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05/02/2008 at 19:31

Thanks for the update Amanda

glad to hear he is doing well

06/02/2008 at 19:57

wishing you well, chanced on this thread on 4 Feb, followed it through curiosity to find out what the problem was (I'm a nurse, and nosey) and got a shock when I saw your latest entry. hope you keep strong and well and that you have caring professionals doing you good.


06/02/2008 at 22:47

Hi folks,,

Thank you all so much for your positive replies. It really helps.

 I had the first dose of my second cycle on Monday. All went well and physically I'm feeling good, but the chemo seems to slightly mess with one's brain function. Although I'm feeling positive, I had difficulty in reading the Times this morning. The second cycle is, so far, easier than the first cycle. Next Monday I have a CT scan, which my oncologist will compare with my original CT scan. Hopefully, when I see him on 18th February, he'll tell me that there's an improvement.

For the medically minded I'm on Carboplatin and Naeveleine (sorry about the spelling).

Another interesting fact about this cancer malarky is how happy I'm feeling. Yes, it's a very strange thing to say, but I feel totally at peace.

Once again, many, many thanks for all your support; it really does make a difference.

Douglas aka Leaping Wolf

06/02/2008 at 22:59

good to hear form you

I guess the diagnosis puts life into perspective for you

and that can be a peaceful thing

I truly wish you all the best

06/02/2008 at 23:13

((( DJ))) thinking of you and hope you stay strong


07/02/2008 at 07:16

Dougie - you around over the weekend? Glad to hear you are feeling better



07/02/2008 at 07:32

Douglas - it is great to see all the support you are receiving from friends new and old.  You have responded so fantastically to the unexpected diagnosis and are now coping positively with the treatment.  I am sure you will be up and running in every sense by the summer.

Best love Gina

LIVERBIRD    pirate
07/02/2008 at 12:45

Douglas - I can't read the Times anyway!

And I've got an English degree!

Hope it all continues to go well. So glad to hear you feel peaceful. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

07/02/2008 at 13:36

DJ has taught me how to run and I enjoy running now too!! DJ has been very patient and even took me to my first 5km even last Saturday.  Not been running for long (about 6 weeks) but completed first 5ks in 24 minutes.  DJ has been completely supportive and without him, I would not ever have taken up running.  He is very caring and sweet and always picks me up and takes me to Richmond Park for weekend runs.  xxxxx

07/02/2008 at 13:47

Nice to hear from you, Marge, and well done on your 5k (my first took me 42 minutes)!

Hope you're keeping Doug on his toes.

07/02/2008 at 19:46
Thanks for your message slugsta! i will definitely try to keep Doug on his toes, although his best 5kms is 17 minutes so he will be keeping me on my toes!!!!
09/02/2008 at 13:42

Hi folks,

The hospital have fitted me up with a sports cancer specialist. He reckons that it'll take three months to recover from the chemotherapy and upto a year before I'm back to normal. This no excuse for slacking. He's set me a goal of 30 minutes light aerobic exercise per day keeping HR below 125. He tells me that this will make the chemotherapy work better too. Sadly I'm not allowed to swim, because of the bugs in the pool and my chemotherapy induced low white blood cell levels. However, once I'm off the chemotherapy, I smell a summer of swimming...........maybe a Swimtrek excursion in June?

It's good to have goals and, whilst blistering race times may never happen again, cancer is not an excuse for giving up and letting one's body go to seed.

If I'm going to die, I'm going to die healthy and, if I'm going to live, that's all the more reason to keep in good shape.

So either way the die is cast and giving up is not an option.

Once again thanks for your support folks.

Douglas aka Leaping Wolf

09/02/2008 at 14:10

Like the positive attitude Douglas,but be aware of the dangers of infection I have been unable to run for fifteen months as my right hip is crumbling due to an infection in the joint . The hospital reckon I got it when my system was low due to chemo.As soon as I get a new hip I hope to get a few more miles under my belt.

You,re right it,s not an excuse for giving up. Best of luck and remember whatever pace you reach will be your new blistering pace.

09/02/2008 at 14:14

Oh Douglas what a wonderful post!

Didnt know there were sports cancer specialists and Im glad he's on your case.

Love your PMA too and think it should be hung up in doc surgerys everywhere.

Now get your leg warmers on and go!

Love and luck

09/02/2008 at 15:37

Douglas what a fantastic post.

That is such a great attitude to life ...and death

I so wish you well. I'm sure your attitude will give you more of a fighting chance to beat this and come back faster than you might expect. 

10/02/2008 at 01:30


Just caught up with this post, was about to start telling you about tilt table tests (although PH has pretty much covered it) then realised the dates on it and that there were more pages

Echos above

Your attitude is a lesson to everyone, and good on you, in my experience it can do as much good, if not more, as anything else


12/02/2008 at 19:25

Hoping that DJ is able to come to Cornwall soon and spend a few days by the sea just chilling and enjoying a change of scenery  and some good wholesome Cornish food and fresh air- he's had a good run along the beach at Hawkers Cove  in the past which he enjoyed  while I walked on the beach with the dogs ( I know that's not up to you lot's standards but it's not bad on a daily basis!)

watch this space!

Petal xx 

12/02/2008 at 19:32
A few days chilling in such a lovely place sounds pretty good to me. Hoping that you all have a great time.
16/02/2008 at 08:34

Once again thanks for everyone's support.

I continue to feel mentally good, which actually surprsises me considering the potential gravity of the situation.

I wass chatting to a phsychologist friend of mine over kitchen bridge, who is doing a trial on whether writing notes/diary on major health issues is of benefit or not. The patients are divided into three groups; one group write nothing, a second group write about their illness and a third group write about anything but their illness. The results are not yet out, but the theory is that writing about one's illness is theraputic.

However, whilst in hospital waiting for surgery (this was for biopsy purposes), I wrote 7 pages to my oncologist, which I suspect he politely took before consigning to the dustbin! Did I naturally hit upon the mental key?

I just wonder if writing and talking about these things really is of major benefit as per my friend's theory.

Anyway I repeat that I am a pretty happy person right at this moment even though I don't understand why. I don't think that this is because I am in any way exceptional; I'm just very, very lucky.

Once again thanks for all the support.

16/02/2008 at 09:10


i think its marvellous they are treating you as a sportsman

If i were your doc, i would have read all seven pages with interest

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