Life Update: Sat 6th December 2014


I Just thought it was time for a less ‘sensational’ life update (hurrah!).

Currently on the train out to High Peak to do some more work on the new house – move date is rapidly approaching, and there is SO much still to do.

In ‘cancer fun’ news. I had a second scan in August (which was about the time you’d normally get the first one done) and there was still no residual sign of disease, though we do anticipate that this unknown sickness could hang around for another year or more, at worst. I’ve ended up walking the last two weeks without a stick, which is great, though I do still wobble when tired. Hair is fluffy and one more ‘buzz’ and I should be able to let it grow normally!

Max and I were in Manhattan, New York City the other week – it sure has gotten MUCH busier since I was there in 2007. We were glad to get home to our newfound country ways, I must admit. I had an excellent time and really got back in to my main hobby, reviewing stage and musical theatre!

Currently, I’m in ‘back to work’ talks with my employers, who have been amazing through out this whole cancer ordeal. At the moment, I’m going in occasionally in December – mainly for team meetings and Christmas parties (naturally!) and will progress to try a 3 day week in January.  After 7 months on the couch, it’s great to be ‘thinking’ again!

Heard a sad story the other day from one of my non-cancer medical team – chap was off last time I came to see him in clinic – he had found out that he had terminal cancer, and he works for the NHS. I was surprised, and a little disgusted; to learn that the NHS only supported him for six months paid leave and six months unpaid.  I pay National Insurance and am MORE than happy for the NHS to use the money to look after those who look after us. Upshot was that he had to sell his house, and only took 6 months off. I find it almost barbaric that the NHS expects people back so soon after diagnosis – true, I haven’t rushed my return (even I’m a bit shocked at ‘only’ seven months), but then, I’m not terminal.

If ever I’m having a bad day at work, I’ll always remember this and how kind my colleagues have been during this awful time.

In lighter news, our new house is coming along nicely – kitchen and bathroom are soon to go in – house is so lovely with a log-burner in it – I’ll get some more pictures up ASAP.

Here’s me earlier today in full on DIY Super-hero mode 😛


About Gari

Northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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