BATTLING BOWEL CANCER
Why this site is here…
In August 2022, after reporting some slightly worrying symptoms, I went to West Suffolk Hospital for a colonoscopy and a series of scans. The colonoscopy revealed that I had bowel cancer. The scans revealed that it had spread to my liver and lungs as well.
I was told that without treatment I could expect to live another six months. With treatment I might get two or three years.
I reached 70 in December 2022. My mother died at 89 and my father at 98. I chose to take the treatment.
If you, like me, have been told that your life is limited – then this website is for you. Because I don’t see why we can’t have some fun in the meantime…
And the helmet? I’m half-Danish, and inordinately proud of my Viking ancestry. So this is a replica Viking helmet, courtesy of the Royal Armouries. It’s the perfect symbol of the battle I have chosen to fight – as later posts will explain. And note the absence of horns…
My chosen charities – and how you can help them
St Nicholas Hospice is attached to the West Suffolk Hospital, where I am receiving my treatment. They’re a wonderful charity and richly deserving of your support, especially in these challenging times.
This charity gives children with a stoma like mine a teddy bear with its own ‘button’ stoma – a toy to identify with and to show their friends. I was bullied at school for being different so I think this is an idea well worth supporting.