Please read Blog No 117 before this.

Blog Post No 118

So what did those clever diagnosticians eventually discover? I shall not be too specific regarding the results.

It showed a ( blood cancer ), a lymphoma with multiple areas of bone involvement at stage 4. ( Not good ). Being shown the X rays of my P E T scan, the extent of the cancer was seen as numerous black marks superimposed upon the outline of my skeleton. And there would have been other tests ( blood tests etc ) at the same time.

I was then immediately introduced to my cancer specialist who explained my future treatment ( chemotherapy ). She also gave me confidence that I had a good percentage chance of recovery.

Throughout my first six chemo’s, mostly at Scarborough hospital, and the special extra strong one administered over five nights in York hospital, this to clear any cancer in my head, I remained as positive as possible. Whenever it was expedient and I felt well enough, having a chat and a laugh with doctors, nurses, patients and any other staff was good for us all as it lifts the spirits. They were all fantastic and I would not be here now without their ministrations.

And then not to forget my wife who had to plan for each day, visiting, plus the strain and stress of looking after me during long periods between chemo’s whilst at home. At these times I was often not able to do much for myself. On top of that there was the complication of administering the large bag of pills and potions which accompanied me home after each chemo session. These had to be administered at specific times of the day so a plan had to be drawn out.

The treatments succeeded and I am still here to tell the tale, thanks toe everyone connected to our N H S, and the aftercare by my doctors and nurses at my surgery. And to my Macmillan nurse.

So to sum up, anyone ‘out there’ who feels that they have a real problem, DON’T DELAY, go and get it checked out, and if necessary, more than once.