posted it on their Twitter and Facebook pages, so big thanks to them! I had thought the reaction would be far more divided, but virtually all the feedback I … Continue reading My Bowel Cancer Podcast
First the heavy stuff... Perhaps this is a little controversial, but as someone living with incurable stage 4 bowel cancer and a realistic life expectancy of no more than a few years, I’ve spent a fair amount of time contemplating when and how I might die. I really don’t see much point in ducking the … Continue reading My Thoughts on Assisted Dying
Health Update Good news! On Tuesday I received the result from my latest scan following the completion of my last 8 cycles of chemotherapy. Basically there’s no significant change in the disease in my liver and lungs and the cancer markers in my blood have reduced. My prognosis is still 2 years or so, but … Continue reading Bowel Cancer UK / Beating Bowel Cancer Merger and New Brand
I’m starting this blog in the Rhosyn Day Unit at Velindre Cancer Centre in Cardiff on the 70th birthday of the NHS. And I’m celebrating with my 15th chemo cycle, the 7th of this round of treatment, with just one more to go – well hopefully anyway. Chemotherapy is probably the best known and most common … Continue reading The Chemotherapy Chronicles