cancer

COPING WITH CANCER….

Day 13 Telling his son, about the cancer, was the worst. It was heartbreaking to see a 40 something  man cry.   He got so upset.  He kept hugging his father and telling him he loved him.  Eventually I crept out of the room to give them some privacy. His daughters took the news well, … Continue reading

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reflections

LIFE GOES ON….

Day 6 Tuesday After the multidisciplinary meeting yesterday,  we got a phone call confirming the surgical appointment on Friday.    I took this as reassuring.   There must not be anything so urgent it can not wait till Friday.   Still, at the back of my mind is still the thought “what if”. Our anxiety and tension … Continue reading

Paris

CATACOMBES?…JUST A PILE OF OLD BONES!

One of the things I managed to do on my Paris list was visit the Catacombes. http://www.catacombes.paris.fr/ I will cheat and reproduce the history of this strange place. The Catacombs of Paris (the “municipal Ossuary”) have been created at the end of the 18th century. The cemetery of Innocent (close to Saint-Eustace, in the district of the “Halles”) had been used during nearly … Continue reading

Family

FOUR DAYS ON

Sunday. 21st April 2013 The words “ bowel cancer”  hangs over us like a big black cloud. I have no idea what Michael is thinking and if I attempt to ask I will be “fussing.” He started laughing ironically,  when watching the London marathon this morning.    It seems everybody is either running in memory of somebody who has … Continue reading

Family

“CANCER,” is a big word………a frightening word…………

…………..When the doctor used it today  to describe what they had found on a routine screening of Michaels bowel, I sat there in shock.   Michael, still slightly sedated from the colonoscopy,  did not react at all. The doctor explained that Michael would have a CT scan tomorrow and then a appointment with a surgeon to discuss surgery to … Continue reading