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 I’m trying to think of that as a “worst case”. So I’m now on a break from chemo and will have a further scan in about 8 weeks. Happy with that!
Bowel Cancer UK
If you’ve read some of my previous posts or follow me on Twitter, you’ll know I’m a massive fan of the charity Bowel Cancer UK. They’ve been a huge support to me and their drive and dedication to help those of us affected by bowel cancer and ultimately prevent the disease is truly amazing.
Following their merger earlier this year with the UK’s other leading bowel cancer charity, Beating Bowel Cancer, yesterday they announced Bowel Cancer UK as the new name, underpinned with the strapline Beating Bowel Cancer Together. And here’s me sporting a tee shirt and wristband with their snazzy new branding…
The logo incorporates the Star of Hope, the international symbol for bowel cancer. It represents hope for the future and celebrates the lives of those lost to bowel cancer. It is used across the US and in several other countries. The Star of Hope is central to the charity’s identity as it strongly resonates with supporters and patients, who are at the heart of what the charity does and the reason they exist. The new identity includes a new logo, colour palette and a refreshed website as well as the new name and strapline.
There’s been some excellent coverage of the launch on TV, radio and in the newspapers, all of which is so important in increasing awareness. However, I was shocked to read that in Wales only 53% of people sent the bowel cancer screening packs actually participate. The rest ok the UK is only marginally better. We’re used to checking our balls and boobs, but when it comes to bowels, there still seems to be a problem. We just need to keep pushing this and ensure that all of our eligible friends and relatives pop their poo in that envelope!
Bowel Cancer UK is determined to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by the disease. The charity will support and fund targeted research, provide expert information and support to patients and their families, educate the public and professionals about the disease and campaign for early diagnosis and access to best treatment and care.
The charity’s inspirational Chief Executive Deborah Alsina MBE, says: “We are delighted to unveil our new brand. We hope this will enable us to build an active community of patients and their families, clinicians, politicians, academics and others who will join us to ensure that we meet our mission to save lives and improve the quality of life of everyone affected by the disease. Bowel cancer remains the UK’s second biggest cancer killer, claiming over 16,000 lives a year but we are determined to change that.”
Almost 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer in the UK every year. However the disease is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early. Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage. But this drops significantly as the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives.
Have a look at the website and get yourself a free wrist band at:
And spread the word…
Cycle to Conquer Cancer
As you’ll know if you’ve read my previous posts, I’ve been closely following the progress of Chris Daniel who’s spent the past 7 months doing a virtual 18,000 mile around the world cycle ride. His bike has been connected to a computer which simulates the route (so there’s no dodging those mountains!) and he’s been riding in various public venues across Wales.
Chris sadly lost his wife Rita to bowel cancer in 2016 and has raised a staggering £75,000 for Bowel Cancer UK and several other cancer charities in her memory. I first met Chris in Cardiff back in December shortly after the start of his ride (he’d just arrived in virtual Germany then) and in January I had the privilege of cycling 25 miles alongside him. That was enough for me to be honest, but he’s only had 4 days off the bike in all that time and 2 of those were to go to London to collect a well deserved OBE!
Chris finally completed the ride in his home town of Merthyr on 21 July and it was great to be there and see him cross the finish line. He’s incredibly modest about his achievement, but he really is an extraordinary man and genuinely one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.