Happy 70th birthday NHS

It is the 70th birthday of the NHS. Where to start? I suppose with something that’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…

Phlebotomist fights

This morning I had a fight with a phlebotomist. They’re the people who take your blood. So I go down to the blood people on days when I’m starting chemo to get everything tested to see if I’m ok to start. It was a lady I hadn’t seen before. She got everything out to take…

Emergency blood transfusions!!!

So I came in this morning for a quick pre-chemo blood test, expecting to be in and out quickly. I wanted to check what my platelets and neutrophils were doing so my friend the Australian nurse Charlie said to hang around and they’d be able to tell me the results in about 20 mins time….

So… I’ve had a very big day.

Maybe my biggest. I hardly even know how to start. So they’ve been taking blood cultures to see if any bacteria grow, and it turns out in one of the cultures they grew something. They think there’s an infection in my PICC Line, which they told me yesterday they can just give me the antibiotics,…

Still struggling days later, but appreciating the people around me.

So Friday afternoon I went home. We got an uber. When I got home, there was this incredible collection of gifts waiting for me on the dining room table from my amazing housemate Owen and his girlfriend. Best welcome home present ever. As well as moisturisers, body butter and masks (I have been loving these!),…

The adventures and ordeals of Chemo day 3

By the third day I was still in pain. Every time it pumped (which was every few seconds) I had pain and discomfort in my chest. I tried to spend the morning napping and then went back to the ward. They were naturally worried and sent me swiftly down for a chest X-ray. Which I…

Well hello again everyone!

I am still alive, I have survived the first week of chemo, but I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t easy. Sorry for the radio silence, this is the first time I’ve been able to put thoughts together. It’s been a big week or so, so let me start at the beginning. I’ll try and…