There is no such thing as an open MRI. And other stories.

I was lied to! Maliciously! Ok, it was anything but malicious. Me? Dramatic? No, never. But I was told that UCLH has new MRIs that are open, so claustrophobia and panic will be but a distant memory. I did not see any proof of this. The MRI on Sunday was super enclosed. And it was…

I’m Back! And straight back into it…

So I am back in London! I managed to get a flight. We’re in lockdown now, which is interesting. It’s definitely a whole different vibe over here to what it was in Australia. But it’s nice to be home. Straight back into scans to check out what’s going on in my face. Life is a…

#scancitement – my version of #scanxiety

This post probably has more relevance for my cancer friends and family, the rest of you might not quite understand what I’m going on about, but please bear with me. Here is an insight into the world of regular scans. You might have heard (well… read…) me say before, I don’t get #scanxiety. I don’t…

MRI and all that

I suppose I should let you all know that I got a call saying there is nothing ominous in my MRI! Yay! To be honest, I had forgot about it, people kept asking me if I had heard and it took me a while to think what I was waiting to hear about. ‘you must…

So I finally met with my surgeon…

It was a busy day actually. Iย had to go in first for a chest x-ray. This is one of those things I have to have every two months. You see, the most common mets for osteosarcoma (look at me with my cancer vernacular. Mets = metastasis = spread) is to the lungs. So we keep…

Another MRI survived and the impending referral for…

So I was filling out my MRI form last Friday and one of the questions was: ‘Have you had any operations on any part of your body in the last 3 months?โ€™ I went to say yes… Of course I have… remember that big thing that happened in March? But… wait… No!ย No i haven’t! In…

Happy 70th birthday NHS

It is the 70th birthday of the NHS. Where to start? I suppose with something thatโ€™s obviously close to me. Looking at cancer alone – 50% of people get cancer. That means you, and your mum. Or your partner and your dad. Or your sister and your best friend. I know of people in the…

When PET scans turn into surprise MRIs…

I’ve had PET Scans before, all good. They’re not a problem except that it’s always freezing. I had one today, so I went in and they injected me with the radioactive substance and I had to sit there for an hour without using my phone or doing anything really. I listened to an audio book….

MRI Sundays

So it turns out I now have a problem with MRIs. I guess I’m feeling a bit fragile at the moment. A bit emotionally unstable. In a big way because I’ve just found out I’ve got to cancel all plans for the next year or so. But also the fact that I can’t use my…

Trex week wrap up

This week I met with a 4th year medical student who needed someone to use for a case study. You mean I can be the centre of attention and talk about myself? Oh ok! He was nice. We had fun. I’ll see him again sometime. On Thursday I stopped in to grab my lunch at…