Showing posts from January, 2019

Here we go Again?

I don't quite know where to begin.

My mind and emotions are all over the place at the moment.

At the outset, let me say that at this point nothing is certain. Nothing has been confirmed.

OK. So for a while (over a year) my wife and I have noticed an unexplained lump on the back of my eldest daughter's neck. Every night when we brush her teeth we have a little check and its there. We think it comes and goes but it has definitely been there for at least the last month.

So today Verity, my wife, took her to the doctors to get it checked out. He confirmed that there was indeed a lump there, an inflamed lymph node. He did some further investigation and found a few more lumps in her groin.

Knowing my history with non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, he has now referred her to the consultant pediatrician at the hospital. So we are waiting and praying.

The finding of lumps in the exact same places where lumps were found on me has brought back some painful memories and has left us fighting bac…

Is Living with Cancer a Battle?

Last week I sent off a couple of submissions of my draft manuscript that recounts my journey with faith and cancer (Stage 4 non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma) from diagnosis through treatment to remission and beyond.
I am part of a supportive Christian Writer's Group who has quite an active online community. So I just briefly posted in the Facebook Group that I had sent in submissions to publishers and asked for prayer. Someone then asked what the book was about - so as a very brief way of summarising something quite complex in just a few words I said:

This led to someone private messaging me with a question, asking me why I had used the word 'battle' to describe my experience of living with cancer.

I then got a private message from someone else who has sadly been diagnosed with cancer for a second time. She quite rightly questioned my use of the word 'battle'.
This was a very good question!

I replied and explained that in this instance, a quick post of Facebook, I tried…