About this Blog

This blog started as an online diary and place for me to rant about annoyances in my family.

However since July it has become a place for me to catalogue and express my views and opinions on the treatment I have recieved following the diagnosis of a potentially cancerous tumor in my bowel.

On 3rd August 2011 I was told that it was cancerous. In April 2012 I was given the all clear.

October 15th 2013 I was diagnosed with peritoneal disease and liver metastases. The cancer was back and this time it is inoperable.

It is a little bit out of date as the NHS doesn't tend to have a WiFi connection in hospital and I can only post when I get home and posts take a while to write.

It is NOT about individuals or the nursing profession. It is about some of the inadequacies in the system and the way the NHS is failing some people.

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Today's news

Well, the headlines.

The tumour hasn't grown, but equally it hasn't shrunk which seems to suggest that it hasn't responded to the current chemotherapy regime of Irinotecan, 5FU and Avastin. 

This means that I need more aggressive and evil chemotherapy. This means more oxaliplatin and 5FU. 

You may remember oxaliplatin or poxy oxy as it is known amongst the bowel cancer patients. It is the one that cause peripheral neuropathy, you know, the tingling in the fingers & toes and numbness in the cold. 

I cannot wait, luckily I don't have too. Dr Cummins wants this to start on Monday! yep like after the weekend!!

I will be having this fortnightly so at a slightly lower concentration than I had previously, and I'll have 6 initial sessions, then another scan to see what the progress is. 

Hopefully the removal of the Irinotecan and Avastin will curtail the bleeding and so that will alleviate some of my worries.

Don't be under any illusions though. I am still very ill. If this lot of chemotherapy does not work, we have to start looking into alternatives, radiotherapy, trial therapies, anything to try and target this awful disease. 

In the meantime I read about an app you can download to help scientists try and find a cure for breast cancer. So if you or your significant goer, or anybody else you know is a gamer, visit


and download the app. It's free, and helps fight cancer.