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My Cancer Story
My Cancer Story

This section of my website is about how I'm dealing with what has been diagnosed as terminal pancreatic cancer.

When you're given just a few months to live, and you don't know how many months that is, your view of the world changes.

This is my and the people around me's story.

Thursday, 09 January 2014 13:54

Much weaker now...

Written by Mike

I’ve got much weaker the last few days, and getting around or just doing stuff is getting very difficult. I think I am close to the end, but I’m not there yet in my head nor have I completed what I set out to do.

Friday, 03 January 2014 13:49

Christmas to New Year - Laughs and Tears!

Written by Mike

The funny period between Christmas and New Year has absolutely flown by.  Here’s the highlights of what we’ve been up to in that period.  It’s been a time of extreme emotions, both positive and negative.  At times I’ve laughed till my tummy hurt and I’ve also cried buckets at times.

Friday, 27 December 2013 12:20

It's Christmas!

Written by Mike

Good news!  I have achieved an objective and had a truly lovely Christmas.  When we first got the news of my condition and life expectancy, I remember thinking the objective had to be to live as long as Christmas.  I’ve done that and I’m delighted.  And what a wonderful Christmas we’ve had.

Tuesday, 24 December 2013 22:25

Friendships are what life is about

Written by Mike

Today’s thought is about friends.  I mention it because friends have brought me so much pleasure recently.  I like to think I’m a people person, but along the way you make mistakes, or you say things you don’t really mean, or just time passes and suddenly you find you have lost touch.

As a part of setting myself short term objectives to keep me going, motivated and happy day-by-day, I’ve been trying to fix some of the friendship blunders I’ve made over the years.  And interestingly, some of the people on the other end of the friendship have been doing exactly the same.

Sunday, 22 December 2013 19:59

The ticking bomb...

Written by Mike

Last Wednesday 18 December, I finally had a radioactive PET Scan done, the last obstacle I had to clear before being able to start chemotherapy treatment in early January. Of course we had all the jokes about Mike hates pets and naturally of course the scan found an aardvark inside me.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 17:02

Thank you NHS, you're wonderful

Written by Mike

Throughout my life I’ve managed to keep away from the medical profession.  It’s not that I’ve got anything against them, it’s just that I’ve always been a fit and healthy guy and I’ve had no need of them.

But now of course I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time split between our local Doctor’s surgery, Milton Keynes General Hospital and the Churchill Hospital in Oxford with a host of different specialists.

Two things strike me about the experience.  The first is the attitude of the various medical professionals and the second is the amount of waste I see going on.  Let’s have a quick look at both.

Monday, 16 December 2013 19:06

Pam needs your help more than I do

Written by Mike

Through these difficult times my wife Pam is being brilliant.  She’s totally driven to spend her every moment trying to come up with new ways of keeping me going longer and better, and I totally appreciate that.  She’s being brave, strong and she’s making my life as good as it can be.  Thank you Pam – I promise I’ll never call you a ‘fat arsed lazy cow’ ever again!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013 17:05

The world turned upside down

Written by Mike

When you hear the words, somehow they don't make sense.  Or its a mistake.  Or it applies to somebody else.  But hearing the words 'terminal' and 'cancer' and 'a few months' all in one sentence and applying to you is not what you want to hear.