And so it begins

It was with great enthusiasm we looked into the arrival of 2020. After a rather awful year for Linda and not much going on for me, 2020 was starting out really well. Linda settling into a new job and I was getting getting a whole load of web projects to work on.

2020 was going to be a great year!

Just a few days into January it all came tumbling down.

I was diagnosed with throat cancer.

Squamous cell carcinoma of the throat to be precise.

 

And Then I Stopped…..

By craig | August 2, 2020 | 2 Comments

I Had to Stop! And then I stopped….. I had meant to document this procedure the whole way through but I couldn’t do it. Things just got too bad! After week 4 of treatment I lived in a blur of drugs and exhaustion. Increasingly strong doses of Hydrocodone and Acetaminophen kept me doped-up without necessarily…

Awful Times…

By craig | May 8, 2020 | 1 Comment

Awful time, awful, awful Awful times…. I’ve been though some bad times in my life, some awful times in my life and these have lasted various mounts of time but never before have I been through a persistent nightmare such as this treatment. This torment is going on for weeks and it is extremely unpleasant.…

Week 4 Begins

By craig | April 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Won’t end soon enough…. Monday beginning treatment Week 4 Not a football score but: Radiation 14 : Chemo 7……… After a rather horrendous weekend I made it through to Monday for another round of radiation and a well-earned Doctor’s visit. I wasn’t able to consume any solid food over the weekend and survived on Boost…

The Honeymoon is over!

By craig | April 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Well and truly over! I was pretty sure that my reaction to treatment was going to get worse and my word, it just did that! (Slight moaning section but please allow me some leeway!) Friday morning, throat like a furnace, tongue swollen up both sides and difficulty speaking. I was sort of expecting this to…

A week in the life of a cancer patient

By craig | April 22, 2020 | 2 Comments
a week in the life of

every day’s and endless stream of cigarettes and magazines So what’s it like being a cancer patient? For me it is perhaps still early to tell but every day I learn a bit more and survive a bit better. I’m now 6 Chemotherapy sessions down and 12 Radiation sessions complete so not quite half way…

Week 2 Starts

By craig | April 14, 2020 | 0 Comments

On with the roller-coaster! I’ve been lax in writing – I must do better!!! It has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride over the last several days, lots of downs but not many ups unfortunately, but I am learning and surviving and the more I learn the better I will survive. I has no…

Week 1, Seven to do…

By craig | April 8, 2020 | 0 Comments
Chemo 2

Week 1 begins, seven weeks to do Week 1 of treatment starts – seven weeks in total to do. Let me just get this out of the way first. Then I can get on with the rest of the stuff. Starting Radiation and Chemotherapy treatment for cancer is frightening! It is scary, stressy, it is…

The Storm

By craig | March 26, 2020 | 2 Comments

but where’s the good man? I remember many years ago being on a sailboat in the Irish Sea, having retired from an off-shore race due to equipment failure. We were running before a storm with only a foresail, massive waves on our stern, and heading for shelter behind an island. It was cold, it was…

Of Pegs and Ports

By craig | March 18, 2020 | 2 Comments
peg_tube

Barbaric but necessary…. Pegs and Ports! Finally today I saw a lovely surgeon who is going to fit my PEG tube and Lifeport. The operation should take place next week and after that is done, my treatment can begin. So why is all this necessary? The PEG tube is a feeding tube. The radiation therapy…

The Man in the…..

By craig | March 16, 2020 | 0 Comments
the mask

Plastic mask Today I got my mask. I’m not the Man in the Iron Mask but rather the Man in the Plastic Mask. It looks rather medieval and frightening and in many ways it is! This mask, molded to my face will keep me pinned down to a table, unable to move my head while…