Ann McPherson RIP

I am dying of pancreatic cancer. I wish I wasn’t. But dying isn’t a failure on my part, it is part of life. I wish to live as long as possible, but not at the expense of enduring an undignified death. These are the words of Ann McPherson in a Guardian Comment is Free article that … More Ann McPherson RIP

“We go to liberate, not to conquer” Col Tim Collins #bbctbq

My Sunday morning routine, as far as I have one, usually involves waking earlier than I would like (why does that happen, I rarely wake early during the week when I should), grabbing a cup of tea as I check twitter, and settling down on the sofa for a morning of Marr and #bbctbq. I’ve … More “We go to liberate, not to conquer” Col Tim Collins #bbctbq


Last week I wrote To chemo or not to chemo that talked about Dad’s latest dilemma (unsurprisingly, whether to have chemo or not) and the real life implications of patient choice for him, my mum and his family and friends. Dad has chosen not to have chemo and to wait and see what happens. This week he … More D.N.R

The bottom line

This is me and my mate Anna’s mum, at Anna and Dan’s wedding, just under two years ago. I wrote about their wedding here as last February Dan died from an aggressive brain tumour. In the autumn Anna’s mum was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer, she had surgery to remove some of her colon and that … More The bottom line