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  • Blog Post: Oh Silent Night!

    I've been struggling since the sudden death of a friend in November. Emotional disturbances have always impacted on my apetite, and I let slip the careful nutritional plan I have been following for most of the previous twelve months. We had a horrible time dashing about overdoing things trying to...
  • Blog Post: Fun at Nottingham - and I don't mean Goose Fair

    Last Thursday I emailed PALS. They are supposed to respond with an acknowledgement within two working days. As today is now the fourth working day on and nothing, I had another hunt on the web. It's rather confusing, with very little information on making a complaint, so I telephoned the City Hospital...
  • Blog Post: Mysteries at the Mars Bar

    Firstly thank you to everyone who send best wishes or thought about me today. I was called in early, and sat pen poised over big sheet of paper, ready for a good long list of all the mets that have developed over the course of my treatment-free 15 months. Dr Ann M knocks on door (how polite), and has...
  • Blog Post: Five Key Issues Tackled by me.

    As many of you know, my old hospital gave me just "3-4 months" in May 2007, so I should have been pushing up my holly-tree a minimum of ten months ago. Not only am I alive, but I am very much alive! As they said there was nothing else that they could do for me (except treat peri-terminal conditions...
  • Blog Post: Go t' the Foot of Our Stairs!

    This follows on from my '"Definitely Not a Year" Year Blog'. As I said there, on my way home from aromatherapy on the anniversary of my "3-4 months" verdict, I called in at the Oncology Department and handed over a greetings card telling them that I was still alive. This...
  • Blog Post: The "Definitely not a Year" Year Blog.

    One year ago yesterday, on 20th May 2007, my friend Sophie and her partner took myself and my partner out in the nearest countryside. We walked in the woods, and located the elusive Robin Hood's Well. Sophie took a photo of me and her partner play-fighting as Merry Men. We walked further and I started...
  • Blog Post: Birthday from Hell

    As I've said elsewhere, I was told May 2007 that I had just 3-4 months to live. If I was very strong, I might survive six months. We told my partner's sister, but, at her request, did not tell their mother. Shortly afterwards, just as we were about to go away for the weekend with his sister,...
  • Blog Post: Still swimming anticlockwise around the Drain.

    So, I've survived six months longer than the longest estimate, and today I rang the Hospice and found I am entitled to another session of aromatherapy. The reason they'd not rung back before is that the lady who did me last time has been away (I'd suspected it had been because they'd...