Health Update I’m now 5 cycles into my latest round of 8 chemo treatments. Last week’s scan (after 4 cycles) showed that the tumours in my liver and lungs had expanded by a millimetre or two, so slightly disappointing that they hadn’t reduced. On a positive note, my cancer blood markers and liver function … Continue reading First Bowel Cancer Anniversary Blog
Bowel Cancer is absolutely the worst thing that’s ever happened to me - by several light years! But despite a pretty depressing prognosis (perhaps 3 years life expectancy), I do feel strangely at peace with my situation. Since my operation and diagnosis I’ve met some extraordinarily inspiring people and experienced a coming together of family and … Continue reading Bowel Cancer Walk for Patrick
To coincide with Bowel Cancer Awareness Month, my wife Sarah recently wrote a blog for her work intranet site which is read by around 4,000 people. She discussed her experiences of living with someone (me) with stage 4 bowel cancer and the challenges of balancing it with her work. The blog was extremely well received. … Continue reading Guest Blogger – Sarah Wymer on Life With a Partner with Stage 4 Bowel Cancer
Greetings from the chemo chair. So, the clinical trial was useless in my case and my next round of 8 chemo cycles started this morning (Friday). My PICC line went in on Monday and because of my blood clot last year, I’m back on the daily blood thinning injections. You’ve got to love all the … Continue reading Bowel Cancer Humour? You’re Joking!
Over the last 2 or 3 weeks, my main cancer pre-occupations have been a charity walk and my clinical trial, which has now ended rather sooner than I’d hoped... Scanxiety I had my latest scan last Monday as I came to the end of my third 3 week cycle on the FOCUS4-C clinical trial. And … Continue reading My Trial, a Charity Walk and Some Other Stuff
Bowel Cancer Mountains For the past 20 years or so I’ve been a keen cyclist. Not obsessed like some I know, but I’ve enjoyed mountain biking, road biking and until I got bowel cancer, cycling to work. I’ve begun to think of my illness and treatment in terms of riding my bike up through a … Continue reading Bowel Cancer Mountains & Taking Cancer on Holiday
I retired on 31st January. I’m 53 and I’ve actually retired! Like many people, I always had a bit of a dream of taking early retirement at some stage and enjoying the freedom to pursue my own interests in my own time. Well bowel cancer’s delivered early for me! Although the circumstances are less than … Continue reading Rugby, Retirement & Public Speaking