5:50am and my Monday morning alarm starts to ring. I hit the snooze button for 10 minutes as I do every morning. 6am the alarm sounds again and up I get. The first thing I do, straight to the mirror in the hope the lump has subsided. May be it was just a reaction to … Continue reading January 9th – What’s the lump?
Twelve months ago today (30th July) I was at a neighbours wedding, helping them celebrate their special day. The previous day, we'd had friends over and enjoyed a nice summers evening over some great food, conversation and the odd glass of wine. Fast forward twelve months and I would never have thought I'd be sat … Continue reading The Cancer Journey Begins
The doctors referral was acted on extremely quickly (Thank you NHS!). That very week I was seen in Doncaster RI Hospital as the Head, neck and throat specialist unit. My wife was away with work so I took my mum along for company. It was the first time either of us had been sat in … Continue reading Diagnosis, week one begins!
Being someone who doesn't like confined spaces I wasn't looking forward to having an MRI scan. It didn't help that both my parents had previously had an MRI scan and neither of them spoke positively about the experience. Anyway, the day arrived. MRI scan here I come! My wife accompanied me to the hospital and … Continue reading Diagnosis, Week 2, the MRI scan!
Friday's, day of the week that everyone feels great. The weekend is only hours away and all the stresses of the work week seem like a distant memory. Well that's how I usually felt on a Friday afternoon, however this Friday was going to turn out that little bit differently. The previous week when I … Continue reading Week 2, The Friday phone call…
As we entered the last week in January and week 3 of my diagnosis the fun memories of NYE seemed a very distant memory. Monday morning was here. My wife and parents around me for support we got in the car and drove the 5 or so miles to the hospital. Never had a I … Continue reading Week 3, The results!
True to Dr Watsons word, a day after my appointment with him and his team I received an appointment to have an Ultra sound on my testis that week and an appointment with the Urology consultant the following week. The NHS once again performing in a time of need. I arrived at Doncaster hospital (DRI) … Continue reading Week 4, Urology team & telling friends.