Ten days ago I wrote a blog post The beginning of the end? that reflected on my Dad’s journey/fight/life with cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) over the past four years. Well ten days on and things seem to have progressed even further. In March alone Dad has had three blood transfusions, which equates to about 8 … More Don’t give up the ship, fight her till she sinks #cancer
My Mum and Dad had what I now consider to be an inspired approach to illness when I was a youngster…they did everything they could to ensure that as children we caught everything catchable, as young as possible! I had measles, whooping cough, chicken pox, you name it we’d be wheeled around to the neighbour’s … More Germ paranoia
Tomorrow is my second blogging birthday, at the time I started to blog I really didn’t know whether I’d enjoy it or what I’d talk about. I knew that I’d have some stuff to share though (never really short of an opinion) and I also felt that cancer would feature in these posts….I’m not sure … More The beginning of the end?
In Britain, there are currently over 10,000 people in need of an organ transplant. Each day three of them will die because of the lack of donors. Despite this, 15,000 people die each day in the UK. Only three of them will become organ donors. These statistics just don’t make sense to me. This morning I read an … More The ultimate recycling?
The last few days Gran hasn’t been very well, I spent an hour with her and Grandad yesterday evening and she was perky, but not herself. Grandad spent the whole time just looking at her, wistfully, worrying but like he was drinking her in with his eyes. They’ve been together since they were children and … More When it’s good it’s very very good #NHS
This year I decided that I’d send more post, in the form of letters, postcards and birthday cards. I wanted a New Years Resolution that wasn’t just about my own self, hence the Postcards by Twitter idea. I’ve sent 10 items so far, across the country, have received one postcard back (which was never part … More Week One – Postcards via Twitter
It’s almost nine years ago that I had my PhD Viva, bits of it I remember like it was yesterday, lots of it I couldn’t recall if my life depended on it. In fact, if I’m really honest I think I could say the same about my PhD itself. I was reading a news story … More We shall not cease from exploration
This week I saw one of my favourite articles of the year, Twitter by Post, which was the brainchild of Giles Turnbull @gilest. Giles has been conducting an experiment where he has replied to twitter, in real time, through the post. This may sound weird but I think it’s truly awesome. Go read the article, … More Postcards via twitter
If anyone had told me a year ago that I’d sit here awaiting the arrival of 2012 with my Dad, Grandad and Gran all still living I’d never have believed them. I never, ever would have thought 2011 would end like this, and I mean that in the most positive way. Even though I suspect … More Attitude’s a power stronger than death
Just a quick update today to let you know I can conclusively prove there is no such thing as tempting fate! A couple weeks ago at the start of December I wrote Tempting fate this Christmas? and explained my concerns about getting too confident that we would manage another Christmas with my Dad (who is … More Christmas 2011 – there is no such thing as tempting fate!