Powered by Bravenet Bravenet Blog

Subscribe to Journal

Sunday, March 8th 2015

1:14 PM (1785 days, 7h, 31min ago)

Discharged!

  • Mood:
"No further follow-up required" is just what I wanted to see on the post-procedure report that I clutched as I left the day-stay part of the hospital last week after my gastroscopy.   It had been a year since the last one and nearly 4 years since my diagnosis.  I guess that, after nearly 40 months of looking at a healthy oesophagus, my gastroenterologist acknowledged that his skills and time would be better used elsewhere - I couldn't agree more!  It feels even better than I imagined it might to have no date on my calendar to dread for months!  I still have to keep the annual appointment with the oncology department in July but I imagine that, with no further reports coming in from the specialist after this, I won't be required to front up there any longer either. 
I find myself reflecting on some of the lessons learnt along the way and remembering all the love, practical help and prayer that sustained and supported us when we were in the midst of diagnostic tests and treatment and had no idea of what the outcome of it all would be... it is a humbling experience to realise how little control we had over the direction our lives would take. 
As I think I've alluded to before, I have struggled to fully reclaim my health - learning to trust my body again, and my interpretation of what it is signalling to me, has been a slow process.  
An annoying cough that persisted for weeks at the end of last year was exhausting and concerning enough to warrant blood tests and chest x-rays.  It was a relief to find that instead of lung mets I merely had whooping cough (pertussis), which a course of oral prednisone settled very quickly (and brought some peace and quiet to my home and work-place!)
Some regular massage sessions on my neck and shoulders and three visits to a lovely counsellor last year helped me to manage my tension and develop a healthier perspective on life this side of cancer treatment.  It's hard to believe that I felt bad enough to seek that support only a few months ago, but I'm glad I did.  Being vulnerable enough to ask for help when I'm not coping alone is something I hope I can sustain.  
Being able to lend an understanding ear when friends have been diagnosed with cancer recently has been a privilege - but it doesn't make watching them go through it any easier ...

30 user comments.

Posted by Mousmedia bali web design:

Posted by Mousmedia bali web design:

Hello, Thank you for your article share with us. It's very helpful for me. Mous Media — Bali web design & graphic design, mobile app, branding, SEO build digital solutions that solve even the most complex business challenges and exceed all expectations, we craft meaningful digital experiences that combine design, technology & strategy.
Jasa Website di bali
Thursday, January 9th 2020 @ 2:36 PM (17 days, 5h, 9min ago)

Posted by Bunga Karawang">Toko Bunga Karawang:

Great mas is very helpful, continued success for you. visit here too. Kunjungi Juga Ke: Toko Bunga Cikarang | Toko Bunga Bekasi | Cetak Spanduk Kain | Cetak Spanduk | Bunga Karawang
Monday, December 30th 2019 @ 8:17 PM (26 days, 23h, 28min ago)

Posted by Bunga Karawang:

wow inspiring stories, copy permission to my blog, bro! Kunjungi Juga Min https://bungadicikarang.com/ | https://www.sorayaflorist.com/
Thursday, December 26th 2019 @ 5:44 PM (31 days, 2h, 0min ago)

Posted by Bunga Cikarang:

Thank you Brother, rarely blog / online lately. Idly the streets eh come in here. I can only say that you are a true article writer. salute you. Greetings from me.
Thursday, December 12th 2019 @ 6:24 AM (45 days, 13h, 21min ago)

Posted by Bunga Cikarang:

A good blog is not only crowded, but also really readable and close to its readers.
Wednesday, December 11th 2019 @ 4:06 PM (46 days, 3h, 38min ago)

Posted by Sue:

Posted by jasa aqiqah:

great blog:):):):):)
Thursday, November 14th 2019 @ 1:38 PM (73 days, 6h, 7min ago)

Posted by Alka Tone Keto Diet:

Thanks for this amazing post. Would you like to understand about Alkatone keto diet plan? Well this brand-new keto weight-loss supplement is helping countless
individuals to get their wanted weight in other words period of time.


You might enjoy to try Alkatone Diet as they are
running restricted time deals and complimentary shipping. https://tinyurl.com/alkatonedietketo
Monday, November 4th 2019 @ 2:56 PM (83 days, 4h, 49min ago)

Posted by wisata bintan:

visit to bintan island indonesia https://www.sewamobilbintan.com/
Tuesday, October 29th 2019 @ 2:48 PM (89 days, 5h, 56min ago)

Posted by Google Chrome 2019:

Posted by Rame Valve:

Thank you for the information you shared yes, it really helped me to learn it. Don't forget to visit our website at
Jual Valve
Jual Valve Smith
Jual Valve Jamesbury
Jual Valve RTK
Jual Valve Bonney Forge
Jual Valve Masoneilan
Jual Valve FCA
Jual Valve Walworth
Jual Valve Velan
Wednesday, October 23rd 2019 @ 3:11 PM (95 days, 5h, 34min ago)

Posted by alnindo:

it's nice informatian those can make me get more knowledge.. thanks and don't forget revisit my articles on
.

