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  • Blog Post: First post and story so far

    About me: I am an ex nurse, now medical Sales Rep. I got divorced earlier this year and have 2 amazing kids. Boy of 10 and girl of 15. I've been through a tough 3 years and I'm finally getting everything in place to move on with my life. That was until a few weeks ago...... Last year I went to...
  • Blog Post: In the beginning

    Early in 2004, when I was 58, I went to see my GP about my twice nightly visits to the toilet. I knew that it is a common occurrence amongst men of my age and expected to be referred for ‘a simple procedure’ to the prostate gland to fix the problem. First, as a routine, I was asked to have...
  • Blog Post: Advice on Mastectomy and TUG flap reconstruction prior to radiotherapy

    Please can anybody share experiences of a TUG flap / TMG reconstruction?. I’m anxious about effects on the donor site and would appreciate some advice. Also how do I get comprehensive information on the plastic surgeon involved? I have a provisional date of 5 th July . for mastectomy...
  • Blog Post: Surgery

    So it’s the morning on Saturday 11 th September 2010 and I am up early, as today I will be travelling from my home in Leeds to The Hampshire Clinic, Basingstoke to prepare for surgery on Monday. Sean and Jo are taking me down by car with Saranne their daughter and we are meeting my at the VW...
  • Blog Post: View from the bedside chair

    [Judy wrote this. She had lots of time for observation and contemplation yesterday. I, at least, had the occasional break. Judy pretty much got to sit for ten hours.] “Arrive early, 9ish, so we can do bloods,” said Dr Khan on the phone. “The radiologist doesn’t work on Friday...
  • Blog Post: Keeping sane!

    Another steroid fuelled evening.... yes it is 2:30am... ridiculous! I will definitely be sleeping for 3 days once the steroids wear off! Apparently some people have no problems with steroids and feel no side effects, I am clearly not one of them.... and to be honest, I’ve yet to meet someone who...
  • Blog Post: What a difference a day makes

    Seriously. Yesterday I couldn't get arrested - not that I was trying to get arrested, but the Churchill had gone all sullen and uncommunicative, painted its bedroom ceiling black, and was playing My Chemical Romance on an infinite repeating loop; today I've been beating them off with a stick...
  • Blog Post: Overcoming post surgery boredom!

    After a steroid-fuelled weekend and a day of post-steroid craziness I’m ready for my second blog, very exciting! (Is it just me or does anyone else get weird post-steroid “sensorial hallucinations”? – yesterday it felt like I was being crushed by gigantic rocks!) When I was...
  • Blog Post: When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide

    It was a funny week, last week. Not that they're not all a bit strange these days, what with the way everything has to revolve around cancer, in pure defiance of Galileo, but mostly what I do is spend my life sitting around, usually feeling guilty about sitting around and being sure that there ought...
  • Blog Post: Under pressure

    Funny old thing, that cancer - yes, indeed, I see you all laughing already. Here I am with a tummy full of foreign bodies doing their best to mount a coup d'état against my internal organs, but a lot of the time I don't really feel all that bad. Then - of course - I feel like a terrible...