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An update and a song!

For those who have been following my blog, I’m sorry that I haven’t posted for a while. Thank you for the kind celebration messages – they’ve all been really appreciated.

A few days ago I had (hopefully) my last hospital appointment of 2018 and I also made it to my 36th birthday! In a few days it’ll be a year to the day since the cancer was first discovered. I’m really grateful to be alive and it was nice to get a copy of this letter in the post (it’s from my consultant to my GP – excuse the jargon, but hopefully you get the gist!):

Since my last post I’ve had a camera down my throat (endoscopy/gastroscopy) and a camera up the other end… again! The top end was clear; but there are a few tiny polyps appearing at the other end, unfortunately. These will be monitored every year for the rest of my life.

I’ve also had another blood test, which has shown that my ferritin levels are creeping back up again (meaning my body is beginning to store iron again). The amazing thing about this is that I haven’t been eating red meat, despite being told I might have to in order to improve my iron levels. I intend to blog about my crazy new diet soon. It’s something that definitely seems to have had benefits.

As the year end approaches, my wife and I were trying to count the number of medical appointments I’ve had. We lost count, but we haven’t made it through a month without one! So, I’ve written some new words to the tune of ’12 days of Christmas’. I think it could be a huge hit and if any musician friends out there would like to record it I’ll split the royalties with you! Here goes….

On the first month of cancer the doctor said to me: “There’s a tumour in your intestine”

On the second month of cancer the doctor said to me: “You need surgery, ’cause there’s a tumour in your intestine”

On the third month of cancer the doctor said to me: “Rest u-up well. Bowel surgery. And you have no more large intestine!”

On the fourth month of cancer the doctor said to me: “Things are looking up. Rest up well. Bowel surgery. And you have no more large intestine.”

On the fifth month of cancer the doctor said to me: “Eat health-i-ly. Things are looking up. Rest up well. Bowel surgery and you have no more large intestine.”

On the sixth month of cancer the doctor said to me: “Many more appointments. Eat health-i-ly. Things are looking up. Rest up well. Bowel surgery and you have no more large intestine.” 

On the seventh month of cancer the doctor said to me: “You have Polyposis. Many more appointments. Eat health-i-ly. Things are looking up. Rest up well. Bowel surgery and you have no more large intestine.” 

On the eighth month of cancer the doctor said to me: “Machines-a-scanning. You have Polyposis. Many more appointments. Eat health-i-ly. Things are looking up. Rest up well. Bowel surgery and you have no more large intestine.” 

On the ninth month of cancer the doctor said to me: “Cancer is spreading. Machines-a-scanning. You have Polyposis. Many more appointments. Eat health-i-ly. Things are looking up. Rest up well. Bowel surgery and you have no more large intestine.” 

On the tenth month of cancer the doctor said to me: “Miracles-a-happening. Cancer isn’t spreading. Machines-a-scanning. You have Polyposis. Many more appointments. Eat health-i-ly. Things are looking up. Rest up well. Bowel surgery and you have no more large intestine.” 

In the eleventh month of cancer the doctor said to me: “Blood tests are better. Miracles-a-happening. Cancer isn’t spreading. Machines-a-scanning. You have Polyposis. Many more appointments. Eat health-i-ly. Things are looking up. Rest up well. Bowel surgery and you have no more large intestine.” 

On the twelfth month of cancer the doctor said to me: “See you next year. Blood tests are better. Miracles-a-happening. Cancer isn’t spreading. Machines-a-scanning. You have Polyposis. Many more appointments. Eat health-i-ly. Things are looking up. Rest up well. Bowel surgery and you have no more large intestine.” 

Merry Christmas everyone!

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