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
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