THURAYA XT-PRO

THURAYA SATSLEEVE PLUS
DOCKING TELEPON SATELIT THURAYA
icom m710
icom m802
HF SSB Icom M700 Pro
kolor kut
Pasta Minyak Kolor Kut
ht MOTOROLA XiR P6620i
HT Motorola CP1300
YAESU FT 450D
Yaesu FT 2900r
handy talky
radar furuno gp39
ht icom
Monday, October 21st 2019 @ 7:56 PM (97 days, 0h, 48min ago)

Posted by hdtvku:

very interesting info, so many experiences that I know after I read here
nonton badminton
Monday, October 21st 2019 @ 6:52 PM (97 days, 1h, 53min ago)

Posted by Nitro Strength UK:

Thanks, this website is extremely beneficial. http://remingtonelyv104.aircus.com/10-best-facebook-pages-of-all-time-about-nitro-strength
Monday, October 14th 2019 @ 10:58 AM (104 days, 9h, 47min ago)

Posted by Office:

Explaining the difference between O365 and M365 is hard.

And so is unraveling all the security configurations for both - without a long, scrolling chart with checkmarks of
features. https://purchase-office-365.com
Thursday, October 10th 2019 @ 11:46 PM (107 days, 20h, 59min ago)

Posted by Rame Valve:

Thank you for the information you shared yes, it really helped me to learn it. Don't forget to visit our website at
Jual Valve
Jual Valve Smith
Jual Valve Jamesbury
Jual Valve RTK
Jual Valve Bonney Forge
Jual Valve Masoneilan
Jual Valve FCA
Jual Valve Walworth
Jual Valve Velan
Thursday, October 10th 2019 @ 5:07 PM (108 days, 3h, 38min ago)

Posted by AlkaTone:

Just arrived to your blog from Google. Thanks for this information and analysis that really touched me.



While talking about myself, just saw a revolutionary keto product called Alka Tone Keto.
Alka Tone Keto as its name stating all about itself.
This is a weight reduction formula based on BHB ketones.
And yes, this is also a natural weight loss formula, and supply you
a slim and healthy body shape. https://setiweb.ssl.berkeley.edu/beta/team_display.php?teamid=219085
Monday, October 7th 2019 @ 2:08 AM (111 days, 18h, 37min ago)

Posted by Nitro Strength UK:

Thank you so much for sharing this very good internet site. http://rylanhwox266.unblog.fr/2019/07/20/the-evolution-of-nitro-strength/
Sunday, October 6th 2019 @ 8:35 AM (112 days, 12h, 10min ago)

Posted by Resep Jajanan Pasar:

From now on, keep your condition better, honestly I am very concerned after knowing what has happened to you.

Keep spirit
Sunday, September 29th 2019 @ 3:51 AM (119 days, 16h, 54min ago)

Posted by babysitting services dubai:

All of our professionally trained team members are trained, bonded plus insured. All of our comprehensive insurance cover includes obligation, crime plus employee collision coverage this covers a person's summer lease, our team members and A Maids. babysitting services dubai
Saturday, September 21st 2019 @ 4:51 PM (127 days, 3h, 54min ago)

Posted by Rame Valve:

Thank you for the information you shared yes, it really helped me to learn it. Don't forget to visit our website at
Jual Valve
Jual Valve Smith
Jual Valve Jamesbury
Jual Valve RTK
Jual Valve Bonney Forge
Jual Valve Masoneilan
Jual Valve FCA
Jual Valve Walworth
Jual Valve Velan
Friday, September 13th 2019 @ 3:29 PM (135 days, 5h, 16min ago)

Posted by Rame Valve:

Backlink
Thank you for the information you shared yes, it really helped me to learn it. Don't forget to visit our website at
Jual Valve
Jual Valve Bonney Forge
Jual Valve Ball Valve
Jual Valve Globe Valve
Jual Valve Gate Valve
Jual Valve Control Valve
Jual Check Valve
Jual Butterfly Valve
Monday, September 2nd 2019 @ 4:38 PM (146 days, 4h, 7min ago)

Posted by Rame Valve:

Thank you for the information you shared yes, it really helped me to learn it. Don't forget to visit our website at
Jual Valve
Jual Valve Bonney Forge
Jual Valve Ball Valve
Jual Valve Globe Valve
Jual Valve Gate Valve
Jual Valve Control Valve
Jual Check Valve
Jual Butterfly Valve
Thursday, August 15th 2019 @ 6:48 PM (164 days, 1h, 57min ago)

Posted by sewa mobil surabaya:

Nice to meet you. The article that you post is very good and extraordinary, keep going and success for you.
Thursday, August 8th 2019 @ 3:11 AM (171 days, 17h, 33min ago)

Posted by eas sensormatic di indonesia:

wrong position of sleep can cause shoulder and neck pain, this we must guard
Sunday, July 21st 2019 @ 6:13 PM (189 days, 2h, 31min ago)

Posted by square tag sensor-matic pengaman toko baju:

Trusting your own body is a way to nourish your body
Friday, July 19th 2019 @ 3:36 PM (191 days, 5h, 9min ago)

Posted by Anak BSD:

Latest news from Indonesia includingBerita Hari Ini
Latest news from Indonesia includingRaffi Ahmad
Latest news from Indonesia includingLuna Maya
Latest news from Indonesia includingJessica Iskandar
Latest news from Indonesia includingSyahrini
Thursday, July 11th 2019 @ 10:29 PM (198 days, 22h, 16min ago)

Posted by Anak BSD:

Latest news from Indonesia including
https://kumparan.com/berita-hari-ini
https://kumparan.com/topic/raffi-ahmad
https://kumparan.com/topic/luna-mayas
https://kumparan.com/topic/jessica-iskandar
https://kumparan.com/topic/syahrini
Thursday, July 11th 2019 @ 10:28 PM (198 days, 22h, 16min ago)

Posted by Jual Vinyl Lantai:

thank you for the information, permission to share the article
Monday, April 29th 2019 @ 4:21 PM (272 days, 4h, 24min ago)

Post New Comment

No Smilies More Smilies »