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02/03/2008 at 16:39

Hi folks,

I'm just back at base after a 3 mile walk round Richmond Park, coffee with friends, lunch etc. Despite my double dose of chemo on Friday, I feel pretty good.

I went to a cancer drop in centre on Thursday. It was a bit like an AA meeting (I'm a recovery alcoholic as well as an ex-smoker) and we all chatted. I said that it was easy to have a PMA if one wasn't feeling ill. It was commented by some of the assembled company that they thought that I'd have a PMA even if I was feeling grotty. They are very kind people.

I am just in awe of all the care and attention that I'm receiving and hope to be able to repay society in due course. I'm going to try for a charity place to run London Marathon 2009 for either Marie Curie or MacMillan. That's just a start.

I think that I'm learning a lot about life through having this illness.

Thanks again folks,

Douglas aka Leaping Wolf

02/03/2008 at 17:42

Ask me to sponsor you when it is all set up

I shall be honoured 

02/03/2008 at 18:03
Me too xxx
02/03/2008 at 18:42
Count me in!
03/03/2008 at 19:14

Thank you. Much appreciated.

I feel quite tired now; I probably overdid it on the weekend; the steriods give one a boost, but then one crashes.

03/03/2008 at 19:18

(Doug)), it sounds as if you've had to fight more than your fair share of battles along the way.

Glad that you're feeling well but don't forget to rest too - you're not (quite) superman you know!

Count me in for the sponsorship too, it will be an honour.

03/03/2008 at 21:15

Me too

Keep up the great attitude ((DJ))

03/03/2008 at 21:44
Doug, I hope you have a good week. it is true what you say about the steroids. i usually warn people that they may plummet in mood, appetite and energy when these stop. It often coincides with the peak effects of the chemotherapy as well, so you get a double whammy. Keep on keepin' on there.
04/03/2008 at 16:07


I guess the chemo is a bit like a long run: You need to pace yourself.  Even when you're feeling great keep a little bit in reserve in case there's a tough hill to come!

Jiggi xx 

04/03/2008 at 17:16
Hope you're surviving this week OK. A bit of a downer maybe ???   As Jiggi says........think of it as a stage in a race -it will pass
LIVERBIRD    pirate
04/03/2008 at 17:25
Doug - it seems to me that your repayment to society is in the inspiration you are to others. You're doing it without realising it.
08/03/2008 at 15:53

Hi Doug.  I was on another thread moaning about my sore leg and how it was really getting me down because I can't run and your thread was recommended to me.  I've just read through it and am humbled to the point of shame by your magnanimous attitude to what's happening to you right now.  Every time I am even vaguely tempted to feel sorry for myself I'm going to come on this thread and re-read your posts.  You're the most inspirational person I've (n)ever met and I echo everyone else in wishing you much love and a speedy return to full health.

I'm off now to check out this month's copy of Runner's World because I'm sure I skimmed past an article inviting readers to nominate their running heroes? I didn't read it at the time because I didn't think I knew of any.  I sure do now.....

08/03/2008 at 18:24

Hi Douglas, just been referred to your thread from my own. I've got breast cancer: Had the surgery and am now waiting for my Chemo to start. I want to keep active - whatever form that may be - or else I will go quietly mad. Funny enough I've already tried to put my name down for London Marathon 2009 -   I'm obviously thinking along the same lines. Glad to see I am not alone. I have a place for Edinburgh marathon this year and am still harbouring a desire to power walk it!

Look after yourself and see you at the starting line at 2009?

08/03/2008 at 19:00

Thank all for your kind words.

I've had a slightly rough week (bone pain and fatigue combined with being hyper plus insomnia); however, my rough week is relative. The stories that I hear from other cancer patients make my tale look like a walk in the park. I am truly humbled by the courage shown by some of the people that I meet and hear about. 

Someone told me that, whilst God may chuck bad stuff at one, at the same time he makes one strong enough to deal with it. It may sound strange, but , right at this moment, I am truly happy; and it's quite easy to be strong when one is happy!

Lorra, good luck and I hope that everything goes according to plan and that your prognosis is good. FYI I find I get huge amounts of well-meaning advice from friendsand some of it is slightly whacky. I wouldn't even take vitamin pills without clearing it with my doctor. Yeah, let's do London 2009.

To all you runners, I am convinced the relatively easy time (mentally and physically) that I'm having is partly due to my running. Running makes you fit; running makes you mentally strong.

And for the slower runners,

"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."

Theodore Roosevelt

08/03/2008 at 21:51
Hail Theodore, we are not worthy.  I'm going to have those words writ large on a page and pasted to my kitchen wall to read every morning.
09/03/2008 at 10:19
Thank you Doug.
09/03/2008 at 18:17

Good  to hear from you Doug.

Hope you manage a better week with more sleep 

13/03/2008 at 11:41

it is kind of humbling when you start to open your eyes to what some people are up against.

hope you are feeling ok Doug, and Lorra, hope all goes well with your chemo.

best wishes


13/03/2008 at 13:01

Hear hear for the slower runners

take care doug

13/03/2008 at 15:39

Thanks for the kind words Doug. Got my chemo dates. Oncologist seems very supportive of continuing mild exercise - Research has apparently shown it to be very beneficial. Like your advice she has warned me off swimming - Too many bugs in water. Forgot to ask about cycling?

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